by Muhamet Nedgmi
ONE Time in Morocco in 1979 si‘ Smit’, er, Smeeth flew into a rage with me:
“God damn it to Hell anyway, Nedgmi, THIS is a crock of shit! For Christ sakes! All you are doing with the constant Sufi-jabber is basically asking the dumb sonsofbitches over-and-over, ‘Jesus Christ, HOW God damned DUMB can you BE?’ and the ONLY advice you are really giving the assholes is ‘don’t be a God damned FOOL!'”
(I really enjoy si‘ Smit’s, er, Smeeth’s southern Minnesota unusual Eagle Lake-Madison lake “lakese” dialect, and I’m not offended by his “bad” language because since I am muslim the words he says are not in Arabic so they are not really swearing anyway.)
The point of the story is this, people often think that Sufis are people who face no more challenges in their own moral & psychological lives. This is not true for a long time, at least not as long as one is still in a human embodiment, because whenever a student (especially one for whom you had no hope at all!) makes a REAL breakthrough there’s such a danger then for the teacher — of getting a swelled head!
[Emmett R Smith
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[15 August 2006]