by Nadgemee Moohahmaht
anticant, an often reader of Bodwyn Wook living in England sent this answer to yesterday’s writing about the freedom of the Sufis, and I am bringing it forward as a begining to today’s work:
“Purposeful phantasy certainly does produce tangible effects in the world – some of them horrendous. If it weren’t for nutjobs like Bush and Blair phantasising about what their God tells them, there would have been no Iraq fiasco. If it weren’t for dumb brainwashed youths phantasising about the ‘will of Allah’, they wouldn’t be strapping bombs on themselves, blowing up innocent civilians, and glorying in their ‘martyrdom’. If it weren’t for the Zionist delusion that they are Jehovah’s Chosen People and are divinely entitled to as much land as they can grab in Palestine, there wouldn’t be the scandal of Gaza and the illegal settlements. If it weren’t for the far too numerous lunatic believers in the Second Coming and the ‘Rapture’ which awaits them while all the rest of us burn in Hell, there would be much less risk of nuclear Armageddon in the Middle East….
“‘Need I go on? If Sufism can inject some saner and more peaceable vibrations into the tormented souls of all these various besotted idiots, I wish it the best of luck.”
This same point about the power of all fantasy was noted by old C. G. Jung (pbuh), and the late Idries Shah (pbuh) wrote that stupidity in the here-and-now “right now” almost always trumps the merciful work especially of the Sufi, and of course anticant is also on to this same nasty fact.
So how does that square with the Sufi notion of mercy — and the wish that it should prevail in the end?
The answer is at least in a manner of speaking:
“It already has.”
Sufis simply know from experience that thought is faster than light, and there are all sorts of ways of working daily to make thought into a useful tool. From there it is a but a step to changing things that have happened, both past, “present” and future. Nothing of course can be wiped out when once it has taken place — but the worker can go back to that same place in time and add so much more to what went on that, while not breaking any so-called laws about some paradox or other, what we think “really happened” no longer has much to do with the ever-lessened sufferings of past creatures, even those in a holocaust or Mongol attack in this or that past time.
In fact, our historical recollections day-by-day become less-and-less “complete” because of these ongoing new acts in the past, and in which ever more is added to the story.
Simply put, people meanwhile must be who they are. They must live the story of their lives for good or ill and step-by-step. So Sufis do not — cannot “right now” — make G. W. Bush stop being a halfwit or the Vice-President a braying and kicking jackass for example, or stop too many muslim mullahs from really being nothing but a screeching flock of dirty vultures and wild hogs gobbling the rotting carcases of their own dead — but, Sufis can and do more and more everyday, to muffle and blanket and stifle the lasting effects of these raw men and women. It is done by going around them in time. The work is very great and often boring, and it seems of course like nothing much is happening “right bow” just because every creature is putting out a flood of crazed images like piss and shit all of the time (Hollywood, Bollywood and Nollywood too, mostly), and the Sufis are working hard to clean up all of this poo and sometimes must just tread water in the stinking tide.
It is The Beyond that acts in all of this of course, and the Sufis of all the different schools are just your janitors.
[Emmett R Smith
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[12 June 2008]