The Pir's Talk. 20th Sept. 2018
All spiritual paths require the initiates to engage in service directed by their teacher, in the Sufi way this is called wazifeh. This is part of the undertaking of the seekers as a part of spiritual practices on the Path. These duties will be assigned to the seeker by the Pir or his designated person, whether it is in the Centre, the Ghaneghah or it is outside in the community. The service is part of worship and means participating.
Neither the Beloved nor the teacher need the seekers service, but this bring out the unevenness in one's attitude and sincerity towards the Path.
The countless benefits, which seekers gain from Service is beyond the scope of this talk. This is one way to measure the degree of devotion and commitment of each individual seeker. Obviously if the seeker is truly committed, they will try to accommodate and do their best in order to achieve what they are asked to do.
However, knowing human nature and its power of reasoning, it can sometimes have the tendency to increasingly delude oneself. One can use all the reasoning to avoid providing the required service and be happy, because the reasoning has accepted that. Then these excuses are explained to the teacher and because the teacher doesn't say anything, one takes it as a confirmation and justification to go on.
One of the teacher's job is to watch and monitor that commitment, and if a seeker is continuously using reasoning to hide behind and does not commit oneself, then the teacher has to respond accordingly in order to respect the free will of the seeker, even though the free will here is to delude himself.
The result is that the teacher slowly distances himself away from this seeker, and concentrate on the more devoted seekers.
One example is when a teacher invites seekers to attend an event or retrieval; some seekers may decline to attend because they have other things, which they consider more important than the spiritual activities, which the teacher has invited them to for their benefit. It is then obvious to the teacher, that these seekers are not showing the devotion or commitment necessary to progress.
No teacher or Pir would put a hard condition on any seeker for any reason, but they need to have a way, as a human being, to measure the commitment and to teach the seeker that the commitment has to be matched by their action toward what they have undertaken on the path. It is not for the teacher to keep nagging the seeker or tell them what they have to do, otherwise that just becomes a religion, so the reciprocal action would be for the teacher to slowly distance themselves and put their focus on those who are more committed, and that's how the law is, in nature and in spirituality.
The Pir's Talk. 13th Sept. 2018
If you believe that you are part of something bigger than this mortal body, then you can be classified as a seeker.
The main criteria to be a true seeker is to identify your conditioning and preconceptions, to deal with them and to put them aside. Dealing with one's own conditioning and preconception is not an easy task, because we are not totally aware of them. If you were to ask two people from different cultures their opinion on the same subject, each may see it differently, based on their own personal and cultural experience. However, both will believe that they are totally right.
The Pir’s Talk. 16th Aug. 2018
The union or unity in spiritual terms cannot be explained easily, it is necessary to have a worldly comparison in order to understand it better.
We were all in union with God before, but once we entered the form of human being, our reasoning began to question that unity. We still want it, but it doesn’t seem achievable because our reasoning is continuously blocking it.
However, there is a purpose for this; God has put the seeking of the unity in our heart and He has put the reasoning in our head, in order for us to learn, and, as a result - to have the experience of reaching toward the unity. It may be a struggle to overcome the reasoning, but the outcome would be positive.
To use a worldly comparison, we can look at the phenomena of music; each note has a different vibration, a different sound, but when they are brought together, they produce beautiful music. This is a good example to show us the value of differences and how they can work together to become something beautiful and nourishing. There are high notes, low notes, soft notes, sharp notes; on their own they are just a note, but put together in harmony they become music.
A bit like human beings; we each have our own little world, our own thought, our own reasoning, and when we focus on these differences and contrasts within us and among us, then conflict and disaster happens. If we align and harmonise the differences, then peace and calmness will flourish.
From a spiritual point of view, we need to harmonise ourselves and eradicate these differences, we need to polish those rough surfaces, or we cannot become harmonious in our own individual life, never mind about our spiritual life. Unlike the musical notes, we human beings have been given free will to work on our differences with wisdom and to live in harmony.
The Pir’s Talk. 9th August 2018
APPLYING SPIRITUALITY IN DAILY LIFE
A true spiritual person feel urged to give more than they take.
For example, someone working in a job for an employer may work more hours than they are paid for, not because the employer requires it, but because the spiritual person chooses to do so. Even if the superior tells them not to work the extra hours because they will not be paid for overtime, their reply will be that they are not looking to get paid for those hours, they chose to do the extra hours to finish a project or to get a job done.
If we try to be ‘clever’ and cheat someone else for more than we are due, even if that person doesn’t realise it, God and our own consciousness know what we do.
We will be taken to account when the time comes. Living with integrity and being a ‘giver’ rather than a ‘taker’ is what spirituality is about. The spiritual person knows that the long-term reward for giving is so infinitely more than the short-term gain of taking.
Taking advantage of others means that our ‘debt’ increases. The aim of a spiritual person is not to owe anything to anyone on the day of reckoning, if he/she can.