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Practical Sufism : A Guide to the Spiritual Path Based on the Teachings of Pir Vilayat Inayat Khan - Phillip Gowins

Practical Sufism

A Guide to the Spiritual Path Based on the Teachings of Pir Vilayat Inayat Khan

Paperback Published: 1st October 2010
ISBN: 9780835608817
Number Of Pages: 210

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Practical Sufism is respected Sufi representative Phillip Gowins' gentle guide to finding and maintaining your spiritual path. Following Gowins' own journey through meeting his spiritual teacher Pir Vilayat Inayat Khan and the lessons he learned along the way, Practical Sufism offers insights into the age-old spiritual concerns with attaining happiness, making commitments, and understanding love and death, poignant to any level of spiritual practitioner in language easily followed by the novice. An uplifting and interactive work, this book provides meditative exercises, utilized by Sufi initiates worldwide that bring the reader to a state of positive introspection and life altering realization. After quoting the Sufi teachings of Pir Vilayat and other renowned leaders, Gowins reveals their modern translations and practical applications for every day experience. Gowins then instructs the reader through a meditation, allowing he/she to apply his insights to his/her own spiritual journey. He guides the reader from simple breathing meditations to more advanced practices that will allow the reader to envision and then embody the advanced mystic. Written from a place of love for the spiritual journeyman, Practical Sufism is not a fluff piece promising relaxation and instant revelation. It is candid in its assertion that the spiritual journey takes time and practice, but can bring true healing and happiness founded in a greater understanding of the interconnectedness of the universe.

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"I wish my father could have seen this book. It resounds with the trans-formative power and uplifting grace of the work to which he dedicated his life" --Pir Zia Inayat Khan
"Perhaps the greatest virtue of this book is the simple, clear and charming style in which it is written. Phillip avoids entirely getting involved in historical questions and exotic terminology, and offers instead a direct entrance into the mystical training of which Sufis have been renowned masters for many centuries. This is indeed practicals Sufism, practical mysticism, for all." -Donald Graham, PhD, Professor Emeritus of Comparative Religion and the Editor-in-Chief of The Complete Works of Pir-o-Murshid Hazrat Inayat Khan--Reviews

Forewordp. ix
Acknowledgmentsp. xv
Introductionp. 1
Happinessp. 11
Commitmentp. 27
Personal Problemsp. 41
The Path of Embarrassmentp. 55
Surrenderp. 67
Getting on the Pathp. 83
Back to the Futurep. 97
Authenticity and Watchfulnessp. 103
Creativity: Walk Like a Kingp. 121
The Retreatp. 133
A Passion for the Unattainablep. 145
Lovep. 159
The Light of Knighthoodp. 171
Sacrificep. 183
Deathp. 193
So What Do I Do Now?p. 205
Web Sitesp. 209
Selected Bibliographyp. 211
Indexp. 213
About the Authorp. 221
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ISBN: 9780835608817
ISBN-10: 0835608816
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 210
Published: 1st October 2010
Publisher: Quest Books,U.S.
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 21.6 x 14.0  x 2.54
Weight (kg): 0.28

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