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Books > Religion & Spirituality > Aspects of religions (non-Christian) > Religious experience > Mysticism

Where the Heavens Kiss the Earth - Mystical Insights for Personal Growth (Paperback): Rabbi Karmi Ingber Where the Heavens Kiss the Earth - Mystical Insights for Personal Growth (Paperback)
Rabbi Karmi Ingber
R354 R289 Discovery Miles 2 890 Save R65 (18%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days
The Divine Dance - The Trinity and Your Transformation (Paperback): Richard Rohr, Mike Morrell The Divine Dance - The Trinity and Your Transformation (Paperback)
Richard Rohr, Mike Morrell; Foreword by William Paul Young
R280 R231 Discovery Miles 2 310 Save R49 (18%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days
The Garden of Truth - The Vision and Promise of Sufism, Islam's Mystical Tradition (Paperback): Seyyed Hossein Nasr The Garden of Truth - The Vision and Promise of Sufism, Islam's Mystical Tradition (Paperback)
Seyyed Hossein Nasr
R347 R281 Discovery Miles 2 810 Save R66 (19%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

The headlines are filled with the politics of Islam, but there is another side to the world's fastest-growing religion. Sufism is the poetry and mysticism of Islam. This mystical movement from the early ninth century rejects worship motivated by the desire for heavenly reward or the fear of punishment, insisting rather on the love of God as the only valid form of adoration. Sufism has made significant contributions to Islamic civilization in music and philosophy, dance and literature. The Sufi poet Rumi is the bestselling poet in America. But in recent centuries Sufism has been a target for some extremist Islamic movements as well as many modernists. The Garden of Truth presents the beliefs and vision of the mystical heart of Islam, along with a history of Sufi saints and schools of thought.

In a world threatened by religious wars, depleting natural resources, a crumbling ecosystem, and alienation and isolation, what has happened to our humanity? Who are we and what are we doing here? The Sufi path offers a journey toward truth, to a knowledge that transcends our mundane concerns, selfish desires, and fears. In Sufism we find a wisdom that brings peace and a relationship with God that nurtures the best in us and in others.

Noted scholar Seyyed Hossein Nasr helps you learn the secret wisdom tradition of Islam and enter what the ancient mystics call the "garden of truth." Here, liberate your mind, experience peace, discover your purpose, fall in love with the Divine, and find your true, best self.

Dark Night of the Soul (Paperback): John of the Cross Dark Night of the Soul (Paperback)
John of the Cross
R190 R157 Discovery Miles 1 570 Save R33 (17%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days
Studies In Islamic Mystic (Hardcover, New Ed): Reynold A. Nicholson Studies In Islamic Mystic (Hardcover, New Ed)
Reynold A. Nicholson
R2,833 Discovery Miles 28 330 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

First published in 1998. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.

Dark Eyes, Lady Blue - Maria of Agreda (Paperback): Marilyn H. Fedewa Dark Eyes, Lady Blue - Maria of Agreda (Paperback)
Marilyn H. Fedewa
R467 R379 Discovery Miles 3 790 Save R88 (19%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

Dark Eyes, Lady Blue tells the story of Sister Maria of Agreda's remarkable life. Maria was born in Agreda, Spain, in 1602, and vowed there as a nun at age seventeen. From birth to her death in 1665, she never left the small town. Yet her accomplishments had a lasting impact in Spain and as far away as the American Southwest, where she is celebrated to this day. Although cloistered in Agreda's Monastery of the Immaculate Conception, Maria grew to be a renowned mystic, a widely read author, and an advisor to the King of Spain. She experienced religious ecstasy that inspired her visionary writings and - quite remarkably - communications with the Jumano Indians of what would later become the states of Texas and New Mexico. When Spanish missionaries met the Jumano Indians, their chief expressed a desire to be baptized because of the supernatural visits from the mystical ""lady in blue."" This fresh telling of Maria's story is one that will appeal to readers young and old and provides an unforgettable perspective on early American exploration of Texas and New Mexico.

Jesus & Kabbalah - The Lost Kingdom - The Hidden Connection Between The Core Teaching of Jesus & Ancient Jewish Kabbalah... Jesus & Kabbalah - The Lost Kingdom - The Hidden Connection Between The Core Teaching of Jesus & Ancient Jewish Kabbalah (Paperback)
Paul Kolberg
R415 R375 Discovery Miles 3 750 Save R40 (10%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days
The Practical Tanya - Part One - The Book for Inbetweeners (Hardcover): Chaim Miller The Practical Tanya - Part One - The Book for Inbetweeners (Hardcover)
Chaim Miller
R1,061 Discovery Miles 10 610 Ships in 7 - 11 working days
Spiritual Warfare and the Discernment of Spirits (Paperback): Dan Burke Spiritual Warfare and the Discernment of Spirits (Paperback)
Dan Burke
R344 R277 Discovery Miles 2 770 Save R67 (19%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days
Coral Castles (Paperback): Carol Bialock Coral Castles (Paperback)
Carol Bialock
R345 R278 Discovery Miles 2 780 Save R67 (19%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days
Catafalque (Hardcover): Peter Kingsley Catafalque (Hardcover)
Peter Kingsley
R2,135 Discovery Miles 21 350 Ships in 7 - 11 working days
Turn Me to Gold - 108 Poems of Kabir (Paperback): Andrew Harvey Turn Me to Gold - 108 Poems of Kabir (Paperback)
Andrew Harvey; Photographs by Brett Hurd
R624 R507 Discovery Miles 5 070 Save R117 (19%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days
Sufism - A New History of Islamic Mysticism (Hardcover): Alexander Knysh Sufism - A New History of Islamic Mysticism (Hardcover)
Alexander Knysh
R712 R569 Discovery Miles 5 690 Save R143 (20%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

A pathbreaking history of Sufism, from the earliest centuries of Islam to the present After centuries as the most important ascetic-mystical strand of Islam, Sufism saw a sharp decline in the twentieth century, only to experience a stunning revival in recent decades. In this comprehensive new history of Sufism from the earliest centuries of Islam to today, Alexander Knysh, a leading expert on the subject, reveals the tradition in all its richness. Knysh explores how Sufism has been viewed by both insiders and outsiders since its inception. He examines the key aspects of Sufism, from definitions and discourses to leadership, institutions, and practices. He devotes special attention to Sufi approaches to the Qur'an, drawing parallels with similar uses of scripture in Judaism and Christianity. He traces how Sufism grew from a set of simple moral-ethical precepts into a sophisticated tradition with professional Sufi masters (shaykhs) who became powerful players in Muslim public life but whose authority was challenged by those advocating the equality of all Muslims before God. Knysh also examines the roots of the ongoing conflict between the Sufis and their fundamentalist critics, the Salafis--a major fact of Muslim life today. Based on a wealth of primary and secondary sources, Sufism is an indispensable account of a vital aspect of Islam.

Cloud Devotion - Through the Year with the Cloud of Unknowing (Paperback): David G. Robinson Cloud Devotion - Through the Year with the Cloud of Unknowing (Paperback)
David G. Robinson
R443 R359 Discovery Miles 3 590 Save R84 (19%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

A personal invitation to walk with God through one of the great classics of Christian spirituality. This book of daily devotions is based upon The Cloud of Unknowing. In this edition Robinson sought to remain as true as possible to the voice of this medieval classic. Cloud Devotion follows the original Middle English text sentence by sentence, with Robinson's own translation and paraphrase, divided work into 366 small portions, with a Scripture passage related to the theme from each daily reading. "My heart has yearned for this book. I wanted a guide to help me savor and reflect on the spiritual classic The Cloud of Unknowing. David has insightfully discerned how we might do this. The partnership of this unknown, ancient writer and this known, living pastor is masterful. I invite you into the clouds with the slow reading of this book." -Dr. MaryKate Morse, author and mentor-professor of formation and leadership

Revival from Below - The Deoband Movement and Global Islam (Paperback): Brannon D Ingram Revival from Below - The Deoband Movement and Global Islam (Paperback)
Brannon D Ingram
R694 R551 Discovery Miles 5 510 Save R143 (21%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

The Deoband movement-a revivalist movement within Sunni Islam that quickly spread from colonial India to Pakistan, Afghanistan, Bangladesh, and even the United Kingdom and South Africa-has been poorly understood and sometimes feared. Despite being one of the most influential Muslim revivalist movements of the last two centuries, Deoband's connections to the Taliban have dominated the attention it has received from scholars and policy-makers alike. Revival from Below offers an important corrective, reorienting our understanding of Deoband around its global reach, which has profoundly shaped the movement's history. In particular, the author tracks the origins of Deoband's controversial critique of Sufism, how this critique travelled through Deobandi networks to South Africa, as well as the movement's efforts to keep traditionally educated Islamic scholars (`ulama) at the center of Muslim public life. The result is a nuanced account of this global religious network that argues we cannot fully understand Deoband without understanding the complex modalities through which it spread beyond South Asia.

Sea Without Shore - A Manual of the Sufi Path (Hardcover): Nuh Ha Mim Keller Sea Without Shore - A Manual of the Sufi Path (Hardcover)
Nuh Ha Mim Keller
R824 R782 Discovery Miles 7 820 Save R42 (5%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days
Expressions of Sufi Culture in Tajikistan (Hardcover): Benjamin Gatling Expressions of Sufi Culture in Tajikistan (Hardcover)
Benjamin Gatling
R1,917 Discovery Miles 19 170 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

This eloquent ethnography reveals the daily lives and religious practice of ordinary Muslim men in Tajikistan as they aspire to become Sufi mystics. Benjamin Gatling describes in vivid detail the range of expressive forms-memories, stories, poetry, artifacts, rituals, and other embodied practices-employed as they try to construct a Sufi life in twenty-first-century Central Asia. Gatling demonstrates how Sufis transcend the oppressive religious politics of contemporary Tajikistan by using these forms to inhabit multiple times: the paradoxical present, the Persian sacred past, and the Soviet era. In a world consumed with the supposed political dangers of Islam, Gatling shows the intricate, ground-level ways that Muslim expressive culture intersects with authoritarian politics, not as artful forms of resistance but rather as a means to shape Sufi experiences of the present.

The Golden Cord - A Short Book on the Secular and the Sacred (Paperback): Charles Taliaferro The Golden Cord - A Short Book on the Secular and the Sacred (Paperback)
Charles Taliaferro
R896 R578 Discovery Miles 5 780 Save R318 (35%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

The title of Charles Taliaferro's book is derived from poems and stories in which a person in peril or on a quest must follow a cord or string in order to find the way to happiness, safety, or home. In one of the most famous of such tales, the ancient Greek hero Theseus follows the string given him by Ariadne to mark his way in and out of the Minotaur's labyrinth. William Blake's poem "Jerusalem" uses the metaphor of a golden string, which, if followed, will lead one to heaven itself. Taliaferro extends Blake's metaphor to illustrate the ways we can link what we see, feel, and do with deep spiritual realities. Taliaferro offers a foundational case for the recognition of the experience of the eternal God of Christianity, in which God is understood as the fount of all goodness and the subject and object of our best love, revealed through scripture, tradition, philosophical reflection, and encountered in everyday events. He addresses philosophical obstacles to the recognition of such experiences, especially objections from the "new atheists," and explores the values involved in thinking and experiencing God as eternal. These include the belief that the eternal goodness of God subordinates temporal goods, such as the pursuit of fame and earthly glory; that God is the essence of life; and that the eternal God hallows domestic goods, blessing the everyday goods of ordinary life. An exploration of the moral and spiritual riches of the Christian tradition as an alternative to materialism and naturalism, "The Golden Cord" brings an originality and depth to the debate in accessible and engaging prose. "Charles Taliaferro has written a thought-provoking, original work that succeeds in throwing some of the central tenets of naturalism into question. He has gathered cutting-edge scholarship from the context of debates about naturalism and discusses that within the framework of a theological account of the human condition. The result is a robust theological response to secular naturalism, one that deserves to be taken seriously by the latter's proponents." --Victoria Harrison, University of Glasgow

The Masnavi. Book Four (Paperback): Jalal al-Din Rumi The Masnavi. Book Four (Paperback)
Jalal al-Din Rumi; Translated by Jawid Mojaddedi
R297 R242 Discovery Miles 2 420 Save R55 (19%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

'Joking is teaching, so take care to listen - Don't look at just the joke's form of expression. To jesters every serious thing's hilarious, While to the wise hilarious jokes are serious' Rumi is the greatest mystic poet to have written in Persian, and the Masnavi is his masterpiece. Divided into six books and consisting of some 26,000 verses, the poem was designed to convey a message of divine love and unity to the disciples of Rumi's Sufi order, known today as the Whirling Dervishes. Like the earlier books, Book Four interweaves amusing stories with homilies to instruct pupils in understanding of God's meaning. It has a special focus on the mystical knowledge of the spiritual guide, elaborated through stories such as Solomon's freeiration to the Queen of Sheba, and animal fables. This is the first ever verse translation of Book Four of the Masnavi. It follows the original by presenting Rumi's most mature mystical teachings in simple and attractive rhyming couplets.

Gershom Scholem - An Intellectual Biography (Paperback): Amir Engel Gershom Scholem - An Intellectual Biography (Paperback)
Amir Engel
R658 Discovery Miles 6 580 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Gershom Scholem (1897-1982) was ostensibly a scholar of Jewish mysticism, yet he occupies a powerful role in today's intellectual imagination, having an influential contact with an extraordinary cast of thinkers, including Hans Jonas, Martin Buber, Walter Benjamin, Hannah Arendt, and Theodor Adorno. In this first biography of Scholem, Amir Engel shows how Scholem grew from a scholar of an esoteric discipline to a thinker wrestling with problems that reach to the very foundations of the modern human experience. As Engel shows, in his search for the truth of Jewish mysticism Scholem molded the vast literature of Jewish mystical lore into a rich assortment of stories that unveiled new truths about the modern condition. Positioning Scholem's work and life within early twentieth-century Germany, Palestine, and later the state of Israel, Engel intertwines Scholem's biography with his historiographical work, which stretches back to the Spanish expulsion of Jews in 1492, through the lives of Rabbi Isaac Luria and Sabbatai Zevi, and up to Hasidism and the dawn of the Zionist movement. Through parallel narratives, Engel touches on a wide array of important topics including immigration, exile, Zionism, World War One, and the creation of the state of Israel, ultimately telling the story of the realizations--and failures--of a dream for a modern Jewish existence.

Hearts Turn - Sinners, Seekers, Saints and the Road to Redemption (Paperback): Michael Sugich Hearts Turn - Sinners, Seekers, Saints and the Road to Redemption (Paperback)
Michael Sugich
R439 Discovery Miles 4 390 Ships in 7 - 11 working days
The Poetry of Kabbalah - Mystical Verse from the Jewish Tradition (Hardcover): Peter Cole The Poetry of Kabbalah - Mystical Verse from the Jewish Tradition (Hardcover)
Peter Cole; Afterword by Aminadav Dykman
R553 Discovery Miles 5 530 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

This groundbreaking collection presents for the first time in English a substantial body of poetry that emerges directly from the sublime and often startling world of Jewish mysticism. Taking up Gershom Scholem's call to plumb the "tremendous poetic potential" concealed in the Kabbalistic tradition, Peter Cole provides dazzling renderings of work composed on three continents over a period of some fifteen hundred years. In addition to the translations and the texts in their original languages, Cole supplies a lively and insightful introduction, along with accessible commentaries to the poems. Aminadav Dykman adds an elegant afterword that places the work in the context of world literature. As a whole, the collection brings readers into the fascinating force field of Kabbalistic verse, where the building blocks of both language and existence itself are unveiled. Excerpts from The Poetry of Kabbalah have been featured in the Paris Review, Poetry, and Conjunctions. "Studded with insight, and written with great verve, this book will become a classic."-Lawrence Fine, author of Physician of the Soul, Healer of the Cosmos

The Middle Pillar (Paperback): Israel Regardie The Middle Pillar (Paperback)
Israel Regardie
R664 R516 Discovery Miles 5 160 Save R148 (22%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days
The 72 Sigils of Power - Magic, Insight, Wisdom and Change (Paperback): Zanna Blaise The 72 Sigils of Power - Magic, Insight, Wisdom and Change (Paperback)
Zanna Blaise
R375 Discovery Miles 3 750 In stock
The Way to Sufi Chivalry - When the Light of the Heart is Reflected in the Beauty of the Face (Paperback, F the Moment "):... The Way to Sufi Chivalry - When the Light of the Heart is Reflected in the Beauty of the Face (Paperback, F the Moment ")
Al-Hussayn Al-Sulami
R359 R294 Discovery Miles 2 940 Save R65 (18%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

SUFISM THE WAY OF SUFI CHIVALRY A highly respected Sufi saint and scholar of the 10th century, Ibn al-Husayn al-Sulami compiled this book as a guide to enlightened behavior for the spiritual aspirant. In its pages, he records the teachings of renowned spiritual masters (available for the first time in English translation) as well as tales and quotations from the Koran and Hadith. The teachings reveal the true meaning of compassion, love, friendship, generosity, and hospitality, as well as the right actions associated with these virtues. According to the Sufis, Futuwwah is a code of honorable behavior that follows the example of the prophets, saints, and sages. By adhering to its precepts, the student learns detachment from the ego. The Way of Sufi Chivalry addresses the reader directly, providing the aspirant of today with living guidance on the path of perfection and the way of Sufism. Cover illustration: The Turkish calligraphy is an invocation for the help and assistance of Hasan and Husayn, the two martyred grandsons of the Prophet, and reads Madad ya Hasan Husayn.

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