Sunday, February 21, 2010

"Flee from sensuality!" - Shaykh ad-Darqawi


O son,
Never let sensuality take possession of your heart and limbs.
Never see your profit only in it.
Never chatter about it.
Never busy yourselves with it.
Never rejoice in it.
Drag yourselves away from it!

Shaykh ad-Darqawi said so and he also said:
"Always flee from sensuality, for it is the opposite of spirituality and opposites do not meet. Inasmuch as you strengthen the senses, you weaken the Spirit, and vice versa. Hear what happened to our master (may God be satisfied with him) at the beginning of his journey. He had just threshed three measures of wheat and went to tell his Master he had done so. Lord al-Arabi bin Abd'Allah said to him: "If you increase in the realm of the senses, you diminish in the realm of the Spirit, and if you grow in the latter, you diminish in the former."

This is obvious, because so long as you consort with (worldly) people, you will never smell the perfume of the Spirit in them, you will only smell the smell of sweat, and this is because they have been enslaved by sensuality; it has taken possession of their hearts and their limbs..."

"And yet many are they who have freed themselves from sensuality in order to plunge into the Spirit for the rest of their lives (may God be pleased with them and let us profit from their blessing, Amen, Amen, Amen). It is as if God (be He exalted) had not given them Spirit (i.e. the worldly people) and yet each one of them is part of it, as the waves are part of the ocean. If they knew this, they would not allow themselves to be distracted from the Spirit by sensory things; if they knew this, they would discover in themselves oceans; and God is our Warrant for what we say."

* sensuality = al-hiss = sensuality in the broadest sense of the word, i.e attachment to sensory experience

FROM: Letters of a Sufi Master. Translated by Titus Burckhardt
Publisher credit: Fons Vitae

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