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Product Details

  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: The Golden Sufi Center (May 1, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1890350354
  • ISBN-13: 978-1890350352
  • Product Dimensions: 7.2 x 5.2 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #545,820 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Llewellyn Vaughan-Lee . . . brings together the Christian and Sufi inner paths of devotion in a beautiful, compelling way. Combining his own deep personal experience with writings ranging from St. Teresa of Avila to Mevlana Rûmî and Abdul Qadir Jilani, Llewellyn has produced something unique: not an academic treatise, but a poetic book on prayer meaningful to the everyday lives of seekers in both traditions, a prayer of the heart in its own right."  —Neil Douglas-Klotz, author, Prayers of the Cosmos and The Sufi Book of Life


"Like his spiritual sister, Teresa of Avila, Llewellyn Vaughan-Lee sees prayer not as something we do, but rather a gift the Beloved has hidden within the innermost chamber of our hearts. Our whole life is an answer to the call to discover that treasure, to become prayer. With an extraordinary blend of passion and dignity, Llewellyn guides us deep into the blazing quiet of our own being, where prayer becomes the magic carpet that carries us to union with object of our most profound longing—a union that results in the melting of lover into Beloved, so that only love remains. This, Llewellyn teaches us, is our sacred birthright."  —Mirabai Starr, author and translator, Dark Night of the Soul by St. John of the Cross, The Interior Castle, and The Book of My Life by St. Teresa of Avila



"This is a precious little book . . . one of those rare works that emerge from the heart and leads us into unified consciousness. Its gentle and poetic words . . . reminding me to return home." —Edward W. Bastian, PhD, President, Spiritual Paths Foundation


"An excellent book. . . . As we recover more and more of the ancient contemplative traditions, we are finding immense similarities in goal, practice, and effects. . . . Vaughan-Lee makes this sacred journey both clear and inviting." —Fr. Richard Rohr, author and Franciscan Priest, Center for Action and Contemplation


"This exquisitely beautiful book opens us up tenderly to the astonishing mysteries of the human heart.We experience a 'Glow of Presence.' We feel loved, blessed and kissed by Spirit." —Imam Jamal Rahman, cofounder of Interfaith Community Church in Seattle, and author, The Fragrance of Faith


"Seamlessly moves between the Christian and Sufi mystics and bears witness to the divine love that permeates the mystical dimensions of the world's great religions. . . . A little gem that will be savored and treasured by all who are drawn along the path of love." —James Finley, PhD, Merton scholar and author, Christian Meditation, The Contemplative Heart, and Merton's Palace of Nowhere


"The author . . . parallels the prayer practices of Sufi and Christian mysticism with ease. . . . Vaughan-Lee's prayerful prose is poetic, inclusive, and intelligent." —Publishers Weekly (April 9, 2012)


"Draws together the Christian and Sufi traditions of mystical prayer. . . . Vaughan-Lee's clearly written little guide will be gratifying and absorbing for those interested in mysticism and alternate routes toward the love of God." —Library Journal (May 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.


More About the Author

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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26 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Reijo Oksanen on May 1, 2012
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This little book says that it brings together the Christian and the Sufi traditions of the Prayer of the Heart. This is a mammuth task for a small book like this! I would rather call it an introduction to the similarities in the Christian Prayer of the Heart and the Sufi Zikr, with the accent on telling what the Sufi Zikr is at best.

There is no real difference in these two practises. All practise is based on repetition (which helps to make us perfect), and indeed these two forms of praying are very repetitive. Both have as their aim to be able to stand in the presence of God, and unite with Him through the heart.

That the Naqsbandi silent Zikr is closest to the Christian Prayer of the Heart (at its highest level) is an excellent observation by Llewellyn, who writes from his own experience.

I found one particular paragraph very beautiful and relating to my own experience:

"When love reveals its real nature we come to know that there is neither lover nor Beloved. There is no one to pray and no one to pray to. We do not even know that we are lost; we return from these states of merging knowing only that we gave our self and were taken. Our gift of our self was accepted so completely that we knew nothing of the encounter. We looked towards our Beloved and were taken into love's arms, embraced in oneness, dissolved in nearness. For so many years we had cried and called out, and when the Beloved finally came the meeting was so intimate there was nothing left of us to witness it."

Fully recommended as an angle on the Prayer of the Heart!
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By TT from Jersey on August 16, 2012
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What a gem this small book is, detailing the similar ways these two faiths approach prayer, as well as how to find the divine within you and all around you. My copy is filled with underlined parts on virtually every page. Sample: "In every moment, in every event of your life, the Beloved is whispering to you exactly what you need to hear and know." It is one of those rare spiritual books I will consult in the future again and again. Highly recommended. ~Tom Rapsas, author of Life Tweets: Inspirational & Spiritual Insights That Can Change Your Life.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Scorpiette VINE VOICE on July 9, 2012
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This book is lovely and gentle and quiet. I'm glad I have it. It helps my mind come to terms with all the different paths I've explored....at least two of them.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Marilyn Dunn on May 26, 2012
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If one wants to read a book that holds great wisdom and is timely for all paths of belief..this is it!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Rick Klaich, MSW, LICSW, LADC-1 on April 5, 2013
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For the heart that seeks to be welcomed into stillness...hear love's call and say 'yes, I am here and enter!'
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By pgclark on June 10, 2013
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I am a big fan of this man. His writing is the reality of truth wrapped in the sweetness of love. I would recommend any and all of his writings if love is what you seek.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Sr. Mary Rogers, snjm on October 15, 2013
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It spoke to me like no book has in a very long time. I absolutely loved it and I'm on my fourth reading...very deeply.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By yellowcellogal on June 10, 2013
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Vaughan-Lee explains this truly unexplainable place within the heart that prays unceasingly. A contemplative heart calls this "home." Apparently, Christianity and Sufism are joined at the heart....let peace reign!
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