The Sufi Path of Annihilation : New,
In the Tradition of Mevlana Jalaluddin Rumi,
& Hasan Lutfi Shushud,
*[A5+] Glossy Paperback - 221 pages,
by Nevit O. Ergin,
Published by Inner Traditions.
'The Sufi Path of Annihilation : In the Tradition of Mevlana Jalaluddin Rumi and Hasan Lutfi Shushud.' In this exploration of the profound spiritual practice of Itlak Yolu, the Sufi path of annihilation, Nevit Ergin examines the three main facets of this path :
*** Zikr or Breathing Exercises,
*** Fasting, &
*** Mental Suffering.
Sharing experiences and discussions with Hasan Lutfi Shushud, renowned Sufi saint and final guide of Gurdjieff's disciple J. G. Bennett, the author illustrates how suffering--"the searing fire of contrition"--is the most effective instrument of spiritual progress, for it is suffering that burns the Self.
He explains how faithful practice of zikr and fasting will bring on this kind of suffering when the student is ready and will make the suffering tolerable. He shows how once the Self is annihilated higher levels of perception take hold and one finds oneself on the path to sainthood and immortality.
Interwoven throughout with sayings by Shushud, Sufi parables, and poems by Rumi, Ergin shares the unique Itlak perspective on the major questions of every seeker: the true nature of love and religion, life and death, and other major spiritual questions. The book also includes an essay on annihilation and absence in Rumi's philosophy and biographical portraits of Hasan Lufti Shushud by other aspirants who met with him.
“This is a powerful text. . . . Nevit Ergin has lived his life on this path. Here is something to read and reread, to study and assimilate.” ---Coleman Barks, author of Rumi: The Big Red Book, & Professor Emeritus at University of Georgia.
“To read The Sufi Path of Annihilation is a tremendous gift--for one discovers the personal spiritual teachings of many true saints of the Sufi path. Originally presented nearly a thousand years ago in Central Asia, these teachings are based upon three simple core practices used up to the present day by all Sufi orders.
Once applied, these instructions unfailingly deliver the true goal of all Sufi seekers as well as their teachers--the final recognition of one’s highest self, wherein all worldly desires dissolve and the soul merges with the Creator of the Universe. Highly recommended to all seekers.” ---Shaykh Hakim Chishti, author of The Book of Sufi Healing and director of the Chishti Order of Sufis.
About the Author :
Nevit O. Ergin is the English translator of the complete Divan-i Kebir--all 44,829 verses of Rumi’s opus. He is the author of Tales of a Modern Sufi and coauthor, with Will Johnson, of The Forbidden Rumi and The Rubais of Rumi.
A Turkish-born surgeon, Ergin has been an initiate in the Itlak path of Sufism under the tutelage of Sufi master Hasan Lutfi Shushud since 1955. He lives in California.
Table of Contents :
------Opening the Door to Absence,
---Meeting with Hasan Shushud by Nevit O. Ergin,
---. On Sainthood and Prophethood,
---. On Itlak, Path of Annihilation,
---. On Humankind,
---. On God,
---. On Religion.
---Meeting with Hasan Shushud, by Millicent Alexander
---. On Perception,
---. On Death,
---. On Life,
---. On Suffering,
---. On Being and Becoming,
---. On Love.
---Meeting with Hasan Shushud, by Klaudio Mihovilovich,
---A Story : Two Places at Once.
------More Questions and Answers from along the Path.
---About the Authors :
------Mevlana Jalaluddin Rumi,
------Hasan Lutfi Shushud,
------and Nevit O. Ergin.
*Dimensions : 23 x 15.3cm.