You don’t enter into Tarikat to think that you have entered into Jannat. So many people, they have this idea that they enter into Tarikat and, ‘Oh, we are in Jannat. So peaceful, so nice. Nirvana.’ They are thinking that, because that’s what they are reading (from books about Tarikat).
No, it is NOT.
Real tarikat has to shake you. It has to. Real tarikat, everything has to come down on top of your head. That is what real tarikat is. Because now, what is it doing? It is going to destroy the falsehood, you are building up a false existence, and it must destroy. It must beat it up. You are making false idols, it must destroy, it must beat it up. You are making false ideas, your whole life you are making up idols, outside and inside, it has to be destroyed now.
‘Oh, but I don’t like it. It hurts too much.’
Of course it is going to hurt. It is not too much. Allah will not test you something that you cannot carry. And you are going in the way of Tarikat, especially Tarikat-ul Evliya, the highest most distinguished Tarikat, this is what you are supposed to feel.
So many people may disagree with me, ‘No, Tarikat is all about love,’ some saying, ‘it’s all about being drunk,…’
You can say, I’m not going to argue with you. As you like. You follow that kind of teaching, as you like. There’s so many teachings within this Tarikat. We follow, Alhamdulillahi rabbil alameen, we follow SahibulSaif’s teachings, according to Sultan-ul Awliya. And that’s what we are a taking our guidance from.
Once you enter into real Tarikat, they are going to break everything. If you are sincere, they will. This is the greatest struggle. Now you are going to struggle with yourself. You are going to struggle with everything.
Good, It is good. Then that’s the time you are going to discover yourself. You are going to discover yourself; why yourself? how yourself? who is yourself? All these questions you are going to ask, because now, they are forcing you to ask. All these different thoughts are going to come and you think, ‘oh, I’m such a nice person, I’m such a peaceful person,’ but they touch you a little bit, things come crushing down, and all these thoughts come to you. Where these thoughts come from? From outside?
NO, from inside. So, you have such a high opinion of yourself before, now you understand the reality. Now you understand the reality of your ego.
– Hoja Lokman Effendi Hz (Khalifa of Shaykh Abdul Kerim Al-Kibrisi and authorized by Mawlana Shaykh Nazim Al-Haqqani for Osmanli Naksibendi Hakkani Tarikat)