Recently, I had a conversation with a colleague about why there isn’t much offered in the spiritual literature, by advanced spiritual travelers, concerning their trials, physical aches and pains of being human, and general ‘bitch session’ with friends/students about life.
In Rumi’s piece, we have a rare presentation by a spiritual master discussing life’s trials. In this short poem, Rumi is calling everyday life ‘the bottom of hell’ and noting the ironical nature of human frailty: living in a real mess, yet, fearful of taking the next step; to a more joyful higher plane away from this earthly suffering. (more…)
In this episode of the Gnostic Warrior, I interview spiritual traveler, student of Sufi Mysticism, and author, Dr. Stewart Bitkoff. He is the author of several books such as A Commuter’s Guide to Enlightenment, Journey of Light Trilogy, The Ferryman’s Dream, and Sufism for the Western Seeker.
For many western spiritual seekers, Sufism is often misunderstood and viewed as an Islamic mystical tradition presented through various Sufi orders. Yet this ancient path of spiritual knowing is much broader and older, available through all religions, and independent of Islam and these orders.
In this podcast, Dr. Bitkoff discusses the meaning of Sufism/mysticism, and what it mans to be a true Sufi. He tells us what Sufism says which religion/path is the best, and if it is essential to find a spiritual teacher for your journey. Dr. Bitkoff also tells us why the world is such a mess right now, and how spiritual learning could be useful in the world. (more…)
Pure love for one's spiritual teacher is a signpost of 'the journey'. - S. Salim
You may follow anyone. If you can see from those meetings that some love is awakening in your heart for God Almighty, then you must keep with those meetings. - Shaykh Nazim
Are those who know and those who do not know - alike? Mindful only are the people of understanding. - The Quran 39.9
(By Dr. Stewart Bitkoff) - Each spiritual traveler’s journey is both individual and collective. With the sequence of learning experiences varying according to the person, the time, and their higher as opposed to emotional need. This sequence is established by the Teaching, the teacher, and the path. It is a sequence that originates from another dimension, has baraka or grace attached to it, and operates within its own rules. (more…)