Quotes & Sayings
1 Escaping from one's self is (a means of) attainting to God.
2. Do not satisfy the demands of the physical self, for the more you satisfy it, the more it demands.
3. Do not regard the ignorant as alive.
4. Do not hanker after worldly pelf and glory.
5. Do not eat everybody's bread, but give bread to people (freely).
6. Do not forget death at any place.
7. Whenever an evil befalls you, consider it a punishment of your sins.
8. Do not make your heart a plaything of the devil.
9. Keep your internal self better than the external self.
10. Do not lower yourself in an attempt to secure a high position.
11. Aspire for new (spiritual) attainments every day.
12. Consider good health a blessing.
13. While doing good to others, think that you are doing good to yourself.
14. Give up immediately the pursuit of a thing which your heart considers bad.
15. Do not fight or quarrel in a manner which leaves no room for reconciliation.
16. Consider levity and anger as signs of weakness
17. Do not consider yourself safe from an enemy howsoever conciliatory he might be towards you.
18. Of all times self-restraint is most necessary at the time of sexual desire.
19. Show generosity to the righteous man.
20. Consider haughtiness necessary in dealing with the proud ones.
21. When God visits you with some calamity, do not turn away from it.
22. Defeat your enemy by consulting him and captivate your friend by your politeness.
23. Consider worldliness as an unforeseen calamity.
24. Be critical of your own shortcomings.
25. Do not lose your temper at the bitter words of the enemy and do not lose your shield by being overpowered with anger.
26. If you do not want to be held in disgrace, do not beg for anything.
27. If you want greatness associate with the downtrodden.
28. If you want ease and comfort, do not be jealous.
29. Accept affliction as a present.
30. Work in a way that may get (eternal) life after death.
31. Baba Farid said four questions were put to 700 saints and all of them gave the same reply. These questions were:
i. Who is the wisest? "One who rejects the world," they replied.
ii. Who is the most saintly? "One who does not get changed at everything."
iii. Who is the richest and the wealthiest of all men? "One who is content."
iv. Who is the most needy? "One who gives up contentment.','
32. The Prophet ﷺ used to say that blessed is the man whose knowledge of his own faults and defects prevents him from disclosing the faults of others.
33. Mystic music (Sama) moves the hearts of the listeners and breathes the fire of love in their hearts.
34. A life of poverty (Faqr) and resignation (Tawakkul) was the frequent burthen of Baba Farid's discourses. He wanted his disciples to accept the life of penury and penitence with pleasure and devote themselves to Him and Him alone. He was keenly conscious of the fact that the highestispiritual aspirations of man are apt to become stifled by the weight of his material possessions and that riches often arrest the growth arid expansion of the spirit. "The day of failure," he used to say, "is the night of the highest spiritual ascension."
35. Shaikh Farid did not want his disciple to waste their time in idle or loose talk. "One should work," he told his disciple, "and should not loose himself in the talks of .the people." He approvingly quoted the remarks of Shaikh Jalal-u-din Tabrizi: "Many utterances lull the heart and make it indifferent (to the Divine message). Only that thing should be uttered which is for the Lord alone.
- ↑ The Life and Times of Shaikh Farid-u'd-din Ganj-i-Shakar - Khaliq Ahmad Nizami
- ↑ Fawaid-ul-Fuad
- ↑ 101 Great Mystics of Islam - Muhammad Riaz Qadiri