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The Sufi Path of Annihilation

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Preface: Opening the Door to Absence Meeting with Hasan Shushud By Nevit O. Ergin 1. On Sainthood and Prophethood 2. On Itlak, Path of Annihilation 3. On Humankind 4. On God 5. On Religion Meeting with Hasan Shushud By Millicent Alexander 6. On Perception 7. On Death 8. On Life 9. On Suffering 10. On Being and Becoming 11. On Love Meeting with Hasan Shushud By Klaudio Mihovilovich A Story: Two Places at Once Appendix: More Questions and Answers from along the Path About the Authors: Mevlana Jalaluddin Rumi, Hasan Lutfi Shushud, and Nevit O. Ergin Notes Bibliography

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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.


"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, American poet, author of Rumi: The Big Red Book, and professor emeritus at the Univer * "Nevit O. Ergin mingles his cryptic contemporary Sufi short stories with sayings of master Hasan Lutfi Shushud and the immortal verses of Rumi to reveal the barest essence of the Itlak Sufi path." * Mac Graham, Whole Life Times, June 2014 * "What could possibly be better than a mix of the great Sufi poet Rumi, the extraordinarily profound Sufi teacher Hasan Shushud, and the magical Sufi storyteller Nevit Ergin? This is the real Sufism--not the watered down versions--filled with a direct challenge to our perceptions of reality, brimming with hope for our ability to meet that challenge." * Will Johnson, author of The Spiritual Practices of Rumi and Rumi's Four Essential Practices * "Because of its complexity, Sufi poetry and teachings are difficult to translate. They need a master interpreter to unlock such complexity. Nevit Ergin has brought this language of complexity into graceful familiar teachings, unlocking the treasure box through careful reflection and storytelling, helping us to attain insights into the world of Sufism and be mesmerized by the depth that is veiled behind the magnificent words of the Sufis." * Nahid Angha, Ph.D., author of Principles of Sufism and codirector of the International Association o * "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 *

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