This is the way of Tasawwuf. This is the way of the original, the essence of all religion. This is going to the root of our spirit and understanding our spirit and understanding our Creator. And all religions they have this inside of them, the spiritual aspect. But the spiritual aspect it is in its full manifestation with the Prophet Muhammad (asws). And with his tradition of this completion we are following on the tradition also of Jesus, of Moses, of Abraham (Ibrahim as), all 124,000 Prophets. This is important for us to understand, and we are following in their traditions.
The one who doesn’t know himself doesn’t know his Lord. So the way of Tasawwuf, it is to follow a guide for us to know ourselves, for us to know Allah. Slowly, Insya’Allah, we are going to be on this way, because everyone’s destination is back to their Creator. The people of Tasawwuf, the Ahle Sufi, Ahle Suffa, they are doing this in their lives. They are going to hold on to that saying, to ‘die before you die,’ because everyone’s journey is back. Some make that journey quick, some make that journey after a very long time, some easy and some very, very difficult.
This is the way of love, but the love is the way of sacrifice, because love has been so debased that we fall in love with everything, and we love ourselves most. So, to understand love too, is to understand how to cut off the wrong kinds of love and only to have the right love, because the wrong love, or the wrong things, will lead us to the wrong ways. We have just finished the feast of the sacrifice. We are remembering Ibrahim (as), who sacrificed his most beloved son for the sake of Allah. But Allah does not need sacrifice. He does not demand any sacrifice. Allah has created us with love and He’s calling us with that love. When we have other loves that stop us from returning that love, that one is an unbeliever. When we sacrifice everything that we love for the One who created love, He will give us everything.
That is the paradox. More we are trying to be zero, and in reality, only Allah exists, and He is One. More we are making ourselves to be zero and Allah is One, One plus zero, He will make us to be Ten. When that one has ten, more he becomes zero, he says, ‘I don’t want to be ten. I want to be zero.’ He puts another zero, he will become a hundred. And, our work today, as people who are following this Sufi order, it is not just for stations and is not for personal salvation. The whole world, the whole cosmos is going through a very big change. All the thousands of worlds that Allah has created since the Beginning of Time they’re going through a very big change. And the Friends of Allah, they understand that and they are preparing the people for that change. And we are wanting to be on the side of truth and goodness. There is too much darkness and evil and oppression and injustice in this world. And as people who are in the Sufi way, we live that justice and we try to bring it to our lives and to our surroundings as much as we can, with love, with understanding, with compassion. But we must be very clear of the truth that we are standing on.
We are not walking on this way alone. Now that we have initiated you to this way, you have forty Grandsheykhs of this way who will be there to support you. Now, the angels, they will be sent to you. The other beings that we know and we don’t know, that will be sent to you. The more that your heart you are going to turn to your guide, the more you are going to get that positive energy. The more that you are saying, ‘I cannot get rid of my own loves,’ then that time, the darkness and the wolves and the sheytan they will start attacking you. Because they understand what kind of secret that we have awakened in him, what kind of jewels that the saints they have put in him and they are now going to step up to try to take it away from him. Sheytan is also known as the subtle one. And this Sufism it is a subtle way. We are going to fight against sheytan, we are not going to look for a red man with horns to attack us. The sheytan comes in a look and in a way that is very pleasing to us. Now, if you walk in this way of Sufism, you will start being able to penetrate through those veils of cheating, of lies. You will see what is behind what is behind what it shows itself to be.
Don’t be fooled by wolves in sheep’s clothing. The world is filled with that now. Everyone is speaking as if they are saints, the most humble, most loving people. Look for the sheep in wolves clothing. They will look very rough, they will speak very strange, they may even hurt you a little bit, but they are coming from complete love and care and compassion. Insya’Allah. Selam Aleykum.
Sheykh Lokman Efendi Hz
Khalifah of SahibulSaif Shaykh Abdulkerim el Kibrisi (qs),
OSMANLI DERGAHI- New York
1 Muharram 1438
October 2, 2016.