Friday, August 20, 2010
Example of Sufi Ideas
There is a means of doing this, but the means is not through scholastic endeavor and what man takes to be the exercise of intellect. The means is by what is called the 'direct perception of Truth'.
Man's thinking pattern is in the ordinary way based upon alternation and changes of mood. He needs what is conceived of as a unification of mentation.
Man's perceptions are faulty, because they are subjective and relative. They are also 'conditioned', so that he interprets things according to limited, not objective, standards. He may therefore be said to have little capacity for real judgement.
There are realms of mind far beyond the ordinary state of man. These advanced realms cannot completely be rendered in the language of the brain as it stands.
Because of these limitations, man needs the guidance of one who knows more.
All such formulations are 'ways'.
Men have warped and made useless these 'ways' by repetitiously insisting on literal meanings for the figurative. Thus are 'idols' made.
When man reaches behind the exterior form, he can see that such forms, apparently multiple, stand before one and the same thing.
These teachings were given by ancient sages, and by Moses, Jesus and Muhammad. They have been changed and used in a minor and ineffecient way.
Beyond the confines of outward religion, man cannot truly call himself a Jew, a Christian, a Muslim. Ritual and dogma have no place in this sphere.
Man can be conceived as incomplete, a 'limb severed from a body'.
The effort of man to reunite with the understanding from which he is cut off can be called 'the religion, or duty, of Love'. But this is not a religion as such things are normally understood by man.
External impressions 'condition' man, so that he is insensitive to inner impressions.
Any 'language' (terminology) may be used to refer to the transformation of man. This is why such conventions as the language of alchemy are used; or the language of myth and fable, which often refers to psychological processes, not to historical events.
Those who have developed the 'higher perceptions' sometimes have to conceal this fact, for social and other reasons, behind a locally acceptable facade.
From the book ~ Special Problems in the Study of Sufi Ideas, pgs. 35-36
By ~ Idries Shah