Trots att det finns mĂ„nga beskrivningar om tidigare sufimĂ€stares liv och handlingar, finns det fĂ„ mĂ¶jligheter att lĂ€sa om hur en nutid sufimĂ€stare hanterar det komplexa moderna livet. Bestower of Light fĂ¶rsĂ¶ker sig pĂ„ att gĂ¶ra just detta genom att ge ett intimt portrĂ€tt av Dr Javad Nurbakhshs liv. Han var mĂ€stare av Nimatullahi Sufi Orden i Ă¶ver 50 Ă„r. Boken skapar en levande fĂ€rgrik inblick av Dr Nurbakhsh personlighet och karaktĂ€r som inte kan hittas i en annan kĂ€lla.
A dramatic change had overcome Javad since his return from the khaniqah of his ancestor, a strangeness he didnât understand, whose cause eluded him however much he sought to find it. All he knew was that some kind of turbulence, beyond his control, had arisen within him. Where before he had enjoyed the company of others, now he preferred to remain alone as much as possible. The only contentment he found was in solitutude. For hours each day, he would sit at home by himself meditating on life and God: nothing else seemed to matter to him anymore.
Although Javadâs parents and family had noticed the change in his behavior, it was one of his fatherâs close friends who first understood what was happening. The man had known the family for years and been a darvish of the Nimatullahi Sufi Order even longer. For weeks, he had been watching the boy, observing his strange actions. He had hesitated to say anything until he was sure, but now he knew there was no other possible explanation: he clearly recognized the signs of one attracted to God.