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The Witness Within Insights on Sufism ( Essays) by E. L. Levi (Musa Muhaiyaddeen)

The Witness Within Insights on Sufism ( Essays) by E. L. Levi (Musa Muhaiyaddeen)

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In the name of God the most merciful and the most compassionate.

Sufism is a state of being – not a philosophy. One studies Sufism to change from insan (man) to insan kamel(perfected man). It is about leaving the illusory world and entering reality. It is about becoming peaceful, tranquil and loving. It is about understanding the qualities that are related to reality and differentiating them from the ones that bind us to the illusory world.

To become a perfected man, one must know the portions of the self that are capable of merging with reality and differentiate them from the rest. Man must learn to identify himself with that which he actually is as opposed to identification with his temporary, illusory nature.
The intent of the material on this website is to aid in the process of coming to know the true self. Each talk is a meditation on a specific aspect that assists in gaining knowledge of the true self. They are about the difference between reality and this illusory world in which we live.
The talks are not scripted. They are meant to be listened to in their entirety in one sitting which is the way they were presented. The essays are edited talks. They were spoken and then worked on by an editor to put them into appropriate form for the written page.
Each one of these talks usually covers one point of understanding, and their effect is cumulative. It takes listening to many of these talks and reading many of the essays in order to get the thrust of what is being conveyed.
The talks are downloadable, and the essays are printable. They are meant to be used in whatever format is most convenient for you.
In the name of God the most merciful and the most compassionate.

Sufism is a state of being – not a philosophy. One studies Sufism to change from insan (man) to insan kamel(perfected man). It is about leaving the illusory world and entering reality. It is about becoming peaceful, tranquil and loving. It is about understanding the qualities that are related to reality and differentiating them from the ones that bind us to the illusory world.

To become a perfected man, one must know the portions of the self that are capable of merging with reality and differentiate them from the rest. Man must learn to identify himself with that which he actually is as opposed to identification with his temporary, illusory nature.
The intent of the material on this website is to aid in the process of coming to know the true self. Each talk is a meditation on a specific aspect that assists in gaining knowledge of the true self. They are about the difference between reality and this illusory world in which we live.
The talks are not scripted. They are meant to be listened to in their entirety in one sitting which is the way they were presented. The essays are edited talks. They were spoken and then worked on by an editor to put them into appropriate form for the written page.
Each one of these talks usually covers one point of understanding, and their effect is cumulative. It takes listening to many of these talks and reading many of the essays in order to get the thrust of what is being conveyed.
The talks are downloadable, and the essays are printable. They are meant to be used in whatever format is most convenient for you.

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 Insights on Sufism by E. L. Levi
 MIA March 10, 20131
Musa Muhaiyaddeen (E. L. Levin)
Musa Muhaiyaddeen (E. L. Levin)
is a direct disciple of the Sufi mystic and teacher Bawa Muhaiyaddeen. He metBawa Muhaiyaddeen in 1972 and studied with him untilBawa Muhaiyaddeen left his earthly form in 1986. He nowshares what he learned during the 14 years he spent at thefeet of his venerable teacher. He has traveled to Africa,Europe, Asia and throughout North America speaking onthe teachings of Sufism. The International Association oSufism (IAS) has published his book: On the Road toInfinity, which is a compilation of talks given by him onSufism in various venues throughout the world. Hisinsights on Sufism are now available onlineat www.thewitnesswithin.com and are presented in audio,video and print format. He has made numerous trips toMecca and Medina and has taken hundreds of people withhim on the pilgrimage. He is co-president of the BawaMuhaiyaddeen Fellowship. He is married with 3 childrenand 6 grandchildren.
 
 Insights on Sufism by E. L. Levi
 MIA March 10, 20132
 In the name of God the most merciful and the most compassionate.
 Sufism is a state of being – not a philosophy. One studies Sufism to change from
insan
(man) to
insan kamel
(perfected man). It is about leaving theillusory world and entering reality. It is about becoming peaceful, tranquil and loving. It is about understanding the qualities that are related to realityand differentiating them from the ones that bind us to the illusory world.To become a perfected man, one must know the portions of the self that arecapable of merging with reality and differentiate them from the rest. Manmust learn to identify himself with that which he actually is as opposed toidentification with his temporary, illusory nature.The intent of the material on this website is to aid in the process of coming toknow the true self. Each talk is a meditation on a specific aspect that assistsin gaining knowledge of the true self. They are about the difference betweenreality and this illusory world in which we live.The talks are not scripted. They are meant to be listened to in their entirety inone sitting which is the way they were presented. The essays are edited talks.They were spoken and then worked on by an editor to put them intoappropriate form for the written page. Each one of these talks usually covers one point of understanding, and their effect is cumulative. It takes listening to many of these talks and reading many of the essays in order to get the thrust of what is being conveyed.The talks are downloadable, and the essays are printable. They are meant tobe used in whatever format is most convenient for you.
E. L. Levin 
 
(Musa Muhaiyaddeen) 
 
 Insights on Sufism by E. L. Levi
 MIA March 10, 20133
About Us
A Short Explanation about Sufism, the Author and the Intent of this Website
 In the late 1960’s my circumstances and point of view led me to question the reason for my existence. I began on a course to findanswers to these questions. I found that these are, in truth, some of the most complex questions that we can have. Questions like,why am I here? What is the purpose of my creation? How was I created? What is my purpose in existence? Where do we go fromhere? What is the purpose of this body? What is our true relationship with the rest of mankind? How are we supposed to act?What does a human being who understands the answers to these questions look like? What is the essence of one who understandsthe answers to these questions?In this search I came upon the Sufi Saint
Bawa Muhaiyaddeen
. I met him on Easter Sunday in March of 1972. The interactionhad a profound affect on both my wife and myself. We both realized that we were in front of a being who was different than any being we had ever met. Even though he was from a culture that was entirely different from our culture and spoke a language thatwe did not understand, it did not interfere with the fact that being in his presence made us feel like we were at home. For the firsttime in a very long time I felt I had arrived at where I needed to be and there was really nowhere else to go because it was allright here.Bawa Muhaiyaddeen returned to his native Sri Lanka from the United States shortly after I met him and returned to the U. S. in1973. As soon as he was back, we went to see him and he brought us close to him, directing us to meet with those who wereinterested in his teachings and share what we were being taught.We spent from 1972 to 1986, when he passed away, under his direct guidance and influence. Over the years, we understood thatthe essence of his teaching, which is called Sufism, is a touchstone to reality. It is the heart within all matters; it is the heartwithin all religions. It doesn’t belong to anyone, but it teaches everyone. The teachings are loving, tolerant and magnanimous,generous, trustworthy and gracious. The teachings are given from our Lord as a gift to bring us closer to Him.Over the last 20 years or so, I have made pilgrimages to various parts of the world. I began to speak about the experiences I hadand knowledge I had gained from my time with Bawa Muhaiyaddeen. We have traveled to Asia, Africa, Europe and throughout North America to many different countries and locations, speaking about Sufism.In the last seven or eight years, we have had weekly encounters with a small group of seekers of truth wherein we shared our understandings and experiences. Recently some of these people have suggested that we begin an internet site wherein theseencounters could be shared with a larger audience. We share these insights as a student with other students. The learning processnever ends. We are all initiates on the path. It is our responsibility to share what we have received with others. We agreed to begin this website.We ask the blessings of our teacher the Sainted M. R. Bawa Muhaiyaddeen. We ask the blessing of all of the prophets. And weask the blessing of our Lord in this endeavor. May it be of benefit to the people in this world.

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