When a Man Comes To See You . . .
Bahaudin Naqshband said:
‘When a man comes to see you, remember that his behaviour and his speech are a compound. He has not come to buy, to sell, to convince you, to give or to gain comfort, to understand or make you understand. He has almost invariably come to do or try to do all of these things and many more.
'Like the skins of an onion, he will peel off one depth after another. Finally, you will find, by what he says, what he is inwardly perceiving of you.
'When this time arrives, you will completely ignore the apparent substance and significance of his speech or actions, because you will be perceiving the reality beyond.
'Note well that the other individual, while he does this, is almost always totally unaware that he is talking the language of “the heart” (direct communication). He may imagine that there is a scholarly, cultural or other reason for his behaviour.
'This is the way in which the Sufi reads minds which cannot read themselves. In addition, the Sufi knows how competent at real understanding the other person is, how much he really knows — ignoring what he thinks he knows — and how much he really can progress.
'This is a major purpose of sohbat (human companionship).
The Dermis Probe
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