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I seek patterns. By the time three people told me I should read In Search of the Miraculous (Ouspensky, P.D., 1949), I did. It sort of blew my mind away, figuratively speaking. And later, when I read The Sufis (Shah, Idries, 1964) and Toward Awakening (Vaysse, Jean, 1979), I was hooked. There are these schools, I read about, centered around the "chain of transmission" of named teachers, fostering esoteric art and science. Well, in its broadest sense, "esoteric" means being of use to other people, making their lives a little easier, and aiding greater human development. In its narrowest sense, it means being a big shot. The most esoteric books I ever found are Special Problems in the Study of Sufi Ideas (Shah, Idries, 1966) and Neglected Aspects of Sufi Study (Shah, Idries, 1977), which latter states, "People become fascinated by the ESP characteristics sometimes observed in sufis. But the first requirement in a sufi student is that he conceal this development from outside inquisitiveness." –pp. 56-57. Such hints are also alluded to in the Mathnawi of Jalaluddin Rumi (1926).

 
 
 

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