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Author QuotedTitus Burckhardt
Title QuotedAn introduction to Sufi doctrine
Date (Year/Month/Day)1961/05/13
ImprintLahore : Ashraf. [1959]
QuotationBut now first of all and before everything else I want to thank you for the remarkable books you sent me. I have been tremendously impressed by Titus Burckhardt on Sufism, which is the book I have read first. It is one of the most stimulating books I have read for a long time, and I realize that there is very much in it for me. In a sense it is one of those books that open up new horizons that I have been waiting for. I am tremendously impressed with the solidity and intellectual sureness of Sufism. There is no question but that here is a living and convincing truth, a deep mystical experience of the mystery of God our Creator Who watches over us at every moment with infinite love and mercy. I am stirred to the depths of my heart by the intensity of Moslem piety toward His Names, and the reverence with which He is invoked as the "Compassionate and the Merciful." May He be praised and adored everywhere forever.
Quotation SourceThe Hidden Ground of Love: The Letters of Thomas Merton on Religious Experience and Social Concerns.; Selected and edited by William H. Shannon. / New York : Farrar Straus Giroux. 1985, p. 48
Letter toAbdul Aziz
Link to Merton's Copy 42683 

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