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According to tradition and the testimony of Sufi mystics, The Prayer--or Salat--was first taught by the angels, who themselves practiced it in celestial adoration. The Prayer is God's gift to all humankind, and in this gorgeously illustrated volume, its simple, archetypal practice unfolds like a fragrant, many-petaled flower, joining ...
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According to tradition and the testimony of Sufi mystics, The Prayer--or Salat--was first taught by the angels, who themselves practiced it in celestial adoration. The Prayer is God's gift to all humankind, and in this gorgeously illustrated volume, its simple, archetypal practice unfolds like a fragrant, many-petaled flower, joining words and movements into a single luminous event that engages our entire being.
These ancient rituals are presented here as a gift for anyone with a heartfelt desire to set aside for a moment the concerns of every day and enter a sacred time and space in which to explore the beckonings of the spirit. The authors take us through the words, movements, and hidden meanings of the Call to Prayer, the Ablutions, The Prayer itself, and the Peaceful Embrace afterwards. Faithful practice lends a sacred rhythm to each day and creates a psychological force that helps us nurture and express a profound inner harmony.
This first, marvelously accessible interpretation of The Prayer also offers a compelling introductin to the wisdom and teachings of the beloved contemporary Sufi master Bawa Muhaiyaddeen, who brought new life to this mystical tradition by opening a passage to its deepest, universal realities. It is the loving handiwork of two of Bawa's best-known students, Coleman Barks and Michael Green, who also created The Illuminated Rumi.
Like a jewel given extra brilliance by its setting, The Prayer is surrounded by the wisdom and understanding of the thirteenth-century Sufi master Rumi, whose generous poetry has become an essential canon for modern-day seekers in the West. The final gift is the Primeval Kalima, the core practice and most profound teaching of the Sufi, the "open secret" that leads to Divine Luminous Wisdom.
Posted May 18, 2011
Posted March 14, 2000
This is a strange, sweet, inviting book which combines the post-modern artistry of Michael Green with the poetic sensibilities of Coleman Barks again (the two collaborated on 'The Illuminated Rumi'). The creators of this book make no claim to be comprehensive in their presentation of Sufi Prayer, only to give a taste from the classical Rumi and the contemporary Bawa Muhaiyaddeen. Rumi's poetry, Green's artwork, and the words of Muhaiyaddeen clearly do not aim for the intellect, but the heart; they aim not to explain prayer, so much as beckon us to join with these masters in their own joy and dedication to prayerfulness. Indeed, they even suggest that, were we more fully conscious , we would realize that prayerfulness lies at the core of our humanity. The book's limitation is precisely its strength: it does not really enlighten us about the depths of prayer, but it is a finger pointing at the light and an invitation to explore its place within our very souls. I recommend it for its very limitations, and because heart-work of this sort is rare indeeWas this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted July 9, 2011
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