Why You Need a Guide?
Bismi’llah ar-Rahman, ar-Rahim
In the Name of God, the Merciful, the Compassionate
Walking the Sufi Path of Love is a special endeavor. You cannot reach Allah just by reading a book or thinking about walking the path. You can’t even do it by yourself.
Listen to what the Shaykh says in the Sufi text: Music of the Soul.
“You cannot reach these thing from the tongue (discussing or talking about it) or just by opening a book and reading (reading, even though good isn’t enough). It is necessary to follow the family of God, who knows how to ride in the saddle of the horse and who knows how to sail in the ship which crosses all the seas. This ship, the ship of the family of God, looks exactly like the ship of Noah. It is sea worthy in the ocean of the truths of God and this sea is so deep. It is not any traveler who can guide this ship, the ship of God. He must know all the secrets”
Teaching: Who is the Guide
The guide, who shows you the way, is your brother. You cannot see the way if you do not know what you feel or what you are when you follow. You are the way of the truth. To walk in the way if very difficult because you meet with darkness and many troubles. You need to have the guide to help you and to take your hand. If you do not follow the guide who know the way well, you will not know. How can you reach God if you do not follow the person who has reached God? He has walked the way before you, and has reached the highest station. He knows how to walk, and how to cut through difficulties and troubles. He knows what is good and what is bad and the right and wrong ways of this world.
It is necessary for you to search for the guide. When you find him, follow him. How will you know him? The guide carries all the qualities of God. You can know him by watching the way he walks.