Wheresoever you look, there is the Face of God;
Everything is perishing except the One face.
The Sufis know from this background, that although the external world has constantly changed, human nature and the spiritual core of people has essentially remained the same and that Sufi teaching methods are still very effective.
The Sufi Path, although well trodden, is kept fresh and vital by the uniqueness of each new day. This is the ‘Hero’s Journey’ that has formed the spiritual basis of so many societies, which leads to the transformation of the hero and their successful homecoming.
Its universality to mankind is displayed by the large number of countries and cultures that have drawn from and added to Sufism. Within these countries, there is a full spectrum of people that are inspired by Sufism, reinforcing its universality, appealing to men and women, rich and poor, the old and young.
Sufism has provided some of the world’s finest:
One aspect of Sufi spirituality is their understanding of the light that is contained within men and women. With the right guidance, this gift from God can be revealed to the seeker and later, expanded and increased. This light has a permanent quality that endures after a person dies.
The Verse of Light from the Quran (24:35), is as follows:
God is the Light of the heavens and the earth.
The parable of His light is,
as it were, that of a niche containing a lamp;
the lamp is enclosed in glass, the glass like a radiant star;
lit from a blessed tree – an olive tree
that is neither of the east nor of the west –
the oil of which would almost give light
even though fire had not touched it: light upon light!
God guides to His light the one who wills to be guided;
and God offers parables to human beings,
since God has full knowledge of all things.
This is an example of the extensive tradition and knowledge that the Sufi’s can draw upon and apply to the development of their students. Sufism is a gem that has remained largely undiscovered in the West, particularly in Australia. Apart from the beauty of this tradition, Sufism is well aligned to the psychological needs of Westerners.