The Knowing Heart: A Sufi Path of Transformation

The Knowing Heart: A Sufi Path of Transformation

by Kabir Helminski
     
 

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In The Knowing Heart, Kabir Helminski 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… See more details below

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In The Knowing Heart, Kabir Helminski 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 meet the spiritual challenge of our time: to realize our sacred humanness.

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Erik S. Ohlander
...[A]n exploration of that spiritually potent place, the knowing heart....The most refreshing aspect of The Knowing Heart is Helminski's discussion of the central role that religious tradition plays in Sufism....In marked contrast to the "pick-and-choose" spirituality that seems so popular nowadays, [the book] speaks from the heart, yet a heart humbled and submissive to the sources that enliven it.
Parabola
Library Journal
Sufism, which has been described as the mystic heart of Islam, is little known and little understood in this country despite the advocacy of popularizers such as Idries Shah. Helminski, a Mevlevi Shaikh and translator of the great Sufi poet Rumi, offers a clear and well-grounded introduction to Sufism, liberally seasoned with insights from the Koran and the writings of Rumi; his is perhaps the best beginner's guide now available. For most libraries. Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.
The Knowing Heart: A Sufi Path Of Transformation is Kabir Helminski's latest contribution to the growing body of Sufi literature and reveals that in Sufi tradition and belief the human heart is more than just a fanciful metaphor, but an objective organ of intuition and perception able to perceive the beauty and meaning in life. Every human heart has the innate capacity and the destiny to bring the spiritual qualities of the world of divinity reality into the human world of appearances. Kabir Helminski presents the Sufi way as a practical spirituality suitable for all cultures and times. The Knowing Heart also offers insights into contemporary life and how to experience a new sense of self, transform relationships, and enhance creativity, all while learning how to meet and master the spiritual challenges of the times and realizing our own "sacred humanness". The Knowing Heart is a very highly recommended addition to personal and academic Sufi studies reading lists and library collections.
From the Publisher
"Helminski, writing with the ease and fluidity that comes with years of discernment, discusses the seven levels of the self, the important role of the spiritual teacher, the blessings of spiritual conversation, the courtesy of the path, the living word, and the sacredness of everyday life. The author's exquisite overview of Sufism and all its resources enables him to enchant us with the sayings of Muhammad, aphorisms that stir the soul, themes for contemplation from Rumi, and a helpful glossary."-Spirituality and Health

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ISBN-13:
9781570624087
Publisher:
Shambhala Publications, Inc.
Publication date:
07/20/1999
Edition description:
1 ED
Pages:
224
Product dimensions:
6.34(w) x 9.39(h) x 1.13(d)

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From the Publisher
"Helminski, writing with the ease and fluidity that comes with years of discernment, discusses the seven levels of the self, the important role of the spiritual teacher, the blessings of spiritual conversation, the courtesy of the path, the living word, and the sacredness of everyday life. The author's exquisite overview of Sufism and all its resources enables him to enchant us with the sayings of Muhammad, aphorisms that stir the soul, themes for contemplation from Rumi, and a helpful glossary."-Spirituality and Health

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