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Why the Rules Exist
The Naqshbandi rules have been translated and made available to you. They are a set of technical rules that govern measurement and assessment. You do not just read and learn them in order to put them on your bookshelf, you apply them consciously. If you follow them and use them in a spirit of investigation, and not in inquisitorial way, they will become a part of your thought and behavior pattern.
On Superstition, Magic & Ritual
A shadow is cast by something—therefore somewhere, there is an original shape or form. A reflection in a looking glass, in a stream or in a bowl or water is a reflection of something, so it is true, something must be there. But we should be concerned with what has cast the shadow, what light or what image caused the shadow, or what image caused the reflection in that looking glass, stream, or bowl of water. If we continue—as some philosophers have—to concern ourselves with the nature of the shadow or the reflection, rather than looking at what caused or gave its nature to the shadow, then we divert ourselves away from the mainstream activity.
When like attracts like, when like meets like, you have the energization factor which takes place. Once that has been locked in, a person doesn't then freewheel, but they do feel a harmonic. That harmonic or echo is like homing onto a radar signal, it tells them that this is 'something.' But then, you have to work on it, you have to push it, you have to maintain the inner discipline.
They are books of behavior, which not only contain instructions about terms of reference, but also give examples of certain situations and circumstances. That is why most of these books are broken up into a series of stories. Within the context of these stories, one inevitably sees that the subject or object of an activity is using certain ideas from, or thinking along certain lines in the Tradition—Most of these stories—which are like medieval morality tales—have a teaching or a lesson embedded in them. They usually show the search for what one might call approximate reality, in both a graphic way as well as in the form of subconscious transmission.