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Origin of theosophy

Sharfuddin Yahya Maneri

Origin of theosophy

Sharfuddin Yahya Maneri

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    The origin of theosophy. The institution of theosophy (tasavvuf) is ancient. It has been practiced by the prophets and the saints. As evil impulses predominate in the world, the theosophist (Sufi) is looked down upon by men. The theosophist is one who has lost the self, exists in the true one, is beyond the reach of the lower nature, and is at one with truth. A theosophical student (mutasavvif) is he who seeks to become a theosophist through asceticism and purification, and disciplines himself in the ways of the theosophist....

    The prophet had a place in his mosque set apart to discourse privately with his elect companions, who trod the path. There were senior disciples such as Abu-Bakr, Omar, Osman, Ali and Salman, and mediocre ones, such as Bilal and others. The Arab chiefs and his ordinary companions were about 70 in number. When the prophet wished to show his special regard to a particular companion (Sufi) he favored him with a piece of his garment (n. B. The word Sufi may be derived either from Safa, purity, or from Suf, dress.- trs.)

    The first theosophist was Adam, and the last Mohammad, and theosophy has continued amongst the followers of Mohammad.- letter 22.

    The origin of theosophy. The institution of theosophy (tasavvuf) is ancient. It has been practiced by the prophets and the saints. As evil impulses predominate in the world, the theosophist (Sufi) is looked down upon by men. The theosophist is one who has lost the self, exists in the true one, is beyond the reach of the lower nature, and is at one with truth. A theosophical student (mutasavvif) is he who seeks to become a theosophist through asceticism and purification, and disciplines himself in the ways of the theosophist....

    The prophet had a place in his mosque set apart to discourse privately with his elect companions, who trod the path. There were senior disciples such as Abu-Bakr, Omar, Osman, Ali and Salman, and mediocre ones, such as Bilal and others. The Arab chiefs and his ordinary companions were about 70 in number. When the prophet wished to show his special regard to a particular companion (Sufi) he favored him with a piece of his garment (n. B. The word Sufi may be derived either from Safa, purity, or from Suf, dress.- trs.)

    The first theosophist was Adam, and the last Mohammad, and theosophy has continued amongst the followers of Mohammad.- letter 22.

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