Wednesday, July 25, 2012

The Sufi Path of Blame

The Malamatis deliberately tried to draw the contempt of the world upon themselves by committing unseemly, even unlawful actions, but they preserved purity of thought and loved God without second thought. One of them was hailed by a large crowd when he entered a town; they tried to accompany the great saint; but on the road he publicly started urinating in an unlawful way so that all of them left him and no longer believed in his high spiritual rank.
-from "Mystical Dimensions of Islam"

"Reputation is a desire that by means of bootlicking towards the people you'll receive honor and attain to a high rank."  -Shaykh Laahji