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When the human being says:'It is not true...'He may mean:'I don't know about it, so I think it is untrue.'Or:'I don't like it.
The union of the mind and intuition which brings about illumination, and the development which the Sufis seek, is based upon love.
A man must be a Solomon before his magical ring will work
Saying of the ProphetEnvyEnvy devours good deeds, as a fire devours fuel.
You can keep going on much less attention than you crave.
The proverb says that 'The answer to a fool is silence'. Observation, however, indicates that almost any other answer will have the same effect in the long run.
When Fortune knocks, open the door, ' they say. But why should one make fortune knock, by keeping the door shut?
Definitions from Mulla Do-PiazaTruthful man:He who is, secretly, regarded by everyone as an enemy.
Progress comes through capacity to learn, and is irresistible.
The human being, whether he realises it or not, is trusting someone or something every moment of the day.
A man's capacity is the same as his breadth of vision.
If you want to strengthen an enemy and make him exult - hate him.
What you are seeking in your retreat, I see clearly in every road and alleyway.
The Sufi way is through knowledge and practice, not through intellect and talk.
But one may say something and yet not be able to do it. Try, for instance, lifting yourself up by the bootstraps.
You will always have doubts, but only discover them at a useful time for your weakness to point them out.
None should say : 'I can trust, ' or 'I cannot trust' until he is a master of the option, of trusting or not trusting.
Two people can illustrate crudity to you.The first is the crude man, whom you see perceiving the diamond as a stone.The other is the refined man, who makes clear to you the crudity of the first one.
A man is deficient in understanding until he perceives that there is a whole cycle of evolution possible within himself: repeating endlessly, offering opportunities for personal development.
Angels are the powers hidden in the faculties and organs of man
Sufis aim to refine human consciousness. This is Sufi mysticism: not mystification or magic, but a specific Path.
It is not only a matter of not caring who knows - it is also a matter of knowing who cares.
In the realm of Greater Understanding, the workshop is dismantled after the work is finished.
Neither imagine that you are false, nor lash yourself, for both may be forms of self-indulgence.
… the Sufi attitude is: ‘Let the real truth, whatever it may be, be revealed to me’.
Deteriorated science is a cult, so is imitative or deteriorated Sufism.
Much religious teaching in the world is in reality a confused or deteriorated form, very different from its roots.
We and all our existences are non-entities. Thou art the absolute being whose appearance is transitory.
Sufism is the doing in this lifetime what any fool will be doing in then thousand years’ time.
Because there is a word for perfection, people will always imagine that they know it.
One should not pray if that prayer is vanity.
Three ThingsThree things cannot be retrieved:The arrow once sped from the bowThe word spoken in hasteThe missed opportunity.(Ali the Lion, Caliph of Islam, son-in-law of Mohammed the Prophet),
The real generosity is when a man does something generous when nobody knows about it.
The tongue is the best masseur of furrowed brows.
I have heard all that you have had to say to me on your problems.You ask me what to do about them.It is my view that your real problem is that you are a member of the human race.Face that one first.
Advice is priceless: when it becomes interference it is preposterous.
The barren branches may appear inelegant: They are, to the cook, the means to make his fire.
The practice of the Sufis is too sublime to have a formal beginning,
Enlightenment must come little by little - otherwise it would overwhelm.
The degree of necessity determines the development of organs in man… therefore increase your necessity.
The laziness of adolescence is a rehearsal for the incapacity of old age.
You fear tomorrow: yet yesterday is just as dangerous.
Opinion is usually something which people have when they lack comprehensive information.
Sufism was formerly a reality without a name: now it is a name without a reality.
ANDAKI: EFFORT IS NOT EFFORT WITHOUT ZAMAN, MAKAN, IKHWAN (RIGHT TIME, RIGHT PLACE, RIGHT PEOPLE).
An old fool is worse than a young one: For the young may always grow wise. (Zohair)
People who have fallacious objectives are like the barren soil. The flowers grow from soil which is composed of the right objectives.
If you do not understand, you cannot love. You can only imagine that you love.
Banality is like boredom: bored people are boring people, people who think that things are banal are themselves banal.Interesting people can find something interesting in all things.
Be a dog, but don't be a younger brother.Proverb.