on the vine of tariqat-- perfect humanity. This elixir is the knowledge of the Prophets,and there is nothing more precious than this knowledge.
TRANSMISSION FROM HEART TO HEART: ALINEAGE OF HOLY SAGES
The original transmissions of these 101 hadiths flowed directly from the Source of Being, calling itself Allah, into the heart of the Prophet Muhmmmad, may divine peace be always showered upon him as the perfect receptive vessel. They are called,
, holy transmissions, because they are the direct words of the Holy One.Therefore their spiritual level and potency is very similar to Qur'an. As with eachrevelation he received, the Prophet immediately shared these teachings with hisintimate companions, who recorded them in their hearts and shared them with others.After his passing from this world these companions were consulted on all importantaffairs and one of them would be chosen by the community to represent him. 'A'isha,the beloved wife of the Prophet Muhammad, was among those most consulted for her knowledge. Her noble husband had once said to her, "You will carry on third of myreligion." As people came to her to inquire what the Prophet had related on certainsubjects, her answers became part of the foundation of his way and they compriseabout a third of all existing Hadith.
SHAYKH NUR AL-JERRAHI, A MODERN SAGE
In each time there are certain human beings entrusted with keeping the transmissionof divine knowledge alive.They protect the creation through their light, and beforeleaving this world, they pass the role on to others. Lex Hixon, Shaykh Nur al-Jerrahi,the author of this English text, called these beings sages. He himself was one of them-- a modern day sage. At all times, Nur affirmed the teaching that supreme Truthsurpasses all conception and cannot be grasped, yet it is everywhere and is all thatexists.The only way for seekers to realize truth is to unveil it within themselves, for they are never separate from it. Nur personally experienced Supreme Reality as boundless love, and he poured this wine of perfect love into countless open hearts. Noamount of words can describe him or his means of teaching which were surprising,disarming, and compassionate. Whether he was called 'Shaykh Nur' or 'Lex' by theseekers of various paths who surrounded him, his life was always dedicated torevealing the true nature of the human spirit, and freeing the modern mind from the prison of materialism and existential doubt. He helped liberate religion from theweight of compulsion, convention and patriarchy. He envisioned a humanityconsistently inspired by the breath of divine love and continuously disappearing intodivine Existence. He was a friend of all the great religious traditions, and worked for