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.
My father used to tell me that stories offer the listener a chance to escape but, more importantly, he said, they provide people with a chance to maximize their minds. Suspend ordinary constraints, allow the imagination to be freed, and we are charged with the capability of heighetned thought.Learn to use your eyes as if they are your ears, he said, and you become connected with the ancient heritage of man, a dream world for the waking mind.
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.
Not a believer in the mosque am I,Nor a disbeliever with his rites am I.I am not the pure amongst the impure,I am neither Moses nor Pharaoh.Bulleh, I know not who I am.Not in the holy books am I,Nor do I dwell in bhang or wine,Nor do I live in a drunken haze,Nor in sleep or waking known.Bulleh, I know not who I am.Not in happiness or in sorrow am I found.I am neither pure nor mired in filthy ground.Not of water nor of land,Nor am I in air or fire to be found.Bulleh, I know not who I am.Not an Arab nor Lahori,Not a Hindi or Nagouri,Nor a Muslim or Peshawari,Not a Buddhist or a Christian.Bulleh, I know not who I am.Secrets of religion have I not unravelled,I am not of Eve and Adam.Neither still nor moving on,I have not chosen my own name!Bulleh, I know not who I am.From first to last, I searched myself.None other did I succeed in knowing.Not some great thinker am I.Who is standing in my shoes, alone?Bulleh, I know not who I am.
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.
Sufis (the name for the realised individual, not the learner or follower) are reunited with objective Reality and Unity.
The teaching must, of course, work with the best part of the individual, must be directed to his or her real capacity.