“…Sufism is generally eschewed and viewed with suspicion by the Sunnite and Shiite Islamic orthodox authorities.”
“…the Sufis have a rich and prolific mystical literature filled with sublime mystical allusions and brilliant allegories.”
(Ah. Rumi was a Sufi master. I did not know that.)
“Western alchemy was derived in great measure from the writings of a number of Sufis concerning the mystical analogy of the purification and transformation of metals into the stone of unity, known as the “Philosopher’s Stone.”
–Daniel Feldman, Qabalah: The Mystical Heritage of the Children of Abraham, 2001. Pg. 43.