The table depicting the true spirit of the world of the heedless.
Do not invite me to the world, I came, and found it evil and mortal.
Heedlessness was a veil; I saw the light of Truth concealed.
All things, the whole of creation, I saw were mortal and full of harm.
Existence, indeed I put it on. Alas! It was non-existence; I suffered much.
As to life, I experienced it; I saw it was torment within torment.
Intellect became pure retribution; I saw permanence to be tribulation.
Life was like a wind, it passed in whims; I saw perfection to be pure loss.
Deeds were only for show; I saw ambitions to be pure pain.
Union was in fact separation; I saw the cure to be the ailment.
These lights became darkness; I saw these friends to be orphans.
These voices were announcements of death; I saw the living to be dead.
Knowledge changed into whims; I saw in science thousands of ailments.
Pleasures became unmixed pain; I saw existence to be compounded non-existence.
I have found the True Beloved; Ah! I suffered much pain because of separation.
The table describing the true spirit of the world of the people of believers
Heedlessness has disappeared; I have seen the light of Truth to be manifest.
Existence is a proof of Divine Being. See, life is the mirror reflecting Truth.
Intellect has become the key to treasuries. See, mortality is the door to eternity.
The spark of self-attainment has died. But see, there is the Sun of Grace and Beauty.
Life has become pure action. See, eternity is pure life.
Darkness is a thin membrane enclosing light. See, there is true life in death.
All things have become familiar. See, all sounds are the recitation of Divine Names.
All the particles in creation: See, each recites God’s Names and glorifies Him.
I have found poverty to be a treasury of wealth. See in impotence lies perfect power.
If you have found God, see, all things are yours.
If you are a slave of the Owner of All Things, see His property is yours.
If you are egotist and claim self-ownership, it is endless trial and tribulation.
It is infinite torment you are to experience; it is an unbearable calamity.
If you are truly a slave of God, devoted to Him, see, it is an infinite delight.
Taste its uncountable rewards, experience its boundless bliss...
This article has been adapted from Risale- i Nur Collection.