What Religon Is
Social and Psychological Elements in Sufi Study
WHAT RELIGON IS
The belief that something which is really, for instance, a selfish self-absorption in religious activity is anti-religion in effect. Sheikh Ibrahim Gazur-Ilahi truly says: ' That which takes you to Love is religion/whatever stands between you and Love is “the world”' How many pious people realize that?
The levels of sociology and psychology, which your question regards as a 'reduction' are, in fact, essential to examine at the learning how to learn stage, because unless the psychology is corrected oriented, there is no spirituality, though there can be obsession and emotionality, often mistaken for it. Those who trade in such things, mistaking them for spirituality, have of course - in the psychological and sociological levels. Those interested in truth, however, cannot afford such luxuries. As for the social level. This and the psychological are dealt with by this quotation from one of the greatest of all Sufis, who is not dealing in spirituality, if you define this term narrowly:
What is worship?
To realize reality.
What is the sacred law?
To do no evil.
What is reality?
This is the Sufi approach – not the other way about. There can be no spirituality, according to the Sufi masters, without psychology, psychological insight and sociological balance.
So, if you are looking for spirituality which requires such insights, you have to look at the 'reduction' by the great classical Sufi masters, not by me, for I am no innovator in this respect. If , too, you imagine that the Sufis are not to be regarded as 'spiritual' because of there insistence on psychology and sociology, you are out of luck again: not only Islamic authorities but scholars from all faiths continue to regard the Sufis as among the greatest exponents of the spiritual among humankind.
There is no wisdom where there is no common sense: it cannot under those conditions find any expression.
They say: ' Seek wisdom while you have the strength, or you may lose the strength without gaining wisdom.'