I have just added this DVD to the bookstore. It is a beautiful film in the tradition of Sufi storytelling. With its haunting music and atmospheric cinematography it opens the heart as you walk the path with a young girl and her grandfather to a gathering of dervishes. Just click here or on the image… Read More Bab’Aziz:The Prince Who Contemplated His Soul
Author and Sufi teacher, Phillip Gowins, writes here of the important role that Sufi master Pir Vilayat Inayat Khan played in bringing the Sufi path to the West. He also describes his own progress and adventures along this path. “The aim of the 1,500-year-old spiritual tradition of Sufism, it has been said, is “the elimination… Read More The Sovereign Soul
A collection of essays on the Sufi tradition by some of the best known contemporary writers on the subject. “For hundreds of years, the inner spiritual core of Islam has been the focus of Sufi practitioners and thinkers. Those initiated into its mysteries have sometimes expressed them in ecstatic poetry, in a symbolic language of… Read More Sufism: Love and Wisdom
Image via Wikipedia Many of the great saints of Islam were also prolific writers and although Sufi practices sometimes caused controversy among the more legalistic minded, many of the Sufis were equally well versed in the other Islamic sciences and based their lives and work solidly on the Qur’an. For a Sufi it is the… Read More Classical Sufi Writers
Conference of the Birds by Fariduddin Attar is one of the first classics I read about Sufis. It is a wonderful allegory of the Sufi journey and the difficulties and tests faced. “ Composed in the twelfth century in north-eastern Iran, Attar’s great mystical poem is among the most significant of all works of Persian… Read More A Reading List for Sufi Beginners 2
Many people who become interested in the Sufi path are looking for good reading material so they can find out more, so I thought I would put together a list of books that I have found helpful. The list includes books about Sufism by contemporary Sufis as well as translations of the classical Sufi masters.… Read More A Reading List for Sufi Beginners 1
Nizami gathered several versions of the folktale of Layla and Majnun before writing this beautiful version. Majnun’s longing for his beloved Layla has also been seen as a metaphor of the Sufi longing for union with the divine Beloved. Click on the image or here to buy this book and to see similar ones.