Travelling the Path of Love: Sayings of Sufi Masters

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The Golden Sufi Center, 1995 - 231 pages

Sufism is a path of love. With the passion and depth of feeling that belong to lovers, Sufi masters through the centuries have described the soul's journey towards union with God. This collection of sayings, dating from the ninth century to the present day, follows the stages of the this journey, allowing the masters to beckon us along this ancient path. Speaking with the experience of those who have tasted the mysteries of divine love, their words reach beyond the mind and into the heart. Resonant with devotion, the writings describe the spiritual path with simplicity, directness, humor, and wisdom.

 

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Page 201 - I am he whom I love, and he whom I love is I: We are two spirits dwelling in one body. If thou seest me, thou seest him, And if thou seest him, thou seest us both."* 1 Nicholson, Myslics of Islam, pp.
Page 174 - Amidst the flames outflashing — only God I saw. Myself with mine own eyes I saw most clearly, But when I looked with God's eyes — only God I saw.
Page 115 - God is the light of the heavens and the earth; His light is as a niche in which is a lamp, and the lamp is in a glass, the glass is as though it were a glittering star...
Page 174 - In favor and in fortune — only God I saw. In prayer and fasting, in praise and contemplation, In the religion of the Prophet — only God I saw. Neither soul nor body, accident nor substance, Qualities nor causes — only God I saw. I opened mine eyes and by the light of His face around me In all the eye discovered — only God I saw.
Page 115 - God is the Light of the heavens and the earth; the likeness of His Light is as a niche wherein is a lamp (the lamp in a glass, the glass as it were a glittering star) kindled from a Blessed Tree, an olive that is neither of the East nor of the West...
Page 81 - O God, the night has passed and the day has dawned. How I long to know if Thou hast accepted (my prayers) or if Thou hast rejected them. Therefore console me for it is Thine to console this state of mine. Thou hast given me life and cared for me and Thine is the glory. If Thou wert to drive me from Thy door, yet would I not forsake it, for the love that I bear in my heart towards Thee.
Page 179 - I am the hearing whereby he heareth and the sight whereby he seeth and the hand wherewith he smiteth and the foot whereon he walketh.
Page 126 - God is necessary to us in order that we may exist, while we are necessary to Him in order that He may be manifested to Himself*.
Page 158 - God deposited within man knowledge of all things, then prevented him from perceiving what He had deposited within him .... This is one of the divine mysteries which reason denies and considers totally impossible. The nearness of this mystery to those ignorant of it is like God's nearness to His servant, as mentioned in His words, 'We are nearer to him than you, but you do not see
Page 3 - the Sufi is he who claims, from the first, at reaching God. . . . Until he has found what he sought, he takes no rest, nor does he give heed to any person. For Thy sake I haste over land and water: over the plain I pass and the mountain I cleave and from everything I meet I turn my face, until the time when I reach that place where I am alone with Thee.

About the author (1995)

Llewellyn Vaughan-Lee, Ph.D., is a Sufi teacher. Born in London
in 1953, he has followed the Naqshbandi Sufi path since he was
nineteen. In 1991 he became the successor of Irina Tweedie, who
brought this particular Indian branch of Sufism to the West and is
the author of Daughter of Fire: A Diary of a Spiritual Training with a Sufi Master. He then moved to Northern California and founded The Golden Sufi Center (www.goldensufi.org). Author of several books, he has specialized in the area of dreamwork, integrating the ancient Sufi approach to dreams with the insights of Jungian Psychology. Since 2000 his writing and teaching have been on spiritual responsibility in our present time of transition, and an awakening global consciousness of oneness (www.workingwithoneness.org). More recently he has written about the feminine, the anima mundi (World Soul), and spiritual ecology (www.spiritualecology.org). He was featured in the TV series Global Spirit and interviewed by Oprah Winfrey as a part of her Super Soul Sunday series.

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