In the Company of Friends: Dreamwork Within a Sufi Group

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The Golden Sufi Center, 1994 - Body, Mind & Spirit - 200 pages
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The work of The Golden Sufi Center is to make available the teachings of the Sufi path.

Weaving together dreams and spiritual stories, this "wise, rich, deeply moving, and significant book" (Andrew Harvey) explores the inner journey and the group's role in facilitating it.

  

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I should appreciate Lee's effort. Book does describes the basic things of mystics.
But for the practiontioner of Tariqat (or Mystic in west) it is a very ordinary level of book. The beauty of
writting does not lie in draging a thing again & again, rather it is, to convey the message in fewer words.
One more thing, it is not the 0.00001% of SUFISM. The love in sufism dictionary is far more than that.
"Love is not what can be done through reading, writing or need laws or theories. It is a divine thing" Sufi ALI KAUSAR
"The knower, knows what he knows & the one who understood, understands what he understood" Sufi ALI KAUSAR
 

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Page 149 - My beloved spake, and said unto me, Rise up, my love, my fair one, and come away. For, lo, the winter is past, The rain is over and gone ; The flowers appear on the earth ; The time of the singing of birds is come, And the voice of the turtle is heard in our land ; The fig tree putteth forth her green figs, And the vines with the tender grape give a good smell. Arise, my love, my fair one, and come away.
Page 149 - He brought me to the banqueting house, and his banner over me was love. Stay me with flagons, comfort me with apples; for I am sick of love.
Page 95 - Give not that which is holy unto the dogs, neither cast ye your pearls before swine, lest they trample them under their feet, and turn .again and rend you.
Page 143 - O the mind, mind has mountains; cliffs of fall Frightful, sheer, no-man-fathomed. Hold them cheap May who ne'er hung there. Nor does long our small Durance deal with that steep or deep. Here! creep, Wretch, under a comfort serves in a whirlwind: all Life death does end and each day dies with sleep.
Page 114 - TURNING and turning in the widening gyre The falcon cannot hear the falconer; Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold; Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world, The blood-dimmed tide is loosed, and everywhere The ceremony of innocence is drowned; The best lack all conviction, while the worst Are full of passionate intensity.
Page 79 - What are the roots that clutch, what branches grow Out of this stony rubbish ? Son of man, You cannot say, or guess, for you know only A heap of broken images, where the sun beats, And the dead tree gives no shelter, the cricket no relief, And the dry stone no sound of water.
Page 134 - 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 115 - As kingfishers catch fire, dragonflies draw flame; As tumbled over rim in roundy wells Stones ring; like each tucked string tells, each hung bell's Bow swung finds tongue to fling out broad its name; Each mortal thing does one thing and the same: Deals out that being indoors each one dwells; Selves goes itself; myself it speaks and spells; Crying What I do is me: for that I came.
Page 81 - Thirty spokes share the wheel's hub; It is the center hole that makes it useful. Shape clay into a vessel; It is the space within that makes it useful. Cut doors and windows for a room; It is the holes which make it useful. Therefore profit comes from what is there; Usefulness from what is not there.
Page 99 - Love one another, but make not a bond of love: Let it rather be a moving sea between the shores of your souls. Fill each other's cup but drink not from one cup. Give one another of your bread but eat not from the same loaf. Sing and dance together and be joyous, but let each one of you be alone, Even as the strings of a lute are alone though they quiver...

About the author (1994)

Llewellyn Vaughan-Lee is a Sufi teacher in the Naqshbandiyya-Mujaddidiyya Sufi Order and specializes in the area of dream work, integrating the ancient Sufi approach to dreams with the insights of modern psychology. He is the author of several books, including "The Circle of Love,"" Love Is a Fire," "Spiritual Power,"" Sufism: The Transformation of the Heart,"" "and "Working with Oneness." He lives in Inverness, California.

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