I am preparing an official review of the book: Sufism and the Way of Blame: Hidden Sources of a Sacred Psychology. I have thoroughly enjoyed the book and it has proven to be quite insightful. I recommend this book to any and everyone who has an interesting in Sufism as the writing is clear and concise. It has great references and is all around a great read. One of the more insightful parts was the Interview with Mehmet Selim Ozic Bey. I would like to quote a few lines from that interview.
Mehmet Selim Bey: The Goal of a person on the Sufi path should be to attain a fuller self-awareness and maturity of self. During this process, such a person must become aligned with the visible and invisible dimensions of existence. A person on the Sufi path should be dynamic and refine himself/herself in every moment. Above all, such a person must maintain an awareness of his or her own humanity as well as the humanity of everyone else.
Mehmet Selim Bey - According to many Koranic verses, Islamic tradition is the continuation of the way of Abraham, Moses , Jesus and Muhammad. Yet people of other traditions, especially Judaism and Christianity, are unaware of this idea. Even many muslims believe that Islam is a separate tradition altogether, since they don’t read nor do they adequately understand the Qur’an. Even if one accepts the Qur’an as one’s primary scriptural sources, acknowledging the validity of other religious traditions is obligatory. All human beings are members of that same family, that of Adam.
Don’t wait for my review to come out to check it out!!!!
- How Many Sufis Are There in Islam? by Stephen Schwartz (mycaravanofdreams.com)
- Sufism, Infidelity and some random thoughts (mycaravanofdreams.com)
- Shri Ramakrishna ,Sufism and the Divine Names (mycaravanofdreams.com)
- Everyday Spirituality: Life as Prayer by Dr Stewart Bitkoff (mycaravanofdreams.com)