Sufism means a mystical practice of religion, with unique rituals in which a seeker can be spiritually connected with God. It means purifying of the soul and connecting it with God. It is a practice which usually Muslims follow, although many Muslim preachers reject this belief, but in it any one from any religion can take part without questioning them. It is a peaceful way of living. A true Sufi truly devotes himself to this belief.
A Sufi surrenders to God in love, over and over again. One of the important rituals in Sufism is the zikr. During a zikr, one remembers God through meditation, chant, and movement — certain attributes of God are repeated until the seekers become “saturated” with God. This ritual supposedly, shatters and transforms them. As they spin and whirl around for hours, they reach a state of ecstasy and purity where the heart is only conscious of God. The seeker surrenders his or herself to total abandonment — a total emptying of self.
The substance of Sufism is the Truth and the meaning of Sufism is the selfless experiencing and actualization of the Truth.
The practice of Sufism is the intention to go towards the Truth, by means of love and devotion. This is called the tariqat, the spiritual path or way towards God.
“When I come to Love, I am ashamed of all
that I have ever said about love”
This was said by Maulana Rumi, one of the gretest Sufi poets.
Now of course this type of Sufism is for the very radical to follow. I was surfing the internet..and thanks to YouTube i came across a few links of pure Sufi nature. It was then, i opened a new chapter in life…the Sufi chapter. The world is diverse and when i heard some poems written by Rumi, i actually started to think.
I used to pray, but maybe before that, my prayers were a bit without love for God, after hearing them, i could feel the presence of God inside my humble heart. I felt my heart beat like it had never beaten before. I always tried finding God, but it was then i knew that God is every where. And i am a servant. What i have is given to me by him. Although i am not a radical Sufi person, but that day…i saw things clearly.
Through Rumi i found out that,
*My place is the place less, my trace is the trace less*
*Tis neither body nor soul, for i belong to the soul of the beloved*
That day i knew things that i never knew before.
The science of Sufi whirling, the much i know, i about getting in touch with God and moving while the world moves with you.
I remember when i was a kid i used to whirl around, obviously not like this, but even after 15 minutes, i was lost in ecstasy. I began to love everything. I had the Longing to find Gods presence. I closed my eyes for 5 seconds and a calm feeling would take over me.
For the first time, i knew my self.
There is a curtain between us and our soul, and we must rid of this curtain to get in touch with our soul.
*Take a good look at yourself,who else is there…above and beyond you* Rumi
Yes a day as a Sufi, was filled with tranquility and knowing, and truth.
I was Sufi for a day, that day changed me.