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I brahim Adham said, "Faith in God will be firmly established if three veils are cast aside:
1. "feeling pleasure in possessing anything;
2. Lamenting over the loss of anything;
3. "enjoying self-praise."





Islam / Sufism 2969 | 
Essential Sufism, by James Fadiman & Robert Frager, Harper SanFrancisco, p.173 







T o completely trust in God is to be like a child who knows deeply that even if he does not call for the mother, the mother is totally aware of his condition and is looking after him.




Islam / Sufism 2968 | 
Essential Sufism, by James Fadiman & Robert Frager, Harper SanFrancisco, p.172 







L et your heart be in such a state that the existence or nonexistence of anything is the same. Then sit alone in a quiet place, free of any preoccupation, even the reciting of the Koran or thinking about its meaning. Let nothing besides God enter you mind. Once you are seated in this manner, say, "Allah, Allah," keeping your thought on these words.




Islam / Sufism 2967 | 
Essential Sufism, by James Fadiman & Robert Frager, Harper SanFrancisco, p.155 







O ur five senses are like five doors opening on the external world; but, more wonderful than this, our heart has a window that opens on the unseen world of spirit.
In the state of sleep, when the avenues of the senses are dosed, this window is opened, and we receive impressions from the unseen world and sometimes foreshadowings of the future. Our hearts are like a mirror that reflects what is pictured in the Tablet of Fate. But, even in sleep, thoughts of worldly things dull this mirror, so that the impressions it receives are not clear. After death, however, such thoughts vanish, and things are seen in their naked reality.





Islam / Sufism 2966 | 
Essential Sufism, by James Fadiman & Robert Frager, Harper SanFrancisco, p.105 







D ear friend,
Your heart is a polished mirror. You must wipe it dean of the veil of dust that has gathered upon it, because it is destined to reflect the light of divine secrets.





Islam / Sufism 2965 | 
Essential Sufism, by James Fadiman & Robert Frager, Harper SanFrancisco, p.102 







T he eight duties of a teacher are
1 . To be sympathetic to students and treat them as his or her own children. The teacher must care about the students' welfare as mothers and fathers care for their own children.
2. To refuse any remuneration for his or her services and accept neither reward nor thanks.
3. Not to withhold any advice from the student or allow the student to work at any level unless qualified for it.
4. To use sympathetic and indirect suggestions in dissuading students from bad habits, rather than open, harsh criticism. Open criticism incites defiance and stubbornness.
5. When teaching a given discipline, not to belittle the value of other disciplines or teachers.
6. To limit the students to what they can understand and not require of them anything that is beyond their intellectual capacity.
7. To give backward students only such things as are dear and suitable to their limited understanding. Everyone believes him- or herself capable of mastering every discipline, no matter how complex, and the most simple and foolish are usually most pleased with their intellect.
8. To do what one teaches and not allow one's actions to contradict one's words.





Islam / Sufism 2928 | 
Essential Sufism, by James Fadiman & Robert Frager, Harper SanFrancisco, p.136 







A ll that we behold and perceive by our senses bears undeniable witness to the existence of God-the stone and the God, the plants and the trees, the living creatures, the heavens and the earth and the stars, the dry land and the ocean, the fire and the air, substance and accident. Indeed, we ourselves are the chief witnesses to Him. But just as the bat sees only at night and cannot see in the daytime because of the weakness of its sight, which is dazzled by the full light of the sun, so also the human mind is too weak to behold the full glory of the Divine Majesty.




Islam / Sufism 2897 | 
Essential Sufism, by James Fadiman & Robert Frager, Harper SanFrancisco, p.76 







A man of piety was following Christ. A thief seeing this thought to himself, "if I sit in the company of the pious one, perhaps God may for his sake forgive me." Prompted by humility in his heart, the thief started condemning himself for the impious life he had led. He considered himself unfit to sit by the side of such a saint. On the other hand, the pious man, seeing the thief seated by his side, reprimanded him lest his shadow corrupt him. Immediately Christ heard the Divine Voice say, "Tell the pious one and the thief that I have washed dean the scrolls of both. The virtues of the pious and the sins of the thief are washed dean. Now they must start life again. The virtues of the pious are washed away because of his pride, and the sins of the thief are washed away because of his humility and repentance.




Islam / Sufism 2883 | 
Essential Sufism, by James Fadiman & Robert Frager, Harper SanFrancisco, p.63 







S ome say, "The Law tells us to abstain from anger, lust, and hypocrisy. This is plainly impossible, for we are created with those qualities inherent in us. You might as well tell us to make black white.' People ignore the fact that the law does not tell us to uproot these passions but to restrain them within due limits so that, by avoiding the great sins, we may obtain forgiveness of the smaller ones. Even the Prophet of God said, I am a man like you, and get angry like others. In the Koran it is written, "God loves those who swallow down their anger."




Islam / Sufism 2879 | 
Essential Sufism, by James Fadiman & Robert Frager, Harper SanFrancisco, p.59 







E ach faculty of ours delights in that for which it was created: lust delights in accomplishing desire, anger in taking vengeance, the eye in seeing beautiful objects, and the ear in hearing harmonious sounds. The highest function of the soul is the perception of truth.




Islam / Sufism 2878 | 
Essential Sufism, by James Fadiman & Robert Frager, Harper SanFrancisco, p.59 







N o one who possesses snow would find any hardship in exchanging it for jewels and pearls. This world is like snow exposed to sun, which continues to melt until it disappears altogether, while the next life is like a precious stone that never passes away.




Islam / Sufism 2872 | 
Essential Sufism, by James Fadiman & Robert Frager, Harper SanFrancisco, p.53 







T he soul should take care of the body, just as the pilgrim on his way to Mecca takes care of his camel; but if the pilgrim spends his whole time in feeding and adorning his camel, the caravan will leave him behind, and he will perish in the desert.




Islam / Sufism 2871 | 
Essential Sufism, by James Fadiman & Robert Frager, Harper SanFrancisco, p.47 







R emember your contemporaries who have passed away, and were of your age.
Remember the honors and fame they earned, the high posts they held and the beautiful bodies they possessed, and today all of them are turned to dust.
How they have left orphans and widows behind them.
No sign of them is left today, and they lie in the dark holes underneath the earth.
Picture their faces before your mind's eye and ponder.
Do not fix hopes on your wealth and do not laugh away life.
Remember how they walked and now all their joints lie separated and the tongue with which they talked lightly is eaten away by the worms and their teeth are corroded. They were foolishly providing for twenty years when even a day of their lives was not left. They never expected that death shall come to them thus at an unexpected hour.





Islam / Sufism 2861 | 
Essential Sufism, by James Fadiman & Robert Frager, Harper SanFrancisco, p.28 







K now, 0 beloved, that man was not created in jest
or at random, but marvelously made
and for some great end.





Islam / Sufism 2853 | 
Essential Sufism, by James Fadiman & Robert Frager, Harper SanFrancisco, p.5 





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