Over the past few decades a large amount of the Western public’s attention has been drawn to Islam in the form of fundamentalist belief and practice. This movement, and its effects on the Muslim community and Middle Eastern societies in particular, has proved nothing short of disastrous for many. But what is largely unknown to most is the inner tradition, wisdom and philosophy known as Sufism; what some consider to be the ‘mystical’ dimension of Islam. Through the poems of Rumi, the writings of Ibn Arabi, and analysis by academics like Prof. William C. Chittick we come to learn that Sufism – as it was inspired and conceived – laid out a cosmology for individuals that sought to help individuals grow ‘spirituality’ through the rigorous use of their minds.
This week on MindMatters we discuss several ideas central to Sufism: the nature and value of ‘transmitted’ knowledge – compared to direct knowledge and understanding, the striving towards perfection of man’s inner nature, and the process of nothing less than coming closer to God; knowing one’s self in order to know God, and vice versa. Along these lines we also look at some correspondences with Gurdjieff’s philosophy and methods for working on the self. Far from being a mere footnote in religious and philosophical thought, Sufism couldn’t be more relevant to a world that has effectively moved away from God and away from one’s own relationship to the higher order of the Universe.
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Harrison Koehli co-hosts SOTT Radio Network’s MindMatters, and is an editor for Red Pill Press. He has been interviewed on several North American radio shows about his writings on the study of ponerology. In addition to music and books, Harrison enjoys tobacco and bacon (often at the same time) and dislikes cell phones, vegetables, and fascists (commies too).
Born and raised in New York City, Elan has been an editor for SOTT.net since 2014 and is a co-host for MindMatters. He enjoys seeing and sharing what’s true about our profoundly and rapidly changing world.
Corey Schink was born and raised in the Midwestern United States, where he worked on farms and as a welder, musician, and social worker. His interests in government, philosophy and history led to his writing for SOTT in 2012 and to becoming a SOTT editor and SOTT Radio co-host in 2014. He now resides in North Carolina, where he enjoys the magnificent views of the Appalachian Mountains.