“It is the message, not the person which is important to the Sufis.” – Indries Shah
The personality is secondary to the Message of Love, Peace, Mercy, Freedom, and Justice.
The person is a conduit or servant of the Message.
This does not mean that the human being does not have beauty in their expressions through the qualities that they are given, nor does it mean that the self is to be disdained or banished in some way.
This is about the bowing of the lower self to the heart of the Message and becoming the Message through the instrument that we are given.
Idries Shah (Persian: ادریس شاه), also known as Idris Shah, né Sayed Idries el-Hashimi (Arabic: سيد إدريس هاشمي), was an author and teacher in the Sufi tradition who wrote over three dozen critically acclaimed books on topics ranging from psychology and spirituality to travelogues and culture studies.