For the Sufis, the healing of the sick is considered to be the most important of all services to humanity. For the first time in the West, the author presents the secret principles and practices of this divine science, based on the 800-year tradition of the Chishti Order. Among the many topics covered are dietary recommendations of the Prophet, the preparation of herbal formulas, healing with essential oils, illnesses arising at various stages of the soul's evolution, fasting and prayer, talismans, and the "infallible remedy."
“Step out of the circle of time
And into the circle of love.”
The circle of divine love is always present within the heart. The journey of the mystic is to retrace this circle and so experience the oneness that is hidden within us.
In THE CIRCLE OF LOVE Llewellyn Vaughan-Lee, continuing his work of providing a contemporary understanding of Sufism, draws us into this mystery of the soul. He describes the way of mystical prayer and of listening with the heart. He offers valuable insight into power and the spiritual life: how to use one's power to break free of restrictions and live the joy of one's divine nature. He explores the primordial question of why we so easily forget our origin in God. Finally, THE CIRCLE OF LOVE takes us deep into the mystical secret of being lost in God, to the centre of the circle where the lover merges into the Beloved and the heart's deepest truth is revealed.
The Persian saying in the front-cover image is from a poem by Hafîz:
“We have not come to this door
looking for greatness and glory.”
CRUCIBLE OF LIGHT Sufi Terms Illuminated Dr Javad Nurbakhsh
THE CRUCIBLE OF LIGHT provides in a single volume the definitions of more than 150 fundamental Sufi concepts and terms. In the style of his groundbreaking Sufi Symbolism series, Dr Javad Nurbakhsh illustrates each concept and term with examples of usage culled from the classical writings of Persian Sufism, many of which have never before been translated into English. However, in this new work, he introduces each entry with his own clear explanation.
This work is therefore an indispensable tool for any serious study of the writings of the most influential masters of the Sufi tradition, such as Rumi, Hafiz, Ibn Arabi, Bayazid, Ansari and Ruzbihan Baqli and will be a source of joy and inspiration for all lovers of spirituality in general.
DAUGHTER OF FIRE A Diary of a Spiritual Training With a Sufi Master Irina Tweedie
Little did Irina Tweedie know that her trip to India in 1959, at the age of fifty-two, would mysteriously lead her to a Sufi Master and set her upon a journey to the "heart of hearts," the Sufi path of realisation.
Her teacher's first request of her was to keep a complete diary of her spiritual training - everything, all the difficult parts, even all the doubts. He predicted that one day it would become a book and would benefit people around the world.
This diary spans five years, making up an amazing record of spiritual transformation: the agonies, the resistance, the long and frightening bouts with the purifying forces of Kundalini, the perseverance, the movements towards surrender, the longing and, finally, the all-consuming love.
From a psychological viewpoint, the diary maps the process of ego dissolution, gradually unveiling the openness and love that reside beneath the surface of the personality.
Mrs. Tweedie is the first Western woman to be trained in this ancient yogic lineage. Her story and experience testify that this teaching system can still be powerfully transformative today in our modern world.
A spiritual group forms a sacred and protected space where energy can flow from the inner into the outer world. Weaving together dreams and spiritual stories, IN THE COMPANY OF FRIENDS explores the dynamics of a spiritual group, how it functions as both a protective space and a container of transformative energy. In particular this book looks at the difficulties encountered by a seeker living in the Western world, whose material oriented values are often antagonistic to the inner journey, while at the same time exploring how spiritual groups are the sacred spaces of the future.
This book presents a wealth of stories and poetry about Jesus, many of which are new to Christian readers. The inner meaning of Christian symbols are revealed here as they appear in Sufi mystical writings.
LOVE IS A FIRE The Sufis Mystical Journey Home Llewellyn Vaughan-Lee
Based on live talks and meetings with Vaughan-Lee, this is an introduction to the passion and wisdom of the mystical Sufi path of love. One of mankind's greatest secrets is the call of the heart, and how it draws us back to union. For the Sufi, this love is a fire that burns away all traces of separation. Vaughan-Lee teaches how to live this burning. He describes the stages of the path of love on the soul's journey home.
The Path is perhaps the most complete and detailed account available of the aim and method of Sufism in the contemporary world. This was was written by Dr. Javad Nurbakhsh, the former master of the Nimatullahi Sufi Order for over 50 years. The books consists of a series of essays on various aspects of the sufi path and provides an overview of the sufi mystical way. In addition, it describes in an accessible manner, the practices taught by Sufi masters for centuries and followed today in traditional sufi orders throughout the world.
Jonathan Star has assembled selections of Rumi's verse in a treasury that spans the poet's life and includes his most celebrated and poignant work. It is an enchanting volume of classic Eastern thought that creates an exhilarating experience for all readers.
This is one of the few books in English which discusses the history and meaning of the phrase "spiritual poverty". It also contains a comprehensive study of the various graduations of mystical states and the hierarchial levels of spiritual stations experienced by spiritual seekers.
SPIRITUAL PRACTICES OF RUMI Radical Techniques for Beholding the Divine Will Johnson
One of the most extraordinary events in the history of Sufism occurred in 1244 when the Sufi poet and mystic Jallaludin Rumi met a wandering seeker named Shams-i-Tabriz. Upon meeting, the two men immediately went into private retreat together, emerging ninety days later in a transformed condition.
In THE SPIRITUAL PRACTICES OF RUMI, Will Johnson reveals the radical practice that transpired between Rumi and Shams. To put it simply, they sat and gazed into each other's eyes. Because the eyes are portals to the soul, their sustained gazing formed the basis of a devotional practice that opened the doors to a profoundly ecstatic state of divine union. Johnson draws on the poetry and prose of Rumi to unfold his story. He, also, explains how one may embark on the practice of intentional gazing to experience that state of ecstatic divine union shared by Rumi and Shams so many centuries ago.
SUFI BOOK OF LIFE 99 Pathways of the Heart For the Modern Dervish Neil Douglas-Klotz
Part meditation book part oracle and part collection of Sufi lore poetry and stories THE SUFI BOOK OF LIFE offers a fresh interpretation of the fundamental spiritual practice found in all ancient and modern Sufi schools - the meditations on the 99 Qualities of Unity. Unlike most books on Sufism which are primarily collections of translated Sufi texts this accessible guide is a handbook that explains how to apply Sufi principles to modern life. With inspirational commentary that connects each quality with contemporary concerns such as love work and success as well as timeless wisdom from Sufi masters both ancient and modern such as Rumi Hafiz Shabistari Rabia Inayat Khan Indries Shah Irina Tweedie Bawa Muhaiyadden and more THE SUFI BOOK OF LIFE is a dervish guide to life and love for the twenty-first century. Neil Douglas-Klotz is a world renowned scholar in religious studies spirituality and psychology a leader in the International Association of Sufism and the co-founder of the worldwide network of the Dances of Universal Peace. He lives in Edinburgh where he is the director of the Edinburgh Institute for Advanced Learning.
SUFI RAPPER The Spiritual Journey of Abd Al Malik Abd Al Malik
As a poor black resident in one of the notorious French banlieus (the ghettos surrounding French cities), Abd Al Malik had every chance of meeting the same fate as many of his peers: drug addiction, prison and/or an early grave. Despite his early involvement in the endemic crime that was routine in his neighbourhood, his keen intelligence won him admission to some of the most prestigious schools in Strasbourg. His dual life as student/pick-pocket ended when he converted to Islam, where again his intellect and sensitivity prevented him from entering the hate-filled spiral promoted by the fundamentalists. His distaste for the hatred they preached in the madrassas and his love of music led him to Moroccan Sufi master Sidi Hamza al-Qadiri al-Butchichi, whose message of universal love and joy now animates the rap songs of this prize-winning composer and performer. As the singer says in his 'Ode To Love': “Love the other whatever the cost and direct the struggle against yourself The treasure of the just is buried within my chest If there is enough for one, let's share it, there is enough for all.”
· Explains how the luminous message of love in Sufism now animates Malik's music · Offers an intimate look at life in the ghettos and madrassas of the poorest neighbourhoods in Europe
SUFI SYMBOLISM: VOLUME I, the first volume of an exhaustive compilation of spiritual terms. This volume examines the meanings of the metaphors that symbolize the limbs and traits of the BelovedÂ’s body, along with the vocabulary connected with festive and convivial gatherings. It includes terms such as wine, tavern, goblet, and so forth.
SUFI SYMBOLISM VOL III Religious Terminology Javad Nurbakhsh
Devoted to Religious Terminology, this volume provides the fullest possible range of meanings to terms having to do with religious experiences, types of worship, spiritual practices and theological dogmas prevalent in Sufism.
SUFI SYMBOLISM VOL IV Symbolism of the Natural World Javad Nurbakhsh
This volume examines the interior dimension of the natural world, from the meaning of flowers and lights, physical and spiritual places and positions, to illustrations of the symbolism of birds, other animals, alchemy, metals and Travel
SUFI SYMBOLISM VOL IX Spiritual Faculties, Spiritual Organs, Knowledge, Wisdom and Perfection Javad Nurbakhsh
This volume explores the spiritual faculties of understanding, intuition, remembrance, insight and imagination by which we sense the inner realities embedded in the subtler aspects of the human being, the soul, the spirit and the intellect, by means of which spiritual knowledge is acquired.
SUFI SYMBOLISM VOL V Veils and Clothing, Government, Economics and Commerce, Medicine and Healing Javad Nurbakhsh
This volume explores the physical and metaphysical veils between God and man, as well as the inner experiences of mystics regarding political power, government, war, peace and above all, sickness, health, life and death.