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    The Secret



    The Secret



    CHAPTER 1

    La Illaha Ill Allah
    11 October 1978 am in Buddha Hall


    A MAN CAME TO BAHAUDIN NAQSHBAND, AND SAID, ”I HAVE TRAVELED FROM ONE
    TEACHER TO ANOTHER, AND I HAVE STUDIED MANY PATHS, ALL OF WHICH HAVE GIVEN
    ME GREAT BENEFITS AND MANY ADVANTAGES OF ALL KINDS.
    ”I NOW WISH TO BE ENROLLED AS ONE OF YOUR DISCIPLES, SO THAT I MAY DRINK FROM
    THE WELL OF KNOWLEDGE, AND THUS MAKE MYSELF MORE AND MORE ADVANCED IN
    THE TARIQA, THE MYSTIC WAY.”
    BAHAUDIN, INSTEAD OF ANSWERING THE QUESTION DIRECTLY, CALLED FOR DINNER TO
    BE SERVED. WHEN THE DISH OF RICE AND MEAT STEW WAS BROUGHT, HE PRESSED
    PLATEFUL AFTER PLATEFUL UPON HIS GUEST. THEN HE GAVE HIM FRUITS AND PASTRIES,
    AND THEN HE CALLED FOR MORE PILAU, AND MORE AND MORE COURSES OF FOOD,
    VEGETABLES, SALADS, CONFITURES.
    AT FIRST THE MAN WAS FLATTERED, AND AS BAHAUDIN SHOWED PLEASURE AT EVERY
    MOUTHFUL HE SWALLOWED, HE ATE AS MUCH AS HE COULD. WHEN HIS EATING SLOWED
    DOWN, THE SUFI SHEIKH SEEMED VERY ANNOYED, AND TO AVOID HIS DISPLEASURE, THE
    UNFORTUNATE MAN ATE VIRTUALLY ANOTHER MEAL.
    WHEN HE COULD NOT SWALLOW ANOTHER GRAIN OF RICE, AND ROLLED IN GREAT
    DISCOMFORT UPON A CUSHION, BAHAUDIN ADDRESSED HIM IN HIS MANNER.
    ”WHEN YOU CAME TO SEE ME, YOU WERE AS FULL OF UNDIGESTED TEACHINGS AS YOU
    NOW ARE WITH MEAT, RICE, AND FRUIT. YOU FELT DISCOMFORT, AND, BECAUSE YOU AREUNACCUSTOMED TO SPIRITUAL DISCOMFORT OF THIS REAL KIND, YOU INTERPRETED
    THIS AS A HUNGER FOR MORE KNOWLEDGE. INDIGESTION WAS YOUR REAL CONDITION.
    ”I CAN TEACH YOU IF YOU WILL NOWFOLLOWMY INSTRUCTIONS AND STAY HERE WITH ME
    DIGESTING BY MEANS OF ACTIVITIES WHICH WILL NOT SEEM TO YOU TO BE INITIATORY,
    BUT WHICH WILL BE EQUAL TO THE EATING OF SOMETHING WHICH WILL ENABLE YOUR
    MEAL TO BE DIGESTED AND TRANSFORMED INTO NUTRITION AND, NOT WEIGHT.”
    THE MAN AGREED. HE TOLD HIS STORY MANY DECADES LATER, WHEN HE BECAME
    FAMOUS AS THE GREAT TEACHER SUFI KHALIL ASHRAFZADA.

    LA ILLAHA ILL ALLAH – There is no god but God. This is the fundamental essence of the way
    of the Sufis. This is the seed. Out of this seed has grown the Bodhi Tree of Sufism. In this small
    proclamation, all that is valuable in all the religions is contained: God is and only God is.

    This statement makes God synonymous with existence. God is the very isness of all that is. God
    is not separate from his creation. The creator is in his creation; there is no duality, there is no
    distance, so whatsoever you come across is God. The trees and the rivers and the mountains, all are
    manifestations of God. You and the people you love, and the people you hate, all are manifestations
    of God.

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