from: 'Los Cien Passos'; The Hundred Steps, by Shaikh 'Abd al-Qadir as-Sufi ad-Darqawi.
"Suluk is the science of all the internal elements of the Way.
The salik is the one who cements himself in the knowledge necessary
to prevent madness. When the time comes that the Heart moves and Love is
awakened in it, and the center of the creature is possesed by the winds of
desire and the torments of yearning.
When the world and all of its things are converted to torment and test
for the seeker, suluk guides the walker to wisdom, so that he can avoid
rushing when it is necessary to restrain himself, and make possible a valiant
action when it is tempting to abandon oneself. Suluk is the means through
which it is possible to benefit from Yadhb (attraction) without turning into
a Majdhub; mad for Allah: that is: there is attraction - that is essential
- but one avoids defenseless attraction. This means that one can have the
experience without being condemned to the station.
Our Way is to be salik-majdhub. Externally sane and internally
mad for Allah. Externally sober and internally intoxicated. Externally
suluk is to change bad words for good words, bad actions for good actions,
bad intentions for good intentions, until one lives in correct and straight
words, actions and intentions. The sign of the salik is that he is safe
from his own hand and his own tongue.
Suluk permits one to benefit from the state by the absorption of the
doctrine and to leave the station with the expectation of further gifts
from the Merciful Lord. Its ending is to have its renewed confirmation by
the seekers and avoid pretensions except by the tongue of the real."