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Shaikh Sharfuddin Maneri (14th century) is also known as Makhdum-ul-Mulk, or Master of the Kingdom. Born near Patna in Behar, India, he was initiated by Najibuddin Firdausi, and was equally proficient in secular learning and esoteric knowledge. The present book consists of the translation of extracts from the Maktubat-i-Sadi (“The Hundred Letters,” or rather essays on definite subjects), the most elaborate and comprehensive of his works.


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Letters from a Sufi Teacher

Published 2010 by Golden Elixir Press in Mountain View, USA .
Written in English.

Table of Contents

Publisher's Note ix
Foreword xi
On Monotheism 3
Turning to God, or Conversion 6
On Seeking the Teacher 8
On the Qualifications of a Teacher 10
On Discipleship 12
On Discipleship (continued) 13
The Friend of God 15
The Brotherhood of Friends 16
Polytheism, and the Friendship of God 18
Lights 19
The Unveiling of the Supersensuous 20
On the Same 22
Illumination 22
Dreams 24
On Misconceptions 24
The Outer and the Inner Ailments 26
The Origin of Sufism 27
Seeking the Path 28
The Pillars of the Path 30
Religion, the Path, and Truth 30
Accessory to Prayers 31
Purification 32
The Motive 33
Prayer 34
Invoking the Divine Help 36
The Divine Allegiance 36
The Sacred Formula 36
The Naked Faith 37
The Inner Polytheism 38
The Divine Knowledge 39
Love and Devotion 41
Seeking God 44
The Way to God 45
Speech and Conduct 46
Magnanimity 48
Knowledge 49
The Steps of a Disciple 50
Islam 53
The Noble Qualities 54
Contemplation 56
Renunciation 57
On the Same 59
The Clearing of the Path 60
Self-Control 61
Truth 62
The Descent from Adam 64
Confidence 67
Pursuit and Renunciation 68
The Company of the Saints 69
Service 71
The Transmutation of Evil Qualities 73
Avarice 74
The Evil of the World 75
Renunciation of the World 77
The Final Doom 78
The Soul 79
The Heart 80
The Desire-Nature (Nafs) 81
Desire 83
Discipline of the Desire-Nature 84
Discipline of the Desire-Nature (continued) 85
Alienation from the Desire-Nature 85
Self-Toleration 85
Hidden Differences of Stages 87
Heedlessness 88
Sorrow 89
Conduct 90
Seclusion 91
Death 92
Hell 93
Heaven 94

Edition Notes

This book was originally published as Letters from a Sufi Teacher, Benares and London: Theosophical Publishing Society, n.d. (ca. 1908). The original system of transcription has been preserved. A few misprints have been corrected, and the style of references has been made uniform. The terms “Mohammadan” and “Mahomedan” have been replaced by “Muslim.” The term “Theosophy”, occasionally used by the translator to refer to Tasavvuf, has been replaced by “Sûfîsm.”

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xii, 98
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  • Translator
    Baijnath Singh

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