She does not write much about her personal background. So the focus here is on her spiritual experience and her relationship with her teacher. During her training, her teacher did not give her any specific spiritual practice as he believed that while men required this kind of discipline, such things were not necessary for women to develop spiritually. The few years she spent near him consisted largely of sitting in his courtyard or house, observing his interaction with other disciples and family, with occasional terse conversations with him.
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She does not write much about her personal background. So the focus here is on her spiritual experience and her relationship with her teacher.
During her training, her teacher did not give her any specific spiritual practice as he believed that while men required this kind of discipline, such things were not necessary for women to develop spiritually. The few years she spent near him consisted largely of sitting in his courtyard or house, observing his interaction with other disciples and family, with occasional terse conversations with him.
The stress resulting from a combination of the heat, noise, smells, physical illness, and emotional deprivation seemed to cause a progressive emptying of her personality. Her teacher described his method of instruction in the following way: " I am stronger than you so your currents adjust themselves to mine" thus causing "the stronger magnetic field to affect, quicken the weaker".
The following experience occurred to her after nine months of contract with the teacher. Then it happened. It was as if something snapped inside my head, and the whole of me was streaming out ceaselessly, without diminishing, on and on. Just being.
A feeling of unending expansion, just streaming forth. But all this I knew only later, when I tried to remember it. And I nearly fall down when I salute him lately. And the feeling of nothingness before him represents such happiness.
He will be resting with his eyes closed or open; and I sit bent in two a comfortable position for me in his presence under the blow from the two fans; he and I alone somewhere, where nothing is but peace. Irina sees her path as leading her towards a state mystical non-being: Lately, it becomes increasingly lovely.
Deep happiness welling from within. From the deepest depth Also at home, when I think of him, it comes over me A bliss of non-being; not existing at all. Her diaries explore in a profound way the emotional ups and downs of the spiritual path. The relationship illustrates how the powerful presence of a spiritual guide or guru can tacitly and indirectly influence the student causing radical changes in his or her personality, and increasing spiritual depth.
Irina Tweedie: The Daughter of Fire
The whole world seemed to be illumined by this vivid gold, was transformed by it. I stood for a while, enchanted. What an omen! My Master told me that my troubles are passing away. Her diary entries—written between October and December and encompassing her time spent in Aryanagar, London and then finally in the Himalayas—take the reader on their own spiritual transformation. Indeed, the overall effect is to taste the very living presence of her Master and his enduring wisdom for ourselves. I hoped to get instruction in Yoga, expected wonderful teachings, but what the teacher did was mainly to force me to face the darkness within myself and it almost killed me … I was beaten down in every sense until I had to come to terms with that in me which I kept rejecting all my life.
Irina Tweedie Quotes
She studied in Vienna and Paris. She became an active member of the Theosophical Society and eventually she travelled to India in On 2 October , through her friend Lilian Silburn ,  a Sanskrit scholar and translator at the Sorbonne , she met her guru , Radha Mohan Lal , a Hindu Sufi sheikh from the Naqshbandiyya-Mujadiddiya order, living in Kanpur. She became one of the first Western women trained in the Naqshbandi system. He predicted that one day it would become a book and would benefit people around the world.