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Enlightened Teachers

The awakened beings
look out for true seekers
and teach,
to their inner hearts
they reach.
They do not preach.

Meanwhile they,
like everybody else,
experience constant change
and uncertainty,
while anchored in
inner constancy,
their contented heart at peace.
The world does not possess them,
though they may possess it,
Their mistakes inconsequential,
their subtle achievements monumental,
with their followers gentle,
their love for life ample,
their lifestyle simple,
towards their Creator most humble.

So listen attentively...
if you find such a being,
make a real commitment
secure and deep,
and of enlightened wisdom
absorb and keep.
Be in this company
with no condition,
seeking permission
at the door of illumined transmission.

By Shaykh Fadhlalla Haeri from the book “The Four Journeys

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