Question: How do we fall into illusions and delusions?
Sheykh Effendi uses these two terms very often: Don’t fall into Illusions and Delusions. This is specific to our jamaat also, specific to certain sohbets. Because this Tarikat, especially this jamaat, is concentrating on making the spirit to be free.
How do you make the spirit to be free?
To look at what chokes your spirit and to remove those chains, those fetters, to remove them. To remove the veils so that your spirit can be free. And what are those? That is your Ego, number one, Sheytan, this Dunya and your Desires. You remove that, your spirit will be free. It is not our concern what the spirit is going to see or experience. Our concern is to make our spirit to be free. To look for the hidden shirk. That is spirituality.
How do we fall into illusions and delusions?
When instead of looking for spirituality, looking at your ego, you go into mysticism. You go into mysticism. And mysticism, is what? To experience the mystical, secrets, different world, different knowledge that takes you out from this world. We are not concentrating on mysticism. We are concentrating on spirituality and how to become the servant of Allah. We are concentrating, our goal is Allah. Our goal is not what Allah is going to put for us. Because Holy Prophet (asws), when he went on the ascension, the Mi’raj, Quran is saying what? He did not swerve. His eyes did not change. He’s just looking ahead. Allah is showing him everything of this world, everything of the skies, everything of the Heavens, everything of the Paradises and beyond, and everything in existence was shown to the Prophet (asws), and everything in existence recognise the Prophet (asws). But Prophet (asws) did not look left or right. His goal was Allah. Straight.
So many people, when they are stuck with mysticism, they lose the goal. They are interested in the sights and the sounds of the journey instead of what is at the end of the journey. So we fall into illusions and delusions because you are not following your Sheykh and listening to sohbets and put the sohbets into your life. And you are concentrating on mysticism. Imagination. Mystical connections. You are not even using your five senses properly for the sake of Allah, you want to open your sixth sense? Or your seventh sense? Or your eight sense? What happens after your eight sense?
You have Non sense. That’s what is going to happen. Astaghfirullah al-adzim wa atubu ilaik
Hoja Lokman Efendi Hz, Khalifah of Shaykh Abdulkerim el Kibrisi (qs) * OSMANLI DERGAHI New York
January 22, 2015