40 Rules of Enlightenment · Poetry

Rule # 30- The True Sufi

The True Sufi by Arsh

Rule# 30

The true Sufi is such that even when he is unjustly accused, attacked, and condemned from all sides, he patiently endures, uttering not a single bad word about any of his critics. A Sufi never apportions blame. How can there be opponents or rivals or even “others” when there is no “self” in the first place?
How can there be anyone to blame when there is only One?

-The Forty Rules of Love

At one point in life, almost everyone faces a situation – a whirling Sufi feel. Yes, we all claim to go through that stage but is it so? What is a Sufi for you? A person who is deeply into the love of God and don’t even care about things happening around or someone who knows what’s happening but is so much into himself that all he sees is ways to improve himself and nothing else? Being a true Sufi is not impossible but the thing is, you don’t have to try to be a Sufi. You become one, just by yourself. And you don’t even feel it. You are just numb.


Aye, whirling Dervaish,

Where have you been?

Did you see the stars shining bright?

Did you claim to feel the depth?

Were you attacked?

Did you endure?

Did you let it go?

Oh, you did.

Did you see the world?

Did you find yourself?

Were you lost in between?

Oh you were.

I missed thee, then

‘Coz thou definitely were the one.

-Arsh Azim

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