There are many different ways to make people to reach to Heavens. These ways are according
    to the different capacities abilities and characteristics of people. We use methods depending on
    the understanding of people and their beliefs. This is done according to their Will Power. What
    is most important is the Will Power of those who really want. Therefore we must see the level
    on which they are at that time so that we can take them from that point to their heavenly
    stations either slowly or quickly.

    Therefore we first ask of the seekers whether they are willing to be trained for their heavenly
    stations. That will power must come from the seekers themselves. Then the master of the
    Tariqat will give them something according to that level. Sometimes they do not give anything
    as it become first necessary to change certain characteristics within them, which will make
    them free to start moving upward. Sufi masters must have the Spiritual Powers so that when
    they look at someone they will know their capacity. It is important not to give anyone more
    than what they can carry. If he is overloaded he can be lost.

    We are on the level of being seekers and not even yet beginners. We must prepare ourselves
    and try to command our egos not to oppose what we ask. The main hindrance for each one is
    their ego. It does not want you to go towards Heavens as the ego is connected to the lowest
    level. The ego knows that if you leave it that it would be left forever and it will not be able to
    control you anymore. Therefore this is a battle between our egos and our souls. This is why
    we are trying to trick our egos so that it will not object to our need to reach the Heavens.
    Therefore when you are able to control yourself at the lowest level, which is your ego, then it
    would become easy to improve little by little towards Heaven.

    The Sufi masters give instructions, but then you must practice. If you are intending to do
    something you must ask me to help you and then my Spiritual Support will be with you.
    Anyone who asks for heavenly ways must find a Holy Person who knows his student’s
    capacities and abilities. When you have found him and when your heart is hundred percent
    confident of him then he will be your guide and he will take you upwards. This is like a train
    engine that is in front and it can still carry fifty or sixty wagons with it. Sometimes a second
    engine will join from behind and then it will be very easy.

    The first step for anyone must be to find within himself a demand for Heavens. When that is
    ready your Lord will assign someone for you. He will make you meet some of those people
    who know the way. When you have found him you can put your hook onto him and relax. At
    every station unless it is underground you will find so many different views that you have
    never seen before, but until you have cut the tunnel of your ego you will not have any visions
    but you will continue to travel underground. When you have conquered your ego, you will find
    new Worlds and new views that you have never seen before.

    This is why you must be patient. You must not say, “I am not seeing, hearing or feeling, any
    of these new visions, hearings or understandings”. Don’t ever say that. Maybe the tunnel of
    your ego is a short one and you can cut it easily and find yourself in endless distances designed
    with beautiful things, which you did not ever imagine before. Some people however continue
    traveling within their tunnels until the very end of their lives, but still they must keep to that
    way because at least in the last moment they will finish the tunnel of their ego, cut it and find
    the opening.

    We must now be patient to find someone who may be suitable for our path and in whom we
    can find confidence to follow. He will take us out of our egos. We will then move from
    darkness to light. Beware and take care to keep your station with that train and then one day, it
    could be in the morning or in the evening, it can be anytime, you can cut it and enter into a
    new life, new vision and a new World. Darkness will vanish and you will find the light. It is
    necessary first to have the desire in your heart. Develop it with your guide and improve it.
    When the engine reaches the destination, you will also get there.

    All masters are moving towards Heaven and through the Seven Heavens. But first you must
    cut the tunnel of your ego. There are forty-one different kinds of ways. All of them help us cut
    the tunnel of our egos. When you reach out of that tunnel you will find that there are no more
    bad desires remaining with you. You will be pure. At that moment you will taste the Sweetness
    of Lights, the Sweetness of Mercy, the Sweetness of Beauty, the Sweetness of Love, the
    Sweetness of Knowledge, the Sweetness of Wisdom, the Sweetness of Will Power and the
    Sweetness of Perfection.

    Until then you must be patient and follow. You must not say, “Oh, how long do I have to
    follow without seeing anything?” No, the tunnel is according to your ego, long or short. May
    Allah grant you to reach your Heavenly Stations; you will then be happy, absolutely happy.

                                                        
                                                         











          
THE EYE OF THE HEART

and the

TUNNEL OF THE EGO
Sheikh Nazim