The Circle of Love

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The Golden Sufi Center, 1999 - 172 pages
The circle of divine love is always present within the heart. The journey of the mystic is to retrace this circle and so experience the oneness that is hidden within us. In The Circle of Love, Llewellyn Vaughan-Lee continues his work of providing a contemporary understanding of Sufism, drawing us into this mystery of the soul. He describes the way of mystical prayer and of listening with the heart. He offers valuable insight into power and the spiritual life: how to use one's power to break free of restrictions and live the joy of one's divine nature. He explores the primordial question of why we so easily forget our origin in God. Finally, The Circle of Love takes us deep into the mystical secret of being lost in God, to the center of the circle where the lover merges into the Beloved and the heart's deepest truth is revealed.
 

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Page 39 - Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous?
Page 39 - We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It's not just in some of us; it's in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.
Page 58 - MAKE ME ALWAYS READY to come to you with clean hands and straight eyes. SO WHEN LIFE FADES, as the fading sunset, my spirit may come to you without shame.
Page 83 - The way of love is not a subtle argument. The door there is devastation.
Page 144 - Then, after he has not been, he is where he had been (before creation). He is himself, after he has not been truly himself. He is existent in himself and existent in God after having been existent in God and non-existent in himself. This is because he has left the drunkenness of God's overwhelming and come to the clarity of sobriety, and contemplation is once more restored to him, so that he can put everything in its right place...
Page 77 - I was a hidden Treasure and I yearned to be known. Then I created creatures in order to be known by them." God becomes a mirror in which the spiritual man contemplates his own reality, and man in turn becomes the mirror in which God contemplates his names and qualities.
Page 142 - I am He whom I love, and He whom I love is I : We are two spirits dwelling in one body. If thou seest me, thou seest Him, And if thou seest Him, thou seest us both.
Page 8 - With the drawing of this Love and the voice of this Calling We shall not cease from exploration And the end of all our exploring Will be to arrive where we started And know the place for the first time.
Page 107 - ... of a lion. The deer becomes another glazed expression on the face of the lion. These are rough metaphors for what happens to the lover. There's no one more openly irreverent than a lover. He, or she, jumps up on the scale opposite eternity and claims to balance it. And no one more secretly reverent. A grammar lesson: "The lover died." "Lover" is subject and agent, but that can't be! The "lover
Page 73 - What have I to do with the window? When I am before you I close my eyes to everything else. I have not come to stare about.

About the author (1999)

Llewellyn Vaughan-Lee, Ph.D., is a Sufi teacher. Born in London
in 1953, he has followed the Naqshbandi Sufi path since he was
nineteen. In 1991 he became the successor of Irina Tweedie, who
brought this particular Indian branch of Sufism to the West and is
the author of Daughter of Fire: A Diary of a Spiritual Training with a
Sufi Master
. He then moved to Northern California and founded The
Golden Sufi Center (www.goldensufi.org). Author of several books,
he has specialized in the area of dreamwork, integrating the ancient
Sufi approach to dreams with the insights of Jungian Psychology.
Since 2000 his writing and teaching have been on spiritual responsibility
in our present time of transition, and an awakening global
consciousness of oneness (www.workingwithoneness.org). More
recently he has written about the feminine, the anima mundi (World
Soul), and spiritual ecology (www.spiritualecology.org). He was
featured in the TV series Global Spirit and interviewed by Oprah
Winfrey as a part of her Super Soul Sunday series.

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