There are two rungs of service
That a person can come to know.
The first is called Qatnut, ‘the lesser service’.
In this state you may know
That there are many heavens encircling you,
That the earth on which you stand is
But a tiny point,
And that all the world is nothing
Before the Endless God —
But even knowing all these things,
You yourself cannot ascend.
This is still the ‘lesser service’.
It is of this state the prophet says:
“From afar God appears to me”.
But he who serves in Gadlut, ‘the greater service’,
Takes hold of himself with all his strength
And his mind soars upward,
Breaking through the heavens all at once,
Higher than the angels.
— Zawa’at Rivash