ANIS was asked:
What is Sufism?
He said: 'Sufism is that which succeeds in bringing to man the High Knowledge'
But if I apply the traditional methods handed down by the Masters, is that not Sufism?
'It is not Sufism if it does not perform its function for you. A cloak is no longer a cloak if it does not keep a man warm.
So Sufism does change?
'People change and needs change. So what was Sufism once is Sufism no more. Sufism is the external face of internal knowledge, known as High Knowledge. The inner factor does not change. The whole work, therefore, is the High Knowledge, plus capacity, which produces method. What you are pleased to call Sufism is merely the record of past method.
Tis good the know the difference...