Blindfolding is a tactic sometimes used by those who lead people along terrifying
mountain paths, a technique which insures the safe arrival of that traveler. Those
guides know the areas they are leading their people through to be so high and
dangerous that, were their eyes not blindfolded, they would be overcome with fear and
fall down. The mountain guides, however, are so skilled and experienced and it is no
trouble for them to cross those precipices and to lead others as well. After those
dangerous paths have been successfully traversed in this condition, the guide removes
the blindfold, and the traveler looks back in amazement, saying: “Did I really cross that?”
We have such terrifying crossings to make on our way. Therefore, it is also a tactic of
the Guides of this Path – the Naqshabandi Path – to keep the follower’s eyes closed
until he reaches “safety step”. Only when that point has been reached the full reality
becomes clear to him. But, as of yet, there is no need of letting you see extraordinary
things, indeed it would be dangerous to your continued development. Grandsheikh
knows when you have made your “safety step” and removes the blindfold.
In order to progress toward the point of unveiling you can do nothing except to follow
your Guide: his orders, his example, his manners. If you concentrate on following him
you will proceed along the Path with him: to follow is important, nothing else.
Even if you can only manage to connect to and remember your Sheikh once a day, that
will be enough for you to be written as his follower; it means that you have boarded that
“train” and are still riding on it. As long as the train continues on towards its destination
you will move towards yours as well. Even if you are not working as hard as you should
for your spiritual life, it doesn’t matter so much, for you are still aboard the train – and
be you asleep on the floor of the third-class car: the train is moving and you are on it.
What is important is to take a train.
Yes, even if you are asleep day and night you may progress, if you just keep up your
connection with your Sheikh. Pointing to this fact is the saying of the Holy Prophet
Muhammed (sal)that on the Last Day everyone will be raised up with his loved ones.
So, the more you love your Sheikh, the more you should be able to follow his orders
and his example in obedience to Allah Almighty and His Prophet. But even the laziest
follower will not be left behind until he reaches his station. For if he is asleep, the
conductor will come and wake him up, saying: “Wake up, wake up, we have arrived at
your station.” Then he will groggily reply: “What? Have we really arrived?” “Yes, take
your baggage and go.”
He Almighty knows your destination, and He leads you there by means of His beloved
servants, servants who have been dispatched for your guidance and who must,
therefore, know your destination as well. Allah’s Prophet (sal) knows, Grandsheikh
knows, the chief inspector knows and the conductor knows as well.
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