Divine knowledge is so profound that it is really known only to those who have it. A child has no understanding of the attainment of an adult. In exactly the same way, an educated man cannot yet understand the attainments of the Sufis.
The true seed was made in Adam's time. The miracle of life, existence.It germinated in the period of Noah. The miracle of growth, rescue.By the time of Abraham it had sent forth branches.The miracle of spreading, maintenance.The epoch of Moses saw the making of the grapes.The miracle of fruit.The time of Jesus was that of the ripening of the yield. The miracle of tasting, joy.Muhammad's time saw the pressing of clear wine.The miracle of attainment, transformation.
Cross and Christians, end to end, I examined. He was not on the Cross. I went to the Hindu temple, to the ancient pagoda. In none of them was there any sign … I went to the Kaaba of Mecca. He was not there … I looked into my own heart. In that place, I saw him. He was in no other place.
Some Israelites reviled Jesus one day as he was walking through their part of the town, but his only answer was to repeat prayers for them.'Why do you pray for these men; don't you feel angry with them?' he was asked.He answered, 'I could spend only of what I had in my purse.'
Love becomes perfect only when it transcends itself —Becoming One with its object;Producing Unity of Being.
Whenever the Secrets of Perception are taught to anyone,His lips are sewn against the speaking of the Consciousness.
A man was believed to have died, and after being put in a coffin, was about to be lowered into his grave when he revived. 'He must be dead,' said the mourners, 'because he has been pronounced so by competent experts.''But look, you can see I'm alive,' gasped the man'A well known lawyer faced the crown of mourners.'Now, you have heard what the alleged deceased has had to say, but what do you regard as being true?''He is dead,' said the mourners.'The bury him,' said the lawyer.And so he was buried.
He who has self‑conceit in his head —Do not imagine that he will ever hear the truth.
Give money to the scholars so that they may study more.Give nothing to the recluses, so that they may remain recluses.
He has established himself on a mountainSo he has no Work to do.A man should be at the market‑placeWhile still working at the true Reality.
First there is knowledge. Then there is asceticism.Then there is the knowledge that comes from asceticism.The ultimate 'knower' is worth a hundred thousand ascetics.
If someone is saving me from a fierce lion, what do I care whether my saviour is an unknown or a celebrity?Why must people seek knowledge from celebrities?
A man went to the door of the Beloved and knocked.A voice asked, 'Who is there?'He answered, 'It is I'.The voice said, 'There is no room here for me and thee'.The door was shut. After a year of solitude and depreivation, the man returned to the door of the Beloved. He knocked. A voice from within asked, 'Who is there?' The man said, 'It is Thou'.The door was opened for him.
Sufism teaches how to purify one's self, improve one's morals and build up one's inner and outer life in order to attain perpetual bliss. Its subject matter is purification of the soul and its end or aim is the attainment of eternal felicity or blessedness. It is the emptying of the heart of all things other than the search for completion. This resembles a visualisation that the body is empty, and that all thoughts have left it for a moment, during which time true thoughts flood in.
Finally, such as he necessity, that he cast away fear and leapt into the water, at which the 'other dog' vanished. The dog found that the obstacle, which was himself, the barrier between him and what he sought, melted away. In this same way, said Shibli, my own obstacle vanished, when I knew that it was what I took to be my own self. And my Way was first shown to me by the behaviour of — a dog.
The Sufi surprised the disciple by asking him if he had any more money. 'Yes,' said the disciple. 'And do you wnat more?' asked Junaid. 'I do,' said the man. 'Then you'd better take this back,' said Junaid, 'because I have none and I want none, while you have a lot and want more. You need it more than I do.'
A Sufi once said to his disciples, 'I put my confidence in God and went through all my travels with only a small coin in my pocket, and the coin is still with me'. One of the youths asked, 'If you had a coin in your pocket, how could you say that you relied upon anything higher?'The Sufi thought for a moment, and then said humbly: 'You are quite right. When you rely on God, there is no place for anything, however small, as a provision.'
When the sheikh arrived, the man drove him away. But when he had gone not more than a few steps, he called him back again. This happened more than thirty times, until the other man, overcome by the Sufi's patience and gentleness (as he took it to be) broke down and begged his forgiveness.'You don't understand,' said El‑Hiri, 'What I did was no more than a trained dog would do. When you call him, he comes. When you shoo him, he goes away. This behaviour is no mark of a Sufi, and not a difficult thing to do.'
A certain wise man was widely reputed to have become irrational in his presentation of facts and arguments, so it was decided that he should be tested, in order that the authorities could decide whether he was sane or not.On the day of the test, he paraded past the court room on a donkey, facing the rear of the animal. When the time came for him to speak for himself, he asked the judges; 'When you saw me just now, on the donkey, which way was I facing?'The judges said, 'Facing the wrong way'.'You illustrate my point,' he answered, 'for I was facing the right way, from one point of view. It was the donkey which was facing the wrong way!'
Originally, you were clay. From being mineral, you became vegetable. From vegetable, you became animal, and from animal, man. During these periods man did not know where he was going, but he was being taken on a long journey nevertheless. And you have to go through a hundred different worlds yet. (Rumi)
Crack the heart of any atom: from its midst you will see a sun shining. If you give all you have to Love, you will not suffer a molecule of loss. The soul passed through the fire of Love will let you see the soul transmuted. If you escape the narrowness of dimensions, and will see the 'time of what is placeless', you will hear what has never been heard and you will see what has never been seen; until they deliver you to a place where you will see 'a world' and 'worlds' as one. You shall love Unity with heart and soul; until, with the true eye, you will see Unity. … (Sayed Ahmad Hatif)
One day a man came to the great teacher Bahaudin, asking for spiritual guidance. Bahaudin told him to abandon spiritual studies, and to leave his court at once.A kind‑hearted visitor began to remonstrate with Bahaudin.'You shall have a demonstration,' said the sage.At that moment, a bird flew into the room, darting hither and thither, not knowing where to go to escape. The Sufi waited till the bird settled near the window, and then suddenly clapped his hands. Alarmed, the bird flew straight out of the window, to freedom.'To the bird that sound must have been something of a shock; even an affront — don't you agree?' said Bahaudin.
Speed, which becomes a virtue when it is found in a horse, by itself has no advantages.
You possess only whatever will be lost in a shipwreck.
I have never seen a man most who was on a straight path.
Child, look for no reward from A,If you are working in the house of B.
Make no friendship with an elephan keeper,If you have no room to entertain an elephant.
Tie two birds together.They will not now be able to fly, even though they now have four wings.
Self‑justification is worse than the original offence.
Sinning against God is one thing; but sinning against man is worse.
The candle is not there to illuminate itself.
We wrote you a hundred letters, and you did not write an answer.This too, is a reply.
There are three forms of knowledge. The first is intellectual knowledge, which is in fact only information and the collection of facts, and the use of these to arrive at further intellectual concept. This is intellectualism.Second comes the knowledge of states, which includes both emotional feeling and strange states of being in which man thinks he has perceived something supreme but cannot avail himself o it. This is emotionalism.Third comes real knowledge, which is called Knowledge of Reality. In this form, man can perceive what is right, what is true, beyond the boundaries of thought and sense.Scholastics and scientists concentrate upon the first form of knowledge. Emotionalists and experientalists use the second form. Others use the two combined, or either one alternatively.But the people who attain the truth are those who know how to connect themselves with the reality which lies beyond both these forms of knowledge. These are the real Sufis, the Dervishes who have Attained.