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The Knowing Heart

A Sufi Path of Transformation
Paperback Book
Publisher: 
Shambhala
 | 
October, 2000
ISBN:
9781570625664
Quantity: 
1
$43.95 CAD
Banyen's Description: 

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, a Shaikh of the Mevlevi Order founded by Rumi, 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 embrace the great spiritual challenge of our time: to realize our sacred humanness.

The distillation of all spiritual traditions might be expressed in this way: we can rejoin our isolated wills with Love’s will. The Sufi seeks to uncover and grasp the principles by which we can cooperate with this power of Love.

The effect of this cooperation will be that one’s self is transformed through verifiable stages: from a compulsive and self-centered state to a state of balanced and conscious integration, and eventually to a state of active surrender in which the individual is guided directly by his or her own purified heart.

Helminski is also the author of Living Presence and the translator of four volumes of Rumi’s poetry, including Love is a Stranger and Rumi: Daylight.

Publisher’s Description: 

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 lifeand 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 timesand 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.

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