Shaikh Abdullah Isa Neil Dougan was born in New Zealand in 1918. Religion was an integral part of life in his family. Christianity claimed his attention at an early age and later he realised the urgency of finding a method of channelling energy into inner development. This led him first to the Gurdjieff movement and then to Sufism. He was initiated in Afghanistan as a Naqshbandi Sufi and in the subsequent twenty years expanded his teaching to include Gnostic ideals. Abdullah died in 1987.
Shaikh Abdullah taught a practical fourth-way method of self-development for Westerners using ideas derived from the teachings of G.I. Gurdjieff, Hazrat Inayat Khan and Sri Ramdas of Kerala, and from his own inner experience. Abdullah’s main aim was to wake people up so they might find their psychological and spiritual potential. One of his basic tenets is that we must work on making the body obedient to the three centres or minds, the minds must then become passive to the spirit, and finally the spirit must destroy the ego to enable it to merge into God – thus completing the soul’s journey back to its source.
Before his death Abdullah founded The Gnostic Society (Inc.), which included the Sufi Brotherhood.
Gnostic Press is a publishing company created to make Shaikh Abdullah’s works available to as wide an audience as possible.