Sufism

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Sufism is a Connection Practice that emerges from Islam and the Koran.


Related and Syncretic Terms

Connection Practice > Cocooning, Detachment, Drumming, Fasting, Great Invocation, Holotropic Breathwork, Hypnotism, Hypoventilation, Intent to Connect, Meditation, Mental Purification, Mysticism of the Historical Event, Receptive Seeking, Relaxation, Sufism, The Way of the Hollow Bone, Wicca, Writing, Zazen


Notes

The name "probably" comes from the word safa or purity,[1] perhaps indicating that the successful Sufi is one who is pure/Aligned. "Sufis were Sufis because of their pure lives and pure hearts and spiritual elevation."[2]

Islam has an advanced understanding of Alignment. "Under the teaching of the Koran, nothing is right or wrong in itself. Everything created by God has its own particular use-keept it away from that use and it is sin, according to the Koran. This is what the words Junah, Zanb, Ism, Jurm and other literally mean. Anything turned away from its proper pace is Junah. Any abnormal growth is Zanb, anything cut from the main thing is Jurm."[3]

Sufism is "the mystical tradition of Islam." [4]

"Writings on Islamic spirituality and mysticism began to appear in Arabic over a thousand years ago." [5]

"...their fundamental tenets are, that nothing exists absolutely but GOD: that the human soul is an emanation from his essence, and, though divided for a time from its heavenly source, will be finally re-united with it; that the highest possible happiness will arise from its re-union, and that the chief good of mankind, in this transitory world, consists in as perfect a union with the Eternal Spirit as the incumbrances of a mortal frame will allow;that, for this purpose, they should break all connexion (or taalluk,as they call it), with extrinsic objects, and pass through life without attachments, as a swimmer in the ocean strikes freely without the impediment of clothes." [6]

"In treading the Path, the Sufi ascends until perfection is reached, and in the perfect sain, God and [individual ego] become one again. Abd Al-Kaim Jili [7]

"The Sufi is he who aims, from the first, at reaching God, the Creative Truth. Until he has found what he sought, he takes no est, nor does he give heed to any person. For They sake I haste over land and water: over the plain I pass and the mountain I cleave and from everything I meet I turn my face, until the time when I reach that place where I am alone with Thee." Husayn B. Mansu Al-Hallaj [8]

Islamic fundamentalists have attempted to contain Sufism. "The polemical attacks on Sufism by fundamentalists have had the primary goal of making Sufism into a subject that is separable from Islam, indeed hostile to it. This strategy permits fundamentalists to define Islam as they wish by selective use of certain scriptural texts. The novelty of this project has so far escaped the notice of most journalists and diplomats..." [9]

Like early Christianity,[10] Sufis represented a challenge to the fundamentalist and religious PTB of Islam. "By suggesting that some that people are knowledgeable enough to interpret the scripture, Sufis and others who favour esotericism challenge the monopoly on control of the cultural capital of the Islamic tradition." [11]

Primary Sources

The Dabistan https://www.amazon.ca/s?k=dabistan&ref=nb_sb_noss. For comments, see Ernst "Shambhala Guide..." p. 9


Footnotes

  1. Ikbal, Ali Shah. Islamic Sufism. Tractus Books, 2000.
  2. Ikbal, Ali Shah. Islamic Sufism. Tractus Books, 2000. p. 23.
  3. Ikbal, Ali Shah. Islamic Sufism. Tractus Books, 2000. p. 244.
  4. Ernst. Teachings of Sufism. Boston: Shambhala, 1999. p. ix.
  5. Ernst. Teachings of Sufism. Boston: Shambhala, 1999. p. x.
  6. Sir William Jones, quoted in Ernst, Carl W. The Shambhala Guide to Sufism. Boston: Shambhala Publications, 1997. https://amzn.to/2SoFmun. p. 9-10.
  7. Margaret Smith, Readings from the Mystics of Islam (Westport, CT: PIR Publications, 1994), https://amzn.to/2MdrfqB
  8. Margaret Smith, Readings from the Mystics of Islam (Westport, CT: PIR Publications, 1994), https://amzn.to/2MdrfqB
  9. Ernst, Carl W. The Shambhala Guide to Sufism. Boston: Shambhala Publications, 1997. https://amzn.to/2SoFmun. p. xiv
  10. Sosteric. “Rethinking the Origins and Purpose of Religion: Jesus, Constantine, and the Containment of Global Revolution,” Unpublished. https://www.academia.edu/34970150/.
  11. Ernst, Carl W. The Shambhala Guide to Sufism. Boston: Shambhala Publications, 1997. https://amzn.to/2SoFmun. p. 38.
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