by Mamood Nazhm
The work of the Sufi is inward in many ways and not just brooding on personal troubles. Most troubles are not “mine” because they sooner or later happen to all, and so one is not really alone in the end anyway. Sufi work is also something other than what we are used to in our western idea of the “individual free agent.” For not only do many workers bring the gifts of simple happiness, peace of mind and quiet hearts into the world daily. Rather, they also send these gifts (genies and angels) to all of those in need. So Sufis find themselves hard at work everyday inside the beings and minds of other people and creatures. There and nowhere else they set up all that is needed for success, inside — and out. Success happens when people one-by-one really do get to the point of free will, and then can and do choose freely and happily both peace and quiet in the place of random substitutes. Needless to say this work also goes on in the past, in order to set people free then as well. Changing the past in this way is needed too, for this is what sets free the people of today from the crippling obsession with past wrongs. This too is part of fostering real freedom.
[Emmett R Smith
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[11 June 2008]