"A Sufi need not be a Mohammedan. A Sufi can exist anywhere, in any form –
because Sufism is the essential core of all religions. It has nothing to do
with Islam in particular. Sufism can exist without Islam; Islam cannot exist
without Sufism. Without Sufism, Islam is a corpse. Only with Sufism does it
Whenever a religion is alive it is because of Sufism. Sufism simply means a
love affair with God, with the ultimate, a love affair with the whole. It
means that one is ready to dissolve into the whole, that one is ready to
invite the whole to come into one’s heart.
It knows no formality. It is not confined by any dogma, doctrine, creed or
church. Christ is a Sufi, so is Mohammed. Krishna is a Sufi, so is Buddha. This
is the first thing I would like you to remember: that Sufism is the innermost
core – as Zen is, as Hassidism is. These are only different names of the same
ultimate relationship with God".