As the repository of Ostad Elahi’s school of thought, Bahram Elahi, MD, has authored multiple works over the past 40 years analyzing and elaborating upon his father’s comprehensive philosophy, often drawing upon his medical training as a pediatric surgeon in doing so. The following represents a partial list of these works, along with a few others by different authors.

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Malak Jan Nemati

By: Leili Anvar
Publisher: Arpeggio Press
Published: 2012

Malak Jan Nemati (affectionately called “Saint Jani”) devoted her life to the service of others and to the stages of the process of spiritual perfection, which she considered as the essential purpose of every human being. In an environment legendary for its male supremacy in every facet of life, this blind and frail woman courageously arose as a champion of women’s equality and rights with little more than than the strength of her character and the depth of her convictions. Her wisdom and resilience are as instructive in today’s modern world as they were in her remote village in Iranian Kurdistan so many years ago.

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The Path of Perfection

By: Bahram Elahi, M.D.
Publisher: Paraview
Published: 2005

Presented as a handbook of what he has termed “natural spirituality,” Bahram Elahi, M.D., addresses the specific questions and needs of human beings in the 21st century in simple language and accessible terms. In laying out a concise roadmap that shows us how to achieve our psychological-spiritual perfection step-by-step through the integration of natural spirituality into our daily lives, The Path of Perfection enables us to obtain tangible results that will encourage and motivate us as we advance along our journey of self-knowledge and discovery.

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The Spirit of Sounds

By: Jean During, Ph.D.
Publisher: Cornwall Books
Published: 2003

An exceptional musician and an unrivaled master of the sacred art of tanbur, Ostad Elahi considered his music above all as a means of delving within, discovering truths, and reaching the stage of divine love. Born and raised in a remote village steeped in centuries of classical mysticism, Ostad eventually transcended the traditional repertoire of the tanbur and the ancient hymns that accompanied it, renewing and elevating this music to an entirely new level. Drawing on a number of diverse sources, the author succeeds in bringing the uniqueness of this intricate art into relief by analyzing it in its original context and tracing its genesis and development through a series of biographical elements, rich anecdotes, and detailed accounts by those who were close to Ostad.

 

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Medicine of the Soul

By: Bahram Elahi, M.D.
Publisher: Cornwall Books
Published: 2005

In the latest volume of Foundations of Natural Spirituality, Bahram Elahi, M.D., continues to build upon the analogy between the physiological processes of the human body and those of its intangible counterpart, the soul or “psychospiritual organism.” Juxtaposing the science of medicine with that of the soul, the author presents a striking and innovative paradigm in which the anatomy, nutrition, hygiene, and therapy of the psychospiritual organism is discussed in clear and concrete terms. The result is the unraveling of spirituality as a vague and abstract realm, and the elevation of its status to an experimental, verifiable science adapted to today’s human beings.

100 Maxims of Guidance

By: Ostad Elahi
Publisher: Robert Laffont
Published: 2000 – Revised Edition

100 Maxims of Guidance is a collection of short extracts and sayings from Ostad Elahi’s books and oral teachings. Beautifully illustrated with collages from Andre Marzuk’s Polylobes, 100 Maxims presents ethical and spiritual reflections that serve as a brief introduction to the universal thought of Ostad Elahi. Far from a series of general aphorisms, 100 Maxims provides practical precepts that invite the reader to engage in a daily practice of self-balance and self-control, thoughtfulness, and compassion.

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Spirituality is a Science

By: Bahram Elahi, M.D.
Publisher: Cornwall Books
Published: 1999

Through a series of innovative and thought-provoking studies, the author redefines spirituality as an experimental science that is rooted in concrete and empirically verifiable realities. “Though the fundamental laws of true spirituality remain constant,” the author explains, “the practical application of its principles must be adapted to the intellectual and social developments of our time. In the quest to understand the metaphysical, one must not renounce reason and individual will, nor readily accept the arbitrary, for authentic spiritual laws always have a rational and satisfactory justification.”

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Foundations of Natural Spirituality

By: Bahram Elahi, M.D.
Publisher: Element Books
Published: 1997

Professor emeritus of pediatric surgery, Bahram Elahi, M.D., uses medicine and its terminology to examine the metaphysical dimension of human beings in unprecedented fashion. Drawing sharp and vivid analogies to cellular biology, the immune system, and ecology, the author presents spirituality as a precise and experimental science, complete with its own axioms, laws, and theorems.

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Words of Faith: Prayers of Ostad Elahi

By: Ostad Elahi
Publisher: Robert Laffont
Published: 1995

Published in 1995 on the occasion of the centennial of Ostad Elahi’s birth, Words of Faith focuses on an essential aspect of any spiritual practice: prayer. The different elements of Ostad Elahi’s conception of prayer are presented in the first section of this book, while the second features a collection of his sayings and recommendations on the subject. In the last third of the book, the reader finds translations of supplications and spiritual poems recited or written by Ostad Elahi at different stages of his life.

Unicity

By: Ostad Elahi
Publisher: Robert Laffont
Published: 1995

Published in 1995 on the occasion of the centennial of Ostad Elahi’s birth, Unicity presents a short biography that traces the development of Ostad Elahi’s system of thought and his practical teachings, along with a variety of landscapes, manuscripts, and portraits that visually complement the text. Together, they invite us on a journey through the main phases of Ostad Elahi’s life as a mystic, jurist, philosopher, and musician.