The Teachings of a Perfect Master: An Islamic Saint of for the Third Millennium
Publisher: Anqa Publishing (June, 2012) | Paperback: 488 pages | Language: English
ISBN-10: 190593744X | ISBN-13: 978-1905937448
Collected in entirety for the very first time, this study reflects more than 25 years of close contact with the Sufi Masters of Central Anatolia, with most of that time spent in the presence of the peerless Sufi teacher, Mr. Ahmet Kayhan. Out of the author’s association with this personality has emerged this in-depth look at the famous and mysterious Oral Tradition of Sufism. Covered topics include the concepts of compassion and mercy, universality, ethics, faith, charity, destiny, death and the afterlife, and more. Combining the rigor of anthropology with the devotion of a disciple, this book faithfully lays bare the comprehensive teachings of the man who may be the Sufi Saint of the Age.
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Three books (written by Henry Bayman) precede The Teachings of a Perfect Master. I described the 3rd book, “The Black Pearl,” as the apex of a triangle and the other two points or corners of this triangle as its predecessors (The Station of no Station and The Secret of Islam: Love and Law In the Religion of Ethics). I would like to describe this latest book as “A Universal and Inclusive Garden”… Imagine being shown a garden of the utmost and breathtaking beauty, a garden abundant with every kind of flower, the air scenting with beautiful fragrances coupled with the song of birds perched upon various kinds of trees. Within this garden there are Three main sections, all interconnected and inseparable, for example, The Common Species Section (The Wisdom Base-The principle entrance where everything starts), The Saffron Section (The Inward Path: Sufism), and The Rose Section (Descent of the Light: Who’s Who in Islam). The gardener informs you with knowledge concerning the garden: its origin, the kinds of flowers, plants, trees and how to plant, grow and maintain everything within the garden. The whole experience evokes a profound sense of peace, security and familiarity… an innate familiarity. At the end of this tour, the gardener tells you, in a nutshell, that everything and all that you have beheld is you… in potential. And that the garden is yours, if you want it! If you decide to accept it you are obviously charged with the responsibility to maintain it… That is The Teachings of a Perfect Master, An Islamic Saint for the Third Millennium.
I have to say that the authenticity of The Master’s teachings are more than evident, principally because throughout the book both the exterior and the interior forms of Islam (Islam and Sufism) are present and presented as a “whole” and not something separate… one cannot obtain Nectar without growing and taking care of a Rose! This “wholeness”, in my opinion, can be traced right back to the life of The Prophet, when Sufism was a reality without a name! The gentle tone of The Master’s words flower with humility par excellence and feel as though they have been woven with the fabric of pure faith, firmly rooted in the very heart of Love. Its timeless themes are uplifting, inspiring and full of hope… and are accessible to everybody.
I consider myself very fortunate to have met Master Ahmet Kayhan a few times. I don’t speak Turkish, so what was said to me or to others present was translated. Over the years, apart from making phone calls from England to Turkey, I was given many English language leaflets and papers written by The Master, which have been very beneficial. However, I have to confess that this present book is a wish come true for me. It is the crème de la crème and I don’t think that one could wish for anything better in the absence of the physical presence of Master Ahmet Kayhan… along with the three books that precede this present one.
I would like to take this opportunity to express my sincere gratitude to Henry Bayman for all his dedication, hard work, time and love in putting Master Ahmet Kayhan’s teachings into this Power/Lighthouse of a book. To put it quite simply, Henry Bayman has done more than a marvelous job. Thank you very much indeed! – Jamil Ahmad
A great gift for all human beings January 29, 2013