The Knowing Heart

Salaam and Greetings of Peace:

“The Sufis have been the educators of hearts for at least fourteen centuries. Their teaching and methods are based neither upon dogma nor conjecture, but upon a divine and objective foundation which is the primordial religion of humanity.

“Sufism does not offer salvation in the sense of a guarantee of heaven in the afterlife. Sufism offers a path to complete humanness, a state in which the spiritual and the human are unified, in which the world of spiritual qualities and material existence are seen as one.

“This education is empirical, practical, and integrated with daily life. At the same time it is attuned to the most transcendent Truth. This education is a unified whole, but it touches on so many areas of experience: individual psychology, relationships, marriage, family, community, livelihood, creativity, and worship.”

We are the mirror as well as the face in it.

We are drunk on this life of God.

We are both the pain and its cure.

We are the fresh, cool water

and the jar that pours.

–  Rumi (Quatrain 1652)

From The Knowing Heart: A Sufi Path of Transformation by Kabir Helminski

Ya Haqq!


6 Responses to The Knowing Heart

  1. Marahm says:

    An impressive post…the second paragraph resonates with me.

  2. Salaams

    Thank you for the Sufi postings br. Irving. They are always refreshing for any day or time. widad

  3. yasmine says:

    “educators of hearts” — oh, that’s beautiful! may we all be educators of hearts — and students, too =)

    PS: i’m back to writing — and to reading. i’ve missed your posts!

  4. Irving says:

    Salaam Dear Sisters:

    Thank you for the kind comments :) And Sister Yasmine, I am happy you are back to writing. I have also missed your posts :)

    Ya Haqq!

  5. Taimur says:

    Dear Irving.
    To my humble view a Sufi is one who is tuned to the spiritual world through the higher self. As such Sufis have been active throughout human history and not just 14 centuries. Ilm-e-La Dunni or knowledge of the Over Mind is one of the many goals of Sufism and demands de-programing before enlightenment!

  6. Irving says:

    Greetings of Peace Dear Taimur:

    Your view is one I have found to be true, brother :) Sufism is merely one of the names for the path of Divine knowledge, which is reached by practicing divine ethics, as God wills. It is also part of the physical and spiritual evolution of humanity toward God.

    Ya Haqq!

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