The word "Islam" is the divine command to surrender.
Real obedience to this command is the first act of worship and the
true doorway to increase one's direct awareness of divine will.
There is a direct relationship between awareness (true knowledge
of the divine) and surrender. The more one surrenders, the more
one knows, and the more one knows, the more one surrenders. Such
is the relationship between the lover and the Beloved. It is only
from the standpoint of this total surrender to divine will that
the inspirational and brilliant nature of the Islamic teaching appears
Sufism: The principles and practices of the spiritually-realized
in Islam (surrender) and their students, known as murids, or "desiring".
Surrendering to a teacher in order to learn, deepen or verify the
truth of your surrender is the ultimate act of sincerity. Sufism
is a personally transmitted system of spiritual education derived
from the realizations experienced and passed on by the Sufis, masters
and teachers of the Islamic faith who followed the principles taught
directly by the Prophet Muhammad, upon whom be Allah's Peace and
Spiritual Healing: Knowing and dwelling in the Essence of
Divine love is the greatest healing power known to man. The only
thing keeping us from receiving the full benefit of that love is
the limitations we impose upon ourselves. Overcoming these limitations
is our life's work, and "Allah places not upon a soul a burden
greater than it can bear." The Sufi way to perfect Surrender
and Knowing (Islam) is the "Spiritual Alchemy" - that
which transforms the lead of our personal heaviness into the gold
of our total and complete awakening and realization.
Allah - the Name: The Divine Name of God, indicating The
One, the Supreme - Conscious, Living, Creating, over Whom there
is none, greater than Whom there is none, other than Whom there
is none. The "God" of Abraham, Isaac, Moses and Jesus.
The Beloved, of Whom the Sufi poets sing.
Allah - the Means: In the Sufi way, there are four stages
of certitude. The first stage is hearing about it, by voice or letter,
the second is witnessing it, by seeing it clearly in yourself and
others, the third is realizing the truth of it through direct experience,
and the fourth stage is to acquire it, owning it freely to share
with others. In practice, it is said that the Name and the Essence
are One. So first we hear Allah, then we say Allah, then we know
the Essence of Allah and ourselves, and finally live in the Reality.
So Allah (His Name and His Essence being One), is the means. Hence
we say "We know Allah by Allah".
Allah - the Goal: The goal of Surrender in the Sufi way
is to bring us into Reality - to know and perceive our Divinity
with every cell and action. To be in our reality, and to carry none
of the illusions of selfhood any more. To be free of delusion and
walking in the reality of our true existence, which is HU (Arabic
pronoun for Divinity).
The Sufi Path: This path consists of prayer, fasting, alms-giving,
travel in the Holy way, and learning and teaching. It begins and
ends with the witnessing of God and all His Prophets, includes palpable
forgiveness and practices for self-purification, and is done entirely
in surrender. It leads, via the struggle for perfection, through
the garden of the heart to the Ultimate Abode.
I invite you to enrich the garden of your heart by means of saying
the Holy Name and knowing Allah in Essence. I wish to remind you
that Divine Peace is found most strongly in the hearts of those
who serve it.
"Who trusts in Allah has taken a mighty handhold indeed."
In Love, Salaam alaikum.
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