Friends of the Blog

Each friend represents in us, a world possibly not born until they arrive, and it is only by this meeting that a new world is born.
Anaïs Nin, diary, March 1937

I have been blessed over the years to come across many people who I have learned a lot from. Some of them I have gotten a chance to meet in person. Others have through their works really opened my eyes to the world right in front of me and I share their works with you all here.

This list is a work in progress. Here are the people who you can expect to see in the days to come:

  1. Dr. Stewart Bitkoff
  2. Michael Greenstein
  3. Dr. Yannis Toussulis
  4. Manav Sachdeva Maasoom

Dr. Yannis Toussulis

taken from this Amazon Author Page

Yannis Toussulis, Ph.D. is the primary successor of Mehmet Selim Ozic of Istanbul, and a traditionally authorized murshid in the lineage of Pir Nur al-Arabi, the Nuriyya-Malamiyya and an inheritor of six chains of transmission from the following Sufi Orders: Naqshbandi, Qadiri, Rifa’i Khalwati, Mawlawi, and Uwaysi. Dr. Toussulis is also the sole surviving successor of the late Hasan Sari Dede (d. 1997), a Qadiri-Rifa’i Shaykh and a great lover of Mawlana Jalauddin Rumi.

Author of Sufism and the Way of Blame: Hidden Sources of a Sacred Psychology (Quest Books, 2011), Dr. Toussulis serves as the spiritual director of the Itlaq Foundation which was named after the spiritual approach of Hasan Lutfi Susud, a malamati Sufi who influenced the later work of J.G. Bennett.

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Book(s) By Dr. Toussulis

Sufism and the Way of Blame: Hidden Sources of a Sacred Psychology

Reviewed in Sufi Magazine Issue 82, Winter 2012 By David Paquiot

Interviews by Dr. Toussulis

The Godspeed Institute Interview

What is the Way of Blame in the Sufi tradition? It’s not likely what you’re thinking. Dr. Yannis Toussulis, psychologist, is the author of ‘Sufism and the Way of Blame: Hidden Sources of a Sacred Psychology.’ He currently serves as director of Itlaq Foundation – a non-denominational religious non-profit dedicated to Sufi Studies.

Dr. Toussulis formerly served as director of the Consciousness Program, Antioch University/West, and taught political psychology at the Monterey Institute of International Studies.Topics in this engaging hour include: What Sufism is; what the Way of Blame refers to; superfluous blame and guilt as obstacles; the Malamati school of Sufism, dating back to the 9th century; meaning; values; non-duality; the lack of the necessity to adopt a doctrinaire system of fixed beliefs; spiritual maturity; how the image of God changes as we do; obstructions to growth; martyrdom; dialogue; religious tolerance; his work with the last living representative of the Malamati school; the week’s tip for your Spiritual Tool Belt; and more.

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Articles  written by Dr Toussulis on this  Blog

Is it Possible to Discover the “Essence” of Sufism or Islam? by Dr Yannis Toussulis Author of Sufism and the Way of Blame

The Cult of the Self by Dr Yannis Toussulis

Differences Between Unity and Separation – A Vital Distinction by Dr. Yannis Toussulis

Indications of Spiritual Narcissism by Dr Yannis Toussulis

Is Sufism or Islam “The Answer?” by Dr. Yannis Toussulis

Sufism and the Way of Blame featured on the Ibn Arabi Society book Notices for 2011


Dr. Stewart Bitkoff

Book(s) By Dr. Stewart Bitkoff

Sufism for Western Seekers: Path of the Spiritual Traveler in Everyday Life

For many western spiritual seekers, Sufism is often misunderstood and viewed as an Islamic mystical tradition presented through various Sufi orders. Yet this ancient path of spiritual knowing is much broader and older, available through all religions and independent of Islam and these orders. Aldous Huxley and others have referred to this ancient mystical path as the primordial tradition or perennial philosophy. This teaching can be characterized as a generic mysticism or spirituality, available to everyone, all of the time. Once awakened, this spiritual knowing comes forward through one’s own inner awareness or “heart.”

This book is a first hand account of spiritual knowing in two modern Sufi mystical schools. This message is intended for western spiritual travelers; this learning was not attached to Islam or presented through any of the present orders and was designed to appeal to everyone, regardless of their religious background. Additionally, this work examines spiritual knowing across a lifetime, incorporating experiences of both schools, along with traditional Sufi quotes. We offer examples of how such learning can enrich and help us with the daily problems of modern life.

A Commuter’s Guide to Enlightenment

For years, Dr. Stewart Bitkoff suffered through every traffic jam, flat tire, and rude driver that marred his long commute to New York City . . . until he discovered how to transform this soul-draining journey into one filled with divine lessons and meaning.

Blending spiritual wisdom with his own astute life observations from the road, Dr. Bitkoff teaches readers how to live in the present and find joy in ordinary moments. His personal stories draw insightful parallels between the “road of life” and one’s spiritual path. Meditations, tips, exercises, and prayers will help you shut off shallow concerns, center yourself, and open up to a higher consciousness.

Whether you’re a stockbroker, a student, or a soccer mom, this guide will show you how to find tranquility during life’s most stressful and tiresome activities.

Journey of Light: Trilogy

According to tradition, humanity has originated far beyond the stars and must make the return journey back to the Source. In order to accelerate and fully embrace the multiple levels of the journey, each traveler must be spiritually awakened. This awakening, or jolt to the every day consciousness, must be directed and be strong enough to set the soul free. Once that happens, the spiritual traveler perceives the Source and can journey through life purposefully. Journey of Light: Trilogy (JOLT) chronicles the spiritual awakening of three men from different backgrounds. Through their own unique experience, each comes to know and is empowered by a mysterious force known as the Light. Slowly, they learn that this spiritual essence dissipates darkness and is the binding force of the universe. From it, they draw strength to move forward in their daily lives no matter how hectic they become. While some find comfort in asserting their belief is the only true way, most do not fully understand that religion is intended to vary according to time, place and the changing needs of people. The Light is the common spring from which we came and is the internal reality of all religious experience. This work offers reason for even the most skeptical of readers to believe in the reality of higher consciousness. A collection of novellas, JOLT will help you in your own search and inner journey. Dr. Bitkoff, as a young man, received training in two modern mystical schools and was designated to reveal selected aspects of the teaching in written form.

The Ferryman’s Dream  

It was said, those who studied as Vesudeva’s apprentice reached their heart’s desire. Master too many masters, Vesudevea agrees to be interviewed by a local reporter about the ancient teaching and his life’s work. Ferryman to both rich and poor; transporting travelers across the river, and helping others embrace a timeless, spiritual Reality.

During their interview, the ancient ferryman introduces the reporter to spiritual learning; transporting him to a world within a world. A Reality that is always changing, yet, Singular and transcendent; built upon preconceptions and conditioned thoughts. Shattering them one after another, in the Light of Truth.

Join us. Let Vesudeva guide you. Offering this ancient, spiritual teaching, in an updated form; your journey across the timeless river is presented in layers. Wherein each layer, like a day’s events, can be viewed separately or combined to form a larger work.

Articles Written By Dr. Stewart Bitkoff on this Blog

Interviews by Dr. Bitkoff


Manav Sachdeva 

Books By Manav Sachdeva

Published in connection with the 150th birth-anniversary of Rabindranath Tagore, India’s first Nobel Laureate, THE SUFI’S GARLAND is a collection of poems on love, religion and humanity. The stony hills of Afghanistan, the land of the Taliban terror, forms the backdrop and one has to listen to the Sufi’s muse to believe that this howling dry wind can also tune a music so soulful! It is a reader’s sojourn in a caravan to unfold the mysteries of life in an attempt to explore ‘a sufibhakt’s fonts in mass rapture with Bhagwan’s theatre’. As a tribute to Emily Dickinson, Antonio Porchia and Rabindranath Tagore THE SUFI’S GARLAND is an utterly hypnotic read in its truest sense.

My Interview With Manav Sachdeva

Interviewing poet and friend Manav Sachdeva – Author of The Sufi’s Garland (1)
Interviewing poet and friend Manav Sachdeva – Author of The Sufi’s Garland (2)
Interviewing poet and friend Manav Sachdeva – Author of The Sufi’s Garland (3)

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