by A Dervish
About the preceeding post, a note of explanation is in order. It is generally understood throughout the wide range of Sufi schools and operations that a certain ratio of the Wise to the general human population is critical. It is reliably calculated that there must be at a minimum one worker per two hundred thousand. This figure is generally taught fairly early on in all current schools. (As an exercise, those who so choose may work out the numbers for themselves, for example in terms of the total current population on earth, in your home country or community, church or profession, and so forth. Whatever.) Now these may be “workers” at any level on the public (Zahiriyya) side of our spiritual totem pole in this rather hierarchical and, also, much-concealed business of Sufism; there is in it all a great deal of ongoing supervision, of course. This is not least because minor workers such as the two rather silly Under Dervishes just portrayed, Benny Raymond and “Humbert”, are frequently necessarily left to their own devices for specified periods. This is simply another part of their training. It is in order that they make be free (sic) at controlled intervals to make the often serious mistakes and blunders nonetheless so needed if real learning, finally, is ever going to take place. In this connection, unregenerate people in our community who nevertheless are, by their own account, “spiritual” often do the math and make a wrong conclusion. They reason — this is really concealed vanity and it is not logical, at all — that because a place like Mankato, MN, seems singularly infested with other “spiritual” people, many not unlike themselves be it noted, that this “must” mean that this is a really swell place. Otherwise, why all the charlatans — not to mention the real Sufis — hopping around here all over the place like jackrabbits? The presence of real Sufis in south-central Minnesota runs right now, after all, something in excess of five times the global going rate, mentioned above. Gosh, surely that must mean something? Well, it certainly does; but the answer is not thrilling to vanity and self-pretension. To begin with, in the ordinary course of human events real free will morally doesn’t even enter in most cases until first of all a crashing load of guilt, shame and regret has come piling down on the head of the would-be “illuminate”. This usually doesn’t even happen until midlife and brings with it the agonizing question of how one can even possibly make amends for all of their share in the common dirt. Then, for a good long time, it is not a question of “sensitivity” and high-up thoughts. Instead as a rule lots of grim toil and face-to-face rebuffs must happen first. Only then, when all outer recourses have been exhausted, may one begin to turn inward. Not before; that is escapism. Otherwise, in this case the outer facts are these: Mankato, MN, as noted once again in the previous posting, is indeed situated “right smack dab in the middle of a God-damn vortex”. As the Realtors there of all ages, conditions and genders love to chant in unison, it is very much a matter of “location”! Indeed, so bad and grim is the objective geophysical situation that it makes this place the perfect training-site for all of the Aspirant and other Lower Sufis. There just isn’t that much more left over to go wrong anymore. So much is already so awful hereabouts that, ‘inshAllah, there is very little if anything that even the most egregious fools among our Under Dervishes, vying for promotion to entry-level positions in the Institute, could actually do to make anything at all really that much worse. Not around here. Not now, anyway. Hence, this place is, alas, a city and a region and, indeed, a whole rathole toiling with no hope whatsoever “under a curse”.
However, it is also a damn fino training site!
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[18 October 2010]