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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 208 pages
  • Publisher: The Golden Sufi Center (September 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1890350346
  • ISBN-13: 978-1890350345
  • Product Dimensions: 0.7 x 5.5 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #229,150 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"I don't think I have ever heard a spiritual teacher share with such stark honesty and tenderness what the journey is like from the inside." —Mirabai Starr, author and translator, Teresa of Avila: The Book of My Life


"(A) lyrical work. . . .Vaughan-Lee takes us along with him as he reflects on his own adventuresome spiritual journey." —www.SpiritualityAndPractice.com (January 2012)

About the Author

Llewellyn Vaughan-Lee is a Sufi teacher who has lectured extensively throughout the United States, Canada, and Europe, and is the author of more than 15 books, including Alchemy of Light, Return of the Feminine and the World Soul, and Spiritual Power. He lives in Inverness, California.


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Llewellyn Vaughan-Lee, Ph.D., is a Sufi Teacher in the Naqshbandiyya-Mujadidiyya Sufi Order. Born in London in 1953, he has followed the Naqshbandi Sufi path since he was 19. In 1991 he moved to Northern California and became the successor of Irina Tweedie, author of "Chasm of Fire" and "Daughter of Fire." In recent years the focus of his writing and teaching has been on the subject of Spiritual Ecology -- a spiritual response to our present ecological crisis. Author of several books, Llewellyn lectures in the United States and Europe. He has also been interviewed by Oprah Winfrey on Super Soul Sunday, and featured on the PBS Global Spirit series. For further information, please see: www.goldensufi.org, www.workingwithoneness.org, and www.spiritualecology.org.

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30 of 30 people found the following review helpful By Lawrence Baldwin on September 10, 2011
Format: Hardcover
I have read all of Llewellyn Vaughan-Lee's books, and found many of them valuable. But this is the first one in which I have experienced him baring his soul and truly sharing from the heart his experience as a student and teacher on the Mystical Path. His autobiography, The Face Before I Was Born: A Spiritual Autobiography came the closest, but this book is far more intimate and far more mature. Indeed, the only comparable book by a westerner that I know is his teacher's spiritual autobiography, Daughter of Fire: A Diary of a Spiritual Training with a Sufi Master, and even that doesn't show Mrs. Tweedie after she had time to mature in what she had been given.

In this book, Vaughan-Lee shares the experience of following the path of mystical love to the place beyond the "I". At times he grapples with the questions this raises--what is the real nature of a lover's journey back to God? Who makes this journey? Who is the "I" who has mystical experiences? And what is its relationship to the Divine that encompasses everything? But he never approaches these questions either from an intellectual perspective nor based on another's teachings or tradition, but instead makes a huge effort to share those ineffable states far beyond our ordinary consciousness.

At the same time, he is part of a definite tradition, and is fully embedded within its grace and its discipline.
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Sherine Adeli on September 12, 2011
Format: Hardcover
"Fragments of a Love Story" reads like a diary. Seemingly random selections of joyous or painful insights within the theme of mystical love, arranged chronologically over the course of the last 15 years or so. A bit about what it means to be both a teacher and wayfarer on the ancient path of Sufism. But more, a simple and honest portrayal of a consciousness at specific moments in time: a vulnerable attempt to describe the nearly indescribable.

The book is a portrait of a modern-day mystic's experience of life in a civilization that, as a whole, doesn't recognize the Sacred. Llewellyn Vaughan-Lee suggests that within the world of matter exists the light of the Divine, already present and waiting to be recognized. One of those wonderfully organized books that is a complete read from cover to cover, and yet no less complete when I randomly select a chapter.

I have known and followed Llewellyn and his work over the course of these writings, and find "Fragments of a Love Story" to be a more personal expression on the theme of his work. Many thanks to him and the Golden Sufi Center for taking the time to share these thoughts, and bring them together in this lovely book.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Susan Schuurmans on September 3, 2011
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An achingly beautiful and searingly personal glimpse into the inner life of a modern mystic and teacher. This is a work one would expect to find only in an ancient Arabic manuscipt. Vaughan-Lee's fragments of the ancient journey and it's joys and terrors is a gift to read and treasure.
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