Sufi Journal

SUFI Journal explores the diverse aspects of mysticism, spiritual thought and practice through articles, interviews, poetry, narratives, art and reviews.

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IN THE LATEST ISSUE OF SUFI.

Sufi Journal Showing Love in Our Actions

Showing Love in Our Actions

Interview with Alex Wilson — For most people it is difficult to conceive of gender and sexuality as social constructions.

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Sufi Journal Tasting Manna

Tasting Manna

by Mary Lane Potter — When the Hebrew slaves fleeing Mitzrayim (Egypt), literally “the narrow place,” on the way…

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Sufi Journal St. John of the Cross

Why Not Take All Of Me?

St. John of the Cross’s Noche oscura and a Trace of Love by Mary Gossy — Oh, night that guided me, Oh, night more lovely than the dawn…

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Sufi Journal Our Spiritual Genealogy

Our Spiritual Genealogy

A Conversation with Carol Lee Flinders — Carol Lee Flinders is the author or co-author of at least twelve books, beginning with the iconic Laurel’s Kitchen.

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About the latest issue of Sufi Journal of Mystical Philosophy and Practice.

Gender is a term that is still up for discussion. So is feminism. One thing that is sure, though, is that both terms are important, not just to women, but also to men and to all kinds of people and the roles in which they express, or cannot yet express, themselves. This issue of SUFI embraces difference, specifically with respect to gender, as a way of describing what makes inclusion as a necessary factor on the spiritual path, possible.

Master of the Nimatullahi Sufi Order, Alireza Nurbakhsh, throws down the gauntlet at the beginning of the issue in his discourse, “The Limit of Reason and the Practice of Sufism:” To give up intellect and rationality in Sufism means to practice love first and foremost. Practicing love means to love indiscriminately.

Love, unlike reason, is blind. It does not ask questions; it does not listen to pros and cons. The path of love is inclusive. It is not concerned with gender, sexual orientation, color or race. Nor is it concerned with self-preservation.

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