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No Vision, No Memory, No Thought, No Movement
The meditation practice and night vigils of the Sufis differ according to the place, time, and particular orientation of the spiritual master. Some spiritual masters are far more ecstatic than others. Some are more serious or sober in their outer manner. However, all of them have something in common, just as master chefs in a kitchen have the love of food and knowledge of cooking in common. The spiritual masters share a state of inner silence and contentment. According to them, since the creation began from silence, anyone who wishes to start living must return to that point or origin - utter silence - an inner silence in which there is no vision, no memory, no thought, no movement.
Less is More
The accomplished Master will help the seeker to focus on his goal and the devotee to give up attachment to everything. It is important to see the teachings of the Prophets and Spiritual Masters in their full context. Ibn al-‘Arabi writes about the virtues of generosity, asceticism, night vigils but equally emphasizes the importance of giving up identification and the image of being generous. Role-playing, irrespective of how good the role may be, is a spiritual hindrance.
The Thread of Truth
A vast body of academic work including chronicles, biographies, treaties, translations on Islam and Sufism has arisen out of the interest in religion and spirituality over the recent past. The internet and other media makes this easily accessible to all, rather than being the preserve of the few. This has had a huge impact on understanding of Sufi tariqas, masters and their teachings.
Eternity: Verse One
“But seek, with the (wealth) which Allah
has bestowed on thee, the Home of the
Hereafter, nor forget thy portion in
this world: but do thou good, as Allah
has been good to thee, and seek not
(occasions for) mischief in the land: for
Allah loves not those who do mischief.”
Life is balanced between
this world and the hereafter.
Awareness of your intentions
and actions, and responsibility
for all situations, are necessary
for a balance between
humanity and divinity.
Taken from "Quran 50 Vital Verses" by Shaykh Fadhlalla Haeri