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"You search for the one who is with you.
You look for the looker - closer to you than you.
Don't rush outside.
                Thaw like melting ice, and wash your self away."                

Moulana Rumi


For over fourteen centuries the broad Sufi traditions have contributed a body of literature and teachings through which the path of love and consciousness has flourished. Those who follow the Sufi path today are the inheritors of these immense treasures.

Sufism is the path of knowing God and journeying to God, where the purpose of life is realised and lived. It is about the struggle with the false self or ego (nafs) to reach the essential self, which is a reflection of the Divine Reality. Irfan (gnosis) is about realising the Divine Unity and the Divine Reality.

In the Holy Qur’an, in Surah Qaf, God says He is closer to us than our jugular vein. He whispers a call to every human heart to draw closer to Him and He has given us a vehicle to achieve this — Sufism, the mystical inner path of Islam.

Is the Sufi Path for everybody?

"If we compare Sufism to mountain climbing, we can state that potentially all people can climb Mt. Everest, but in actuality very few people are willing to undergo the training and have the muscles and the heart strong enough to reach the top of the mountain. Sufism is for all people in the sense that potentially all people can become Sufis, but in actuality 'many are called but few are chosen' as Christ said."

Seyyed Hossein Nasr

If you can hear the call and respond and persevere on this path, you will accomplish the goal of your life’s journey.

"One thing must not be forgotten. Forget all else, but remember this, and you will have no regrets. Remember everything else, but ignore this one thing, and you will have done nothing. It is as if a king sent you on a mission to a foreign land to perform one special task for him. If you do a hundred things, but not this appointed task, what have you accomplished? Human beings come into this world for a particular purpose, and if they forget it they would have done nothing at all."

Moulana Rumi

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Australian Centre for Sufism and Irfanic Studies (ACS)
Phone: (02) 9955 SUFI (7834)
or email: acs@australiansuficentre.org

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