In my travels in the world and my readings I have always come across the fact that people, traditions, nations, ideologies are grossly misrepresented and it is a real shame. The media through the use of sensationalism can vilify entire peoples, they can turn a whole nation into a serious enemy over night. This is one of the reason why I love blogging, because through blogging I get access to the person and not the sensationalist projection. I didn’t start this blog to sell a book or some product, I started this blog because i felt a need to write and share. I have share with you all my ideas my experiences and most importantly the works of many authors. But with that said I think it is important to talk about the responsibility bloggers who write on certain topics have.
I feel as a blogger it is my duty share with you in clear and plain manner my experiences on the Sufi path. Why? I am not necessarily sure. But I do know that I mull over each post a lot, to make sure in no way I detect myself getting a swelled head or imposing. I also make it an issue to point to the fact that I am not an authority on anything and that whatever I say should be adjusted with the right amounts of salt. The one thing I have tried to never do is tell anyone what they should do.
One of the main reasons for this was because I remember what it was like to search for answers to a question I was never able to articulate clearly. No matter how many books you read, the exotic places one travels to, nothing satisfies. Looking back on that time I realise sometimes how impressionable I was, how during those times I formed strong opinions which still influence my thought today albeit not as intensely. I think what about those people seeking who come to a website and text misappropriated. I know of course this is bound to happen but sometimes this makes me sad in a way. Ultimately I feel that if someone is sincere they will arrive at the truth of the matter I just endeavour hopefully to not to make that journey more arduous by putting out sub par stuff
A Funny Story
I became acquainted with a person who had a few years ago had a transformative experience supposedly and changed their life around. For a while we would talk and I would be polite and never offer my opinion on anything like the content of their website. I was just very very polite and would divert those conversations into other subjects. After some time the blogger told me a few times that as we are both on the path although differing ones I should feel at ease to be as bluntly honest as I felt.
Eventually I said that the use Sufi materials (poetry) to discuss dating /love/bad relationships in 21st century is creative and really nice, but I felt that wasn’t the intention. Also Rumi and Shams weren’t homosexual lovers, and making cards to target newly same sex marriages I feel is sort of off. It doesn’t sit well with me.
Of course this didn’t go over well and suffice it to say we are no longer well acquainted.Supposedly I am a narrow-minded judgemental idiot who wasn’t there 800 years ago and didn’t have as intense a spiritual awakening to see that. Being in an Sufi order didn’t mean anything because I mindlessly took orders from someone and didst have to courage to follow my own way.
I smiled and like any rational man would do I went to my wife and asked her and I am idiot, narrow-minded and judgemental. She is the only person I know who is always right. She affirmed that I was an idiot for certain but not narrow-mind and judgemental
What do you think ? This just doesn’t apply to Sufi material but any materials. Do you think there is responsibility to represent these materials in the best light , how does one go about doing that ?
- The Knowing Heart A Sufi Path of Transformation ~ Kabir Helminski (evolutionarymystic.wordpress.com)
- Rumi: Say I Am You (Sufi poem) (elanoflife.wordpress.com)
- Women and Sufism (makashfa.wordpress.com)
- What is Muraaqba? The Sufi Spiritual Practice? (makashfa.wordpress.com)