Robert realized that obeying God does not mean leading a deprived life. God does not dictate “be very good, and never have fun.” Neither does God tell us that the only benefit of following God is the hope of heaven. If this is how you feel about obeying God, nothing could be further from the truth.
The devotee reached the Teacher’s abode. “I want to be free and emancipated,” he said. The teacher asked him why he wanted to be free. “I have a void inside me, and only the ultimate truth will give me eternal peace,” implored the devotee.
“Get me a carpet made from soft camel hair, and I will tell you the secret,” the Teacher said.
“Corruption has appeared on land and sea because of the evil which men’s hands have done: and so He will make them taste the fruit of some of their doings, so that they may turn back from evil.” (Quran 30:41)
When this verse of the Quran was revealed, and for centuries afterwards, wars were fought on land. It was not until the 16th century and the defeat of the Spanish Armada (1588) that human conflict came to span the oceans as well.