Beloved Lord,

Almighty Creator!

Through the Rays of the Sun,

Through the Waves of the Air,

Through the all-pervading Life,

Purify and revivify me, and, I pray,

Heal my body, heart and soul.


Hazrat Inayat Khan

Sufis, Philosophers, and Nanak

Parable of the People with a Higher Aim

Imam Al-Ghazali relates a tradition from the life of Isa, ibn Maryam: Jesus, Son of Mary.

Isa one day saw some people sitting miserably on a wall, by the roadside.

Isa asked: "What is your affiliction?"

They said: "We have become like this through our fear of Hell."

Isa went on his way, and saw a number of people disconsolately arranged by the wayside.

Isa said: "What is your affiliction?"

They said: "Desire for Paradise has made us like this."

Isa went on his way, until he came to a third group of people.

They looked like people who had endured much, but their faces shone with joy.

Isa asked them: "What has made you like this?"

They answered: " The Spirit of Truth. We have seen Reality, and this has made us oblivious of lesser goals."

Isa stated: "These are the people who attain. These are they who dwell in the Presence of God."

Eight hundred years before Pavlov the Sufi Al-Ghazali pointed out the problem of conditioning.

In spite of Pavlov the ordinary student of the mind is many times unaware of the power of indoctrination.

Indoctrination, in totalitarian societies, is seen as desirable as it provides conforming belief.

Most of the time indoctrination and conditioning is not suspected.

This is what makes almost anyone vulnerable to indoctrination.

At the time of Al-Ghazali's writing informed opinion was split between whether any type of indoctrination was desirable or inescapable.

Al-Ghazali pointed out that what people call a belief system is in reality many times an emotional state of obsession.

Al-Ghazali, in accordance with Sufi principles, stated that indoctrination and conditioning is unnecessary and that it is essential for people to be able to identify indoctrination and conditioning tactics.

Al-Ghazali regarded the distinction between opinion and knowledge as something which can easily be lost.

When opinion and knowledge becomes confused Al-Ghazali taught that it is incumbent upon those who know the difference to make such indoctrination and conditioning as visible as possible.

Al-Ghazali arrived at his understanding of true knowledge through his upbringing in Sufism and through direct perception of the truth.

Al-Ghazali stressed the role of the inculcation of belief, and invited his readers to observe the mechanism involved.

Al-Ghazali insisted upon pointing out that those who are learned may be, and often are, ignorant as well, and can be bigoted, obsessed.

Al-Ghazali affirms true knowledge, a higher form of human understanding.

His works were so highly acclaimed by his contemporaries that al-Ghazali was awarded the honorific title "Proof of Islam".

Al-Ghazali contributed significantly to the development of a systematic view of Sufism and to its integration and acceptance in mainstream Islam.

As a scholar of Orthodox Islam, he belonged to the Shafi'i school of Islamic jurisprudence and to the Asharite school of theology.

Al-Ghazali wrote more than 70 books on the sciences, Islamic philosophy and Sufism.

Al-Ghazali is recognized as Mujaddid (Renewer of the Faith).

Al-Ghazali has been referred to by some historians as the single most influential Muslim after the Muhammad ibn 'Abdullāh.

Al-Ghazali so successfully criticized early Islamic Neoplatonism infecting Islam built on an alien foundation of Hellenistic philosophy that Orthodox Islam became tolerant of Sufism.

Most of Al-Ghazali books were burned in an attempt to destroy the knowledge he imparted on indoctrination and conditioning.

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