Translation of the saying:
One of our companions informed us and said: one night I went to Mansoor Hashemi Khorasani while he was alone, and he was looking at the stars in the sky through the window. I asked: may I be your sacrifice, what you are thinking about?! He did not turn his face from the sky and said:
Oh you the fellow! In the tidings of this era, in this period of time that the light of religion is hidden behind the dark clouds, God has some servants whom He is always in their hearts. They light up lamps in the eyes of people from their awareness and they remind people of the days of God and inform people of their predecessors’ exemplary fate. They are like the guiders in terrifying unknown desserts. They congratulate those who join the truth and they warn those who gravitate toward the false. Indeed, there are some servants for God around the corners of this vast world, those who have selected God’s remembrance from the attachments of the world and business trading does not stop them from praying on time. They spend days and nights by serving for God and inform neglectful people about His warnings. They invite people toward justice and they practice it themselves in advance. They have abandoned this world and have joined the extra-celestia. You would deem them as if they have already passed this world and have migrated to hereafter, or they are still in the world but they have already seen what is behind the curtains. You would deem them as if they are already aware of the hidden status of those who have passed away and they have already spent some time among them. You would deem them as if judgment day has already shown them its terrifying face, or burning fire of hell has already trapped them around. You would see them as if they see some secrets that others do not see and they hear things that people do not hear.”
Then he took a look at me and he sighted and continued while tears were rolling down from his eyes:
“Oh you the fellow! If you find them and see their high positions and how they have opened their book of deeds and how they are ready to be judged; they think about the small or big tasks which they have been responsible to do but they have neglected to fulfill it, and how many tasks they were forbidden to do but they have done them. They feel the weight of their sins and they are helpless in carrying them and have come down to their knees and cry like the poor and they agonize. So many nights they do not sleep and hug their knees in a dark lonely corner and ponder. Sometimes they get up to pray and sometimes they prostrate. Sometimes they stare at the night sky with their tearful eyes, as if they are looking for something among its stars...