The Narcissist

May God preserve us from fame, celebrity and great acclaim. May He protect us from the attention-seeking ego, from the lust for admiration, from inflated self-regard.

If one day we should state our intention to head for the hills and disappear, may our words be true. Let not the lusts of the narcissistic self drive us back to the crowd, reinvented and redefined, to seek out undeserved praise once more. Let us not forever live a life seeking to be known, but grant us instead a hunger and thirst to know You.

May God protect us from leading others astray, and from being led astray, and from misguided followings, fan clubs, groupies and admirers. May He purify our hearts, keeps us straight, grant us humility, make us prayerful and gentle. May He not let us be a trial for others, may our words not be the cause of great harm. May He be the source of all our pleasure, may He tame our hearts and grant us peace. May He decree for us a blessed return.

May God preserve us from fame, celebrity and great acclaim.

28 July 2010 by Timothy Bowes
Categories: Nafs, Reflections | Tags: , , , , , | 5 comments

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  1. Salam alaykum Tim,

    Wanted to mention that your full posts are going to people’s feed reader. You may want to adjust your settings to “excerpt only” if you’re going to post and retract often. Just a thought. I came here to comment on your Damascene conversions piece, only to find it gone. I thought it was good enough to leave up, for what it’s worth.

  2. Amen to that.

  3. Ameen…

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