From An Interview with Shamcher Bryn Beorse

J=Jelaluddin Boru, S=Shamcher

J: Didn’t Inayat Khan set up a program of fana-fi-sheikh, fana-fi-rassoul? That one begins with surrender to a teacher, and then one surrenders to someone of a higher lever, say Inayat Khan or Buddha or someone, a rassoul.. isn’t this correct?
S: That is almost correct. It is a fine way, one of the sufi ways. Fana-fi-sheikh means you look up to a person as if he were God. You are very noticeable of him, you find him so kind and so generous, that you begin to think that he is so developed that he is a person that you’d rather be than yourself. That is one way…

J: Are you saying that it is not necessary?
S: Yes. Nothing is necessary. This is only one way among many sufi ways. There is no “way” in fact, that is not a sufi way…
But let’s go on. After fana-fi-sheikh there comes fana-fi-rassoul. Meaning that you can no longer feel that way about one man, or one teacher, but you can feel that about the theme of the rassoul present in Buddha, Christ Mohammed or whomever. And then you come to the final surrender in which you are not even satisfied with that. You think, “Well, Buddha was all right Christ was all right, but I want to surrender to God only, what is called in this progression fana-fi-allah or fana-fi-lillah. This is where you want to end up. There is nothing that says that “this is the way to go and there is no other way”… A Sufi doesn’t say that. Inayat Khan never said that…

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