I love existence, for you are the Soul of existence. Dr. Javad Nurbakhsh
Present Master Dr. Alireza Nurbakhsh. Santa Fe, New Mexico. (copyright)
The Dance of the Sufi
The enrapturing of the Sufis by God, or rather the ‘pull’ of God,
keeps the Sufi continually in spiritual inner dance and movement.
Whenever a wave of such Divine rapture strikes the heart of the Sufi,
it creates turbulence in his or her inner being. This, in turn,
causes the body to move. Upon seeing such movement,
non-Sufis have often supposed that the Sufi is dancing.
In reality, however, it is the waves of the Ocean of the
Truth that are tossing and turning the anchorless vessel
that is the heart of the Sufi.
Master Dr.Javad Nurbakhsh
copy right. P. Rasti
Once we understand this, we know that, as a Sufi, one does not become a Sufi in convention, but rather one comes to such a state inwardly in the way of the great ones of the path; master-disciple relationship. It is not like learning conventions from the others and then pass on the rules to the new ones. Whoever has realized the Meaning is with the Truth and figurative consciousness relies on the Truth. Thus those who have not realized the Truth are figurative and in need of the Truth.
Now Shibli’s statement means that the Sufis have the Truth within them, while maintaining outward conventions. Whenever one assumes that Sufism is these outward conventions, is in error. One must perceive the Reality within, perhaps with or without conventions. A Sufi truly is not conscious of one’s own state and stations, and under no circumstances is watching his/her own self, only preoccupied with the Truth.
Master Dr. Javad Nurbakhsh,
book on Shibli
Red dragon-fly. copyright Parviz Rasti
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