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Love’s Dark Side

Transformative Relationships

The following is a selection from an article by Sufi master Llewellyn Vaughan-Lee, whose title is “What does it mean to be a teacher”: Most wayfarers are taken Home through the simple power of love working within them… but sometimes the ego is too strong to surrender and then the disciple needs to be broken. Read More ->

Distinguishing Oneself From the Teacher

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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

Transformative Relationships

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

Transformative Relationships

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

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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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