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The realities of Sufi Whirling

Started by ARobinsonization. Last reply by STAR* May 28, 2012. 1 Reply

Introduction to Sufi WhirlingSufi Whirling is a form of meditation in which a Sufi whirls to aim for the source of all perfection, or kemal. It originated in the 12th century in present-day Turkey by…Continue

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Comment by Sheba on June 17, 2012 at 2:57pm

Hi.Love and Light from İstanbul.

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Comment by STAR* on May 28, 2012 at 10:07pm

Islamic Gnostics, is so fun <3

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Comment by STAR* on May 27, 2012 at 7:58am

Sufism, branch of islam or tasawwuf, as it is called in Arabic, is understood by scholars to be the mystical dimension of Islam.

Gnostic -

Sufism began as religious teachers in the Middle East came to learn the Truth of Islam directly from Mohammad. Masters who were “ordained” directly by Mohammad founded three major Sufi schools or orders. The most essential mystical knowledge was then passed down from each master to a disciple selected to follow as the leader of the school. Other disciples were sent out as masters to establish new schools. A Sufi school (ashram or convent) is often a community center that may include a residence for the students and master, a school, hospital, orphanage or any number of community services.

One of the basic ideas of Sufism is to minimize the self or individual identity. Belonging to a particular group with a unique name is contradictory to this effort. It is said, “a Sufi is one who is not,” and with a philosophy that seeks the destruction of self-identity it is thought that Sufi’s received their name from outsiders.

Sufi doctrine contains many elements that go beyond the teaching of Mohammad.This knowledge integrates Islam and ancient doctrine that resembles elements of Greek Philosophy, Zoroastrianism and Hinduism that are part of the Sufi path to God-realization.

The life of a Sufi is the "life of the spirit "

The Sufis believe that the phenomenal world is the Unreal, that the reason men are blind to the existence of the Real world, which is the Spiritual, is because there are veils and mists separating the soul from God. This world appears Real to the man who cannot use his spiritual eye and view the Beyond. Having no discernment of the Unseen, he does not believe in its existence. But whosoever becomes aware of the Divine Light shining in the heart, and who realizes the love of God in the soul, is able to pass from the Unreal to the Real; he will see:

"Gold wherever we go, and pearls
Wherever we turn, and silver in the waste."

This sheds a little light on one area <3

Comment by STAR* on May 27, 2012 at 7:53am

Islam is a monotheistic Abrahamic religion originating with the teachings of the Islamic prophet Muhammad, a 7th century Arab religious and political figure. The word Islam means "submission", or the total surrender of oneself to God. An adherent of Islam is known as a Muslim, meaning "one who submits [to God]". The word Muslim is the participle of the same verb of which Islām is the infinitive. There are between 1 billion and 1.8 billion Muslims, making Islam the second-largest religion in the world, after Christianity.

Muslims believe that God revealed the Qur'an to Muhammad, God's final prophet, through the angel Gabriel, and regard the Qur'an and the Sunnah (words and deeds of Muhammad) as the fundamental sources of Islam. They do not regard Muhammad as the founder of a new religion, but as the restorer of the original monotheistic faith of Abraham, Moses, Jesus, and other prophets. Islamic tradition holds that Jews and Christians distorted the revelations God gave to these prophets by either altering the text, introducing a false interpretation, or both.  - from Wikipedia

Comment by STAR* on May 26, 2012 at 9:55pm


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