The Paradoxes of Love

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The Paradoxes of Love explores the theme of mystical love. The heart's relationship to God is one of the greatest mysteries, for He is both far and near, both awesome and intimate. Llewellyn Vaughan-Lee looks at many of the paradoxes of the path, and how these seeming opposites are united within the heart. He combines his own experience with the teaching and wisdom of the Sufi path, showing how love reveals its hidden nature.

Author Biography: Llewellyn Vaughan-Lee is a Sufi ...

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Overview

The Paradoxes of Love explores the theme of mystical love. The heart's relationship to God is one of the greatest mysteries, for He is both far and near, both awesome and intimate. Llewellyn Vaughan-Lee looks at many of the paradoxes of the path, and how these seeming opposites are united within the heart. He combines his own experience with the teaching and wisdom of the Sufi path, showing how love reveals its hidden nature.

Author Biography: Llewellyn Vaughan-Lee is a Sufi teacher. In recent years the focus of his writing and teaching has been on spiritual responsibility in our present time of transition, and the emerging global consciousness of oneness. He has also specialized in the area of dreamwork, integrating the ancient Sufi approach to dreams with the insights of modern psychology.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Vaughan-Lee provides an astonishingly clear explication of some of the most profound elements of the Naqshbandi school of Sufism, a Persian order of Islamic mystical spirituality founded by Naqshband (1317-1389). As Vaughan-Lee works through a series of dualities such as separation and union, intimacy and awe, love and violation, he gives Western readers one of the best explanations of Sufism's approach to mystical love. One of the most interesting features of the book is a discussion of divine love and patriarchal repression, in which he seeks to distinguish Sufism from the masculinist excesses of Islam. His chapter on gender differences in the spiritual path of Sufism, for example, is tailor-made for a Jungian feminism. The Paradoxes of Love is clearly one of the best introductions to the mystical depths made so famous by Rumi and Kabir. (Oct.)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780963457462
  • Publisher: The Golden Sufi Center
  • Publication date: 5/28/1996
  • Pages: 224
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.59 (d)

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