“The late Irina Tweedie was the author of Daughter of Fire, a diary of her intensive spiritual training in India with a Hindu Sufi master. In this moving and personal interview, the 80-year-old Mrs. Tweedie, who was a Sufi teacher in London, describes the bliss, peace and love—and the despair, hatred and loneliness—of her years of training in the Sufi tradition.”
—Courtesy of Thinking Allowed.
Here is a transcript of the interview as well.
“…it is in all the scriptures, in the Hindu Upanishads, everywhere it is said, and also in Christianity — it is the mind which is the greatest obstacle on the spiritual path, the constant automatic thinking of the mind, constantly churning memories and desires and thoughts of the future and so on and so forth. And this mind has to be stilled somehow, in order that spiritual experiences can come through. So while deep down, the mind is thrown into confusion, I could rather compare it — you know, the law of nature is everywhere. It’s “As above, so below” — on the spiritual plane, and also in this life. It is the pendulum going backward and forward. It’s one of the laws of nature; it’s going this way and then going back. So it is kept artificially between the desperation and the nearness.”