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JAAziz: Sufism

To: alt.magick.tyagi,alt.sufi,alt.islam.sufism,alt.religion.islam
From: (nagasiva)
Subject: JAAziz: Sufism
Date: 11 Apr 1997 00:26:31 -0700

[from "Jamey (Abdul Aziz)" ]

Dear Brother, Asalamu-alaikum.

I believe your question cuts to the heart of the matter. The Marifat
answer is that God is the only Sufi. We are therefore, students of
Sufism. Since we take on faith the statement puportedly put forth by God
that "only the heart of my faithful servant can contain Me," and the
Sufistic doctrine that only God can know God, we beleive that there is a
mechanism for the development of some human capacity to have the
experience of mystical unity. 

It is entirely possible, but highly unlikely, that an individual may
complete that journey unaided, and so, in His wisdom and mercy, God has
placed the Prophets, the lights of God, The friends of God and his
faithful slaves in our midst to testify to absolute reality. Through
their aegis, we are able to proceed step by step from the winding path
of the duniya to the sirat-ul mustaqim, that straight way that is finer
than a razor's edge. 

It is then that the aspiring Sufi begins to understand the connection
between the lower mind, rooted in phenomenological experience, and the
dormant higher mind which is linked to divine experience. These four
lower levels of consciousness of feeling, awareness, intellect, and
discrimination reduce the consensual reality to meaningful impressions.
God has placed His signs and story into this realm to instruct and
reveal. Under divine grace and guidance the student is shown the
qualities and actions necessary to activate the higher three levels of
subtle wisdom, universal wisdom and divine wisdom. When all seven are
actively operating it can be said that the seeker and the sought have
merged and only God exists.

So then, who is there to tell the tale? The perfected being is in a
state of silence, as there is no way to show God to the senses. The
light of God will however be readily apparent on the face, and flowing
from the heart of such a one. If you have the good fortune to discover
an insan kamil, then by all means do all you can to follow them, as they
can take you to God!

May God protect us, Jamey

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