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Bestower of Light

Although numerous descriptions can be found of the lives and deeds of the early masters of Sufism, few opportunities exist to read about a contemporary sufi master dealing with all the complexities of modern life. Bestower of Light attempts to do just that by presenting an intimate portrait of the early life of Dr. Javad Nurbakhsh, the former master of the Nimatullahi Sufi Order, who held that position for over fifty years. Vividly recreating that life, this book provides insights into the nature and character of Dr. Nurbakhsh unavailable in another source.


Excerpt from Bestower of Light

A dramatic change had overcome Javad since his return from the khaniqah of his ancestor, a strangeness he didn’t understand, whose cause eluded him however much he sought to find it. All he knew was that some kind of turbulence, beyond his control, had arisen within him. Where before he had enjoyed the company of others, now he preferred to remain alone as much as possible. The only contentment he found was in solitutude. For hours each day, he would sit at home by himself meditating on life and God: nothing else seemed to matter to him anymore.

Although Javad’s parents and family had noticed the change in his behavior, it was one of his father’s close friends who first understood what was happening. The man had known the family for years and been a darvish of the Nimatullahi Sufi Order even longer. For weeks, he had been watching the boy, observing his strange actions. He had hesitated to say anything until he was sure, but now he knew there was no other possible explanation: he clearly recognized the signs of one attracted to God.


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