appear to have made and real efforts to stop the Islamic kings sometimes targeted them
along with the infields. Sufi poets usually glorified the Islamic conquests of Hindu and
Buddhist lands and did not see much value in their pre-Islamic cultures. Hence it is
wrong to interpret all Sufi mysticism as another version of the yogic model, though
liberal Sufi groups can appear in this light, and a few Sufis can be placed on par with
the great yogis.
Most Sufis do not accept Karma and
rebirth as true. Most don't ascribe to several of the ethical principles of yogic
approaches (particularly non-violence or monastic vows), though they may perform
meditation or devotional practices. Sufis who recognize that one can find God through
yogic paths may regard such yogic disciplines as complicated and indirect only necessary
because one is unwilling to take the direct route of Islam, the surrender to Allah that
Mohammed taught which they claim can lead even ordinary people to spiritual realization
with out the need of yogic methods of disciplines.
This at least is what one Western Sufi trained in Morocco
told me. Sufis who talk of the unity of all religions may consider that this unity lies
only in Islam, which in their view synthesized all previous religions and went beyond
them, and they may still be promoting conversion to Islam.