In my examination of the worlds spiritual
traditions I looked into Sufism, starting through the teachings of Gurdjieff, who had
major connections with them. My initial impression was that the Sufis had a high level
mystical tradition, equal to those of the Hindus and Buddhists, and more sophisticated
than the Christian mystics.
The Sufis spoke of self-knowledge and self-realization and the unity of
all religions. However, I soon noticed an
intolerance and regimentation among the Sufis that became progressively disturbing to
Claims that the Sufis created Advaita Vedanta in
India or were responsible for Zen in Japan seemed quite exaggerated.