the challenge of this time

the challenge of this time with Sheikh Burhanuddin

(for seminar info www.the-sufiway.org)

 


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To accomplish this you will find here teachers providing students with spiritual

tools based on principles of the Sufi tradition, that students can then apply

as they fit to make better decisions that not only benefit themselves but at 

the same time help  make the world better.

 

 

 

Awareness and Balance of the Ego

 

The ego is a voice inside that directs people to be selfish, narrow-minded, limited, addicted,

hurtful, irresponsible, negative, angry, and hateful. The ego is a main source of problems

because it allows us to believe that others are separate from us. It is the opposite of sharing

and humility.

 

The ego also has a positive side, as it motivates one to take action.

It is up to each individual to choose whether they act for themselves or whether to also act

in the well-being of others. It is important to be aware of one’s ego and to balance the

positives and negatives.

 

The Poverty of the Heart

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The Sufi Path takes the Wayfarer beyond the world of forms into the formless, beyond the mind

into the heart. On this journey every desire is a limitation.

Those who travel along this path are known in the East as “dervishes” (darwish in modern

Persian), a term which refers to their holy poverty: “the poor man is not he whose hand is

empty of provisions, but he whose nature is empty of desires.”1

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This is a state of both helplessness and freedom, for the Wayfarer, without desire or direction,

has nowhere to go. If everything must be given up, then even the desire for spiritual progress

is a limitation.

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The road which seemed to lead to a far distant horizont is seen as just another illusion.

For the seeker who has followed the path of longing and placed all his values in the idea of

the quest, it can be very hard to give up this last attachment.

But not only must this world be given up; any idea of spiritual transformation must also be

abandoned. Such total poverty is the real patched coat of the Sufi.

Spiritual poverty is to be totally naked, to be a formless piece of wax in which He can stamp

His name. Because this state is beyond desire, poverty cannot be sought. Like everything

that belongs to Him, it is given as a gift. The path takes the wayfarer to where he can travel

no further and is left in a state of desolation and hopelessness.

Then, when the seeker accepts there is nowhere else to go — when the path seems to lead

to a total dead end — then there is freedom, freedom born from the deep realization that

there is nothing one can do. It is in this newfound emptiness that spiritual life really begins.

 

1 Hujwiri, Kash al-mahjuu

 

Sheikh Burhanuddin received direct transmission of the Naqshbandi Sufi Order,

one of the most authoritative and ancient among the forty traditional existing Sufi Orders.

It is known through the ages under different names, like the “School of the Masters of

Wisdom”, or the “Path of Love”.

 

 

Shaykh BurhanuddinSheikh Burhanuddin ha ricevuto la formazione classica

derviscia e la trasmissione dell’ordine Sufi Naqshbandi

sotto la guida diretta di Maulana Sheikh Nazim, quarantesimo

Gran Maestro e rappresentante mondiale dell’ordine. 

(for seminar info www.the-sufiway.org)