emphasized a kind of conformity or group work that did not appeal to my individualistic
nature. They also used Biblical terms that reminded me of Christianity and its dogma.
Their God seemed too personal and too emotional. I preferred the more detached and
impersonal pure consciousness of dharmic traditions.
occasional contacts with various Sufis through the years. I visited several of their
centers and spoke with them on many topics. Many American born Sufis viewed Sufism in a
yogic way. Their connection is more to Rumi than to Mohammed. But the Sufis that I met who
had strong overseas connections were different.
They saw Islam as better than the dharmic traditions of the East and
insisted that one become an orthodox Muslim before becoming a Sufi. This caused me to lose
interest in the Sufi path.