The Sufi Path of Love: The Spiritual Teachings of Rumi by William C. Chittick

By William C. Chittick

This is often the main obtainable paintings in English at the maximum mystical poet of Islam, supplying a survey of the fundamental Sufi and Islamic doctrines relating God and the area, the position of guy within the cosmos, the necessity for faith, man’s final turning into, the states and stations of the magical ascent to God, and the ability wherein literature employs symbols to specific "unseen" realities. William Chittick interprets into English for the 1st time definite points of Rumi’s paintings. He selects and rearranges Rumi’s poetry and prose to be able to depart apart pointless issues attribute of different English translations and to give Rumi’s rules in an orderly style, but in his personal phrases. Thorough, nontechnical introductions to every bankruptcy, and choices that gently current a wider variety of phrases and photographs, make this paintings simply available to these attracted to the spirituality of any culture.

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D 9911) In short, a thorough understanding of any one of Rumi's teachings entails some degree of understanding of them all. The reader can only benefit from Rumi's poetry to the extent that he is already familiar with the teachings it containsor, one should add, to the extent his spirit recalls and "recollects" them. So a major purpose of the present book is to outline and explain briefly, to the extent possible in Rumi's own words, the central themes of his works. Three Dimensions of Sufism Sufi teachings can be divided into three broad categories.

The meaning of the wind makes it wander like a millwheel, captive to the water of the stream. (M I 3330, 33) Page 20 Know that the outward form passes away, but the World of Meaning remains forever. How long will you make love with the shape of the jug? Leave aside the jug's shape: Go, seek water! Having seen the form, you are unaware of the meaning. If you are wise, pick out the pearl from the shell. (M II 1020-22) The world then is form, or a collection of a myriad forms. By its very nature each form displays its own meaning, which is its reality with God.

Your eyes can be made healthy and illumined with the dust of the King's doorstep! (D 11470, 75) 3. The Illusion of Dichotomy Form and meaning are inextricably connected: form derives from meaning, and meaning manifests itself as form. Since the two are the outward and inward aspects of a single reality, each is important in its own way. But for most people, the danger lies in giving too much importance to form and not understanding that it derives its existence and significance from meaning. Each and every part of the world is a snare for the fool and a means of deliverance for the wise.

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