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Mahmud Shabistari Quote – “The stakes are high for real prayer…”

The stakes are high for real prayer.
You must gamble yourself
and be willing to lose.
When you have done this,
and your self shakes off
what you believed your self to be,
then no prayer remains,
only a sparkle of the eyes.
Knower and known are one.

If you penetrate the center of time and space,
You can bypass the addictions of the world,
You can become the world yourself.

Mahmud Shabistari (1288 – 1340)