Para aquellos que buscan la verdad en la religión convencionalizada:

Hasta que el colegio y el minarete no se hayan desplomado
Esta santa tarea nuestra no se habrá realizado.
Hasta que la fe no se transforme en rechazo
Y el rechazo devenga creencia
No habrá verdadero creyente

Abu Said

El camino del Sufi


Mohiudin ibn el-Arabi is one of the great Sufis of the Middle Ages whose life and writings are shown nowadays to have deeply penetrated the thought of East and West alike. He was known to the Arabs as Sheikh el-Akbar, ‘the Greatest Sheikh’, and to the Christian West by a direct translation of this title: ‘Doctor Maximus’. He died in the thirteenth century.


Jafar the son of Yahya of Lisbon was determined to find the Sufi ‘Teacher of the Age’, and he travelled to Mecca as a young man to seek him. There he met a mysterious stranger, a man in a green robe, who said to him before any word had been spoken:


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Shibli was asked:

‘Who guided you in the Path?’
He said: ‘A dog. One day I saw him, almost dead with thirst, standing by the water’s edge.
‘Every time he looked at his reflection in the water he was frightened, and withdrew, because he thought it was another dog.
‘Finally, such was his necessity, he cast away fear and leapt into the water; at which the «other dog» vanished.
‘The dog found that the obstacle, which was himself, the barrier between him and what he sought, melted away.
‘In this same way my own obstacle vanished, when I knew that it was what I took to be my own self. And my Way was first shown to me by the behaviour of ̶ a dog.’

The Way of the Sufi
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The Sufi is one who does what others do – when it is necessary. He is also one who does what others cannot do – when it is indicated.
Nuri Mojudi

SO many people profess themselves bewildered by Sufi lore that one is forced to the conclusion that they want to be bewildered. Others, for more obvious reasons, simplify things to such an extent that their ‘Sufism’ is just a cult of love, or of meditations, or of something equally selective.
But a person with a portion of uncommitted interest who looks at the variety of Sufi action can see the common characteristic staring him in the face.


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