Chapter 1: Once Upon a Time
The Sufi master helps you to gather courage. The Sufi master, by his example, by his being, by his presence, creates the longing for the impossible. Stirs your heart. Gives a new life release to your breathing. Pulsates you with a new passion for God. But this is not philosophy. He does not solve a question at all. Yes, he helps you to dissolve all questions, but he never solves a question.
So the first thing to be understood is: Sufism is practical, very, very down-to-earth. Sufism likes people like Zorba the Greek, because they are the people who can become Zorba the Buddha - only they are the people who can become. The people who have become very, very clever in playing with words, philosophizing, abstraction, rationalizations, explanations, they are not the people to go into that journey. They are cowards. All their philosophization is nothing but an escape from the truth. To escape from the truth they create theories about truth, and then they cling to those theories believing that this is what truth is all about.
Hence, there are Hindus and Mohammedans and Christians and Jainas, but not Sufis. A Sufi has nothing to do with Hinduism or Mohammedanism, or Christianity. A Sufi can happen anywhere! In any religion, or in no religion. A Sufi is a wanderer, a Sufi is universal. A Sufi belongs to the whole world and the whole world belongs to the Sufi. All is his, and he uses all situations to transcend.
The Sufi agrees perfectly with the Buddha as far as the definition of truth is concerned. Buddha is reported to have said to his disciples: Truth is that which works. A very pragmatic definition of truth. Never surpassed. Even modern science cannot give a better definition of truth than Buddha has given: Truth is that which works. If it doesn’t work, it is not true. The lie is that which doesn’t work, it cannot work. It cannot work because it goes against the universal law. Truth works because it is in harmony with the universal law.
Remember it: always go on judging your beliefs, your concepts, your prejudices - let this be the touchstone. Believe only in that which works. And then it is no more belief: it is trust, because you have seen its work. You know it corresponds with Tao; you know it is in tune with the ultimate law of life, with Dhamma.
This should be the one and only criterion for all those who follow on the path.
Philosophy is abstract, woolly and utterly meaningless. It creates great clouds around you, and gives you a feeling as if you are coming closer to knowing something. But that never happens. One can be surrounded by very colorful clouds - nothing is going to happen. In fact, philosophy hinders. The more clouds you have around you of thoughts, ideas, ideologies, the less is the possibility of having clarity to see.
Drop all philosophies. Let your eyes be empty, empty of all. Those empty eyes become full of truth.
Philosophy only creates words, generates words and words and words. One word generates another word.it is a kind of unconscious association.