The Sufi Book of Life: 99 Pathways of the Heart for the Modern Dervish

The Sufi Book of Life: 99 Pathways of the Heart for the Modern Dervish

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by Neil Douglas-Klotz
     
 

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Part meditation book, part oracle, and part collection of Sufi lore, poetry, and stories, The Sufi Book of Life offers a fresh interpretation of the fundamental spiritual practice found in all ancient and modern Sufi schools—the meditations on the 99 Qualities of Unity. Unlike most books on Sufism, which are primarily collections of translated Sufi

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Part meditation book, part oracle, and part collection of Sufi lore, poetry, and stories, The Sufi Book of Life offers a fresh interpretation of the fundamental spiritual practice found in all ancient and modern Sufi schools—the meditations on the 99 Qualities of Unity. Unlike most books on Sufism, which are primarily collections of translated Sufi texts, this accessible guide is a handbook that explains how to apply Sufi principles to modern life. With inspirational commentary that connects each quality with contemporary concerns such as love, work, and success, as well as timeless wisdom from Sufi masters, both ancient and modern, such as Rumi, Hafiz, Shabistari, Rabia, Inayat Khan, Indries Shah, Irina Tweedie, Bawa Muhaiyadden, and more, The Sufi Book of Life is a dervish guide to life and love for the twenty-first century.

On the web: http://sufibookoflife.com

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Douglas-Klotz, scholar and Sufi leader, uses his considerable Semitic language skills to explore the 99 pathways to God, each representing a quality of the One. Douglas-Klotz uses the root and pattern system of Arabic vowels to liberally interpret these qualities as inseparable from many other traditions, notably the Aramaic tradition of Jesus. Additionally, his exegeses draw from the tradition of diversity, inclusion and heterodoxy that has anchored Sufism since the time of Rumi. Although Douglas-Klotz states that his exegeses are meant to be deliberately multivalent and somewhat enigmatic, they may prove opaque for many readers, especially those expecting an accessible how-to handbook for the "modern dervish." Despite Douglas-Klotz's early admonishment "Don't worry about getting the point," a high level of linguistic technicality is typical of at least half the pathways, and readers will have to take him at his word when he draws complex connections. Nonetheless, his intriguing insights, meditation tips and, above all, his inclusive spirit should trump technical details to appeal to readers within many religious traditions. Appendixes offer short biographies of Sufi men and women throughout history; contact information for Sufi organizations, orders and centers; and formal transliterations of the 99 pathways. (Feb. 22) Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
Library Journal
Douglas-Klotz, a leader in the International Association of Sufism and cofounder of the Dances of Peace, has written an interesting and user-friendly handbook on Sufism for the modern reader. Sufism, neither a philosophy nor a religion and sometimes called "a phenomenology of Reality," finds its historical roots, like Baha'i, in Islam; its adherents have included the likes of the ever-popular Rumi, Hafiz, and Idries Shah. While this book would never be a substitute for contact with living Sufi practice, it should form an excellent adjunct to personal exploration of Sufism. For most collections. Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780142196359
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
03/28/2005
Pages:
336
Sales rank:
545,292
Product dimensions:
5.00(w) x 7.80(h) x 0.60(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Meet the Author

Neil Douglas-Klotz, Ph.D., is a world-renowned scholar in religious studies, spirituality, and psychology, a leader in the International Association of Sufism, and the cofounder of the worldwide network of the Dances of Universal Peace. He is director of the Edinburgh Institute for Advanced Learning and cochair of the Mysticism Group of the American Academy of Religion.

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The Sufi Book of Life: 99 Pathways of the Heart for the Modern Dervish 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
peacefulartguy More than 1 year ago
The Sufi Book of Life has incredible wisdom formatted into an easy to use book of daily meditations about all aspects of life. Each day features a word to focus on, a description of how that word effects our lives, a quote and a suggested meditation. As a student of Buddhist philosophy I have found that this book of Sufi insight has given me new perspectives and helped enrich existing ones.
Curecanti More than 1 year ago
Open this book randomly to any page and discover a pathway of the heart that will lead to a deeper relationship with the Beloved, Sacred Unity. Learn about the mystical teachings of the Sufi, who say "God is your lover, not your jailer." Find unexpected life possibilities as you interpret your experiences through a vision of the world overflowing with compassion and acceptance. Working with the pathways in The Sufi Book of Life will expand your heart-felt appreciation of yourself and your fellows, the natural world, and the source of Unity, which pervades the entire Universe.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A great read.
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