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The Knowing Heart - Kabir Helminski

Paperback Published: 24th November 2000
ISBN: 9781570625664
Number Of Pages: 304

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As human beings we stand on the threshold between two realities: the world of material existence and the world of spiritual Being. The "knowing heart" is the sacred place where these two dimensions meet and are integrated.

In Sufi teaching the human heart is not a fanciful metaphor but an objective organ of intuition and perception. It is able to perceive all that is beautiful, lovely, and meaningful in life—and to reflect these spiritual qualities in the world, for the benefit of others. Every human heart has the capacity and the destiny to bring that world of divine reality into this world of appearances.

The Sufis, mystics of Islam, have been educators of the heart for some fourteen centuries. Their teachings and methods are designed to help us awaken and purify the heart, to learn to listen to our deepest knowing. In The Knowing Heart, Kabir Helminski presents the Sufi way as a practical spirituality suitable for all cultures and times—and offers insights that are especially valuable for our life in today's world. In cultivating a knowing heart, we learn to experience a new sense of self, transform our relationships, and enhance our creative capacities. Most important, we learn how to meet the spiritual challenge of our time: to realize our sacred humanness.

Industry Reviews

"Helminski offers a clear and well-grounded introduction to Suflsm, liberally seasoned with insights from the Koran and the writings of Rumi; his is perhaps the best beginner's guide now available" - Publishers Weekly A clear and well-grounded introduction to Sufism....Perhaps the best beginner's guide now available - Publisher's Weekly"

Author's Note
Acknowledgments
The Process and the Completion
A Lover's Tale: A Storyp. 3
The Postmodern Situationp. 4
A Human Way of Lifep. 14
Completion: The Drop That Contains the Oceanp. 20
The Idea of Spiritual Trainingp. 30
The Knowledge of Love
Love's Universep. 37
The Spectrum of Lovep. 46
The Inborn Power of Love and Presencep. 52
The Map and the Psychology
Inner Struggle: The Structure of the Self within Sufi Psychologyp. 61
The Knowing Heart: Threshold between Two Worldsp. 69
Themes for Contemplation from Rumip. 84
Radical Remembrancep. 96
The Transparent Selfp. 104
Relationships and Community
Grapes Ripen Smiling at One Another: Leadership and the Group Processp. 117
The Way of the Dervishp. 134
In the End Is Our Beginning: A Storyp. 140
Spiritual Conversationp. 143
The Courtesy of the Pathp. 149
What Is a Muhib, 'Ashiq, Murid, or Shaikh?: A Storyp. 155
Tradition and Sources
The Living Wordp. 161
The Example of Muhammadp. 174
Sayings of Muhammadp. 178
The Sacredness of Everyday Lifep. 181
The Needs of Our Time
What Is a Truly Universal Spirituality?p. 193
Soul Loss and Soul Makingp. 201
Ecstasy and Sobrietyp. 213
This Drunkenness Began in Some Other Tavernp. 223
Nuances
The Hu of the Humanp. 233
The Path of Blame: The Melami Deconstruction of the False Selfp. 240
Become What You Arep. 248
The Education of the Heartp. 253
Refractions of a Single Light: Aphorismsp. 261
Glossaryp. 269
Indexp. 277
About the Authorp. 287
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ISBN: 9781570625664
ISBN-10: 1570625662
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 304
Published: 24th November 2000
Publisher: Shambhala Publications Inc
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.6 x 15.2  x 2.0
Weight (kg): 0.42
Edition Number: 1
Edition Type: New edition

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