Tweedie documents her five-year process of purification and inner work with the heart in the "Naqshbandi" or "Golden Sufi" tradition: the daily doubts, agonies, discomforts, culture shocks, terrors, bodily states, uncertainties, and ecstasies along the path to truth.Tweedie documents her five-year process of purification and inner work with the heart in the "Naqshbandi" or "Golden Sufi" tradition: the daily doubts, agonies, discomforts, culture shocks, terrors, bodily states, uncertainties, and ecstasies along the path to truth.Read Less
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I read Chasm of Fire several times years ago. So grateful to be reading this now, all 800 pages... just can't put it down.
It's a spiritual classic, as many say... a journey of the dissolution of ego from the inside out, with all its joys and pains, of the guru-disciple relationship.
It's also a teacher to me in my current situation, living at an ashram in India.
Can' say enough about this book!
May 1, 2010
Very useful book for those practicing a spiritual path.
May 2, 2007
There are few genuine spiritual autobiographies, and fewer still that are an interesting read in their own right. Irina Tweedie's 'Daughter of Fire' must surely rank as a classic. It is almost brutally frank and leaves the reader with a sense of awe at what one woman of great strength was willing to endure to achieve her spiritual goals. At once both personal and incisive, Ms. Tweedie manages to convey in rare detail what it was like to have a day-to-day relationship with a great spiritual master (of the Sufi tradition). The reader is left both uplifted to have been given access to the nature of the guru/disciple relationship and at the same time with a profound respect for Ms. Tweedie's aspiration and dedication. I would certainly recommend this book for any sincere seeker of higher spiritual knowledge, but I warn you, it is a big read. One will need stamina to match the authors to get through it, but the effort will certainly be rewarded.
Apr 10, 2007
This are the complete diaries of the author, which had been previously published in highly expurgated form as "Chasm of Fire." In a journal spanning five years, Tweedie sets down a meticulous and fascinating account of her spiritual transformation. Through her writing, you get a clear sense of just how difficult it is to make the changes necessary to become a true master. Her writing is disarmingly humble - not prettied up for smooth consumption by the reader. Her style is direct, sometimes stark and filled with pain. She holds nothing back, and therein lies the book's extraordinary value. She never says who her teacher was, and details about Sufic philisopy are almost entirely absent, so readers needing a general background should look elsewhere. This book is only incidentally about Sufism - Tweedie's experiences are universal to all spiritual realizers, and should thus be required reading for anyone undertaking the journey to ultimate truth.
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