The book portrays the wisdom of love through Abraham, of the unseen through Job, of light through Joseph, of intimacy through Elias, and so on. Ibn Al-'Arabi invites us in these pages to explore the inner spiritual meanings of the Quran, its heartful meanings. In one of his poems he stated, 'Love is the creed I hold: wherever turns His camels, Love is still my creed and faith.'
Author: Claude Addas
Release Date: 2018-11
This is a concise introduction to the life and thought of Ibn Arabi (d.1240), who is considered as the 'Greatest of Sufi Masters'. Ibn Arabi: The Voyage of No Return traces the major events of Ibn Arabi's life: his conversion to Sufism; his travels around Andalusia and the Maghreb; his meetings with the saints of his time; his journey to Mecca; his travels in Egypt, Palestine, Mesopotamia, Anatolia and Syria; his most important books. The events of Ibn Arabi's 'inner voyage', however, are far more spectacular than those of his outer life and are here presented directly from the many auto-biographical sections found in his writings. Through her detailed analysis of Ibn Arabi's works and her profound understanding of his ideas, Dr Claude Addas gives us a comprehensive insight into the major doctrines of this most influential of Sufi masters: the doctrine of prophethood and sainthood, of inheritance from the prophets, of the 'imaginal world', of the 'unicity of Being', of the 'Seal of the Saints', and many others. Claude Addas also introduces the main disciples of Ibn Arabi down to the nineteenth century and traces both his unequalled influence on the course of Sufism and the controversies that still surround him till today. Ibn Arabi: The Voyage of No Return is essential reading for anyone interested in Islamic mysticism and is a genuine contribution to scholarship in this field.
Author: William C. Chittick
Publisher: SUNY Press
Release Date: 2010-03-31
Ibn al-'Arabi is still known as "the Great Sheik" among the surviving Sufi orders. Born in Muslim Spain, he has become famous in the West as the greatest mystical thinker of Islamic civilization. He was a great philosopher, theologian, and poet. William Chittick takes a major step toward exposing the breadth and depth of Ibn al-'Arabi's vision. The book offers his view of spiritual perfection and explains his theology, ontology, epistemology, hermeneutics, and soteriology. The clear language, unencumbered by methodological jargon, makes it accessible to those familiar with other spiritual traditions, while its scholarly precision will appeal to specialists. Beginning with a survey of Ibn al-'Arabi's major teachings, the book gradually introduces the most important facets of his thought, devoting attention to definitions of his basic terminology. His teachings are illustrated with many translated passages introducing readers to fascinating byways of spiritual life that would not ordinarily be encountered in an account of a thinker's ideas. Ibn al-'Arabi is allowed to describe in detail the visionary world from which his knowledge derives and to express his teachings in his own words. More than 600 passages from his major work, al-Futuhat al-Makkivva, are translated here, practically for the first time. These alone provide twice the text of the Fusus al-hikam. The exhaustive indexes make the work an invaluable reference tool for research in Sufism and Islamic thought in general.
What's special about Oneness Pentecostals? In this penetrating analysis of Oneness theology and practice, Gregory Boyd reveals the experience of four years of personal involvement in a Oneness church. Although Oneness Pentecostals' belief in Christ's deity establishes some common ground with other Christians, their aggressive denial of the Trinity has nonetheless fostered their indisputably sub-Christian ideas about God's character, about salvation, and about Christian living.
Muhyiddin Ibn 'Arabi (AD 1165-1240) is unquestionably one of the most profound figures in the history of world spirituality, a visionary of superlative wisdom and compassion. Known as the 'Greatest Master' (al-Shaykh al-Akbar), he led an extraordinary inner and outer life. He travelled huge distances, from his native Spain to Syria and Turkey, writing over 350 books on the mystical path. His whole life was dedicated to exposing, at the deepest level, the primordial Unity underlying all human and natural existence, and the true degree of human dignity. The book presents a unique portrait of Ibn 'Arabi "from the inside", using his own writing to tell the story of his life and teachings. The biographical chapters, supplemented with photographs and maps, give a vivid picture of his life and times during the height of medieval culture. These are interwoven with a series of chapters that portray the central elements of his thought, and highlight their relevance in today's world. This unusual approach gives a direct flavour of Ibn 'Arabi's genius, whose life and thought are inextricably linked. Above all, his deep insights into what it means to be truly human are applicable to people of all times and places. This highly readable and lucid book will appeal to anyone interested in the heart of Sufism or the mystical path and has a unique arrangement of biographical chapters alternating with chapters on major themes in his work.
“I’ve gained deeper understanding listening to Rupert Spira than I have from any other exponent of modern spirituality. Reality is sending us a message we desperately need to hear, and at this moment no messenger surpasses Spira and the transformative words in his essays.” —Deepak Chopra, author of You Are the Universe, Spiritual Solutions, and Super Brain Our world culture is founded on the assumption that the Big Bang gave rise to matter, which in time evolved into the world, into which the body was born, inside which a brain appeared, out of which consciousness at some late stage developed. As a result of this “matter model,” most of us believe that consciousness is a property of the body. We feel that it is “I,” this body, that knows or is aware of the world. We believe and feel that the knowing with which we are aware of our experience is located in and shares the limits and destiny of the body. This is the fundamental presumption of mind and matter that underpins almost all our thoughts and feelings and is expressed in our activities and relationships. The Nature of Consciousness suggests that the matter model has outlived its function and is now destroying the very values it once sought to promote. For many people, the debate as to the ultimate reality of the universe is an academic one, far removed from the concerns and demands of everyday life. After all, life happens independently of our models of it. However, The Nature of Consciousness will clearly show that the materialist paradigm is a philosophy of despair and, as such, the root cause of unhappiness in individuals. It is a philosophy of conflict and, as such, the root cause of hostilities between families, communities, and nations. Far from being abstract and philosophical, its implications touch each one of us directly and intimately. An exploration of the nature of consciousness has the power to reveal the peace and happiness that truly lie at the heart of experience. Our experience never ceases to change, but the knowing element in all experience—consciousness, or what we call “I”—itself never changes. The knowing with which all experience is known is always the same knowing. Being the common, unchanging element in all experience, consciousness does not share the qualities of any particular experience: it is not qualified, conditioned, or limited by experience. The knowing with which a feeling of loneliness or sorrow is known is the same knowing with which the thought of a friend, the sight of a sunset, or the taste of ice cream is known. Just as a screen is never disturbed by the action in a movie, so consciousness is never disturbed by experience; thus it is inherently peaceful. The peace that is inherent in us—indeed that is us—is not dependent on the situations or conditions we find ourselves in. In a series of essays that draw you, through your own direct experience, into an exploration of the nature of this knowing element that each of us calls “I,” The Nature of Consciousness posits that consciousness is the fundamental reality of the apparent duality of mind and matter. It shows that the overlooking or ignoring of this reality is the root cause of the existential unhappiness that pervades and motivates most people’s lives, as well as the wider conflicts that exist between communities and nations. Conversely, the book suggests that the recognition of the fundamental reality of consciousness is the first step in the quest for lasting happiness and the foundation for world peace.
Author: ROBERT EARL
Publisher: ROBERT EARL
Release Date: 2017-07-27
Simon Rolla was a violent and troubled youth with a scarred checkered past and a painful dark secret. He’s now a member of the notorious City of Miami Police Department, despite being raised in an impoverished Miami neighborhood where death, drugs, and crime reigned supreme. Simon's days are kept busy protecting and serving the citizens of Miami from the chaos that surrounds these mean streets. As his grandmother, Ma Ader, his boss, Captain Murphy, and his godfather, Shipyard, lay the groundwork for what seems to be a destiny filled with killers, gangsters, and cops. Simon's dreams of becoming a good cop defending the weak and helpless now lay in the balances of karma. For what he has done causes turbulent storms of reciprocity to come to Overtown, causing him to commit unthinkable acts with consequences and enough power to change the course of his future. Given a second chance at life, follow Simon's dissension into the abyss of Hell as he maneuvers his way through the asphalt jungles of Miami's most dangerous Overtown and Liberty City sections. Simon bravely attempts to find redemption amid a City consumed with hate, greed and murderous religious cults. Miami Misnomer is a captivating and compelling urban tale. It provides a glimpse of the gritty trek through the dangerous streets of Miami's forbidden neighborhoods as a forsaken boy grows into a man, and does everything he can just to survive.
Author: James Van Praagh
Publisher: Hay House, Inc
Release Date: 2016-11-15
Genre: Body, Mind & Spirit
Your goal while inhabiting human form is to manifest love in this physical dimension. Yet, like many a courageous soul who has chosen to tackle this difficult task, you may need to be reminded to activate this innate force that dwells inside you. In this fascinating book, internationally acclaimed medium James Van Praagh demonstrates that love knows no limits —it is the power that holds together everything. Through vivid examples of various everyday situations in life —and knowledge gleaned from the Other Side —James shows you the process for activating this power . . . and thereby fulfilling your life purpose. Anxiety and worry will start to fade as you align yourself with loving thoughts. Decisions that might have preoccupied you before will become easier to make. Difficult events and people will not be drawn to you, because you are learning to release that magnetic energy. When you begin to consciously surround yourself with the energy of love and acceptance —which is your natural state of being —your journey in this physical dimension becomes much smoother, more purposeful, and more powerful. Be empowered with love . . .
Author: Sandra Brossman
Publisher: Greenleaf Book Group
Release Date: 2012-09-25
This inspiring book is a journey to inner peace. Whether you are seeking to improve your personal relationships, work life, or emotional and physical well-being, The Power of Oneness invites you to realize your amazing potential to bring the qualities of the life you want into your physical reality. Sandra Brossman clarifies how you can consciously use the power of thought to live a balanced life and experience unconditional love, health, joy, and abundance. She gently guides you to overcome obstacles standing in the way of your dreams. As her message unfolds, you become aware of the profound impact that your personal peace has in contributing to an outer world of harmony. In these pages you discover how to: Access your inner truth and expand your perceptions. Identify and release self-sabotaging behaviors. Heal emotional wounds. Integrate spiritual values into everyday life. Actively create the world in which you want to live.
Author: Peter Francis Dziuban
Release Date: 2017-03-03
ENJOY THE POWER OF CLEAR AWARENESS Do you realize that noticing and awareness basically drive everything you appear to do? Could you have gotten your body out of bed this morning without first having noticed you were awake? Would you have picked up this book without first being aware it was of interest to you? Your awareness is like the clear glass of a windshield--and through it you experience every bit of your life. Awareness is inherently pure and clear. But it can get covered with sludge--of negative thoughts and emotions, and false beliefs. The simple noticing techniques in this book act as wipers to keep your windshield clean. The power of clear awareness takes over, and you automatically enjoy greater happiness, love and freedom. You're free of the mistaken ideas and beliefs that were distorting the view. With clear awareness you also go way beyond the popular saying, "Think outside the box." It's because your awareness is outside of, or beyond, all thinking. Awareness is the unlimited-you that gives rise to all thinking. Awareness is the greater-you that notices all thoughts. Imagine having a big Aha! They usually come as a thought, too. An Aha! is wonderful--but did you ever notice that the Aha! by itself is not really where it's at? What you want is where all the Aha!s come from. That's the unlimited awareness you are. And that's just a first glimpse of how magnificent you really are.
Author: Hermann Hesse
Publisher: Jaico Publishing House
Release Date: 2016-06-04
Siddhartha, a young man, leaves his family for a contemplative life but soon becomes restless and discards it for pleasures of the flesh. He is quickly bored and sickened by the unending lust and greed, moves on again. Near despair, he comes to a river where he hears a unique sound. This sound signals the true beginning of his life – the beginning of suffering, rejection, peace and, finally, wisdom Hermann Hesse’s beautiful rendition of the journey of a young man during the times of the great Gautam Buddha is not just an evocative piece of art but also a work of mystery offered to the reader to solve for himself. Hermann Karl Hesse was a German-born Swiss poet, novelist, and painter. His best-known works include Steppenwolf, Siddhartha and The Glass Bead Game, each of which explores an individual’s search for authenticity, self-knowledge and spirituality. He received the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1946.
Author: Marilyn Gewacke
Release Date: 2015-10-09
Join those who are breaking through to new, multidimensional paradigms of living and loving! Every human being houses a unique expression of Divinity. With so much attention given to the external world, many have abandoned self-love and lost the connection to their soul purpose. The turbulent times we live in are both exhilarating and deafening, and the challenges humans face have not only global impact, but cosmic consequences. In The Oneness of Being: Birthing the New Human, Dr. Marilyn Gewacke outlines and guides the reader through the profound process of healing the self, loving others, identifying one's soul path, and manifesting the soul's potential. This is an exhilarating inner journey of evolving and birthing the New Human consciousness in order to better serve each other, planet Earth and the Cosmos. For anyone who asks, "Why should I transform and how do I make the journey toward soul remembrance," read this extraordinary book to know and evolve.