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The Station of No Station: Open Secrets of the Sufis Paperback – March 30, 2001
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There was a great deal of polemic against Nietzsche and pop culture, and of idolizing of his shaikh. From a random opening/scanning of the text, I was expecting a concise introduction to the Lata'if, the Sufi framework of subtle centers which are not chakras but something of a different and subtler order. What there was instead was a mention of the lata'if but no real background on their function in the development of the human being.
The polemic was an annoyance after a while. It took up too much bandwidth, even though I'm no particular fan if Nietzsche and tend to agree with the author on the corrosiveness of junk culture and the profanity of the present materialistic society.
The skillful teacher will set an atmosphere of beauty and sacredness into which those present are *invited* by the appeal to the heart and the sacred within oneself. Here, one feels bludgeoned about what is wrong with things (and onself) as the encouragement to undertake a spiritual study.
The tone of many passages discloses a lack of real assimilation of the Teachings and individuation of the true ego. The author has swallowed the Teachings whole and is living them mechanistically instead of from his own developed depth. That is not bad in itself; it is a developmental stage that one has either crossed or not. But one cannot teach in this Way (nor should one be writing books on it) until that process is well-along -- and it had barely started (IMO) when the book was written.Read more ›
One might place Bayman after Frager, but Bayman is short on detail where Frager explains in great care. But in a word, Bayman begins to treat certain post-basics elements in more depth, but too often stops short. Moreover, Bayman's Sufism is firmly rooted in Islam; his Sufism is serious stuff, not the deracinated Universal Religion of New Agers.
Bayman spends a good deal of space analyzing Nietzsche and where his failed Death of God and unrealizable Superman have led Western Civilization to the point of self anhilation. Sufism contains psychological elements derived hundreds of years ago that Western "Psychology" cannot grapple with, and hence Sufism offers a spiritual alternative to the malaise affecting Western - and now Globalized - Civilization.
Going through the book in a thoughtful manner makes for a wonderful devotional process.