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READ PDF ⛅ Secret Practices of the Sufi Freemasons: The Islamic Teachings at the Heart of Alchemy õ Reveals the secret spiritual exercises of the Bektashi Order of Sufis Shows how this order, also known as Oriental Freemasonry, preserves the ancient spiritual doctrines forgotten by modern Freemasonry Explains how to transform the soul into the alchemical Magnum Opus by combining Masonic grips and the abbreviated letters of the Qur an Includes a detailed biography of Baron von Sebottendorff Originally published in Germany in , this rare book by Baron Rudolf von Sebottendorff reveals the secret spiritual exercises of the Bektashi Order of Sufis as well as how this order, also known as Oriental Freemasonry, preserves the ancient spiritual doctrines forgotten by modern Freemasonry Sebottendorff explains how the mysterious abbreviated letters found in the Qur an represent formulas for perfecting the spirit of the individual When combined with Masonic hand signs and grips and conducted accordingly to a precise schedule, these formulas incorporate spiritual power into the body and transform the soul from its base state into a noble, godlike state the Magnum Opus of the medieval alchemists Laying out the complete program of spiritual exercises, Sebottendorff explains each abbreviated word formula in the Qur an, the hand gestures that go with them, and the exact order and duration for each exercise Including a detailed biography of Sebottendorff and an examination of alchemy s Islamic heritage, this book shows how the traditions of Oriental Freemasonry can ennoble the self and lead to higher knowledge I didn t necessarily agree the Baron on the connections between Sufism and Freemasonry, for he has his own orientalist way of considering and understanding the East but again, interesting enough to read about some blurred history of my nation s past and its supposed connections to the Craft. Of interest to scholars of Masonic Ritual, readers of Idries Shah, Aleister Crowley, and Sir Richard Burton One might point out that the title could be considered somewhat off point, if not misleading, but it is difficult to imagine how it might be differently titled, odd and curious work that it admittedly is. Masonic Sufi Spiritual WorkThis book desperately needs illustrations to go along with what the author is writing Sufi meditations and Masonic work require the use of certain hand positions and grips all of which have specific meanings The author describes what the hand positions and grips are supposed to look like but illustration or pictures would do a much better job.This book may beappropriate for someone with aadvanced knowledge of Sufi practices and freemasonry I did not get Masonic Sufi Spiritual WorkThis book desperately needs illustrations to go along with what the author is writing Sufi meditations and Masonic work require the use of certain hand positions and grips all of which have specific meanings The author describes what the hand positions and grips are supposed to look like but illustration or pictures would do a much better job.This book may beappropriate for someone with aadvanced knowledge of Sufi practices and freemasonry I did not get much out of this book at all In fact I captured a small part of it To be fair some books should not be made available to the public as the meaning can be missed or misconstrued.The book starts off with a history of Sebetendirf and how he being the typical German feelsthan a healthy dose of national pride and a strong urge of wanderlust This German fell in love with Turkey and met a Jewish bektashi family Bektashi is a school of Sufism and Sufis accept everyone regardless of background This Jewish family also was well versed in the Kabbalah and Rosicrucianism.The book then follows with a history of Islam and Sufism The meat of the book discusses different hand positions and grips along with meaning of mantra like sounds The book has an outline of practice.Personally if one is interested in these subjects I would look elsewhere I normally like Mr Thorsons work but not this one This book desperately needs illustrations to go along with what the author is writing Sufi meditations and Masonic work require the use of certain hand positions and grips all of which have specific meanings The author describes what the hand positions and grips are supposed to look like but illustration or pictures would do a much better job.This book may beappropriate for someone with aadvanced knowledge of Sufi practices and freemasonry I did not get much out of this book at al This book desperately needs illustrations to go along with what the author is writing Sufi meditations and Masonic work require the use of certain hand positions and grips all of which have specific meanings The author describes what the hand positions and grips are supposed to look like but illustration or pictures would do a much better job.This book may beappropriate for someone with aadvanced knowledge of Sufi practices and freemasonry I did not get much out of this book at all In fact I captured a small part of it To be fair some books should not be made available to the public as the meaning can be missed or misconstrued.The book starts off with a history of Sebetendirf and how he being the typical German feelsthan a healthy dose of national pride and a strong urge of wanderlust This German fell in love with Turkey and met a Jewish bektashi family Bektashi is a school of Sufism and Sufis accept everyone regardless of background This Jewish family also was well versed in the Kabbalah and Rosicrucianism.The book then follows with a history of Islam and Sufism The meat of the book discusses different hand positions and grips along with meaning of mantra like sounds The book has an outline of practice.Personally if one is interested in these subjects I would look elsewhere I normally like Mr Thorsons work but not this one