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Rumi's Four Essential Practices

Ecstatic Body, Awakened Soul
Paperback Book
Publisher: 
Inner Traditions
 | 
February, 2010
ISBN:
9781594773105
Quantity: 
2
$17.95 CAD
Banyen's Description: 

The great 13th century Sufi mystic and poet Jalaluddin Rumi began as an orthodox Islamic believer but came to feel that to fully experience complete union with the divine he must abandon institutionalized religion and its prescribed forms of worship. Surrendering his will to his overriding urge for a much more immediate, intuitive, and compelling union with the divine, he found that by manipulating certain behavioral aspects of his physiology—eating lightly, breathing deeply, moving freely, and gazing raptly—he was capable of loosening the rigid confines of the self, overriding its habitual limitations and achieving a transcendent merging within.

Rumi’s message is simple: If you wish to affect the spirit, you must first make changes in the way your body responds to the world. Through clearly written commentary interspersed with Rumi’s beautiful poems, this book details these four practices in a very precise way. As such, it is a sweet and open invitation to follow the examples set forth in order to embark upon one’s own path of inner illumination.

you can’t untie this knot

by listening to fairy tales

you have to do something inside yourself

The freshness of Rumi’s poetry dissolves the 700 years that separate his life from our own time, making his message as pertinent today as when he walked the streets of Konya, Anatolia (present-day Turkey), reciting his incandescent verse. This book allows us, through Rumi’s gentle guidance, to touch the face of God that resides deep within us all.

So look upon each of these practices as an invitation to ecstasy, and know your name is on the guest list.

“Rumi speaks with the voice of our own age and our own hearts. Nowhere is this more clear than in this moving book by one of the most innovative spiritual practitioners of our time. I recommend Will Johnson’s guidance into Rumi’s world to all who seek the freedom and joy that Rumi offers.” —Reginald Ray, author of Touching Enlightenment

Publisher’s Description: 

Rumi essential practices--eating lightly, breathing deeply, moving freely, and gazing raptly at his teacher--enabled him to achieve a transcendent union with the divine. These practices allow us to merge with the God that resides deep within us all.The great thirteenth-century Sufi mystic and poet Jalaluddin Rumi began his life as an orthodox Islamic believer but felt that to fully experience complete union with the divine he must abandon institutionalized religion and its prescribed forms of worship. Surrendering his will to his overriding urge for a much more immediate, intuitive, and compelling union with the divine, he found that by manipulating certain behavioral aspects of his physiology--eating lightly, breathing deeply, moving freely, and gazing raptly--he was capable of loosening the rigid confines of the self, thereby overriding its limitations and achieving a transcendent merging with his own divinity.

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