Letters from a Sufi Teacher
Shaikh Sharfuddin Maneri (14th century) is also known as Makhdum-ul-Mulk, or Master of the Kingdom. Born near Patna in Behar, India, he was initiated by Najibuddin Firdausi and was equally proficient in secular learning and esoteric knowledge. The present book consists of the translation of extracts from the Maktubat-i-Sadi ("The Hundred Letters," or rather essays on definite subjects), the most elaborate and comprehensive of his works.
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28 Letters according Adam angels ascetic ascetic practices asceticism aspiration Bâyazîd become Beloved Bihâr body cease consists dangerous death desire-nature desires Devotion difﬁculties disciple discipline Divine Grace Divine Knowledge Divine Light Divine Sanctuary duties earth earthly essence exoteric faithful ﬁnd ﬁre ﬁrst ﬁt ﬂame follow Friend gratiﬁcation heart heaven heedless Helâl hell Hijra holy human ignorance Illumination impurities inﬁdelity inner eye intellect Internal Alchemy Islâm Jabarût Khwâjâ knower leads long as thou Lord lower nature Malakût Master mental plane mirror Mogîra Mohammad monotheism monotheist non-God one’s outer perfect pilgrim polytheism pray prayer Prophet puriﬁcation purity Qurân realise reﬂecting Religion renunciation Sage Saints save Allâh says seek Seeker Series of 28 Service sorrow Soul spirit stage Sûfî supersensuous Taubâh Teacher thee thou art thou canst thou dost thyself transcend transmutation tread the Path Truth turn unbelievers unfolds Unity unveiling veil virtues vision worship Zunnoon