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SELECTED SUFI APHORISMS


"Travel beyond the confines of this life and see the vastness of His kingdom beyond space. Let your ear listen to what it has not heard before, and your eye see what it has not seen, until it leads you to where you see the One of the world and all the worlds. Express your passion for the One from your heart and soul until you see the Reality with the eye of certainty. There is only One and nothing but Him, He is Alone and there is no God but Him." (Imam Muhammad Ibn 'Ali AL-Baqir 11th century)

"You fancy this world is permanent of itself and endures because of it's own nature, but really it is a ray of light from the Truth, and within it the Truth is concealed." (Sa'd Al-Din Mahmud Shabistari 1250 - 1320)

"The ocean is the same ocean as it has always been of old; the events of today are it's waves and it's rivers." (Sayyid Haydar Amuli - 14th century)

In the begnning was Allah, and beside Him there was nothing - and He remains as He was. (Hadith)

Divine unity (tawhid) is the return of man to his origin, so that he will become as he was before he came into being. (Imam Abu'l-Qasim Al-Junayd 910 AD)

I was a hidden treasure and I longed to be known. So I created the Creation so that I may be known. (Hadith Qudsi)

In the death of the self lies the life of the heart. (Imam Ja'far Al-Sadiq - 8th century)

Work for this life as though you are going to live forever. Work for the Next life as though you will die tommorrow. (Ali Ibn Talib 600 - 661)

I was sent from myself as a messenger to myself. And my essence testified to myself by my signs. (Ibn Ali-Farid 1181 - 1235)

When I Allah love my servant.... I become the hearing with which he hears, the seeing with which he sees, the hand with which he grasps, the feet with which he walks, the tongue with which he speaks. (Hadith Qudsi)

All know that the drop merges into the ocean, but few know that the ocean merges into the drop. (Kabir 1450 - 1518)

Asceticism is not that you should not own anything, but that nothing should own you. (Ali Abu Talib 600 - 661)

The Sufi sees his own existence as particles of dust made visible by a ray of sunlight: neither real nor unreal. (Abu'l-Hasan Ash-Shadhili 1175 - 1258)

Your soul attains to perfection when it returns to it's original sublime state, according to the individual capacity of each person. Thus the soul divests itself of all illusion and refines itself with the subtlety it's own secret by means of spiritual exercises aime at purification of the outer and inner from all obscurity and impurity. (Sayyid Haydar Amuli 14th century)

Allah possesses a drink which is reserved for his intimate friends (awliya): when they drink they become intoxicated, when they become intoxicated they become joyful, when they become joyful they become sweet, when they become sweet they begin to melt, when they begin to melt they become free, when they become free they seek, when they seek they find, when they find they arrive, when they arrive they join, and when they join there is no difference between them and their Beloved. (Ali Ibn Talib 600 - 661)



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