Hasan Shushud addressing Sherborne House Students
1972-04-09 Hasan Shushud Part 1 and Part 2
A NOTE ON THE ZIKR OF HASAN ŞUŞUD
J.G. Bennett, Sherborne House, 1973
You must understand that the basis for breathing exercises is that there are energies that man needs to feed his inner life. These energies are all vibrations of different kinds in different media. Invariably all these exercises have a rhythmic quality. As it is not easy to discover an absolute rhythm, we can use a rhythm that is given to us by our bodies.
These exercises are sometimes disguised as prayers or physical activities, and sometimes they are produced involuntarily in people. Sometimes they are given a definite religious or philosophical meaning like the “invocation of the name of God.” Sometimes they are very complicated and even have quite elaborate rituals. The effect is the same. They bring about a transformation of energies which strengthens and liberates the finer body from the physical body. Even if we are not aware of this happening, they will produce results of this kind. In the form I am going to introduce to you, (which was given to us by Hasan Şuşud), there is no need to have any specific idea or to think about anything in particular. The reality is implied in the exercise—and there is no need to keep one’s attention on anything. You do the exercise as freely and unforcibly as possible, without trying to empty your mind or direct your thoughts. Implied in this exercise is your intention to attain to the right state of existence for yourself.
Original publication :
A short translation of Shushud’s work by J. G. Bennett was published in Systematics Volume 6, No. 4 March 1969, Muhtar Holland’s full length translation Masters of Wisdom of Central Asia was published by Coombe Springs press in 1983. J. G. Bennett also wrote a full length work loosely based on Shushud’s original.
Some authors such as Idries Shah and John Godolphin Bennett maintain that George Ivanovich Gurdjieff’s ‘Fourth Way’ originated with the Khwajagan.
” Solitude in the crowd (khalwat dar anjuman): Be free from limitation in the midst of limitations. When Khwaja Naqshband was asked to state the basic principle of spiritual development, he said: “Solitude in the crowd; that is being outwardly with people, but inwardly with God, Exalted is He.” According to Khwaja Awliya’ Kabir, it means that one should reach the stage where one is so constantly and completely absorbed in divine remembrance that “one could walk through the market-place without hearing a sound.”
and another by Nevit O.Ergin
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