Bulent Rauf

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Bulent Rauf (Istanbul 1911 – Chisholme House, Roberton, Scottish Borders 1987) was a Turkish-British mystic, spiritual teacher, translator and author. From 1945 to the early sixties, he was married to Princess Faiza, sister of King Farouk of Egypt.

Bulent Rauf dedicated many years of his life to teaching the knowledge of the one Absolute Unity of all existence (tawhid). Among other things, the British mystic and author Reshad Feild, who portrayed him as "Hamid" in his well-known book The Last Barrier, considered him to be his 'teacher'. However, it was very important to Bulent Rauf for people to understand that era of 'teachers' is now over, and that each person is taught directly by their Reality with no intermediary. Rauf himself stated many times to those who spent many years with him, that he was not a teacher in the traditional sense. There is only one Teacher. Rauf's chief literary work was the complete rendering into English of Ibn 'Arabi's Fusûs al-Hikam (The Bezels of Wisdom), incorporating the four volume Ottoman commentary attributed to Ismail Hakki Bursevi.

Bulent Rauf was instrumental in founding the Beshara School for Esoteric Education in Scotland in 1975, where hundreds of students from all over the world have received training in the basics of spirituality. He lived at Chisholme and Turkey from 1975 until his death and was Consultant to the School throughout that period.

Bulent Rauf was the first President of the Muhyiddin Ibn Arabi Society, which is dedicated to fostering and making known the huge work of this influential Sufi, and has played an important part encouraging translation and publication of his writings. He led the Society until his death in 1987.

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