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95 EDITORS’ NOTE

For the Sufis the experience of the sacred can happen anywhere, at any time. Given the conjunction of spacetime in contemporary physics, this statement in Alireza Nurbakhsh’s discourse may be reassuring. The sacred is available, but it is also (and not just etymologically) “set apart”—not intrinsically, but because people usually do not perceive it, or […]

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95 THE NATURE OF THE SACRED

A Discourse by Alireza Nurbakhsh   To see a World in a Grain of Sand And a Heaven in a Wild Flower Hold Infinity in the palm of your hand And Eternity in an hour —William Blake     In sacred or mystical experiences, we escape our mundane existence by coming face-to-face with something much […]

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94 EDITORS’ NOTE

There are times when we find ourselves shrinking from life, from beauty, from the truth. From the story of love unfolding all around us, and within ourselves. It often happens in the moments where we allow the mind to transport us; when we allow the material world and language to determine the limits of our […]

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94 THE EXPERIENCE OF BEAUTY AND THE SUBLIME

A Discourse by Alireza Nurbakhsh Our experience of beauty and the sublime in the world is a gateway to our experience of the divine, which in turn gives rise to our love for God. Though they are often spoken of together, beauty and the sublime can produce different effects in the human heart and mind. […]

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93 Truth Matters

A Discourse by Alireza Nurbakhsh In a time when fake news, climate change denial, and conspiracy theories loom large in our lives, it is important to remind ourselves that the driving force behind both our scientific enterprise and spiritual awakening has always been our search for the truth. Truth matters not simply because we want […]

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92 Editors’ Note

EDITORS’ NOTE Issue 92, Winter 2017 This issue of SUFI brings the reader right up against what is uncomfortable. Forget about politics: let’s talk about the weather. Too hot in cold months, too dry in wet ones, ferocious when it should be bleating like a lamb. Alireza Nurbakhsh, current Master of the Nimatullahi Sufi Order, […]

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Archives 88 – Editors’ Note

Editors’ Note In a time when attachment to the world and its wealth seems to many to be out of reasonable control, Winter Issue #88 SUFI explores the many facets of the act of (more…)

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