by Dr. Alireza Nurbakhsh The sign of God’s love is to bestow three attributes on His lover: A generosity like that of the sea, a kindness like that of the sun, and, a humility like that of the earth. – Bayazid Sufism has always been presented as a practical, yet at the same time, transcendental school: ‘practical’ in the sense that it deals with disciplines that lead to enlightenment and ‘transcendental’ in the sense that it transcends the outward aspects of any given religion. In no sufi more than Bayazid are these two qualities manifested. Among the early sufis of… Read More »Bayazidian Sufism: Annihilation Without Ritual
A Comparison Between Sufism and Psychoanalysis by Dr. Javad Nurbakhsh Iradah A seeker starts his search for a master after he senses his own incompleteness and feels the urge to reach perfection. Upon finding a master, the seeker surrenders himself to the master’s will and becomes his disciple (morid); in this way he may pass through the stages of perfection and finally reach the state of the “Perfected One” (insan-i kamil). The spiritual bond which links the disciple to the master through this process is known as iradah. Although literally the word iradah means to want, will, or intend, among… Read More »Sufism and Psychoanalysis
Sufism IV: Repentance, Abstinence, Renunciation, Wariness, Humility, Humbleness, Sincerity, Constancy, Courtesy Dr Javad Nurbakhsh This is the fourth volume of five volumes. The sufi concepts of repentance, abstinence, renunciation, wariness, humility, humbleness, sincerity, constancy and courtesy are described in detail. Order now.
Sufism V: Gratitude, Patience, Trust-In-God, Aspiration, Veracity, Zeal, Valour, Altruism, Shame Javad Nurbakhsh This book describes the attributes that overwhelm the seeker’s heart once the process of purification has run it’s course. The seeker becomes stable in character and balanced in approaching the world’s challenges. Order now
Dr Javad Nurbakhsh A collection of speeches given by a Sufi master to his disciples during their weekly gatherings. Using simple language and concise, forthright explanations they present the basic practices and principles of Sufism. Order now.
From beginning to end, this collection of sufi poetry is uncompromisingly direct and lucid. Master of the Nimatullahi sufi order for over fifty years, poet and psychiatrist Dr. Javad Nurbakhsh knew the twists and turns of the psyche and the soul, and the way of love. His message here is clear, stark, and beautiful. In this new translation of 188 ghazals, 20 poems in the masnavi form, 45 quatrains, and 55 five-verse poems, seekers from many paths will find accurate and unflinching guidance combined with unfailing generosity. Love and truth manifest in these verses, as do correction and direction. The… Read More »Divan-e Nurbakhsh
Dr Javad Nurbakhsh The Crucible of Light provides in a single volume the definitions of more than 150 fundamental Sufi concepts and terms. In the style of his groundbreaking Sufi Symbolism series, here also Dr. Javad Nurbakhsh illustrates each concept and term with examples of usage culled from the classical writings of Persian Sufism, many of which have never before been translated into English. However, in this new work, he introduces each entry with his own clear explanation. This work is therefore an indispensable tool for any serious study of the writings of the most influential masters of the Sufi… Read More »The Crucible of Light: Sufi Terms Illuminated
Sufi Symbolism I Sufi Symbolism: The Nurbakhsh Encyclopedia of Sufi Terminology, Vol. I: Parts of the Beloved’s Body; and Wine, Music, Audition and Convivial Gatherings Dr Javad Nurbakhsh The Nurbakhsh Encyclopedia of Sufi Symbolism. It 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. It includes terms such as wine, tavern, goblet, and so forth. Order now