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Essential Principle of Sufi Teaching
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The Prophet said: This life stage (Arabic: manzil) is the farmland for the hereafter.
In this image, the farm represents the nafs. The seed of the farm symbolizes the Divine Knowledge that man receives. The actions of man are the methods he employs in order to cultivate the seed (Divine Knowledge).
In this analogy of the farm, there are two main scenarios. The first: the seed is a good one. However, the farmland has not been adequately prepared. Subsequently the seed is unable to realize its inherent goodness and potential. The second: Both the seed and the farmland are good. The evolution of the seen, therefore, is directly dependent upon the knowledge of the farmer. The seed can only flourish and realize its full potential and innate goodness if the farmer is skilled . . .