Fill My Eyes With Light: Spirituality and Sufism, an Introduction – Shaykh Nuh Keller

Taken from here.

Few things touch man to the core of his being like a sense of the
Divine. A voice within each of us tells us that beyond the veil of
ordinary perception there is something which if found, would prove
greater than the sum of all things. In every revealed religion there
have been men and women who focused upon this inner certitude and made
it grow through the means vouchsafed them, until a light dawned within
them such as few ever see.

In the history of Islam, those who
tread the path of highest spiritual possibility were many more than in
any previous religion. Revelation must speak to every level of those to
whom it is sent, and the personal reality of each human being is not
merely a body, or a body with a mind; but rather body, mind, and
spirit, the subtle entity within each of us that opens onto the Divine.
If the cultural imperium of the present age has little to offer these
higher possibilities, the peace of body and mind that comes by
“submission” to highest reality, the fundamental sense of the word
Islam, has freed and continues to free the spirit of many to ascend.

The
mystical flowering of Islamic orders or tariqas of those dedicated to
Allah and a spiritual path was unprecedented in world history. They
were not mere collectivities of worshippers, but men and women who
while living in the world were actively engaged in the sapiential
dawning of the Divine Presence in the heart, defined by the Prophet
(Allah bless him and give him peace) as “to worship God as though you
see Him.”Though less in the modern day, in previous Muslim times and
lands as many as eighty percent of the people were associated in some
way or another with the mystic orders, which had great influence on all
levels of society.

The light of finding this subtlety within one
and taking it in one’s hands and proceeding to God-the purity of
purpose of those who sought, the illumination of those who found-is
reflected in almost all traditional expressions of Islamic high
culture, from the simplicity and dignity of its clothing, to the warmth
of its interiors, to the beauty of its calligraphy, to the soaring
heights of its mystic love poetry, to the therapeutics of its medicine.
The unity of all, perceptible to even bystanders, is of the Oneness
that inspired it, a sea without shores of the divine beauty, a sea
without shores of the divine perfection, a sea without shores of the
divine largesse.

Everything has a point that it bespeaks and
tends to, and in the Islamic vision that point is Allah, the
incomparable One through whom all else exists; while the beginning of
wisdom is realizing that one only is through the One Who Is. If the
mystic maxims within this website awaken a sense of the Oneness
experienced by the sages, it is surely a glimpse of the light that can
never be put out, the light of finding one’s way back through the
discordance of the finite to the limitless serenity of the Infinite.
This is the spirit of Islamic medicine, or to put it more simply, the
spirit of Islam.
MMIV © Nuh Ha Mim Keller

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