Social Gatheka Number 6
The Sufi Movement has two missions to perform in the
world, one as a duty to individuals searching after the
truth, the next duty, to bring about a better understanding
among people. Therefore these two missions depend on each
other for their fulfillment, without the progress of individuals
the progress of humanity is difficult, without the progress
of humanity in general the progress of the individual is
also difficult. The Sufi movement is not political, because
beyond the political to a Sufi there exists the mystical
idea. In all ages in the past the spiritual message was
given by the prophet, for the words of God come to humanity
through the mediumship of a mystic. When the law is fallen
in the hands of worldly intellectual people it will always
prove imperfect. By law is meant the hidden law of life,
of nature, not only the rules and regulations of a government.
It wants seeing further than the average eye to see the
actual condition of life, which those interested in life
cannot see, for they cannot help being partial when there
is a question of their own interest.
The principal thing that the Sufi message has brought
to the world is tolerance for all faiths existing in the
different parts of the world, followed by different people.
This can be done by giving the idea of that one truth
which stands as the stem of religion, and all different
faiths as its branches. The true religion to a Sufi is the
sea of truth and all the different faiths are as
its waves. The message of God from time to time comes as
tides in the sea, but what remains always is the sea, the
truth. Those who consider anther on the wrong track they
themselves are also not on the right track, for the one
who is on the right track finds every road
leading to the same goal sooner or later.
The Sufi mission
does not make converts to a certain faith to the exclusion
of all faiths. A convert to the Sufi orders means a convert
to all faiths of the this world and bound by no particular
faith. Faith to a Sufi is a free ideal, not a captivity.
The Sufi mission looks upon the whole humanity as one body,
all races different parts of that body, all nations its
organs, the people the particles which make this body and
the spirit of this body, God. As the health and happiness
of the body depends on each of its particles being in good
condition so the happiness and peace of the whole world
and the people therein depend on the condition of one another.
The Sufi mission does not invite people to believe in superstitions,
to take an interest in wonderworking, or to increase power,
or to investigate phenomena. Its main object is the same
which Christ has taught, love your neighbor.
To individuals the Sufi mission has a different duty.
The Murshid as a physician, first treats the mureed, in
order to make him better able to realize where he is, what
he is, what he wants to do, and how he must work to accomplish
it. What is worthwhile and what is not worthwhile, Murshid
explains to his mureed. It is not only study but it is exercise
that Murshid gives now and again as a prescription for the
But still more important is the contact of the Murshid.
A moment's conversation with him is more helpful than a
whole year's study of books in the library for Murshid is
to kindle in the heart of the mureed the divine spirit which
is man's heritage. There is no particular discipline nor
a particular faith which is forced upon mureeds. Every mureed
is free to think for himself. Murshid's whole idea is to
liberate the soul of the seeker after truth.