In her book My Years With The Qutb: A Walk In Paradise, poet and novelist Sharon Marcus describes her meeting and years with the great Sufi sage and saint M.R. Bawa Muhaiyaddeen as the miraculous intersection of the human and the divine. This book is for all those who have wondered what it is like to sit with a sanctified master of wisdom, absorbing his love, his grace and the transformational teachings which illuminate the path to God.
Transcending religion, philosophy or doctrine, the mystical Sufi path lies open to every soul longing for God. This walk in paradise gives a narrative account of the years Sharon Marcus spent as a disciple and student of the Sri Lankan master who spent most of the 1970s and 80s at his American home and headquarters in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, where he lived until he left his physical form behind at the end of 1986. In part personal, experiential, and in part technical, the book conveys the teachings and practices of Bawa Muhaiyaddeen whom she met in Toronto back in 1975, the teacher who remains the revelatory pole of her inner and outer existence to this day.
The book is divided into twelve chapters, the anecdotal alternating with a description of precepts and spiritual techniques. Two chapters deal with instruction in the dhikr, both the silent remembrance of God associated with the in-breath and the out-breath, as well as the sung recitation of the names of God. Other chapters record personal events, conversations, Bawa Muhaiyaddeen’s discourses, books, his work and reflections. What we are given is an intensely personal version of what it is like, a vision of life sitting at the feet of an extraordinary mystic, a saint, studying and learning from the purity and wisdom he emanated.
THE SUFI PRESS