Actions and reactions, and thought and action, are not separate. They are directly interrelated. You cannot say, ‘I fooled them’. You have only fooled yourself. There is nothing other than yourself. Thousands of people throughout the ages, people of self-knowledge, have reached the same conclusion. And until one reaches that conclusion, one is baffled by the world outside.
By Shaykh Fadhlalla Haeri from the book “The Sufi Way to Self-Unfoldment”