Here, for the very first time, we have at hand the direct teachings of a modern Sufi master. For more than a quarter of a century, Henry Bayman has been in close contact with the Sufi Masters of Central Anatolia. Most of that time was spent in the presence of the peerless Sufi teacher Mr. Ahmet Kayhan. Out of that association has emerged our closest glimpse yet of the famous (and hitherto mysterious) Oral Tradition of Sufism.
The author, combining the rigor of an anthropologist with the devotion of a disciple, has brought us a book that faithfully lays bare the entire range of teachings of the man who may come to be recognized as the Sufi Saint of the Age. It may well serve as the gold standard in Islamic and Sufi studies for years to come.
I was doing some soul searching and really needed some guidance when I found this book on Amazon. I can't describe what a treasure Henry Bayman gifted us with compiling this book in English. To say it's a tough task translating the pearls of wisdom from the lips of the Sufi Master Ahmet Kayhan would be an understatement. Henry Bayman has done his work justice, and kept his translation as pure and close to his words as possible. It's my feeling that the author's time and true connection with Ahmet Dede is what allowed him to convey his teachings in such an unadulterated way.
To me this book is a little like "The Little Prince". Everyone will find a piece of themselves in it. It will help you explore your true self and expand. And if you read it through the eye of your heart, you will feel the walls that confine your vision come down. Truely enlightening, lifting, soul-warming, eye-opening. Thank you for making this available in English as I have been waiting a long time for a translation to share Ahmet Dede's teachings with my husband.