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The Secret

The Secret

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The Secret
Discourses on Sufism
Talks given from 11/10/78 am to 31/10/78 am English Discourse series 
 
CHAPTER
1
La Illaha Ill Allah
11 October 1978 am in Buddha Hall 
A MAN CAME TO BAHAUDIN NAQSHBAND, AND SAID, ”I HAVE TRAVELED FROM ONETEACHER TO ANOTHER, AND I HAVE STUDIED MANY PATHS, ALL OF WHICH HAVE GIVENME GREAT BENEFITS AND MANY ADVANTAGES OF ALL KINDS.”I NOW WISH TO BE ENROLLED AS ONE OF YOUR DISCIPLES, SO THAT I MAY DRINK FROMTHE WELL OF KNOWLEDGE, AND THUS MAKE MYSELF MORE AND MORE ADVANCED INTHE TARIQA, THE MYSTIC WAY.”BAHAUDIN, INSTEAD OF ANSWERING THE QUESTION DIRECTLY, CALLED FOR DINNER TOBE SERVED. WHEN THE DISH OF RICE AND MEAT STEW WAS BROUGHT, HE PRESSEDPLATEFUL AFTER PLATEFUL UPON HIS GUEST. THEN HE GAVE HIM FRUITS AND PASTRIES,AND THEN HE CALLED FOR MORE PILAU, AND MORE AND MORE COURSES OF FOOD,VEGETABLES, SALADS, CONFITURES.AT FIRST THE MAN WAS FLATTERED, AND AS BAHAUDIN SHOWED PLEASURE AT EVERYMOUTHFUL HE SWALLOWED, HE ATE AS MUCH AS HE COULD. WHEN HIS EATING SLOWEDDOWN, THE SUFI SHEIKH SEEMED VERY ANNOYED, AND TO AVOID HIS DISPLEASURE, THEUNFORTUNATE MAN ATE VIRTUALLY ANOTHER MEAL.WHEN HE COULD NOT SWALLOW ANOTHER GRAIN OF RICE, AND ROLLED IN GREATDISCOMFORT UPON A CUSHION, BAHAUDIN ADDRESSED HIM IN HIS MANNER.”WHEN YOU CAME TO SEE ME, YOU WERE AS FULL OF UNDIGESTED TEACHINGS AS YOUNOW ARE WITH MEAT, RICE, AND FRUIT. YOU FELT DISCOMFORT, AND, BECAUSE YOU ARE2
 
CHAPTER 1. LA ILLAHA ILL ALLAH
UNACCUSTOMED TO SPIRITUAL DISCOMFORT OF THIS REAL KIND, YOU INTERPRETEDTHIS AS A HUNGER FOR MORE KNOWLEDGE. INDIGESTION WAS YOUR REAL CONDITION.”ICAN TEACH YOU IF YOU WILL NOW FOLLOW MYINSTRUCTIONSAND STAY HEREWITH MEDIGESTING BY MEANS OF ACTIVITIES WHICH WILL NOT SEEM TO YOU TO BE INITIATORY,BUT WHICH WILL BE EQUAL TO THE EATING OF SOMETHING WHICH WILL ENABLE YOURMEAL TO BE DIGESTED AND TRANSFORMED INTO NUTRITION AND, NOT WEIGHT.”THE MAN AGREED. HE TOLD HIS STORY MANY DECADES LATER, WHEN HE BECAMEFAMOUS AS THE GREAT TEACHER SUFI KHALIL ASHRAFZADA.LA ILLAHA ILL ALLAH – There is no god but God. This is the fundamental essence of the wayof the Sufis. This is the seed. Out of this seed has grown the Bodhi Tree of Sufism. In this smallproclamation, all that is valuable in all the religions is contained: God is and only God is.This statement makes God synonymous with existence. God is the very isness of all that is. Godis not separate from his creation. The creator is in his creation; there is no duality, there is nodistance, so whatsoever you come across is God. The trees and the rivers and the mountains, all aremanifestations of God. You and the people you love, and the people you hate, all are manifestationsof God.This small statement can transform your whole life. It can change the very gestalt of your vision.The moment one recognizes that all is one, love arises on its own accord. And love is Sufism.Sufism is not concerned with knowledge. Its whole concern is love, intense, passionate love: howto fall in love with the whole, how to be in tune with the whole, how to bridge the distance betweenthe creation and the creator.The so-called, organized religions of the world teach a kind of duality that the creator is separatefrom the creation, that the creator is higher than the creation, that there is something wrong withcreation, it has to be renounced. Sufis don’t renounce, they rejoice. And that’s what I am teachingyou here: Rejoice!My sannyas is a way of rejoicing, not a way of renunciation.Rumi has said:If you are not one with the BelovedSeek!And if you are in Union,Rejoice!This assembly is a Sufi assembly. You are my Sufis, the Sufis of the new age. I am introducing youto the world of love. I am initiating you into the ways of love.The Secret 3Osho

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