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Deteriorated science is a cult, so is imitative or deteriorated Sufism.
One should not pray if that prayer is vanity.
Saadi’s dictum, in the Bostan: ‘The Path is not in the rosary, the prayer-mat and the robe
The Sufis have said: ‘The importance of something is in inverse proportion to its attractiveness.
The Path is not to be found anywhere except in human service
But the Sufis work IN the world, and therefore WITH 'things of the world'.
Hariri says, in his Maqamat: ‘Safety is on the river’s BANK.
Q: How can I help myself?A: By remembering the proverb: ‘The Path is not to be found anywhere except in human service’, from Saadi.
A Sufi is one who is not bound by anything nor does he bind anything
Things which are seemingly opposed may in fact be working together
Like calls to like, truth to truth and deceit to deceit.
Whatever goes into a salt-mine becomes salt.
It is experience which teaches, not controversy based on supposed logic and assumptions of what is likely to be true.
Sufism is education, in that it has a body of knowledge which it transmits to those who have not got it.
Ignorance is the Mother of Opposition
Has it not occurred to you that, conversely, other people do not have your difficulties because they do not react as you do to what happens?
When there is a true or useful thing, there is sure to be a counterfeit.
Great men are great until they know it. Saints are holy until they know it.
I longed to teach, but I had to wait until the desire had left me before I could really do so.
If you seek small things to do, and do them well, great things will seek you, and demand to be performed.
Worry is a cloud which rains destruction.
But the minimum human duty is to serve others: it is no great attainment.
Q: What is a fundamental mistake of man's?A: To think that he is alive, when he has merely fallen asleep in life's waiting-room.