Book Name:Pait ka Qufl e Madina
things which are harmful to others delight me and the things which delight others are harmful to me.’ (Kashf-ul-Maḥjūb, pp. 407)
We live to eat
Dear Islamic brothers! Did you see how difficult it is to overpower Nafs? Despite difficulties, we should endeavour to control it. One of the ways of controlling Nafs is to do the opposite of what it desires. For example, if it demands you to eat delicious food or eat until you are full, you should not obey it. Only eat what you need. A great saint, Dātā Ganj Bakhsh رَحْمَةُ الـلّٰـهِ تَـعَـالٰی عَـلَيْـه has stated, ‘Hunger is the food of the Ṣiddīqīn and a path of Sulūk for the Murīd (disciple). Previously, people used to eat to survive, yet you live to eat.’ (Kashf-ul-Maḥjūb, pp. 605)
It is narrated that once Sayyidunā Shaykh Khuwājaĥ Maḥbūb-e-Ilāĥī Niẓāmuddīn Auliyā رَحْمَةُ اللهِ تَعَالٰی عَلَيْه fell seriously ill. His disciples told him that there was a pundit in the area who could cure people very quickly by reading some incantations. They asked for permission to take him to the pundit. He رَحْمَةُ اللهِ تَعَالٰی عَلَيْه replied that he would never go to an unbeliever for any treatment. His condition worsened and he fell unconscious. The disciples took him to the same pundit. When the pundit read some incantations and blew on the great Shaykh, he immediately regained consciousness and recovered from illness.
When he found himself well, he asked the pundit, ‘How did you attain this expertise?’ The pundit replied, ‘I have promised my teacher that I would always do the opposite of what my Nafs desires. Therefore, whenever I wish to drink cold water, I drink hot water. When I wish to eat rice, I eat bread. In this way, I have attained expertise by continuously opposing my Nafs.’