As you all know I am not an Islamic scholar at all. I was talking to some muslims the other day and as wanted to get their opinion on Sufism. One of the many interesting things which came out of this conservations, aside from me buying more sweet cheese baklava,and probably blowing up like Marlon Brando.
It made me think a lot. For the darvishes I have met and for what I have seen I really thought about it, especially because I had read the following two things :
Someone once asked one of Bayazid’s disciples: “Who is greater, your master or Abu Hanifa?” “My master,” replied the disciple. “Who is greater, Abu Bakr or your master?” “My master,” again replied the disciple. “Who is greater, the other companions of the prophet, or your master?” “My master,” replied the disciple once more. “Who is greater, the prophet Muhammad or your master?” “My master,” replied the disciple yet again. “Well then, who is greater, God or your master?” “I have seen God in my master and know of nothing other than my master,” replied the disciple for the last time .
The other thing I read camefrom the book Discourses On the Sufi path by Dr. Javad Nurbakhsh.
Every person wants to find a perfect human being with whom he may becaome harmonized in action speech and thought. That is, all human beings, whether they know it or not, have their sights set on human perfection, desiring to find a teacher who may guide them towards it.
In seeking the way to perfection,a person may encounter a master and acceot him with t and soul as a guide and teacher. Whne one finds such a master. one devotes himself to him in order to win his attention.
Submission to a master is the same as submission to God, for a master is God’s representative on earth. Th secret of submission to a master, in the beginning is to practice the etiquette of submission so that ultimately you may truly submitt to God. When you submit to a master, the master is obliged to instruct youin such a way that you may gradually come to submitt to God, such that the self which stands between you and God disappears.
I think this is a really subtle point. The sheikh or the master or the pir, whatever term you want to use, has to at all times guard against being worshiped, and his behavior and actions are never one and the same as I have seen not just with sufi masters but with other truly spiritual leaders. They respond to the needs of a deeper you and many a times on the surface their behaviors strike you as strange nonsensical.
I remember my wife parents who are a non denomination sort of christians, told me that that Roman Catholics worship, Idols.This came as a surprise to me because as a roman catholic for a lifetime, i never worship any images or had a golden calf in my room.
Let me know wat you think? it be nice to hear some comments