were simply the Islamic equivalent of the Jesuits and could be militant, if not fanatic.
Such Sufis encouraged and guided Muslim attacks against Hindu India. This was particularly
true of organized Sufi orders like the Naqshbandis, which have long aimed at the
conversion of India to Islam. These Sufi orders are spiritual soldiers for Islam and, like
Christian missionaries, have little respect for other traditions, particularly those of
India, which they still denigrate as pagan, heathen and kafir. Most Sufi activity in the
world today is under their control.
question was whether Mohammed, the founder of Islam, who had many mystical experiences,
was a tolerant figure whose teachings were distorted by militant Islam, or an intolerant
figure that militant Islam followed faithfully. In the beginning assumed that Mohammed was
probably a great yogi whose teaching was misinterpreted, following a common Hindu idea
that all major religions must reflect the highest truth at their origin. However, over
time after studying the Koran and the life of Mohammed, I was forced to conclude that
Islamic intolerance began with Mohammed himself. I came to agree with Swami Vivekananda
that Mohammed was an eccentric mystic who mixed various superstitions with an experience
of super consciousness that was incomplete. The result was a dangerous combination of
religious insight and religious fanaticism.