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Maximes de guidance: Principes de sagesse universelle

By: Ostad Elahi
Publisher: Pocket Agora
Published: 2015

Compiled and translated by Bahram Elahi, MD, this revised and expanded pocket edition provides an introduction to Ostad Elahi’s universal maxims of guidance, which are based on a lifetime of personal observation and experience. Extracting the core principles shared in common by all the great religious traditions, these words of wisdom are rooted in the practice of ethical principles that are adapted to modern life. Ultimately, they are intended for further reflection and concrete practice, with the objective of actualizing one’s humanity.

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Paroles de Vérité (Words of Truth)

By: Ostad Elahi
Publisher: Albin Michel
Published: 2014

A selection of Ostad Elahi’s oral teachings drawn from two volumes of such sayings posthumously compiled by his son, Bahram Elahi, MD. Presented in simple and accessible language, this collection of informal conversations with family and friends focuses primarily on the ethical and spiritual aspects of Ostad Elahi’s philosophy and school of thought, ranging from the longing for transcendence and the stages of self-knowledge to the role of contemplative practice and the evolutionary process of spiritual perfection.

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Malek Jân Ne’mati

By: Leili Anvar
Publisher: Diane De Selliers
Published: 2007

Malak Jan Nemati (Ostad Elahi’s sister, affectionately called “Saint Jani”) adopted her brother’s teachings and devoted her life to the service of others. 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 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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La Voie de la Perfection (The Path of Perfection)

By: Bahram Elahi, MD
Publisher: Albin Michel
Published: 2002

Presented as a handbook of what he has termed “natural spirituality,” Bahram Elahi, MD, introduces a summary of Ostad Elahi’s innovative philosophy, addressing 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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L’Âme des sons (The Spirit of Sounds)

By: Jean During, PhD
Publisher: le Relié
Published: 2001

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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Médecine de l’âme (Medicine of the Soul)

By: Bahram Elahi, MD
Publisher: Dervy
Published: 2000

In the latest volume of Foundations of Natural Spirituality, Bahram Elahi, MD, 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.

 

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La spiritualité est une science (Spirituality is a Science)

By: Bahram Elahi, MD
Publisher: Dervy
Published: 1997

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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Fondements de la Spiritualité Naturelle (Foundations of Natural Spirituality)

By: Bahram Elahi, MD
Publisher: Dervy
Published: 1996

Professor emeritus of pediatric surgery, Bahram Elahi, MD, 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.

Le Spirituel: Pluralité et Unité
(The Acta of the Symposium “Spirituality: Plurality and Unity”)

Publisher: Presses de l’Université de Paris-Sorbonne
Published: 1996

To commemorate the centennial of Ostad Elahi’s birth (1895-1974), a symposium entitled “Spirituality: Plurality and Unity” was held at the Sorbonne in Paris under the patronage of UNESCO, the Department of Culture, the Department of Health, and the Academy of Paris, with an Honorary Committee comprised of distinguished academicians such as Maurice Bejart and Jacques Couelle, the Abbe Pierre, Sir Yehudi Menuhin, and the Nobel prize-winner in Physics, Dr. Abdus Salam. Providing a complete account of the events that took place between September 7 and September 10, 1995, the Acta captures the symposium’s rational and multi-disciplinary approach to the often enigmatic concept of spirituality. To preserve the spirit and spontaneity of the original debates, editorial changes by the authors have been kept to a minimum. The multitude of themes that were examined during the course of the symposium have been divided into the following categories: The Unity of Religions, Religion and Spirituality, Science and Spirituality, Art and Spirituality, Man’s Spiritual Need, Ethics and the Law, Ostad Elahi’s Thought, The Music of Ostad Elahi, and The Professional Ethics of Ostad Elahi.

Confidences: Prières d’Ostad Elahi (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.