Truth is an Ocean
“Truth is an ocean, the sacred law a ship. But the sea can always smash the ship, and many have never plunged into the Ocean.”
The ocean can be a spiritual metaphor of the reality of this world. The sea can be very calm and peaceful, or it can be very dangerous and violent; it can even kill you if you are not careful. So how can we learn to navigate through the sea of life? As Yunus Emre says, many people are afraid of living, and risking themselves by jumping into the dangerous Ocean. While others have died from the jump. The greatest tragedy is to not ever have plunged into the ocean. So what attitude should we take navigate safely?
Sister Yasemin Mogahed, the writer of a great book, Reclaim Your Heart, explains this concept of the ship in the ocean very well in the following:
“This worldly life, the dunya, is just like the ocean. And our hearts are the ships. We can use the ocean for our needs and as a means to get to our final destination. But the ocean is only that: a means. It is a means for seeking food of the sea. It is a means of travel. It is a means of seeking a higher purpose. But it is something which we only pass through, but never think to remain in. Imagine what would happen if the ocean became our end — rather than just a means. Eventually we would drown.” -
Notes from a lecture by Yasmin Mogahed