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About Llewellyn Vaughan-Lee

Llewellyn Vaughan-Lee

Llewellyn Vaughan-Lee, Ph.D. is a Sufi teacher in the Naqshbandiyya-Mujaddidiyya Sufi Order. Born in London in 1953, he has followed the Naqshbandi Sufi path since he was nineteen. In 1991 he became the successor of Irina Tweedie, who brought this particular Indian branch of Sufism to the West and is the author of Daughter of Fire: A Diary of a Spiritual Training with a Sufi Master. He then moved to Northern California and founded The Golden Sufi Center.
    He has authored a series of books that give a detailed exploration of the stages of spiritual and psychological transformation experienced on the Sufi path, with a particular focus on the use of dreamwork as inner guidance on the journey. Since 2000 the focus of his writing and teaching has been on spiritual responsibility in our present time of transition, the awakening global consciousness of oneness, and spiritual ecology ( He has contributed to several other books, was featured in the TV series Global Spirit, and was interviewed by Oprah Winfrey as a part of her Super Soul Sunday series.
    His recently published book, For Love of the Real (Fall 2015), is regarded as a completion of over twenty-five years of his writing and teaching, as it draws together many of the threads of his work which began with his 1993 book The Bond with the Beloved. Together with its publication we thought it could be helpful to summarize the different areas of his work, all of which are woven together in this final volume: Areas of Work.


Hardcover, $19.95

Paperback, $16.95

eBook, $12.99

A Story of Life's Mystical Secret

by Llewellyn Vaughan-Lee
with Hilary Hart

“Llewellyn Vaughan-Lee's explanation in  For Love of the Real of how to turn away from self-centeredness in the face of reality will appeal to readers who seek to lead a meaningful life.”


At the root of every mystical calling is the search for what is Real. For Love of the Real follows this call, detailing the inner journey to Absolute Truth. Readers are guided through traditional experiences of the path—emptiness and the void, oneness, and communion with nature, for example. Particular direction is given for how contemporary seekers can—and must—engage with challenges unique to our times, such as extreme materialism and ecological devastation. For Love of the Real responds to the vital need for humanity to remember its own divine nature and restore mystical truth as the foundation of our inner and outer lives.

Based upon forty years of following the mystical path, Llewellyn Vaughan-Lee grounds this work in his own inner experiences and spiritual scripture. This is an intense evocation of the contribution that spiritual awareness can make, a clear and compelling call for humanity to return to the Real.

Related Resources:
Audio: Llewellyn Vaughan-Lee shares about the context of his new book, For Love of the Real—how it is a completion of over twenty years of his writing and work which began with his book, The Bond with the Beloved: click to listen or download (MP3, 8 min, 15.4mb)

Essay: A Postscript to Darkening of the Light, a Prelude to For Love of the Real by Llewellyn Vaughan-Lee

Article: Not Knowing, Non-Being, and the Power of Nothingness
by Llewellyn Vaughan-Lee with Hilary Hart, excerpted from For Love of the Real, Published by Parabola, late Summer 2015

hardcover, paperback, or eBook
168 pages ISBN: 978-1-94139411-3

Fragments of a Love Story

Fragments of a Love Story:
Reflections on the Life of a Mystic

by Llewellyn Vaughan-Lee

and Table of Contents
Read Chapter 8: Where the Two Seas Meet

“I don't think I have ever heard a spiritual teacher share with such stark honesty and tenderness what the journey is like from the inside.”

—Mirabai Starr, author and translator

This book discusses this primary mystical question from Llewellyn Vaughan-Lee’s own experiences of 40 years travelling the mystical path within the context of the Sufi tradition. It takes the reader beneath the surface into the heart of the mystical relationship with the Divine. He describes how this secret love affair is unique within the heart of each of us, waiting to come alive, and yet how confusing it can be, especially for our rational Western consciousness. This book is about the story of the soul and the passion that exists within the core of our being, and how demanding and difficult it is to live this love affair. But it also describes the beauty, wonder, and power of the divine love that awakens within the heart–a love that is within each of us.

Click here for audio of a recent talk by Llewellyn Vaughan-Lee, in which he discusses this new book, and reads from the last chapter: Where the Two Seas Meet (audio MP3, 40 minutes/46 mb).

hardcover only, 208 pages, ISBN 978-1-890350-34-5
$19.95 US, £15 UK


Cover: The Face Before I Was Born: A Spiritual Autobiography

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The Face Before I Was Born: A Spiritual Autobiography

by Llewellyn Vaughan-Lee

| Table of Contents and Chapter Excerpt | Translations

“Llewellyn caught the meaning, the subtle essence of the spiritual training. He understood the pressing urge, that Something within the human heart, which drives the human being mercilessly on and on, no matter the sacrifice, sometimes with superhuman effort, at least to try to reach the ultimate Goal.”

—Irina Tweedie, author of Daughter of Fire

In The Face Before I was Born
Llewellyn Vaughan-Lee describes the intoxicating intensity of his own spiritual journey which began when he was sixteen. Three years later he met his teacher and felt a sense of belonging beyond this world. The events that follow over the next twenty-two years tell of tremendous love, psychological breakdown, craziness, bliss, and the slow work of balancing the two worlds–the inner world of the spirit and the outer demands of everyday family life.

This autobiography tells the ancient story of a spiritual transformation, one that took him into the terrifying depths and pushed him beyond every limit. As it made him vulnerable and empty, love showed him her hidden face.

paperback, 344 pages, ISBN 13: 978-1-890350-18-5
$14.95 US, 11.95 UK



Video: The Naqshbandi Path

These talks are available online for free:

1. Chambers of the Heart (open at, 53 min.)
Llewellyn Vaughan-Lee outlines the spiritual journey on the Naqshbandi Path as an unveiling of the chambers of the heart, from the awakening of longing to the annihilation in Absolute Truth. This talk was given at the 2008 Sufi Conference.

2. Closing Talk 2008 Sufi Conference (open at, 43 min.)
In this interview, recorded in 2008, Llewellyn Vaughan-Lee introduces the work of the awliya, the masters of love who help in the spiritual evolution of the world, and also describes the ways of love and the turning of the heart.

3. Interview on the Naqshbandi Path and the Awliyâ with Llewellyn Vaughan-Lee (opens at, 53 min.)
In this interview, recorded in 2008, Llewellyn Vaughan-Lee introduces the work of the awliya, the masters of love who help in the spiritual evolution of the world, and also describes the ways of love and the turning of the heart.


DVD A Conversation About Oneness

Video: A Conversation About Oneness (2006)

Sitting around the kitchen table, Llewellyn Vaughan-Lee is interviewed by his son, Emmanuel, on the topic of Global Oneness. Emmanuel asks important questions, such as:

  • What is the present state of this work of global awakening?
  • Can humanity collectively awaken on its own?
  • How can one use one's individual spiritual awakening to help the world?
  • How can we return an awareness of the divine to the center of everyday life?
  • What is our individual responsibility to the well-being of the world?

This conversation explores these questions, drawing us all into this work of oneness.

View complete interview (1 hour): A Conversation About Oneness
Or view a clip (6 minutes): Clip: A Conversation About Oneness


DVD We are All One

Video: We Are All One: Full Interview from
One the Movie (2002)

An Interview With Llewellyn Vaughan-Lee

Llewellyn Vaughan-Lee was interviewed in Fall, 2002 as part of an independent film project titled, "One the Movie" by Circle of Bliss Productions. The project, an exploration of spirituality in the new millennium, began in 2002. The filmmakers have interviewed over 100 people across the world. Asking the same 30 questions to all interviewees, from spiritual teachers to atheists to the homeless, they seek to produce a feature length movie which will introduce and promote messages of mutual respect, understanding, love....and oneness.

The complete interview is available online (51 minutes): We Are All One: Full interview with Llewellyn Vaughan-Lee from One the Movie