function of a living master

the function of a living master in sufism

 

Sheikh Burhanuddin Herrmann – sufism, a living tradition engl/ita

 

The Sufi Be in this world as if you are a traveller, a passer-by,with your clothes and shoes full

of dust. Sometimes yousit under the shade of a tree, sometimes you walk in thedesert.

Be always a passer-by, for this is not home.

Dervishes are a brotherhood of migrants who keepwatch on the world and for the world.

Four thousand years before God created these bodies, He created the souls and kept them

beside Himself andshed a light upon them. He knew what quantity each soulreceived and

He showed favor to each in proportion to its illumination. The souls remained all that time

in light, untilthey became fully nourished.

Those who in this world live in joy and agreement with one another must have been taking

to one another in that place. Here they love oneanother and are called the friends of God,

and they are brothers who love one another for God’s sake.

These souls know one another by smell, like horses. (A BÛ SA ‘ ÎD IBN ABÎ – L -K HAYR)