THE SUFI APPROACH TO ISLAM -
Finding Spiritual Healing and World Peace in these Troubled Times
 
MORE IMPORTANT THAN LEARNING

Important to know, beloved, 
that learning without experience is useless, 
like looking at honey without tasting it,
like looking at food without eating it.
It will leave you starving in your body, 
and knowing in your mind 
that you are an educated fool.
It is time to stop fooling yourself 
and get on the Real Path to the Real Knowing. 

The key to experience is association!
There is no possibility of knowing the real knowing 
except by means of association with the real knowers. 
You may believe this or not, it is your choice.

A small period of time spent 
in the company of the real knowers of God,
is more valuable to the heart than the lifetime 
spent in competitive learning. 
Such is the secret of truth.

Liberation is being liberated. It is not the same 
as simply taking license or claiming liberty. 
A true spiritual liberation can only be confirmed
at the hand of one who has been truly liberated. 
The essence of liberation is different in quality and quantity 
from the essence of freedom or license.
That is the nature of the quest.

You must want and be willing, 
with all your heart, 
and prove it time and again, 
to keep your life in company, 
in order to be deemed an associate.

And this is only necessary 
that you may prove your sincerity to your self, 
and deem your self worthy of accepting 
the honor that is your due. 

The purpose of keeping company is to learn 
how to behave
in company.

'Adab' is appropriate behavior, 
in one's relationship to Allah, 
and thereby to all things.

But learn the adab. 
The adab of approach, 
The adab of permission,
The adab of keeping company, 
The adab of learning, and 
The adab of leaving. 

The key to success is acceptance! No rejection! 
'Kufr' is denial and rejection. Plain and simple.

'Sahbat' means Association. 
Association is in the heart.
Association of self with best people and highest causes
is your affiliation, in your heart, to the people of purity and truth.

It is the hearts into which God looks. 
If He sees ONLY himself there, 
then that heart is only He, and is free. 
There is nothing condemnable in it, 
no further work to be done. 

If He sees it full of idols, then He knows 
that they have been deliberately put there, 
and are deliberately maintained, 
and that His Love has been spurned for lesser gods, 
His Will for lesser wills,
and that the self-judgement of that individual is poor, 
 his estimation of God, and self, very low indeed.

Important to know, beloved, 
that learning without experience is useless, 
like looking at honey without tasting it,
like looking at food without eating it.
It will leave you starving in your body, 
and knowing in your mind 
that you are an educated fool.
It is time to stop fooling yourself 
and get on the Real Path to the Real Knowing. 

HU!


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