Happiness

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Happiness

We all want happiness and we define happiness as desires achieved. When all desires are achieved, we say, ‘I am tranquil.’ Well, why can’t we be tranquil to begin with? Who made me have all these multitudinous desires? There are basic needs, but we don’t suffer from the lack of those basic things now, things such as shelter, clothes, food. It is ingrained in us, in our chromosomes, to keep the body alive as well as we can, in order to discover the purpose of it all – that is the purpose of living.

Man is the seeker of his cause. The closer he gets to it, the more he realizes that the basis of happiness is self-fulfilment. It is I who decided that unless these desires are satisfied I am not fulfilled: a job, a good position, a good salary, a house. A man on the island off Malaysia has not got the same desires, he has others. Yet it is the same process. It is the individual who decides. And when on occasions he is fulfilled, he is at a point of tranquility. We all want tranquility. We all want peace. But if we do not have peace from within ourselves, we cannot have peace outside.

Nothing and no one brings us happiness, it is the removal of unhappiness that takes place. I am poor. Now I inherit a fortune, and what happens? Poverty is removed. Money did not bring me happiness, it removed unhappiness. My unhappiness is different from anyone else’s. If I do not want belongings, then I suffer from having an excess of belongings, which is another way, more subtle and more difficult. ‘I don’t want anything. I’m going up to the mountain and I’m leaving all this behind!’ But you cannot run away from the world. You cannot run away from yourself. It all hinges on our relationship with the world, our mental attitude towards the world, our mental attachment to the world. There is nothing wrong with worldly objects as such.

Shaykh Fadhlalla Haeri from the book “The Sufi Way to Self-Unfoldment

What Is It?

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What Is It?

Expressed
by light, colour and form
movement and vibration
presenting itself
through constant change
and transformation
revealed as new existence
visible and hidden
emanating
from essence —
that which Is
perpetual
That is what it is

By Shaykh Fadhlalla Haeri from the book “Look Again

If We Are Willing To Stop

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If We Are Willing To Stop

Human beings reflect the cosmic perfection at the point of conception but, as we grow errors and defects become prominent with increased entropy. Our apparent freedom of action only increases our imperfections. ‘And time must have an end’ is the ultimate and just remedy for all earthly endeavours. If we are willing to stop, our chances of an appropriate start are greater. When the stop/start frequency resonates within head and heart, the ‘self and soul connection’ is stronger. Unity in consciousness is the fruit of spiritual evolvement which encompasses the seen and unseen worlds.

By Shaykh Fadhlalla Haeri from the book “Witnessing Perfection

Blaming

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Blaming

The nature of the human self is not to accept blame or responsibility. Hence, an immature person accuses others when experiencing difficulties, hardship or suffering. The evolved person blames himself, however, for ignorance and lack of wisdom and takes responsibility for what has gone wrong. A difficulty is regarded as a good lesson. Constrictions can lead to new knowledge and openings. The habit of self-pity and psychological suffering is a great handicap in one’s life. In order to get out of the case of reinforcing suffering, constant watchfulness of the self’s tendency to justify itself whilst blaming others is required.

Constrictions can lead to new knowledge and openings. The habit of self-pity and psychological suffering is a great handicap in one’s life. In order to get out of the case of reinforcing suffering, constant watchfulness of the self’s tendency to justify itself whilst blaming others is required.

‘When you blame others the ego is protected for a while, but if you blame yourself greater wisdom and fresh insights are the rewards.’

By Shaykh Fadhlalla Haeri from the book “Witnessing Perfection

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Dreams

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Dreams

From ancient times the idea of what is real and what is not has challenged human thought. There are different zones of consciousness, as there are different realities. During our wakeful state, we consider most sharable experiences as real, but what is real about a dream?

A healthy working relationship between our senses, mind and heart develop to reconcile the ever-changing evolving self and the constant soul. We link physics and metaphysics, our sensory reality and Reality.

Dreams and sleep are essential for human health – to reorder, fit and connect day-to-day experiences and past memory, and enable our temporary life to be nourished by the soul’s light.

The enlightened being regards
all normal experiences as a
dream. Common dreams are
merely dreams within a dream.

By Shaykh Fadhlalla Haeri from “Spectrum of Reality – Sufi Insights”

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The Maximum Learning About Yourself

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The Maximum Learning About Yourself

How can anyone on two legs understand his situation unless he is intelligent, unless he takes time off to reflect, unless he catches himself in a real situation? Not only once in a while, when there may be a spiritual gathering or some social event. The maximum learning about yourself takes place when you are at what you think are the most difficult times in your life, because it is precisely at those times that all of what is inside comes out. All the froth is maximally visible at that time. It is then that you can improve most by recognition. You cannot progress along the path of recognizing the various aspects of desire unless you are actually in trouble. If you have eaten a reasonable meal and nobody is bothering you, then you are not in trouble. So nothing happens. Is that not so?

By Shaykh Fadhlalla Haeri from the book “Man in Qur’ān and the Meaning of Furqān – Surat ul-Baqarah”

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The Basis of All Religions

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The Basis of All Religions

Quietening the mind is achieved only by discipline and proper behaviour, by living according to proper laws that govern all interactions. This is what is called shari’ah. So far, what we have been talking about is haqiqah, the inner reality: the individual and the secret of beingness and unity. In order to contain and conserve energy, the individual must move within certain boundaries, be governed by certain basic laws. The source of this knowledge is imprinted in the chromosomes of the individual. ‘Don’t do to others what you don’t want done to yourself.’ This is the basic of all moral conduct – the basis of all religions before they became tarnished and adapted, and all sorts of superimpositions were put onto them. It is the absolute code of behaviour. Unless we have correct outward behaviour, we cannot change inwardly.

By Shaykh Fadhlalla Haeri from the book “The Sufi Way to Self-Unfoldment”

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Origin of prophets

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Origin of prophets



Before agriculture, groups of human beings wandered along different paths of the earth where food and shelter were adequate. A few thousand years ago within early settlements as well as amongst nomads and hunter gatherers a few people experienced higher zones of consciousness and the inner spiritual reference and guidance. Some four thousand years ago the Abrahamic model of Reality and the human position in existence began to spread in west of Asia.

Several other great historical beings emerged from this stream of revelations. Numerous prophets and sages, for centuries, expounded the truth or the reality of Oneness. This Oneness leads to the duality that we experience on earth. The ultimate drive for every being is connectedness, continuity and life. Cosmic life and Supreme consciousness gives rise to the experience of personal life and animal consciousness. The human soul within the heart radiates all the divine qualities and attributes that we desire.

Shaykh Fadhlalla Haeri

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Be Present

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Be Present

You have to be present all the time, visibly, physically, mentally. If you are not, rectify it. You must catch yourself instantly. Do not delay. If you delay you will become fossilized and it will be more difficult. It is all about being available to any situation as a full-grown human being, with faith and good opinion and optimism, with inner realization that you have come from that total ocean of infinity and to that ocean of infinity you are returning. In between is a tiny little flicker!

By Shaykh Fadhlalla Haeri from the booklet “A Sufi Manual of Conduct”

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Pleasure and Happiness

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Pleasure and Happiness

A pleasure is something one can share, one can buy. It is related to attachment and is a worldly thing while surur, joy, is for its own sake. The bird sings because its nature is to sing, irrespective of whether the hunter is hunting it or the neighborhood is giving it extra food. A pleasure is a result of something that has occurred. A person is lonely, then he meets a companion who echoes much of what he believes in – that is a pleasure. Someone was hungry, there was emptiness in his stomach and it was filled with food – that is a pleasure. Pleasure is like neutralization: the negative and the positive meet and are neutralized.

Joy is something else; it is the negation of the negative. Joy occurs when what was considered to be desirable has been recognized as being ‘wahm’, illusion. Negation of the negative is positive and that is the normal state of man. It is for this reason that man inherently seeks joy. He knows pleasure, he knows it is purchasable, but he does not readily know the way to joy. Man seeks happiness because it is his real nature. He is unhappy because he has been telling himself that he needs a certain something to be happy. He constantly runs after it, but as soon as he gets it, he desires something else.

The door to the abode of joy is the recognition of how to unknot what one has knotted. That is why it is said that the source is a secret within a secret. A desirable thing is in itself a wahm. The recognition of the wahm is the negation of it. And if the negation is genuine, then the root of joy is being nourished from within. That is the soil in which the tree of contentment will grow. Contentment is a tree that nobody can transplant into anybody else. One has to, through one’s own labor, nurture it and make it grow.

Shaykh Fadhlalla Haeri from the book ‘The Mercy of Qur’an and The Advent of Zaman – Tafsir of Surat Ankabut, Rahman, Waqiá, Mulk’

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