The Sufi Path of Love: The Spiritual Teachings of Rumi / Edition 1

The Sufi Path of Love: The Spiritual Teachings of Rumi / Edition 1

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by William C. Chittick, Rumi
     
 

ISBN-10: 0873957245

ISBN-13: 9780873957243

Pub. Date: 06/30/1984

Publisher: State University of New York Press

This is the most accessible work in English on the greatest mystical poet of Islam, providing a survey of the basic Sufi and Islamic doctrines concerning God and the world, the role of man in the cosmos, the need for religion, man’s ultimate becoming, the states and stations of the mystical ascent to God, and the means whereby literature employs symbols to

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This is the most accessible work in English on the greatest mystical poet of Islam, providing a survey of the basic Sufi and Islamic doctrines concerning God and the world, the role of man in the cosmos, the need for religion, man’s ultimate becoming, the states and stations of the mystical ascent to God, and the means whereby literature employs symbols to express “unseen” realities. William Chittick translates into English for the first time certain aspects of Rumi’s work. He selects and rearranges Rumi’s poetry and prose in order to leave aside unnecessary complications characteristic of other English translations and to present Rumi’s ideas in an orderly fashion, yet in his own words. Thorough, nontechnical introductions to each chapter, and selections that gradually present a greater variety of terms and images, make this work easily accessible to those interested in the spirituality of any tradition.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780873957243
Publisher:
State University of New York Press
Publication date:
06/30/1984
Series:
SUNY series in Islam Series
Pages:
448
Sales rank:
1,049,803
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.99(d)

Table of Contents

List of Abbreviations

Introduction

The Life
The Works
The Teachings
Three Dimensions of Sufism
The Plan of the Book
The Translations

Part I. THEORY

A. Seeing Things As They Are

1. Form and Meaning
2. Existence and Nonexistence
3. The Illusion of Dichotomy
4. "The Science of Religions"

B. Spirit, Heart, and Intellect

1. The Spirit
2. The Levels of the Spirit
3. The Ego and the Intellect
4. The Universal Intellect and the Partial Intellect
5. The Heart
6. Interrelationships

C. God and the World

1. The Essence, Attributes, and Acts
2. Gentleness and Severity
3. The Reason for Creation
4. Opposites
5. Good and Evil
6. Heedlessness and the Existence of the World

D. Man

1. The Trust
2. The Goal of Creation and the Intellect
3. The Covenant of Alast
4. The Descent and Reascent of the Spirit
5. Adam and Iblis
6. Man's Place among the Creatures
7. Angel vs. Satan: Intellect vs. Ego
8. The Return to God
9. Congeneity
10. The Touchstones
11. Death and Resurrection

Part II. PRACTICE

A. Doubters and Deniers

1. The Blindness of the Deniers
2. Fatalism and Free Choice

B. The Prophets and Saints

1. The Need for a Guide
2. Imitative Knowledge and Realized Knowledge
3. The Role of the Saints
4. The Shaykh
5. The Mirror of God
6. Rejecting the Prophets and Saints
7. Fales Masters

C. The Discipline of the Way

1. Spiritual Warfare
2. Remembrance of God
3. Man's Effort and God's Grace
4. Men and Women

Part III. ATTAINMENT TO GOD

A. Naughting the Self

1. Selfhood and Selflessness
2. Existence and Nonexistence
3. Annihilation and Subsistence
4. Affirmation and Negation: The Shahadah
5. Death and Rebirth
6. Poverty, Sufism, and Dervishhood
7. I am God"

B. Love

1. God As Love and Beyond Love
2. The World As Created by Love
3. The World As Maintained by Love
4. Love and Beauty: True and Derivative
5. Need and Aspiration
6. The Religion of Love
7. Love and the Intellect
8. Bewilderment and Madness

C. Separation and Union

1. Separation and Suffering
2. Union and Joy

D. Imagination and Thought

1. Imagination and the Created Order
2. Escaping Imagination
3. The Image Is All
4. Beyond the Image

E. Poesy and Imagery

1. Creation and Speech
2. The Worth of Poetry
3. Understanding Poetry and Speech
4. Interpretation of Imagery

F. The Garden of Spring

G. The Heart-Ravishing Beloved

1. The Witness
2. Vision of the Face

a. Vision b. The Face c. The Tresses d. The Kiss

3. Jealousy

a. Smashing Idols b. Maintaining Veils

H. Winedrinking and Revelry

1. Wine

a. The Cup b. The Saki c. The Ruins d. The Drinking Companions e. The Dregs

2. Intoxication and Sobriety
3. Winesickness
4. The Sama'
5. The Revelry of the Spirit

I. The Beloved's Beloved

1. Love's Call
2. Love's Messenger

Notes

Appendix: Notes on the Translations

Selected Bibliography

Index of Sources

General Index

Index of Koranic Quotations and Prophetic Sayings

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The Sufi Path of Love: The Spiritual Teachings of Rumi 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
JA_Bal More than 1 year ago
This book was the greatest help I have ever received in understand Sufi Philosophy. The author takes classical Rumi poetry and breaks it out into reasonably digestable concepts. What seemed like simple flowery poetry now has a purpose and a reason. I have read many books of Rumi's poetry, but I have always found it hard to grasp what he's actually saying. Only the feelings of longing, hope and love have come across. I always wanted to understand how it related to the universe, to reality - how did a sufi truly view the world. THIS book gave me that insight and answered many questions that have plagued me regarding good/evil the why of our existance. It has reassured me that life is not some meaningless ride that takes around and back again. I highly recommend this book to anyone who is lost, seeking understanding, or just wants to understand Rumi and the most beautiful side to Islam there ever way. It is not just for Muslims or Sufis. Any Christian would enjoy this understanding of God.