The Domain of the Heart
In a world of confusion, materialism and loss of spiritual meaning, the Naqshbandi-Haqqani Sufi Tradition offers a way to Divine Truth. This tradition encourages us to act upon all that embodies the divine attributes of mercy and compassion, understanding that we live in a harmonious universe that represents Divine Order and is God’s mysterious and loving gift to the created world.
For those of us who share a faith in something beyond merely ourselves, beyond the ego and its passions, beyond the worship of science for its own sake, the Guides of the Naqshbandi-Haqqani way remind us of the need to support the realm of the spirit against the pull of materialism. Every human being possesses a transcendent dignity and purpose, a spark of the Divine that longs to reconnect and reunite with its Source.
Although the human spirit is called to the horizon of eternity we often remain deaf to this inner voice as a consequence of the demands of the modern world. More and more people, however, sense intuitively that we are too often focused on the external world which so often discounts what cannot be weighed or measured. But how can we measure or weigh Joy, Beauty, Loyalty, Faith, Higher Purpose or indeed Love itself – all the things that make life worth living and help define the essence of our humanity?
These qualities represent an inner reality, the domain of the heart which sees beyond material reality. We speak metaphorically of the heart as the repository of compassion and understanding. To the Sufis, the heart is the connection between the Divine Kingdom and human experience.
The Sufi Science of Self-Realisation
The Naqshbandi-Haqqani Sufi Tradition is a roadmap that guides us and helps us manage the journey of return to the Divine Presence. From the Sufi perspective, we are all trapped inside our own models of the world and thereby rendered incapable of perceiving Reality or Truth.
The Sufi Science of Self-Realisation provides a key to increased awareness within our own experience leading to real Self-knowledge. It illuminates and challenges many of the presuppositions we hold in relation to ourselves. We become aware of our preoccupations and habit patterns and this in turn enlightens our choices. We are encouraged to eliminate destructive patterns which fragment our consciousness and bring us into conflict with the Grace and flow of Life. Likewise, we are encouraged to adopt constructive patterns of behaviour which move us toward unity of consciousness, purpose and alignment with Divine Will.
In summary, Sufism enables us to understand the steps we need to take and the shifts in attention we need to make to continue and inform our personal evolution. Sufi science gives us the specific tools to help achieve these steps and make the necessary shifts. Sufi activity opens the doorway so that we can view the landscape of our preoccupations, obsessions, tendencies, desires, fears and our beliefs. We are encouraged to use this information to evolve ourselves in a profound way with great precision, focus, and elegance.