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

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780873957243
  • Publisher: State University of New York Press
  • Publication date: 6/28/1984
  • Series: SUNY Series in Islam
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 444
  • Sales rank: 1,009,938
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.99 (d)

Table of Contents

List of Abbreviations


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


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


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


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


Appendix: Notes on the Translations

Selected Bibliography

Index of Sources

General Index

Index of Koranic Quotations and Prophetic Sayings

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  • Posted May 13, 2010

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    Understanding Sufi Philosophy

    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.

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