Sufism is not just the Spiritual Psychology of Islam, it is the finest replication of human psychology to be found anywhere. In it is the inclusion of all that is of value in any and all religions, philosophies, psychologies and spiritual disciplines. Among the topics covered by Sufism to be mentioned in this article are its relation to the "Eastern" philosophies and religions of Buddhism, Hinduism, Taoism and Zen, and its unifying oneness with Judaism and Christianity, and the many different interpretations of Islam.
Also covered in this work is the Sufi understanding of the wonderful phenomenon of the "Western Enlightenment Movement", the natural rise of spiritual teachers in the West, and the amazing unification of spiritual philosophies and religions with solid psychological discovery. Also of interest is the shift in consciousness to energy, emotional, divine and spiritual healing as a means to correcting physical distress and even endemic diseases. The healing movement has discovered Soul, and Soul Healing is in need of knowledge from the Author of Soul, an "owner's manual", so to speak, and the True Sufi way, at its very depth, purports to be exactly that.
It is only in this time of need and preparedness through exploration that an exposition such as this might be received and put to its ultimate usefulness. This is the doctrine of liberation by reading, an answer to all the questions. It is an ultimate revelation. It is also an ultimatum. As the Grateful Dead said in their wonderful song Box of Rain, "Believe it if you need it, leave it if you dare."
In this work on the Sufi approach to Islam, I propose to sum up the human situation as reflected by personal experience, study and practice of all world faiths and disciplines, and observation of current and past states of humanity. I will then offer the classical solution of personal responsibility for knowledge of Unity and perfection of understanding and belief. Again, believe it if you need it and leave it if you dare.
I have no qualms about presenting ultimate scenarios such as Armageddon, Doomsday, Judgement Day, Religious threats and promises, Heaven and Hell, etc., and I will not argue that they are not real. The basis if my thesis (the theme of my writing) is not denial, negation and separation, but acceptance, proper context, and understanding the unity of all that exists, even the imaginary and illusory. I will therefore show that all of these 'dreaded and dreadful' concepts have their practical place in historical and contemporary situations, and are very real attempts to explain a psychologically provable concept - that mankind is always on the brink of destruction, and pushing the envelope in his attempt to be free of the limitations of life. And that in spite of his 'fear' for the unknown, he continues to explore it in ways that are challenging to his very existence - to self, environment, humanity in general, and especially to "God". That man is both caring and rebellious, and that the underlying motivation for the potential for self destruction is a discontentment born of a sense of lack and a sense of incompleteness both of self and of knowledge. In other words, arising from dissatisfaction, a Quest for satisfaction.
Even the Quest for the Holy Grail is a manifestation of the desire to drink from it. And what is it that is supposed to occur from this drinking? What satisfaction is it that is sought? Why, the satisfaction of self, of course. the ability to lay the driving and tormenting motivations to rest. Is this not also to be found in death? Is the escape from self-torment not also the point of suicide?
I will also explain how these motivations can be satisfied not only by total self destruction, but by religious conversion, a psychological, sociological, historical, spiritual and religious introspection, and by accepting the offering of Peace from God in a way that promises to set right the wrongs, heal the wounds and deliver a future that will guarantee the longevity of humankind forever.
It is no accident that the sociological background for the Star Trek series is one of a long established human peace. How can there be a real human future without it.
It falls upon one studied in the western psychology of spiritual unknowingness and search to understand the nature of what's really going on here. This is not a doctrine of repetition of what has been written. It is no mere mental exercise to prove how well one has studied a subject already mastered. This is no less than an original interpretation of events in the lights of verifiable science and philosophy, with the goal of presenting the true Islamic light on all subjects contemporary. This would be nothing less that a shedding of a divine light on the subject. And what is the subject? The subject is that of humanity and the current human situation. The subject is Self, Soul, Heart, and the Secret Knowledges of God that only the devout and studious may discover.
Firstly the people of the world need to realize that we all need to STOP! STOP! is the place of new beginning. Whatever we are doing, whatever we are thinking, no matter how 'right' and 'well-thought-out' our previous reasoning, STOP! Just for a moment, or longer still, until peace, happiness and clear-sighted reasoning return to you in the form of a completely joyous and innocent silly grin.
Next - Re-evaluate! From the viewpoint attained by a successful STOP!, begin to review your priorities. Is what you are in the process of doing REALLY - 1) what you WANT to be doing? 2) What you NEED to be doing, and 3) the BEST (as in most direct) way to be accomplishing what you really want?
Chances are you've found yourself caught in hamster cage, seeking freedom by engaging in the actions of a slave.
Next - Believe! Believe that Divine Providence has in store for you the very best of all that you could imagine, and that it is not at all dependent upon your 'being good", or "perfection first". It is quite simply dependent upon your identification of what it is you want and need, and your inner connection with it in a way that claims it as yours to do with as you choose. And this can be done by exploring the truth of Unity, that there is nothing separate from anything else. This is most easily comprehended by a pure and clarified belief in God.
Purifying and clarifying our belief system, our belief in God, is the work of the Sufis. It is upon us to express our understandings, our learnings and realizations, in a way that makes them accessible and understandable to others. Clarification of understanding is a great help to understanding prosperity, and prosperity is what Allah wishes for us, and we wish for ourselves. A humble prosperity, one that is free of the punishment of fear and the crime of greed. A prosperity built not upon violence, selfishness and self-concern, but upon a unified and common faith in Divine Providence and upon charitable, kind-hearted acts.
Surrender brings peace. Peace brings an opportunity to contemplate and realize the true unbounded nature of things. Contemplation and realization provide an opportunity to restructure the worldview and re-prioritize values. Eventually this will lead to a self-realization that is the key and the beginning point of a new life in an abundant world. And this understanding is the most sought-after prize in life. Everybody wants it, and has it, but nobody claims it, except those who do. And it's simply because we choose to prioritize our values in the powerful light of a well-contemplated Unity.
After the spiritual involution, Surrender to the Divine Will of Allah will be the only choice. Everything else is rebellion, and are we not sufficiently tired of that? Yes, Allah (unity) has a Will. Oriental philosophy and Buddhism knows of it as the Tao and the Dharma Nature, the Way of Life. It is the true meaning of Islam. (Not world domination, which is the attempt of an immature child to force its will on God, Who IS the Controller of the Universe and everything in it). This Will is not only manifestly present in our outward creation but also within creation as the teaching of a belief system and behavior pattern which is guaranteed to bring the greatest degree of success not just personally, but socially and globally. And it is manifest within ourselves as the inner motivation of our quest for satisfaction. God (Allah) wants us to be happy, but we must satisfy the standards of holy Justice first. It is not difficult, but we must be free of the harm-causing motivations of fear and greed. This is done by trust, understanding and belief in a revelation from the One in Whom we all believe, and this is the revelation of trust and faith in Allah.
And this Will is to be taught with and by love and true understanding of the human situation, not with anger, frustration, force, violence or vengeance. Surrender to Life is part of the Will, but instead we surrender to an illusion of 'survival' and the maintenance of powerful ego validations. Yet we all know that the very meaning of ego is 'pseudo-self', the imposter, the self who would be king, the would-be self. Inherent in its very existence is the implication of a reality underlying it, which it is attempting, with varying degrees of failure, to imitate.
But Surrender to Allah, the Unity of God, with a genuine repentance for the harms caused by and in the ignorance of separation, is the key to a totally new beginning, in a life where the past is forgiven, and righteousness and human salvation are as obvious as they are inevitable.
True Islam (in the Sufi way) purports a just world government. History has shown that when this was actualized, the people of other religions were content to pay their humble tribute and accept the just governance of the land. There was never any oppression or policing of others. all this abuse of power that is now occurring in the name of "God" and religion is just that, abuse. It is not in any way the representation of the divine spirit of peace and cooperation engendered by the true spiritual way. Muslims today are so influenced by their own self concern and autonomy that they persist in insisting that they know all that they need to know and that the rest of life is simply a quest for material and societal wealth and standing. And all the while within this persistence they continue to insist that they are the spiritual people and that it is not them who are indicted by the Holy book where it condemns as foolhardy and destructive the incessant and devoted pursuit of material wealth.
Islam is the only world religion that promise unity with all other religions, world peace and economic and social equity for all. The fact that it is being mal-practiced by people of understandably selfish motivations simply indicates the lack of understanding of the true nature of self that is supposed to be taught in grammar school but has instead been withheld or altogether forgotten. Therefore the atrocities that are being committed by the adult children of religions in general are the result of the withholding of knowledge by the greedy and selfishly motivated. Or simply the assumption of knowing what is necessary and needing no more.
There is no division. Prophet said that the taking of one life was the killing of all humanity, and the saving of on life was the saving of all humanity. All of humanity is recognized in the self. there is only one self, and we are all, each and every one of us, that self. All of humanity is wrapped up in each and every one of us. In killing humanity in the form of one person we are killing ourselves, and that is exactly the motivation that is the cause of destruction. By that I am referring to the misunderstanding of self-loathing that results in suicide.
All destruction is suicide. It is the opposite of creation. It is the self-manifestation expressive of self-hatred and self-loathing. Everything we do or say is self-manifestation. it is self-expression. It is a manifestation of self-love or self-hatred, or somewhere in between. If the power of God were not dominant in creation, people would, of their own inherited tendencies, choose to self-destruct at an even more rapid rate that is presently happening. People are not finding what they want here in this world and are choosing of there own volition to check out and move on. Maybe they are believing in a better world on the 'other side'. Maybe they are leaving to cause pain and suffering here.