“Only God Is Not Crazy”
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Written by: Shaikh Muhaiyaddeen (Louie Beutler)
on January 12, 2000
Wisdom Point: “There Is Nothing Other Than God, Only God Is God”
Bismillahir-Rahmanir-Rahim. In the name of God, the Most Merciful, the Most Compassionate. Al-salam 'alaykum. May all the peace, the beneficence, and the blessings of God be upon all of us.
My love you, my dearest brothers and sisters - Shaikh Muhaiyaddeen (Louie Beutler)
I met Bawa in the summer of 1975, some time during August or September, when I was 36 years old. By this time in my life, I had been married, had a child named Christopher who was about 10 years old, and who by that time was living alone with his mother in Maryland. His mother Mary and I had been married for about 4 years, and had been separated for about 8 years, and at her request had recently gotten a divorce so that she could get married again.
After graduating from Villanova University in 1962 as an Electrical Engineer, I was in the Marine Corps for 2 years as an Aircraft Maintenance Officer, and after leaving the Marine Corps I had worked as an Engineer for 10 years and had been attending Temple University in Philadelphia in the Educational Research Doctoral program for the 3 years prior to meeting Bawa.
The Doctoral program at Temple University was my latest and perhaps final attempt to find significance in my life. From my childhood, I had a lot of trouble making sense out of the world and out of the people who lived in it. Basically, up to the time I met Bawa, I did what they told me to do - go to college, get a job, get married, have children, buy a house, party, have sex, drink, etc. - but none of it seemed to still the search that was going on within me.
I told Bawa when I first met him, that at the age of 12 I had reached a initial conclusion about life in the world - that I was ok but the world was crazy. But trying to live that way was really starting to take a toll on me after 18 years. He asked me if I had considered going to God. And I said that I hadn't, that I had been raised Catholic but that the Christian approach to God did not make any sense to me either, so I had thrown it all out, and God along with it.
He then told me that if I would like to go to God that he would show me how to do this, if I stayed with him for a while. I agree and so started my life with Bawa.
I have now been with Bawa for 24 years and have realized during that time that I was half right when I came to Bawa, the world is certainly crazy, but so am I.
The only one who isn't crazy is God, and if we hand both the world and ourselves to God with absolute faith, certitude, and determination that both us and the world are indeed crazy, and that God is in truth the only reality, then God will reveal that reality within us. For this child, their is no other way to leave here, to stop the searching of our soul.
If we correctly join with God to complete His purpose for having created us, for having created each of us, He will complete His intention within us, which is to reveal God, and as He completes this work within us, we will gradually become one with Him, ending our life in the world, in the world of separations and differences.
For when He has completed this work within us, when He has revealed God to God within us, for the benefit of all of the creations of God within us, then like the rain falling back into the ocean from which it came, again becoming the ocean, no longer existing separate from the ocean, no longer existing as the rain, we will fall back into God from which we came, again becoming God, no longer existing separate from God, no longer existing as the craziness of the world or the craziness of you or I trying to live in the world.
This is how Bawa has changed my life.
Al-hamdu lillah - all praise and praising belong to God alone.
Allahu Akbar - only God is great.
Al-salam 'alaykum wa-rahmat Allah wa-barakatuhu kulluh -
May all the peace, the beneficence, and the blessings of God be upon you.
My love you (anbu) - Shaikh Muhaiyaddeen (Louie Beutler)
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