Ibrahim Effendi, the renowned Sheikh of the Sufi Lodge of Aksaray, eloquently voices the assorted definitions of the Sufi path in the following lines:
Being a Sufi, at the onset, is freedom from material existence, At the end, it is to rise to throne of the heart
Being a Sufi, at the onset, is to strip away the flesh, At the end, it is to enter the Lord’s palace of secrets.
Being a Sufi, is to remove the fading garment of the body, In return for a pure existence, and the light of the Lord…
Being a Sufi, is to kindle the candle of the heart with a flame Divine, And hence throwing it in the fire of love, to burn forever more…
Being a Sufi is save oneself from the grip of the ego, And hence to follow the Law and attain to true faith.
Being a Sufi is acquaintance with the ways of the Lord;
And hence to reach out a helping hand and cure to the needy.
Being a Sufi is to unlock the flesh with the key of the Lord’s Name, And to usher it in through the gates of nothingness.
Being a Sufi is to turn the Sufi words to action, Where each word uttered becomes a portion of life.
Being a Sufi is to learn to interpret the dreams and the word, To become a secret, in one’s own right, in the seat of life.
Being a Sufi is to become joyous and bewildered in Divine presence, To be in amazement before the secrets of the Divine.
Being a Sufi is to cleanse the heart of everything other than the Lord, To turn the heart into His Throne through faith
Being a Sufi is to reach East and West in the blink of an eye; To hence care for all people and offer them shelter.
Being a Sufi is to witness the Lord’s presence in every particle, To hence be a sun shining upon all creation.
Being a Sufi is to understand the languages of all creation; To assume to role of Solomon in the realm of intellect.
Being a Sufi is to seize the firmest handle, to burden the greatest duty; To hence reflect on the Quran and convey the news of Divine Mercy.
Being a Sufi is to treat all beings through the secret name of the Lord; The ability to absorb the commands of the Quran.
Being a Sufi is to seek the Lord in every gaze thrown,
To hence turn difficulty into ease for the fellow human being.
Being a Sufi is to turn the heart into a depository of Divine knowledge To lead a drop, the human being is, into the vast ocean.
Being a Sufi is to burn entire existence in the fire of negation; And then to revive through the light of affirmation”.
Being a Sufi is to call to the path, to say “sufficient is the Lord” (ar-Rad, 43), To nurture delight for the inevitable “return”. (al-Ghashiyah, 28)
Being a Sufi is to return to life after dying a thousand times each day, To act as a reviver for corpses from all creation.
Being a Sufi is to annihilate existence into the existence Divine,
To conceal oneself in the intimacy of being “even nearer”. (an-Najm, 9)
Being a Sufi is to surrender the soul to the beloved and become free; To remain with the beloved forever more.
Being a Sufi, Ibrahim, is to become a real servant of the Lord; To embrace and remain loyal to the Law of Muhammad (Peace and blessings be upon him).