Dedicated to the joyous expression of Sufi-inspired wisdom from Illuminated Beings who light the Path.
"Come, come, whoever you are.
Wanderer, worshipper, lover of leaving.
It doesn't matter.
Ours is not a caravan of despair.
Come, even if you have broken your vow a thousand times
Come, yet again, come, come." Rumi
What is Sufism?
Sufism, sometimes known as the 'way of the heart', is the inner dimension of Islam. Sufism helps us in the struggle to rise above our lower selves by purifying our character from bad manners and intentions.
Sufism recognizes and nurtures the spiritual nature of all human beings.
Sufism is both mystical and practical. To know ourselves is to know God.
A seeker on the path desires the pleasure of God, learns to love and be at peace with one's self, seeking harmony with all of God's creation.
It is the primordial essence of all spiritual traditions.
The daily practices bring order and discipline to our physical existence. Spiritual contemplation nurtures our soul. Both are necessary for a balanced, happy life.
Sufism teaches the importance of balance. The whirling dervishes manifest this most eloquently in their dance.
This spiritual richness of Sufism is the aspect that the fundamentalists and extremists carefully and systematically extract from their teachings. When this occurs, Islamic learning becomes dangerously unbalanced. Without the wisdom of its saints and teachers, religion becomes a political hammer wielded by those interested in worldly power. It then no longer resembles the Divine inspiration it once represented.
For the extremist, Islam is about worldly power.
For the sufi, Islam is about inner peace and God consciousness.
Fundamentalists adamantly oppose the need for a spiritual guide.
Sufism places a high value on having a spiritual teacher.
Fundamentalists teach with harsh rhetoric.
Sufism teaches with a joyful heart.
Fundamentalism constricts knowledge, and perverts the meaning of traditional scripture.
Sufism expands knowledge, recognizing the wisdom of Christianity, Judaism, Buddhism, etc, putting no limits on where wisdom may be found.
The spirit is not threatened by that which does not lie within rigid, narrow definitions,
but welcomes that which touches and expands one's consciousness.
Sufism offers the breath of fresh air that Islam originally came with.
Peace is a gift of Divine Grace and Mercy.