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Month: January 2016

Distinguishing Oneself From the Teacher

Featured, Spiritual Transmission

The difficulty for students to distinguish themselves from a charismatic teacher is evident in the words of Wittgenstein’s student, Alice Ambrose, about the effect he had on his students: “When a person who is intensely alive also has great originality of mind, the impact on those who work with him is a blend in which Read More ->

Doubt and Certainty

Spiritual Transmission

I received this morning the transcript of part of an interview I did with a student of Sufi master Shaykh Fadhlalla Haeri, a man by the name of Faadil Khan. The following is a short piece in which he talks about doubt and certainty: 00:36:45… Faadil: Once I was sitting with Shaykh Fadhlalla and he Read More ->

Closer than Closeness

Spiritual Transmission

I’ve just received the transcript of an interview I did with Sufi master Shaykh Fadlallah Haeri by Skype, and I’d like to share with you two of the many beautiful moments we had during the interview: 00:29:00 / Amir: Do you feel that such a relationship between two human beings helps or facilitates the relationship Read More ->

Re-examining the Teacher-Student Relationship


In a book by Charles M. Johnston called “Necessary Wisdom” I found a paragraph I very much resonate with and which is very much in accord with what I’ve been finding in the interviews I’ve been conducting with teachers/gurus/masters etc. and their students/disciples: “In the past, we have viewed expert and ignorant in whatever sphere Read More ->

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