SubhanAllah, this quote by the famous Ibn Ataillah Al-sakandari is beautiful and its explanation is even more amazing and truly touched my heart, so I wanted to share these beautiful words with you all.
غَيِِّبْ نَظَرَ الخَلقِ اليكَ بِنَظَرِ الله الَيك
وغِبْ عَنْ اقْبَالِهِم علَيكَ بِشُهُوِد اقْبَالِهِ الَيْكَ
”Make mankind’s looking at you disappear by being content with God’s looking at you! and slip away from their approach to you by contemplating His approach to you!" -Ibn Ataillah Al-sakandari
Explanation: The disposition of the sincere servant is such that the pleasure and displeasure of people are irrelevant to him. He has no care for either reaction. Since the gaze of divine mercy is perpetually on him, he is oblivious to the attention others accord him. To him it is irrelevant whether people honor him or dishonor him, or whether they respect or despise him. His heart attaches no importance to their attention. On the contrary, he contemplates the divine attention that is on him at all times, considering it an invaluable treasure. Being in possession of this great treasure, he can never truly divert his attention to others.
It is simple to understand that if a man is under the care and protection of the King who caters for all his requirements, then this person will have no care for the attention of others.The gaze of the Ruler of Rulers is with us every moment of our lives. Every minute He showers on us a variety of bounties. Therefore to avert our gaze from Him would make us from the ungrateful. In the consequence of such ingratitude, the punishment of such behavior should be the snatching away of all bounties; yet, because of HIS boundless mercy, He overlooks our ingratitude.
- The Book of Wisdoms.