SUFI: Llewellyn Vaughan-Lee: The need of the soul is like an empty cup

“The need of the soul is like an empty cup waiting, indeed longing, to be filled. The need must be great, and yet the seeker should not want anything, for the cup is always filled through the grace of God in whom we must put our total trust.”

SEE – http://www.spiritualityandpractice.com/book-reviews/view/9713/moshkel-gosha

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The Sufi Meditation of the Heart – Llewellyn Vaughan-Lee

The Sufi Meditation of the Heart – Llewellyn Vaughan-Lee

True knowledge of God is gained when
the lover comes in contact with the Beloved
through secret communion with Him.

— TRADITIONAL SUFI SAYING

HISTORY

Sufism is a path of love. The Sufi is a traveler on the path of love, a wayfarer journeying back to God through the mysteries of the heart. For the Sufi the relationship to God is that of lover and Beloved, and Sufis are also known as lovers of God. The journey to God takes place within the heart, and for centuries Sufis have been traveling deep within themselves, into the secret chamber of the heart where lover and Beloved share the ecstasy of union……

To read the article go HERE – http://www.goldensufi.org/a_meditation_of_heart.html

Llewellyn Vaughan-Lee: ‘Mysticism is Living Love’s Oneness’. Are we all mystics?

‘Mysticism is living Love’s oneness’ so says contemporary Sufi teacher Llewellyn Vaughan-Lee.

At first I mis-read the title as ‘Mysticism: Living one’s Oneness’. I am wondering if that also is true?

Another way to put that is to say how far does integration of the individual’s (false) self a prerequisite for purity and lack of self-deception in our preparedness for mystical experience.

Perhaps a useful metaphor here is that of radio interference – from thoughts, feelings or the ‘world’ that keep us suffering negatives from the past – fear, etc – or from the ‘future’ anxiety etc.

I take it that almost everyone is a mystic in the same way that most people can walk, run and throw but not at Olympian levels. But it is part of the soul’s experience, in basic forms, for most people – except sociopathic and psychopathic people or those in whom there is a complete take-over by the egoic self.

I work with a simple definition ‘a mystical event is an experience, via truth, goodness or beauty, that enables us to transcend our little, frightened egoic self’. Such an event has probably happened to you today, or recently, when you were moved by a smile, or something a child said, or a beautiful landscape etc.

A third way of asking the question is ‘is our sensibility to possible mystical events conditional on a substantial degree of transformation of disturbing negatives into a higher degree of integration?

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The article by Llewellyn Vaughan-Lee is HERE – http://www.huffingtonpost.com/llewellyn-vaughanlee/mysticism-living-loves-oneness_b_1304518.html

How do these 3 speak to each other – The Maid of Heaven, The Return of the Feminine & Mythos & Logos

How and in what ways do these three speak to each other;

1 Karen Armstrong’ writing and videos on ‘Mythos & Logos’

2 Llewellyn Vaughan-Lee’s – ‘The Return of the Feminine and the World Soul’

Chapter One of ‘The Return of the Feminine and the World Soul’ by Llewellyn Vaughan-Lee is HERE – https://goldensufi.org/book_toc_chap_feminine.html

There is also an excerpt from the final chapter of the book, “Working with Oneness” The Contribution of the Feminine by Llewellyn Vaughan-Lee – HERE – http://www.workingwithoneness.org/articles/working-oneness

3 Baha’i writings on The Divine Feminine and on ‘The Maid of Heaven’.

A whole list of resources is HERE – http://bahai-library.com/search/?gq=maid+o+heaven&sa=+Go+

You might like to make a first inroad with ‘Female Representations of the Holy Spirit in Bahá’í and Christian writings and their implications for gender roles’ – by Lil Abdo Osborn – HERE – http://bahai-library.com/abdo_female_holy-spirit

NB This post is presented as a question because it is quite a big project – you can make a start if you want by looking at the three sets of resources as listed above!

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BOOK LINK:
‘The Return of the Feminine and the World Soul’ on Amazon –
http://www.amazon.co.uk/Return-Feminine-World-Llewellyn-Vaughan-Lee/dp/1890350141/ref=sr_1_6?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1452231389&sr=1-6&keywords=vaughan-lee

ONENESS Q & As Fr Keating & Llewellyn Vaughan Lee . Fr K says, "Let go of the thought-self." Video.

Father Keating on sparkling, relaxed, profound and witty form, along with Llewellyn Vaughan Lee

I liked father K’s use of the term ‘thought-self’ – “Let go of the thought-self.” – but there is much more. If you have only 10mins listen to the last 10mins.

'Sufism is truth without form'. — Ibn El-Jalali via Llewellyn Vaughan-Lee juxtaposition Ibn Arabi

I liked this Sufi teaching – it seems to point to the same truth as nonduality in Hinduism and Buddhism;

Sufism is truth without form. — Ibn El-Jalali

SEE Extract from his book ‘Travelling the Path of Love: Sayings of Sufi Masters’
by Llewellyn Vaughan-Lee

http://www.goldensufi.org/book_toc_chap_travelling.html

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‘Garden Among the Flames’ – Ibn ‘Arabi

(translated by Michael Sells)

Wonder,
A garden among the flames!
My heart can take on
Any form:
A meadow for gazelles,
A cloister for monks,
For the idols, sacred ground,
Ka’ba for the circling pilgrim,
the tables for the Torah,
the scrolls of the Qur’an.
My creed is love;
Wherever its caravan turns along the way,
That is my belief,
My faith.

How important do you/I feel spiritually?

This is such a wonderful passage from Llewellyn Vaughan-Lee;

“If we can allow ourselves to live an ordinary life while also staying awake to the great void at the center of all that is, then we can be this intermediary place between that intoxicating, mystical bliss of oblivion and the wonder of how the Divine creates and reveals Itself in all the forms of life. Our lives are the expression of this bridge – ordinary and extraordinary, all things in their place, everything free to be as it is, and our consciousness, our heart, free to be used as needed.”

The Book review is of For Love of the Real
A Story of Life’s Mystical Secret
By Llewellyn Vaughan-Lee, Hilary Hart
A Sufi understanding of service and our lives as a bridge between the ordinary and the extraordinary.

From the Brussat’s book review;

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…….many of the great Zen and Taoist teachers emphasized the ordinary and the dangers of spiritual importance:

” Emperor Wu: ‘I have built many temples, copied innumerable Sutras and ordained many monks since becoming Emperor. Therefore, I ask you, what is my merit?’

“Bodhidharma: ‘None whatsoever!’

“Emperor Wu: ‘Why no merit?’

“Bodhidharma: ‘Doing things for merit has an impure motive and will only bear the puny fruit of rebirth.’

“Emperor Wu, a little put out: ‘What then is the most important principle of Buddhism?’

“Bodhidharma: ‘Vast emptiness. Nothing sacred.’

“Emperor Wu, by now bewildered, and not a little indignant: ‘Who is this that stands before me?’

“Bodhidharma: ‘I do not know.’

“If we can allow ourselves to live an ordinary life while also staying awake to the great void at the center of all that is, then we can be this intermediary place between that intoxicating, mystical bliss of oblivion and the wonder of how the Divine creates and reveals Itself in all the forms of life. Our lives are the expression of this bridge – ordinary and extraordinary, all things in their place, everything free to be as it is, and our consciousness, our heart, free to be used as needed.”

SOURCE: http://www.spiritualityandpractice.com/book-reviews/excerpts/view/28020