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Tyaga the Road of Fire - 07



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Tyaga is one of the few techniques on this website that includes or needs the intervention of a Guru  for the simple reason that this technique could only have been devised and executed by a guru.  It is thus of double interest because it shows how gurus help their disciples and also something of the role of a guru on the spiritual path.

A guru act like a personal trainer, devising a specific series of steps, exercises and 'events' suited to the capabilities, evolution and character of the person concerned.  For this reason there is no real 'method' that a guru follows, every method is different, - tailor made - however, I think it helps to show how a guru can ‘help’, thus in order to do so I have used an example programme that was devised for a lady called Irina Tweedie  . 

In order to see the progression you use Irina Tweedie as the source and then follow the observations in order and chart her progress.  Irina Tweedie’s master was Bhai Sahib.  I have also included a description of him.

In Sufi teaching there are 4 stages of annihilation. 

  • The first stage is annihilation in 'the Master' [the guru as Higher spirit].  The Master [Higher spirit and guru] then determines whether the Union is perfected 
  • The next stage is annihilation in the 'Teacher's Master', the 'spiritual influence of the original founder of the Path, or System to which they belong' - in effect the Intelligence looking after your Higher spirit.   “In time the consciousness of the disciple becomes so absorbed in this great Master as to possess all his spiritual powers 
  • The next stage is 'annihilation in the prophet'.  But by this is not meant Mohammed but the 'First Intelligence' 
  • Finally there is Union with the Ultimate Intelligence – Truth.  But this stage is 'beyond all telling' and the Sufi says 'from him who has made the journey, no news returns

A description of the experience

The Chasm of Fire – Irina Tweedie

From time to time I had to close my eyes.  It was interesting how the feeling of nothingness seems to increase as the time goes on …...... the great nearness to him, like a secret complicity of which nobody knows.  I want to be nothing.  The greatest bliss is in Nothingness.

The Chasm of Fire – Irina Tweedie

Deepest peace.    And I nearly fall down when I salute him lately.  And the feeling of nothingness before him represents such happiness.  He will be resting, his eyes closed or open; and I sit, bent in two (a comfortable position for me in his presence) under the blow from the two fans; he and I alone somewhere, where nothing is but peace.  Lately it becomes increasingly lovely.  Deep happiness welling from within.  From the deepest depth.. also at home, when I think of him, it comes over me..... soft, gentle.  A bliss of non-being; not existing at all.  It is difficult to believe, unless one has experienced it, that it is so glorious 'not to be'.

The Chasm of Fire – Irina Tweedie
There has been nothing much to write in recent weeks.  I go there, sit immersed in Nothingness.  And this evening he was in a very deep state.  How the Divinity shines through his frail human form when he is in samadhi.........

The source of the experience

Tweedie, Irina

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