Psychology of Sufism and the mind mastery of the Sufi

By hu

Independent research Fellow

Markaz Garden poonoor, calicut

Spirituality is often viewed in terms of an individual’s personal experience of seeking the sacred in life and striving to connect with god (Thoreson &Harris, 2004) this connection may be in the form of divine peace, ultimate offerings to God and fulfilling the obligations towards other social beings.

Sufism is a distinctive way of life from the common framework of people which can attract the mass like an iron road to the magnet or a honey bee to the flower. Sufis also are distinctive in the framework of mysticism from varying stations to the style of their mystical visible deeds and expressions. It has an ecstatic feeling of dilution with divine presence sometimes may simply conjugate as one entity.

As a way to the ultimate spiritual gaining, Sufism empowers the inner core divinity of the human quest for spiritual stations. Beyond a self trajectory to the esoteric divinity, it encourages the interested spectator to the ultimate completeness of lively deeds as toil in a magnetic flux. Its expression of self intuition through art and literature strewed a rug of indescribable mental feelings in the hearts that quests for spirituality.

A mystic aims to dispatch the obligations to god by dedicating to the religion thereby to the rules and orders of the God. They have positive holdings of the spirituality and its sub contents with more positive religiously based beliefs and attributions. They replace damaging beliefs and ascriptions of the common men about the self, others and the world. The pathway of moderate faith or better submission is a psychological equilibrium of the soul and body. It keeps the individual to live in any context of the world settings whether it is secular or more rigid religious. It insisted on psychology because its approach towards the spiritual factors and material realities are intellectually packed with the cognitive development of the Mystic. The instant seeking for the divine spiritual levels will be gradually develop his mental arena more vividly with spiritual experiences and character development, something that can be done through meditations by psychologists. Spirituality is generally considered to be broader than any religion one might practice, as it takes into account cognitive and philosophic areas of thought as well as aspects of emotions and behavior. Some might describe spirituality as the attempt to understand one’s nature or the meaning of one’s existence, but spirituality is also linked to one’s path to internal awareness and happiness. Many cultures and belief systems hold that one’s spirit is the essence of one’s existence, and thus, spirituality may also describe for some people their connection to each other and to themselves.

Though some may describe themselves as spiritual without adhering to the principles of any religion or even having any religious thought, for others, religion is the manifestation of their spirituality. This manifestation may involve the performance of rituals—in one tradition or in some combination of traditions—with varying degrees of commitment and involvement in that faith. Spirituality may also describe the attention people pay to their own well-being and that of others. For many, the practice of dance, yoga, meditation, or volunteer work, among others, are outlets in which to express spirituality. This expression in spirituality can effectively make use in mysticism. The Mystic’s mental and physical aspects will conjoin to form the submission to god completely with soul and body. The mystic also participate intentionally or non-intentionally, a type of therapy in the pursuit of healing or well-being. For many, spiritual beliefs play a significant role in the ability to cope with adverse events in life. Spiritual practices may offer social and emotional support, help people find meaning and purpose in life, provide comfort in times of grief, and provide ethical and moral guidelines that many choose to live their lives by. Individuals who gain strength from their spiritual faith may find it difficult to achieve progress and healing in therapy when unable to address and incorporate all dimensions of who they are. As the Maslovian theory of need in psychology states, if a man put back his primary needs then only he can achieve the self esteem that is the higher order in the need chain. So, a mystic who achieve the primary needs or most probably who denies the worldly needs and seek only for the divine needs will achieve the self esteem position so fast and the need for his ultimate goal that is to say the dilution with god can be gained.  As a Sufi poet and the founder of a world fame Sufi order, Mevlana Jalaludheen Rumi in his divine delusion has formed such a psychological mindful impact in his own life and the life of the path finder who try to reach the divine destination. The well known American singer and song writer Madonna has used this symphony for soul touching entertainment and musical performance which could fill the quest of audience for divinity and spiritual enthusiasm. The inspiration that tickled from the words and gestures of Rumi is something special that have some extra ordinary function to lead the seeker of spiritual stages to the ultimatum. It is the functional distinction that mainly detaches Rumi from other Sufi’s and his Sufi order from other orders. He used a distinct style of inspirational rejoice that acted as a therapeutic test or a practice that solved many problems of the human mind from sorrow to rejoice.

Every mystic has their understanding about the creator and their existence in the world in divergent state of perceptions. As the cognitive psychology deals with the function of perception expresses that the perception of the outer world changes from man to man and from context to context. The degree of understanding and the percentage of attraction also differentiate in human. The one who achieve more perceptual ability of transcendence and divine presence may lead to higher stations until the lover and loved one become diluted to a single form of heavenly love. As the perception varies, the style of expressing the love and feelings also varies. Some mystics do music, preaches, writing poems, singing songs and other gestures to express their love while some others will be muted in a cave, or in the corner of a Masjid or tomb living with the memories of the beloved god to reach the ultimate love as soon as possible. The Sufi’s are good psychologists who effectively uses their tricks of divine actions for treat the minds of people. They are learned masters of the minds appointed by the almighty for curing the minds.


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