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Teachings of Sufism - Carl W. Ernst

Teachings of Sufism

Paperback Published: 23rd November 1999
ISBN: 9781570623493
Number Of Pages: 234

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The prose and verse readings in this book were chosen to interest the many people who have become attracted to Sufi teachings through their exposure to popular Sufi poetry, music, and dance. The selections—mostly from the Middle East and India, ranging from the tenth to the twentieth century—provide a sampling of Sufi thought on some of the basic aspects of this spiritual path.

Most of the readings are published here in English for the first time. Brief introductory remarks place each selection into its historical and religious context, and an index of Qur'anic passages helps the reader to trace the extensive allusions to the Islamic holy scriptures.

The topics covered include:

   •  The nature of mystical love
   •  Meditation
   •  Listening to music as a spiritual practice
   •  Ethical teachings of Sufism
   •  Pitfalls on the spiritual path
   •  Spiritual companionship and the master-disciple relationship
   •  The importance of the Qur'an and the Prophet Muhammad
   •  Biographical accounts of great mystics, including the poet Rumi as well as several female saints

Prefacep. ix
Mystical Understanding of the Qur'anp. 1
The Book of the Elect: On Understanding and Following the Book of Godp. 2
The Character of the Prophet Muhammadp. 15
The Prophet Muhammad as Primordial Lightp. 15
The TS of the Lampp. 17
The Prophet Muhammad as Moral Exemplarp. 20
The Book of the Example and Imitation of the Messenger of Godp. 21
Spiritual Practicep. 40
Conditions of the Spiritual Pathp. 40
from The Bewildered Travelerp. 41
Meditations of the Shattari Orderp. 53
The Treatise on Meditationp. 55
The Treatise on the Intermediate Statep. 65
Ascension through the Planetary Spheresp. 71
The Nine Lodgesp. 72
Practices of the Ordersp. 76
from The Clear Fountainp. 77
Divine and Human Lovep. 82
On the Courtesy of the Lover and Belovedp. 84
Listening to Musicp. 95
On Listening to Musicp. 97
The Practices of Listening to Musicp. 103
from The Melodies of Listening to Musicp. 105
Ethical Practicep. 118
The Errors of Wayfarersp. 120
Mastery and Discipleshipp. 148
The Testament to Disciplesp. 150
On Sainthoodp. 159
from The Clarification of Virtue for the People of Divine Knowledgep. 161
Lives of the Saintsp. 170
The Life of Mawlana Jalal al-Din Rumip. 172
Lives of Women Saintsp. 179
Early Women Saintsp. 182
Rabi'a al-'Adawiyyap. 182
Fiddap. 183
Indian Women of the Chishti Orderp. 185
from Reports of the Righteous on the Secrets of the Piousp. 185
Bibi Sarap. 185
Bibi Fatima Samp. 186
Baghdadian Women of the Rifa'i Orderp. 189
from The Garden of the Guardians and the Extract of the Deeds of the Uprightp. 190
Rabi'a bint Abi Bakrp. 190
Zaynab bint al-Rifa'ip. 191
A Sufi Princess, Jahanarap. 194
from The Confidant of Spiritsp. 196
Notes on Sourcesp. 201
Index of Qur'anie Passages and Prophetic Sayingsp. 205
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ISBN: 9781570623493
ISBN-10: 157062349X
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 234
Published: 23rd November 1999
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 19.05 x 12.7  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.21

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