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Ego Traps on the Mystical Path

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  On the sufi/irfan path of self Realisation, the seeker is never safe from the egoistic self which wants to preserve itself and its needs and desires. During the first stage of conquering nafs-e-ammara(the commanding self) there is a intense struggle against the egoistic worldly desires and the seeker finds some success with self control and self discipline. The ego then eases this journey and helps the seeker see some more success in terms of good behavior and more self control. This is a essentially a trap by the ego. And as the seeker prematurely proceeds towards the second stage of conquering the nafs-e-lawama(the blaming self). The ego self here waits with another trap and injects hypocrisy, arrogance and anger into the mind of the seeker against the teacher/master: “It says You are now as good as your master; not only do you know as much as he does, the way you behave is better. If he were able to apply what he teaches in his own lives he wouldn’t be half of what you are. You do

Longing of the Self

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We long to discover the secrets and mysteries of our individual lives, to find our unique way of belonging to ourselves, others and to this world. We struggle to find the innate treasure we were born with and to bring it to our existence. We long to share this treasure with others. We long to experience our oneness with all of creation.  Selfcraft is a personal quest that focuses on the discovery of individual personal meaning and a way to contribute to life. This longing pulls us toward the heart, into our wild nature and the dark valley of our deepest needs.  Alongside this longing to discover ourselves, lives an equally great fear of finding the very thing we are seeking. Somehow we know that doing so will shake up our lives, our sense of identity, our sense of security, our relationship to everything we hold as familiar and dear.  But we also suspect that saying no to our deepest longings will mean self-imprisonment in a life that is too small. And a deeper voice within insists tha

Loss of Self

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  Loss of Self. When we confine ourselves to the external things only, we lose touch with our true nature. Loss of Self and Self alienation is a shrouded misfortune suffered by millions of humans in a culture that exclusively centers around outer accomplishments. The costs of this self-abandonment are seen in every aspect of the misfortunes of human life. This Loss of self is experienced as an emptiness at our center, a feeling that our lives don't make sense, a sense that something essential is missing. The experience of self-loss can be troubling and confusing. Not knowing how to connect with our inner self, we deny its very presence to lessen the pain. But this alienation is difficult to suppress or eliminate. Still, the self stirs out from its concealed profundities, unendingly calling, pushing up like a plant through the cracks in the concrete wall of our lives. We catch glimpses of our self externally and in our dreams, in our fantasies, the people we worship, the poems we lo