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Masters of Wisdom of Central Asia: Teachings from the Sufi Path of Liberation

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Reveals the secret teachings of the Naqshbandi order of Turkish Sufism

• Provides biographies for the entire lineage of teachers in the Naqshbandi order, such as Yusuf Hamdani, the first recognized Khwajagan, and Baha’ al-Din Naqshband, from whom the Naqshbandi order of Sufis took its name

• Shows that this spiritual path focuses on expanding awareness of the heart to reach God-consciousness

• An essential guide for understanding Itlak Yolu, the Sufi path of Absolute Liberation, and fana’, Annihilation in God

Almost one thousand years ago a new and powerful nexus of spiritual transmission emerged in Central Asia and lasted for five centuries, reaching its culmination in the work of the Khwajagan or “Masters of Wisdom.” Like the much earlier Rishi Pantha of India, these masters of the Naqshbandi lineage of Turkish Sufism were not renunciates but advocated maintaining an active connection with the world, including raising a family or running a business. They exerted a remarkable influence on the destiny of Central Asia, yet their chief significance lies in their almost unparalleled depth of spiritual perfection.

Based on primary Persian and Turkish sources, the same texts used by the Sufi authority Idries Shah in his many books, Masters of Wisdom of Central Asia explores the entire lineage of teachers in the Naqshbandi order of Turkish Sufism. Author Hasan Shushud provides brief biographies of each teacher, such as Yusuf Hamdani, the first recognized Khwajagan; Ahmad al-Yasavi, the father of Turkish Sufism; and Baha’ al-Din Naqshband, from whom the Naqshbandi order of Sufis took its name. He examines their spiritual journeys, their writings and teachings, and their most famous sayings, incorporating occasional parables to illustrate their wisdom.

Shushud reveals how this spiritual path focuses on expanding awareness of the heart and how heart awareness is a prerequisite for divine contemplation and God-consciousness, for the heart is the manuscript within the body on which the infinite mysteries of the Godhead are recorded.

An essential guide for understanding Itlak Yolu, the Sufi path of Absolute Liberation, and fana’, Annihilation in God, this book is an indispensable work for anyone interested in Sufism or the spiritual history of Central Asia.

About the Author

Hasan Lutfi Shushud (1902-1988) was born near Izmir in Anatolia, Turkey. A renowned Sufi saint and master, he was perhaps best known for his role as final guide to Gurdjieff’s disciple J. G. Bennett.

Table of Contents

Foreword by Nevit Ergin

About the Author--An Autobiographical Note

Introduction

The Importance of Khwāja Yūsuf al-Hamadānī

Three of the Deputies of Khwāja Yūsuf al-Hamadānī

Khwāja ‘Abdallāh Barqī

Khwāja Ḥasan al-Andāqī

Khwāja Aḥmad al-Yasavī, “Top Link” for the Turkish Shaikhs

The Chain of Transmission of the Yasaviyya

Through the Four Deputies of Khwāja Ahmad al-Yasavī

Manṣūr Ata and His Family Lineage

Sa’īd Ata of Khwārizm

Sulaymān Ata, Great Turkish Shaikh

Ḥakīm Ata

The Line of Transmission through Zengi Ata, Deputy of Hakīm Ata

The Deputies of Zengi Ata: Uzun Ḥasan Ata, Sayyid Ata,

Ṣadr Ata, Badr Ata

The Deputies of Sayyid Ata

Ismā‘īl Ata

Isḥāq Khoja

Kamāl Shaikh Īkānī

Khadim Shaikh

Khwāja ‘Abd al-Khāliq al-Ghujdawānī

Fourth Deputy of Khwāja Yūsuf al-Hamadānī

Khwāja ‘Abd al-Khāliq’s Letter of Counsel

The Principles of the Way of the Masters

The Deputies of Khwāja ‘Abd al-Khāliq Ghujdawānī

Khwāja Aḥmad Ṣiddīq, First Deputy of Khwāja ‘Abd al-Khāliq Ghujdawānī

Khwāja Awlīyā’ Kabīr, Second Deputy of Khwāja ‘Abd al-Khāliq Ghujdawānī

Khwāja Sulaymān Germīnī, Third Deputy of Khwāja ‘Abd al-Khāliq Ghujdawānī

Khwāja ‘Ārif Riwgarī, Fourth Deputy of Khwāja ‘Abd al-Khāliq Ghujdawānī

Khwāja Maḥmūd Faghnawī, Successor of Khwāja ‘Ārif Riwgarī

Khwāja ‘Azīzān ‘Alī al-Rāmitanī

One of the Greatest of the Masters of Wisdom

Khwāja Muḥammad Baba Sammāsī

Sayyid Amīr Kulāl

Khwāja Muh.ammad Bahā’ al-Dīn ‘Shah’ Naqshband and His Contemporaries

Khalīl Ata, Eminent Turkish Shaikh

Mawlānā Bahā’ al-Dīn Qishlāqī and Mawlānā ‘Ārif Dikkarānī

Pilgrimage and Passing of Khwāja Bahā’ al-Dīn Naqshband

Sayings of the Venerable Khwāja Naqshband

Some Remarkable Episodes in the Life of Khwāja Naqshband

Seven of the Major Deputies of Khwāja Bahā’ al-Dīn Naqshband

Khwāja Muḥammad Parsā

Khwāja Burhān al-Dīn Abū Naṣr-i Parsā

Khwāja Musāfir Khwārizmī

Mawlānā Muḥammad Figanzī

Mawlānā Ya‘qūb Charkhī

Khwāja ‘Alā’ al-Dīn Ghujdawānī

Mawlānā Saif al-Dīn Mannārī

Shaikh Sirāj al-Dīn Kulāl Pīrmesī

Khwāja ‘Alā’ al-Dīn ‘Attār

Foremost Deputy of Khwāja Bahā’ al-Dīn Naqshband

Sayings of Khwāja ‘Aṭṭār

Sayings of Khwāja Naqshband Transmitted by Khwāja ‘Aṭṭār

Last Illness and Final Teachings of Khwāja ‘Alā’ al-Dīn ‘Aṭṭār

Chief Companions and Deputies of Khwāja ‘Alā’ al-Dīn ‘Attār

Khwāja Ḥasan ‘Aṭṭār

Mawlānā Ḥusām al-Dīn Parsā al-Balkhī

Mawlānā Abū Sa‘īd

Khwāja ‘Ubaidallāh Imām al-Iṣfahānī

Shaikh ‘Umar al-Bāyazīdī

Khwāja Aḥmad al-Samarqandī

Sayyid Sharīf al-Jurjānī

Mawlānā Niẓam al-Dīn Khāmūsh

Mawlānā Sa‘d al-Dīn Kāshgharī

The Exceptional Khwāja ‘Ubaidallāh al-Ah. rār (Tashkandī)

Khwāja Aḥrār’s Family and Ancestors

His Childhood and Youth

His Spiritual Journey and the People He Met

Experiences with Sayyid Qāsim Tabrīzī

Meeting His Spiritual Director, Mawlānā Ya‘qūb Charkhī

Some Sayings of Khwāja Aḥrār

Some Marvelous Exploits of Khwāja Aḥrār

His Death

Khwāja Aḥrār’s Descendants and Companions

Khwāja Muḥammad ibn ‘Abdallāh

Khwāja ‘Abd al-Ḥaqq

Khwāja Muḥammad Yaḥyā

Mawlānā Sayyid Ḥasan

Mawlānā Sirāj al-Dīn Qāsim

Mīr ‘Abd al-Awwal

Mawlānā Ja‘far

Mawlānā Burhān al-Dīn Khuttalānī

Mawlānā Luṭfallāh Khuttalānī

Mawlānā Shaikh Idāmallāh

Mawlānā Sulṭān Aḥmad

Mawlānā Abū Sa‘īd Awbahī

Mawlānā Muḥammad Qāḍī

Mawlānā Khwāja ‘Alī Tashkandī

Shaikh Ḥabīb Najjār Tashkandī

Mawlānā Nūr al-Dīn Tashkandī

Mawlānā Zāda Otrārī

Mawlānā Nāṣir al-Dīn Otrārī

Hindū Khwāja Turkistānī

Mawlānā Ismā‘īl Firhatī

The Spread of Khwāja Aḥrār’s Influence to Anatolia

Shaikh Faḍlī Ilāhī

Sayyid Aḥmad al-Bukhārī

The Renowned Mawlānā ‘Abd al-Rahmān Jāmī

Mawlānā Jāmī’s Education

His Sufi Initiation

The Sufis He Met

Mawlānā Jāmī’s Meetings with Khwāja Aḥrār

His Pilgrimage to Mecca

Some Sayings

The Works of Mawlānā Jāmī

Selections from His Works

Poetry

From the Lawā’iḥ

From the Lawāmi‘

His Death

Mawlānā Jāmī’s Sons and Companions

Mawlānā ‘Alī ibn Ḥusain Ṣafī

Appendix I: The Way of Liberation (It. lāq) in Islamic Sufism

Stages of the Way

Four Basic Practices of the Mystical Path

Remembrance

Austerity

Contrition

Fellowship

Commentary

Appendix II: Glossary of Sufi Terms

Bibliography 

Product Details

ISBN:
9781620553619
Author:
Shushud, Hasan Lutfi
Publisher:
Inner Traditions International
Subject:
Sufism
Subject:
Islam - Sufism
Edition Description:
2nd Edition, New Edition
Publication Date:
20140831
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Pages:
192
Dimensions:
228.6 x 152.4 mm

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