She studied in Vienna and Paris. Due to her second husband's premature death in , she went through a personal crisis that launched her on a spiritual quest. She became an active member of the Theosophical Society and eventually she travelled to India in On 2 October , through her friend Lilian Silburn ,  a Sanskrit scholar and translator at the Sorbonne , she met her guru , Radha Mohan Lal , a Hindu Sufi sheikh from the Naqshbandiyya-Mujadiddiya order, living in Kanpur. She became one of the first Western women trained in the Naqshbandi system. Her teacher's first request of her was to keep a complete diary of her spiritual training—everything, all the difficult parts, even all the doubts.
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Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Want to Read saving…. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Other editions. Enlarge cover. Error rating book. Refresh and try again. Open Preview See a Problem? Details if other :. Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. Preview — Daughter of Fire by Irina Tweedie. Tweedie documents her five-year process of purification and inner work with the heart in the "Naqshbandi" or "Golden Sufi" tradition: the daily doubts, agonies, discomforts, culture shocks, terrors, bodily states, uncertainties, and ecstasies along the path to truth.
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Rating details. More filters. Sort order. Dec 22, Jordan Stephens rated it really liked it. A friend lent me this book the past week. Sometimes with spiritual books I like to just open them up to a random page and see if the book speaks to me.
There are so many beautiful paths in the world, and this book reminds me of the commonalities between all of them. The call to surrender the small tendencies of the ego, the spiritual experiences that may accompany sincere seeking, the struggles and dark nights of the soul. The gradual slipping away A friend lent me this book the past week. The gradual slipping away of past tendencies until it becomes obvious that all there really is behind it all is awareness.
The first time I opened this book I saw this poem by Rumi, which speaks deeply in my heart- I died as a mineral and became a plant, I died as plant and rose to animal, I died as animal and I was Man. Why should I fear? When was I less by dying? Yet once more I shall die as Man, to soar With angels blest; but even from angelhood I must pass on: all except God doth perish.
When I have sacrificed my angel-soul, I shall become what no mind e'er conceived. Oh, let me not exist! Nov 14, Linden rated it really liked it. I've just reached in this marathon read of pages the chapter where Irina carries out an enraged murder of a mouse in her room - which demonstrates how conceptual is her understanding of 'Ahimsa' non-violence being the first step in Yoga training and the two sides of the coin to her extraordinary passion I might have stopped reading here but decided to continue because the words she quotes of her Bhai Sahib are insightful and challenging to personal understanding.
Noted again the lac I've just reached in this marathon read of pages the chapter where Irina carries out an enraged murder of a mouse in her room - which demonstrates how conceptual is her understanding of 'Ahimsa' non-violence being the first step in Yoga training and the two sides of the coin to her extraordinary passion Noted again the lack of compassion where Irina describes hearing the cries of an abandoned kitten on the other side of her wall and then later, the dogs in an excited barking frenzy as they found it - and ate it.
Skimming through the repetitive long descriptions of her nights of suffering, physical pain and oceans of tears no sign of mental training to control her mind She didn't follow the conventional Raja 'yoga' path of her friend who could enter the peace of Dhyana - Irina had chosen the Path of Love and seemed to suffer intensely from the burning out of karmas and kundalini awakening. It was rewarding not to miss the double rainbow without yellow and Irina's expanding love for others I liked Irina's vivid descriptions of the Indian household life that revolved round this Sufi Master.
She was a tough old ego to crack and because of this her path seemed extraordinarily difficult. Her beloved guru never missed an opportunity to test out her understanding. Most of all I benefited from being through Irina with Bhai Sahib - who though upholding Sufi wisdom within his karmic situation, made statements and gave answers which often reflected that he had gone beyond religion.
Irina fulfilled the instructions of her Bhai Sahib to keep a diary and publish it and did the world a wonderful 'duty' in recording this extraordinary life that is a testimony to our capacity to change and attain to higher things. Jan 07, Weam Namou rated it it was amazing. I first read this book 20 years ago.
I read it again shortly afterwards. Recently I tried to read it once more, but with two kids and a lot of my plate, I was not successful. I occasionally open its pages to read a quote here or there by the Sufi Master.
This diary shows how simple yet complicated spiritual journeys are. Nov 06, Maria Lancaster added it. This is a book that can change your life. View 1 comment. Feb 07, Cindy Ba rated it it was ok. Not one of the best spiritual books I've read. A lot of drivel, author feeling sorry for herself, crying a lot and feeling superior to other people. May 14, Nadia Roscoe rated it it was amazing. Shelves: biography-autobiography-memoir , eastern-religion , wisdom , spirituality-prayer , favorite-books , five-stars.
Fascinating, although long and repetitive, diary of Irina Tweedie's training with Bhai Sahib, her Sufi teacher in the Nakshmandia line of Sufism.
Although there's a much condensed version of Tweedie's diary called Chasm of Fire , there was great value to the repetition, because Tweedie's journey was long and repetitive, as true spiritual journeys tend to be. Tweedie's desire for God and for nothing but Truth is inspiring. Hers was a journey entailing complete surrender, which is very attractive to Fascinating, although long and repetitive, diary of Irina Tweedie's training with Bhai Sahib, her Sufi teacher in the Nakshmandia line of Sufism.
Hers was a journey entailing complete surrender, which is very attractive to me. Spiritual life is the same; you keep throwing everything behind, as you go on. This is the only way; there is no other. You want everything, but are not prepared to make sacrifices, to pay the price. If you want to go anywhere, you will have to take the plane or the train—you are expected to pay the fare, is it not so? Once we have reached this point within us, we do not need anymore factional support.
We must get rid of likes and dislikes. We must return to the very core of our primitive being in order to become whole. If you suffer from fear or some sadness, it means there are still attachments to get rid of.
So your feelings are injured by the created habit. Never, never, to injure the feelings of anybody and never to create habits, is real Ahimsa. By creating habits we imprison ourselves; imprisonment is limitation. And limitation is suffering. But now you must go.
Here you cannot work; and you must work. Remember, we are not given for ourselves, never; we are given for others. And the more you will give, the more you will receive; this is how the Essence works. For those interested in the Perrenial Wisdom, in the ways other spiritual traditions seek God, this book is quite wonderful!
Nov 10, Suzy rated it it was amazing. An amazing eight hundred page diary! Definitely not a quick read, yet worth every minute.
This book is a very detailed description of what it takes to journey into mysticism. The reader cannot help but live in the world of the author as she describes her failings and triumphs.
Faith, will, and surrender are hallmarks of Sufism. There is a lot to be said for the Naqshbandi Sufi path which combines yogic teachings, Kundalini, non-dual Sufi teachings of Hafiz, Rumi, and Sarmad, as well as dream int An amazing eight hundred page diary!
There is a lot to be said for the Naqshbandi Sufi path which combines yogic teachings, Kundalini, non-dual Sufi teachings of Hafiz, Rumi, and Sarmad, as well as dream interpretation. Dispelling superstition, the importance of listening to intuition, and the Jungian process of individuation are only a few of the highlights of this work.
Irina Tweedie: The Daughter of Fire
Far more, the spiritual path is revealed here as seldom before. The Guru-disciple relationship is detailed more thoroughly than in any other literature of any period Little did Irina Tweedie know that her trip to India in , at the age of fifty-two, would mysteriously lead her to a Sufi Master, and set her upon a journey to the "heart of hearts," the Sufi path of realization. Her teacher's first request of her was to keep a complete diary of her spiritual training—everything, all the difficult parts, even all the doubts. He predicted that one day it would become a book and would benefit people around the world. This diary spans five years, making up an amazing record of spiritual transformation
In the West the sun was setting in a sea of shimmering golden clouds. The whole world seemed to be illumined by this vivid gold, was transformed by it. Before entering, I stopped and turned and saw that right across the chowraha was a magnificent rainbow. So clear, so vivid and bright, against the golden sky; and I must have walked right under it. I stood for a while, enchanted. There is a Russian saying that when one walks under a rainbow it means that if one has a wish or a desire it will be fulfilled. What an omen!