In a village where everyone has only one leg, the biped will hop about more lamely than anyone else, if he knows what is good for him.
It is not Sufism if it does not perform its function for you. A cloak is no longer a cloak if it does not keep a man warm.
If you really want to learn, do not be surprised if someone tries to teach you. And do not lightly reject the method.
The teacher works in accordance with the prospects of his students and the possibility of maintaining the community of Sufis.
If you want special illumination, look upon the human face:See clearly within laughter the Essence of Ultimate Truth.
Our objective is to achieve, by the understanding of the Origin, the Knowledge which comes through experience.
ScrapsThe scraps from the meal of the Emir are larger than the gifts of halwa from the merchant. Timur Fazil
Superior experience and knowledge will be made available to a man or woman in exact accordance with his worth, capacity and earning of it
Man (and woman) has an infinite capacity for self-development. Equally, he has an infinite capacity for self-destruction. A human being may be clinically alive and yet, despite all appearances, spiritually dead.
The decline in the influence of religion has been due, in the main, not to religion itself, but to the very shallowness of many practitioners. People who are indoctrinated and mistake implanted obsession for faith, are themselves destroyers of the very thing which they imagine themselves called upon to try to protect.In fact, of course, they have no such call: and their capacity to protect something which is other than their imaginings makes for a comical situation.
Three ThingsThree things cannot be retrieved:The arrow once sped from the bowThe word spoken in hasteThe missed opportunity.(Ali the Lion, Caliph of Islam, son-in-law of Mohammed the Prophet)
Religion, for instance, cannot be accepted or rejected out of hand, until the student knows exactly what religion means.
People in this civilization are starving in the middle of plenty. This is a civilization that is going down, not because it hasn't got the knowledge that would save it, but because nobody will use the knowledge.
Sufis (the name for the realised individual, not the learner or follower) are reunited with objective Reality and Unity.