Sufis Quotes

Man (and woman) has an infinite capacity for self-development. Equally, he has an infinite capacity for self-destruction. A human being may be clinically alive and yet, despite all appearances, spiritually dead.

Consciousness    Death    Evolution    Life    Psychology    Sufis    Sufism    Will

Three Things
Three things cannot be retrieved:
The arrow once sped from the bow
The word spoken in haste
The missed opportunity.
(Ali the Lion, Caliph of Islam, son-in-law of Mohammed the Prophet),

Islam    Religion    Sufis    Sufism

Q: What is a fundamental mistake of man's?
A: To think that he is alive, when he has merely fallen asleep in life's waiting-room.

Learning    Sleeping    Sufis    Sufism

Real generosity is anonymous to the extent that a man should be prepared even to be considered ungenerous rather than explain it to others.

Generosity    Learning    Sufi    Sufis    Sufism

Deep in the sea are riches beyond compare. But if you seek safety, it is on the shore.

The Sufis

Idries Shah

The Sufis

Study the assumptions behind your actions. Then study the assumptions behind your assumptions.

Assumptions    Conditioning    Learning    Mind    Psychology    Study    Sufi    Sufis    Sufism

Sayings of the Prophet
Trust: Trust in God – but tie your camel first.

My father used to tell me that stories offer the listener a chance to escape but, more importantly, he said, they provide people with a chance to maximize their minds. Suspend ordinary constraints, allow the imagination to be freed, and we are charged with the capability of heighetned thought.
Learn to use your eyes as if they are your ears, he said, and you become connected with the ancient heritage of man, a dream world for the waking mind.

Worry is a cloud which rains destruction.

Emotions    Evolution    Life    Mind    Psychology    Sufis    Sufism

A worshipper perceives that he is near to God because he is awake all night worshipping God. But after worship, your prayers are for health, long life, wealth, and for the damsels and slaves of the Paradise. Ponder! Did you ever pray to God, ‘O’ God, I desire from Thee nothing but Thee’?

Anybody or anything may stand between you and knowledge if you are unfit for it.

Knowledge    Learning    Life    Process    Sufis    Sufism    Wisdom

Inner Knowledge -- You want to become wise in one lesson: First become a real human being.

Evolution    Knowledge    Meditation    Religion    Sufis    Sufism    Transcendence    Truth    Wisdom    Yoga day

Your medicine is in you, and you do not observe it. Your ailment is from yourself, and you do not register it.
Hazrat Ali

Knowledge    Psychology    Sufi    Sufis    Sufism    Truth    Wisdom

Remembering and Forgetting
You have not forgotten to remember;
You have remembered to forget.
But people can forget to forget. That is just as important as remembering to remember – and generally more practical.

Plato    Remembrance    Sufis    Sufism

When you realise the difference between the container and the content, you will have knowledge.

Knowledge    Perception    Psychology    Sufis    Sufism    Truth

A Better Beard that Yours. 'All true devotees wear a beard,' said the Imam to his audience. 'Show me a thick and lustrous beard and I'll show you a true believer!' 'My goat has a beard far bushier and longer than yours,' replied Nasrudin. 'Does that mean he is a better Muslim than you?

If your desire for 'good' is based on greed, it is not good, but greed.

Conditioning    Evolution    Greed    Learning    Sufi    Sufis    Teaching

To copy a virtue in another is more copying than it is virtue. Try to learn what that virtue is based upon.

Evolution    Learning    Sufi    Sufis    Virtue

When Fortune knocks, open the door,' they say. But why should one make fortune knock, by keeping the door shut?

Destiny    Fate    Fortune    Luck    Sufi    Sufis    Sufism

To be a Sufi is to detach from fixed ideas and from preconceptions; and not to try to avoid what is your lot.

Death    Destiny    Fate    Life    Sufis    Sufism

The Sufi is 'One who does not care when something is taken from him, but who does not cease to seek for what he has not.

Detachment    Ego    Evolution    Learning    Possession    Sufis    Sufism

In the modern world we are in a paradoxical situation; because although in theory man knows that he can extend his attention to something and then remove it, he very often does not do so. In many areas he does not look at something and then detach from it, and look at something else.
Once he has found something to interest himself in, he cannot detach himself from it efficiently, and therefore he cannot be objective. Note that, in most if not all languages, we have words like 'objectivity' which leads people to imagine that they have it, or can easily use it. That is equivalent (in reality if not in theory) to saying 'I know the word gold, so I am rich.

Knowledge    Sufis    Sufism    Truth    Wisdom

I will not serve God like a labourer, in expectation of my wages. Rabia

Conditioning    Desire    God    Greed    Rabia    Religion    Sufis    Sufism

Three things cannot be retrieved:
The arrow once sped from the bow
The word spoken in haste
The missed opportunity.
Ali, the Lion of Islam.

Ali    Mohammed    Sufi    Sufis    Sufism

Not to be greedy is, paradoxically, the highest form of looking after one's true interests.

Evolution    Generosity    Greed    Sufi    Sufis    Sufism

If you are uninterested in what I say, there's an end to it. If you like what I say, please try to understand which previous influences have made you like it. If you like some of the things I say, and dislike others, you could try to understand why. If you dislike all I say, why not try to find out what formed your attitude?

If you seek a teacher, try to become a real student. If you want to be a student, try to find a real teacher.

Evolution    Learning    Sufi    Sufis    Sufism    Teacher

Contrary to Expectation. A wise man, the wonder of his age, taught his disciples from a seemingly inexhaustible store of wisdom. He attributed all his knowledge to a thick tome which was kept in a place of honour in his room. The sage would allow nobody to open the volume. When he died, those who had surrounded him, regarding themselves as his heirs, ran to open the book, anxious to possess what it contained. They were surprised, confused and disappointed when they found that there was writing on only one page. They became even more bewildered and then annoyed when they tried to penetrate the meaning of the phrase which met their eyes. It was: 'When you realise the difference between the container and the content, you will have knowledge.

There is a Persian proverb: 'To test that which has been tested is ignorance.' To try to test something without the means of testing is even worse.

Experience    Knowledge    Persian    Saying    Sufi    Sufis    Sufism    Wisdom

The stupidest man I ever met had a favourite saying. It was: 'What do you think I am, stupid, or something?

Ego    Psychology    Sufis    Sufism    Wisdom

Sufism, the "secret tradition," is not available on the basis of assumptions which belong to another world, the world of intellect.

The Sufis

Idries Shah

The Sufis

An intelligent enemy,' he would say, stroking his beard as if it were a bristly pet, 'rather than a foolish friend.' Or, 'He learnt the language of pigeons, and forgot his own.' Or, the favourite of Jan Fishan Khan: 'Nothing is what it seems.

Afghan    Afghanistan    Folklore    Proverbs    Saying    Sufis    Sufism    Wisdom

If you cannot laugh frequently and genuinely, you have no soul.

Evolution    Humour    Laugh    Learning    Sufi    Sufis    Sufism

Many things which are called 'secrets' are only things withheld from people until they can understand or effectively experience them.

Experience    Knowledge    Learning    Secrets    Sufis    Sufism    Tradition    Wisdom

Exercise power by means of kindness, and you may be causing more damage than you could by cruelty. Neither approach is correct.

Authority    Cruelty    Evolution    Sufi    Sufis    Sufism

Show me a person who really knows what 'good' is, and I will show you that he almost never uses the word.

Belief    Ego    Evolution    Good    Knowledge    Nafs    Sufis    Sufism    Wisdom

Only the search for truth is valid, the desire for wisdom the motive. The method is assimilation, not study.

Discipleship    Evolution    Study    Sufi    Sufis    Sufism

Voice in the night
A voice whispered to me last night: 'There is no such thing as a voice whispering in the night!

Illusion    Sufis    Sufism    Truth    Wisdom

Feeling important is a vice, not a virtue, however concealed as participation in something noble.

Greed    Hypocrisy    Sufi    Sufis    Sufism    Vice    Virtue

One lie will keep out forty truths.

Proverb    Sufis    Sufism    Wisdom

With enough information, it is almost impossible "not" to predict people's action.

Inscribed on it was a verse from the Quatrains of Omar Khayyam, the eleventh-century Persian mystic. Reading the words aloud I prepared for a most amazing journey:
The sages who have compassed sea and land,
Their secret to search out and understand,
My mind misgives me if they ever solve
The scheme on which the universe is planned.

The colour of the water seems to be the colour of the glass into which it has been poured'.

Perception    Sufis    Sufism    Wisdom

When you realise the difference between the container and the content, you will have knowledge

When a belief becomes more than an instrument, you are lost. You remain lost until you learn what 'belief' is really for.

Belief    Evolution    Reality    Religion    Sufi    Sufis    Sufism

Virtually all organisations known to you work largely by means of your greed.

Conditioning    Greed    Knowledgeedge    Learning    Society    Sufi    Sufis    Sufism    Wisdom

Many Americans first fell in love with the poetry of the thirteenth century teacher and spiritual leader Jelalludin Rumi during the early 1990s when the unparalleled lyrical grace, philosophical brilliance, and spiritual daring of his work took modern Western readers completely by surprise. The impact of its soulful beauty and the depth of its profound humanity were so intense that they reportedly prompted numerous individuals to spontaneously compose poetry.

Sandals. The Sufi teacher Ghulam-Shah was asked what pattern he used in formulating his courses for disciples. He said: 'Barefoot until you can get sandals, sandals until you can manage boots.

Show a man too many camels' bones,or show them to him too often,and he will not be able to recognize a camel when he comes across a live one.

Mind    Perception    Proverb    Psychology    Sufi    Sufis    Sufism    Truth



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