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Sufi Symbolism

    SUFI SYMBOLISM: The Nurbakhsh Encyclopedia of Sufi Terminology Khaniqahi Nimatullahi Publications Sufi Symbolism I: Parts of the Beloved’s Body; and Wine, Music, Audition and Convivial Gatherings by Dr. Javad Nurbakhsh The Nurbakhsh Encyclopedia of Sufi Symbolism consists of 16 volumes. The first multi-volume compilation of spiritual terms in any Western language. This volume examines the meanings of the metaphors that symbolize the limbs and traits of the Beloved’’s body, along with the vocabulary connected with festive and convivial gatherings.

    Themes in Sufism 2

      Themes in Sufism – page 2 Khaniqahi Nimatullahi Publications Sufism I: Meaning, Knowledge and Unity by Dr Javad Nurbakhsh This book contains essays on the three principal concepts: “the science of Sufism” with definitions and explanations. The Sufi concept of knowledge: the difference between knowledge imparted through revelations and that accessible to reason. The hierarchical levels of Divine Unity.

      Themes in Sufism

        Themes in Sufism Khaniqahi Nimatullahi Publications The Psychology of Sufism by Dr Javad Nurbakhsh This book is a guide to help the reader understand the nature of man and the obstacles to becoming a true human being. The book also discusses the realms of the Heart, the Spirit, the Inner Consciousness and the Innermost Consciousness.

        Sufi Essentials

          Sufi Essentials Khaniqahi Nimatullahi Publications The Path: Sufi Practices by Dr. Javad Nurbakhsh To walk the pages of Dr. Javad Nurbakhsh’s book The Path: Sufi Practices is to be taken away from everything but the truth. In a word, this is the sufi way. Arguably, the most comprehensive account available of Sufism in the contemporary world, The Path’s subject, aim and goal is the very transmutation of the heart itself. Never less than clear and practical, each essay takes us through the stages required of the initiated disciple in order to purify the ego, become free from psychological conflicts and… Read More »Sufi Essentials

          The Message of Sufism

            The Message of Sufism The essential message of Sufism, a message holding true for all sufis, is this; to remember God and serve others.   Remembrance of God The purpose of remembering God is to focus the sufi solely on Divine Unity. To achieve such constant consciousness of God or Absolute Being, the sufi strives to let go of the consciousness of other things, to gradually forget anything other than God, until one can exclaim: All that I’ve read and known I have forgotten:      Only awareness of the Friend now remains constant. Bayazid had a disciple who had remained with… Read More »The Message of Sufism

            Who is a Sufi?

              Who is a Sufi? The sufi is a lover of God, and like any other lover, he proves his love by constant remembrance of his Beloved. This constant attention to God has two effects: One outward and the other inward. The inward effect is that the sufi’s remembrance distances him from the domain of ‘I and you’ and joins him with the realm of Unity, where the poet says: I’ve thought of You so much      that I’ve become You head to toe; Little by little ‘You’ arrived and ‘I’ departed. Or Like the moth I fixed my eyes on Him;… Read More »Who is a Sufi?

              Sufism Today

                Sufism Today At first the fire of love was but      a flickering flame. But many have come along since then      to add to its intensity – Hajj Mulla Hadi Sabziwari In view of the common misunderstandings that exist today regarding Sufism, Dr. Javad Nurbakhsh decided it would be appropriate to provide some clarification of certain fundamental points. People should be aware that Sufism today differs considerably from that of a thousand years ago. Moreover, it is undergoing constant evolutionary developments in accordance with the changing conditions of society. Let’s cite three such developments: Quietism and Seclusion In sufi practice, quietism and… Read More »Sufism Today


                  Sincerity The capital of the Path is, in truth, nothing other than sincerity. Sincerity has been defined as ‘showing yourself as you really are’ and ‘being inwardly what you show yourself to be’. One may speak of three stages of sincerity: sincerity with oneself, sincerity with the master, and sincerity with God. Sincerity with oneself If we say that Sufism means ‘attaining unity’, then ‘sincerity with oneself’ signifies ‘unifying one’s outward being with one’s inward being’ and thereby establishing unity in oneself.If there is no unity of the outward with the inward, there can be no unity of character. This disharmony… Read More »Sincerity