"Introduction": - Original Version About "Introduction"
Title Given To "Introduction": "We have to discover what is hidden within us"
From: Spiritual Book 03 - "Shaikh and Disciple"
Author: M. R. Bawa Muhaiyaddeen (may God be pleased with Him)
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Bismillahir-Rahmanir-Rahim. In the name of God, the Most Merciful, the Most Compassionate. Al-salam 'alaykum wa-rahmat Allah wa-barakatuhu kulluhu. Wa 'alaykum al-salam wa-rahmat Allah wa-barakatuhu kulluhu. May all the peace, the beneficence, and the blessing of God be upon us all. May God help us all.
My love you (anbu) - Shaikh Muhaiyaddeen (Louie Beutler).
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My love you, my grandchildren, my daughters and sons, brothers and sisters.
May Allah, to whom all praise and praising belong, show us the way to a life of purity.
May he prove to us the wealth of truth in our lives. May He show us proof of our connection with Him and of the unity between us, and may He help us to attain that state in our lifetime. Amin.
My children, for what reason have we gathered here together? One reason is love. Another is to discover a way to find peace for our hearts and, in the time between our birth and our death, to discover the connection between God and man, so that we can end the suffering in this life.
These are the reasons we are here now. We have gathered here because we have been searching for a man of wisdom for many long days, months, and years, hoping that if we found such a good and wise man we could then understand our connection with God.
Some will love this man of wisdom as a Father. Some will love him as a Grandfather.
For some, the relationship to Him will be that of a brother, sister, child, or grandchild.
Some children may call him a Shaikh, others may call him a Guru. They may address him in many ways. But no matter what they call Him, they have all gathered in love and unity.
For a Father, there is only one point - whether the children are young or old, they are all His children. He addresses them all as "My Children".
Where do these words come from? They come from His heart. He gave birth to these Children from His heart. They are never separate from Him; they are always a part of His love, a part of His qualities, and a part of His compassion.
There is no separation between the Father and the Children. He shows no differences toward any of them. He teaches them wisdom according to their qualities, conduct, actions, and maturity.
The Father gives his children the food and protection they need.
Children, you should never think you are being treated differently from the others. Do not make your different needs into differences among yourselves.
Only a man of wisdom can know how to judge the needs of each child. Since you do not have that ability, you cannot fathom how much is needed. Think about this.
You must not harbor doubts, thinking the Father is giving more food to one child or more Wisdom to another. Never judge like that.
Do not keep such doubt within you. Doubt kills wisdom, love, faith, compassion, and unity. Ignorance can be dispelled by Wisdom, but doubt is very difficult to drive away.
It is easy for moonlight to dispel the darkness, but when the moon is covered by clouds it is difficult for its light to penetrate. Even sunlight finds it difficult to penetrate. Doubts are like those clouds; it is difficult for wisdom to break through them.
But when there are no clouds, the light can shine directly. If one has the qualities of doubt, suspicion, or jealousy, it is difficult for wisdom, love, and faith to dispel them from the heart.
Ignorance can easily be dispelled, but it is very difficult to break through these other qualities. If you want to go on this path, you should not have such thoughts.
A man of wisdom will know what you need. He will watch as you progress step by step and will give to you according to your level of maturity. A wise father will know.
Every child should think about this. My love you, my grandchildren, my brothers and sisters.
There are many different kinds of learning on this path. Some learning has to be done on the earth, some in the sea, some in the air, some in the sky. Other learning must be done within the body of man.
I too had to learn all this myself. I will tell you of certain experiences in my life.
First I had to learn about the ether, the sky, the section above the head. Ether can conceal the self.
There are many clouds, many colors, many hues, many suns, moons, stars, thunder and lightening, rain, gales, and storms overhead. All that is above the mind is like ether. So much exists beyond the mind; there are four hundred trillion, ten thousand different sections.
Energies, cells, viruses, spirits, saktis, illusion, darkness, torpor - whatever is beyond the control of the mind is like the ether or sky. But once you control these energies with wisdom, they become like the earth. Once you can control the thoughts of the mind, you are treading on earth.
If we can control what is above us and bring it under our feet, then we can learn.
Next I went to the jungle. Some people go to live in caves, some go to the Himalayan mountains or to other isolated places.
I was told that if I went to such a place I could meditate in peace.
"Is that so?" I said. "I must go and see."
And so I went to the jungle. There I found snakes, insects, flowers, jungle fowl, and all sorts of animals. I discovered that all the sections in the world are even more prevalent in the jungle. All around me there were lions, tigers, wild horses, pigs, foxes, and dogs.
They ran about, hunted for food, and slept. Some animals came out in the night, some in the daytime. Some animals caught and ate each other. Some ran in fear of the others. This is what I saw in the jungle.
I lived there among the animals. I lived in the caves where they lived. I roamed the way they roamed, and I climbed the trees they climbed. Without any separation I drank beside them from the ponds. I mingled with them and studied their qualities, actions, feeling, intellect, and awareness.
I learned from each creation. I found that the jungle was not a place of peace in which to meditate. I learned that the animals behave in the jungle just like people behave in the world.
Animals live in caves; man sits in caves. Animals go out in search of food; man goes out and takes whatever he sees. Animals have not discovered anything about man, nor has man discovered anything about himself.
How can one who has not discovered what is within man meditate? In this way I studied the beings in the jungle, and then I left.
Next I studied the creatures of the ocean. They too were behaving in the same way.
I finished that lesson and began to study birds. They were also the same. Some ate fruit, some ate worms, some ate insects, some killed one another.
One variety ate dead animals, another ate lives ones. They built nests, laid eggs, and hatched them. I watched and studied all their qualities and actions.
Then I came to the city and studied the animals there. I discovered that human animals were behaving just like other creatures. Whatever qualities these other being had, man also had.
What the monkey had, man had. What the venomous snake had, man had. The human animal was not a wonder. He did not have anything different from the animals.
At this point I realized that the most difficult task in life is to find a true man among the created beings.
To find a true human being and to understand him is very difficult indeed. Only after realizing the true man and God within myself could I perform true meditation. I had to understand the cage of this body.
Outer acts are not real. I had to find the place within to perform true meditation.
At this point I was told,
"There is a house that was built and given to you. That house is your body."
"But this body is only eight spans. How can I live here?"
Then He told me,
"Even an ant's body is eight spans of its own hand. The body is a school.
It is your house, your heaven, your hell, and my Kingdom. Your freedom is
there, yet your slavery is also there. Both your joys and your sorrows are there".
"Man-animal and Man-God are both there".
"All this learning is within this eight-span house of your body. If you become an
insan, a true man, you will understand this. You are My Secret. I am a
According to His words, I started to learn about the cage of my body. Within this eight-span body, I set out to discover what should be discarded and what should be taken in.
I was told,
"Within this eight-span house, half a span is your sorrow, half a span is your
torpor, and one span is the fire of hell. If you can understand and discard these
two spans, then you are left with six."
"Once you have understood all that is within the remaining six spans of your
body, you can become a man with six levels of wisdom, capable of analyzing
and discovering the secrets of the eighteen thousand universes."
"Then you will understand that one handful of earth which is your heart. If you do
not reach this understanding, you could become a worm in hell with only one
level of wisdom, or you could become a jinn, a fairy, a ghost, or a demon. You
could become a ruhani, an elemental spirit."
"However, if you understand yourself, then you can become a true human being.
You can become My messenger, you can become My light, you can merge with
Me and we can live together."
These were His words.
We have to discover what is hidden within this body. This is what we must learn from a wise man of purity. We must learn this from a pure father who has a pure heart. To do this, your unity and faith must be strong.
Children, you must have purity of heart to learn from the purity of the father. The secret of God, our Father who is purity, must be learned with pure love, pure faith, pure compassion, pure unity, and a pure life.
This is the only way we can learn and understand that purity, that meditation, that prayer, and that learning.
If each one of you establishes and understands this state within, then the connection between you and your Father can easily be established.
You can conduct your lives with ease and understand all you need to know. You can understand the life in which wisdom, good deeds, our Father, and the Children live together.
When love, wisdom, and unity are all together, that is the heaven of gnanam. The Children of the pure Father will live in the paradise of gnanam. That is firdaus, our Father's pure kingdom. We will be given the radiant kingdom of our Father as our prize.
You must understand this pure place. When you can establish this within yourself and demonstrate proof of its existence, then your Father's kingdom of wisdom, love, compassion, peace, and iman becomes yours.
These are some of the things I have learned through experience. My love you. Think about this. May Allah help you. Amin.
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