There are two distinct paths through which one attains the spiritual goal, and they are quite contrary to one another: one is the path of resignation, the other the path of struggle. No doubt in the path of struggle there is also resignation, and in the path of resignation there is also struggle. But the one who is treading the path of resignation has only one thought: to be resigned; as to the…

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The word «initiation» could be understood in many ways, according to the disposition that one has when confronted by that experience, but among the many possible definitions of that term, one of them could be associated with the concept of «initiative». A first step taken is an initiative, whether it be taken consciously or unconsciously. For instance, birth is an initiative, and as the child grows,…

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The ancient religious education was given in symbolical terms, preserving truth in all its essence, despite various dogmatic interpretations which have blossomed abundantly all through the ages. The wise have always taught humanity using the art of symbology in ways appropriate to the cultural evolution of each period of religious history. One could say one of the secrets of this method is the psychological…

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The power of an impression made upon the mind can be so great that it conditions one's thoughts at all levels of sensorial perceptions. In this way, the vibrations of an idealized image of worship are reproduced upon one's own mind-frame inasmuch as one's thoughts are directed toward the object of concentration.
The object of concentration inspires inasmuch as the heart is open to its message.…

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If anyone asks, «What is esotericism: what are its tenets; what are its principles; what are its dogmas and doctrines?» the answer is that if esotericism were to be tangible, then it would not be esotericism. Esotericism must be considered to be something which is beyond understanding, and therefore one would be at a loss to discuss comparative doctrines, dogmas and principles as they may be known…

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Tactfulness is not learned through worldly cleverness; qualities learned this way do not make one really tactful. One may imitate a tactful person, but polished manners are different from real gentleness.
Tact comes from the profound depths of the heart, and it is inspired by sympathy. Therefore, falseness cannot prove to be tactful in the end.
Tactfulness comes to life when one…

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I would like to speak a few words on the subject of our attitude as members of the Sufi Movement towards others. Our attitude towards societies such as occult, mystical, or philosophical societies should be a Sufi attitude; otherwise we shall be the same, and act the same, as everybody else. If we look at them with a critical eye there are then many things that we will criticize, and by doing so…

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I would like to say a few words on the subject of Mureedship. To think that to be a Mureed is something like being a member of a certain society or club or institution is one thing, and to receive initiation in the sacred Order so that one may reach the spiritual goal is another. Thus this world can be seen from two points of view, and accordingly there are two kinds of people.
One person…

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Bowl of saki

19 Nov Narrowness is not necessarily devotion, but often appears so.

Vadan

Truth is not acquired but discovered.

Reflection

It is the gratification of the ego which builds up its strength, and the more satisfaction acquired, the greater becomes the desire, thereby enslaving one to one's own self, besides awakening the fighting spirit of others whose egos are consequently disturbed.

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