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Cutting Loose

To: alt.magick
From: tyagI@houseofkaos.Abyss.coM (Haramullah)
Subject: Cutting Loose (9409.sufstry.ran)
Date: 49940910

Quoting: | (Tzimon Yliaster) 

|If one can't use can't use an ability to satisfy basic needs, then one is 
|unlikely to go any further.  It's hard to do effective magick if you're 

|If you don't believe that, then quit your job, give away all your money 
|and all your books, and go live on the street for awhile.  Then, see how 
|far you progress in anything other than attempting to scratch out a living.

"Shibli was a pupil of the famous theosophist Junayd of Baghdad.  On his
 conversion, he came to Junayd, saying:

	"'They tell me that you possess the pearl of divine 
	  knowledge: either give it me or sell it.'  Junayd 

	"'I cannot sell it, for you have not the price thereof; 
	  and if I give it you, you will have gained it cheaply.  
	  You not know its value.  Cast yourself headlong, like 
	  me, into this ocean, in order that you may win the 
	  pearl by waiting patiently.'

"Shibli asked what he must do.

	"'Go,' said Junayd, 'and sell sulphur.'

"At the end of a year he said to Shibli:

	"'This trading makes you well known.  Become a dervish 
	  and occupy yourself solely with begging.'

"During a whole year Shibli wandered through the streets of Baghdad,
 begging of the passers-by, but no one heeded him.  Then he returned
 to Junayd, who exclaimed:

	"'See now!  You are nothing in people's eyes.  Never set 
	  your mind on them or take any account of them at all.  
	  For some time... you were a chamberlain and acted as 
	  governor of a province.  Go to that country and ask 
	  pardon of all those whom you have wronged.'

"Shibli obeyed and spend four years in going from door to door, until
 he had obtained an acquittance from every person except one, whom he
 failed to trace.  On his return, Junayd said to him:

	"'You still have some regard to reputation.  Go and be a
	  beggar for one year more.'

"Every day Shibli used to bring the alms that were given him to Junayd,
 who bestowed them on the poor and kept Shibli without food until the
 next morning.  When a year had passed in this way, Junayd accepted
 him as one of his disciples on condition that he should perform the
 duties of a servant to the others.  After a year's service, Junayd
 asked him:

	"'What think you of yourself now?'  Shibli replied: 
	 'I deem myself the meanest of God's creatures.' 
	 'Now,' said the master, 'your faith is firm.'"

_The Mystics of Islam_, by Reynold A. Nicholson, 
				Arkana Books, 1989; pp 34-5.

'Laikum dinukum waley-ah din.


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