I have had a break for a couple of weeks and I hope people have now managed to catch up with past posts. Welcome to all my new readers from many different countries; I hope you enjoy dipping in and out of this blog. For those who are new followers, take it from the beginning if you can as there is a pattern to this blog and one post follows a thought covered in the previous post, so it builds rather like a picture. The videos are all well worth watching, even though some of them will take time, and the absorbing of what they have to say takes longer…it is a lifelong process of developing and refining what is already within us to bring out into the world to share. These videos will take us though to next week, so no more posts until then. Stephanie.
Here we are looking at Irina Tweedie, for those familiar now with Llewellyn Vaughan Lee this explores deeper into the thoughts and mystical outlook. Irina Tweedie was the teacher of Llewellyn Vaughan-Lee. In these documentaries she eloquently talks about the Ancient Wisdom, that is Mysticism. It is the One Ancient Wisdom which is above and beyond all the variations that we find in religions; and is their root, the one-ness that joins them all together. This is where we are all joined, where only One-ness exists. This is why we mystics talk and quote from all religions, why we do not align to any particular doctrinal rules and dogma, as we know them to be man-made. We incorporate all because we LOVE, our work is LOVE. This is what you call God…but even the title God limits it. The One-ness, the truth is LOVE.
Irina Tweedie (1907, Russia – August 1999) was a Teacher of the Naqshbandiyya- Mujadiddiya Sufi Order.
Born in Russia and studied in Vienna and Paris, Irina Tweedie married a British naval officer after the Second World War, who then died in 1954. His death launched her on a spiritual quest that led her to India in 1959. There she met her spiritual master, Radha Mohan Lal, a Hindu Sufi Sheikh from the Naqshbandiyya-Mujadiddiya Sufi Order, whom she called Bhai Sahib (Elder Brother). She became the first Western woman to be trained in this Naqshbandi system.
Her teacher’s first request of her was to keep a complete diary of her spiritual training—everything, all the difficult parts, even all the doubts. He predicted that one day it would become a book and would benefit people around the world. Indeed it became the book, Daughter of Fire: A Diary of a Spiritual Training with a Sufi Master. This diary spans five years. It is an account of a spiritual training with a Sufi Master and is the most detailed account of the relationship between disciple and teacher that exists in Western Literature. The book is written in diary form. From a psychological viewpoint, the diary maps the process of ego dissolution, gradually unveiling the openness and love that reside beneath the surface of the personality.
The book was first published in its abridged form as The Chasm of Fire which has sold over 100,000 copies and has been translated into five languages. Later the unabridged book, Daughter of Fire: A Diary of a Spiritual Training with a Sufi Master, was published. This title has sold over 40,000 copies worldwide and is now being published through The Golden Sufi Center.
After his death in 1966, she returned to England where she started a Sufi meditation group in North London. Gradually the group spread throughout Europe and North America. Irina Tweedie retired in 1992 after having named Llewellyn Vaughan-Lee as her successor.”I hoped to get instruction in Yoga, expected wonderful teachings, but what the teacher did was mainly to force me to face the darkness within myself and it almost killed me…. I was beaten down in every sense until I had to come to terms with that in me which I kept rejecting all my life.” — from the Foreword by Irina Tweedie
We as mystics [lovers] stand outside because we are already inside the sanctuary, and thus we have been labelled heretics and persecuted throughout time, regardless of which religion we have been born into and grown up in. Because we speak of the One-ness, we are seen as a threat to those who wish to use power for their own interests. Some of us say “why do you go to the church/mosque-the Beloved is everywhere”. Churches, synagogues, mosques do not like this! We state that it is only God that abides in each soul, and is its creation, journey and destination. We all state the same, the mystics whose “labels” are attached as Moslem, Jewish, Hindu, Christian, Sufi…
In this one she says how she is here to confuse. I have also said the same thing in my posts. Mystics gently confuse, irritate if you will the lower state of mind within you in order that you can transmute into understanding the greater Truth which you seek within yourself. The roads to God are as many as the children of God. You go away from these posts and do the rest yourself…or don’t! And the Great One aids you and helps you both at night, and during the day.
Stand naked before the Truth, no props, no outer manifestation. The Yogis of Silence. We mystics are the idiots of God! There is no separate existence from God.