“You may follow one stream. Know that it leads to the Ocean, but do not mistake the stream for the Ocean.“
Q: To study Sufism, do I need to become a Moslem and convert to Islam or join a Sufi Order?
A: No. This is not necessary. While some westerners find joy in following this Path; the seeker after truth or spiritual traveler does not have to change their birth religion to sip of this ancient wine. A form of Sufi learning exists for everyone, because the Teaching is always being updated into a modern form. The seeker can learn from the Sufis, even become one and yet remain independent of these specific religious forms.
An account of this sort of learning is available in: Sufism for Western Seekers; which in an international competition received Honorable Mention- Religion Category, Foreword 2011 Book of Year Awards. A copy of which may be obtained on Amazon.com. This book describes learning in 2 modern western mystical Sufi schools, which were independent of Islam and the traditional Sufi Orders. What was offered was a universal spirituality that is the birth right of humanity.
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