“Moshkel Gosha is a mysterious Sufi story with different levels of meaning. This commentary gives many valuable insights into the hidden significance of this story. It shows how an ancient Sufi teaching story contains the answer to one of today's most important psychological and spiritual questions: how to let the healing and transformative power of the inner world become a part of our everyday life.”
—Irina Tweedie, author, Daughter of Fire: A Diary
of a Spiritual Training with a Sufi Master
“Those seeking a rich inner life will find this little book deeply rewarding. Joseph Campbell showed us the power of myth to help us understand ourselves, now Llewellyn Vaughan-Lee guides us to the world within as revealed in a magical tale.”
—Jonathan Young, PhD,
Psychologist and Founding Curator,
Joseph Campbell Archives Center
for Story & Symbol
Moshkel Gosha is an ancient Persian story as well known in Persia as Cinderella is in Europe. The story also belongs to the Sufi tradition. It is a tale about a prickly-bush digger, and his daughter, and how his discovery of magical stones changes their lives to wealth and then disaster, until the final "happy ending." Moshkel Gosha means in Persian literally "the remover of obstacles," and the story is about how to work with the magical dimension within life. It is also about the mythic power of story tellinghow telling one's own story can help remove obstacles in one's life.
Llewellyn Vaughan-Lee's commentary to the tale is like a maphighlighting the dangers and rewards of integrating and working with the magical quality that is within each of us. It is the story of our own, individual relationship with the inner world. Because we are living at a time when there is a great need to realize the healing power that lies within us, this story should not be forgotten, for, in the words of Moshkel Gosha, when it is told, "the people who are in real need will be able to find their way."