Excerpt About States / Stations
Isolated Experiences of Essence are Called a StateThe condition of having isolated experiences of an essential aspect is termed by the Sufis the stage of the hal; the experience is still a state. A state is contrasted with a station (maqam) when the essential aspect is made one's own, when it is attained by one's own efforts and established permanently by such efforts. That an essential aspect has become a station does not mean it is always present. This condition exists after it is just established, but as other aspects emerge they will displace it. In this case, a station means that the aspect is permanently available; it is present whenever the situation requires it.