Knowing the Spirit

Knowing the Spirit

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Knowing the Spirit by Ostad Elahi

Ostad Elahi's Knowing the Spirit provides a concise and remarkably illuminating philosophic account of our unique place in the universe: of the creative expressions of the divine Spirit throughout nature, and of the process of the soul's deepening perfection through all the challenges and lessons of our existence in this world and beyond. This revealing book draws together in a single vision those symbolic teachings and spiritual insights familiar to many Western readers today through the classical mystical poetry of Rumi, Hafez, and Attar. The historical context and language of this study are marked by the confluence of classical Islamic philosophy and spirituality, including Sufi thought, and their scriptural sources. But Elahi's thought integrates those influences and marks them with the magisterial imprint of his own profound spiritual experience and characteristic simplicity, openness, and directness of expression. This volume offers a singular masterpiece of recent spiritual thought, opening up fundamental human perspectives and possibilities too often clouded by the distractions of current events. The emphatic universality of both the subject and presentation of Knowing the Spirit points the way to unsuspected bridges between different civilizations and religious traditions, indeed to the prospect of an inclusive "science of spirituality" based on the common ground of each person's spiritual life and experience.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780791468586
Publisher: State University of New York Press
Publication date: 01/28/2007
Pages: 166
Product dimensions: 6.06(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.39(d)

About the Author

Ostad Elahi (1895–1974) was born in Iran and was equally renowned as a master musician, distinguished jurist, and a remarkable philosopher and spiritual teacher.

James Winston Morris is Professor in the Department of Theology at Boston College. He is the author and editor of many books, including The Master and the Disciple: An Early Islamic Spiritual Dialogue; Orientations: Islamic Thought in a World Civilisation and The Reflective Heart: Discovering Spiritual Intelligence in Ibn >Arabi’s Meccan Illuminations.

Table of Contents


Preface and Acknowledgments     vii
Translator's Introduction     1
Ostad Elahi's Life and Works     1
Childhood and Youth     2
Professional Life and Judicial Career     5
The Final Period: Writing and Teaching     9
Ostad Elahi's Published Works: The Place of Knowing the Spirit     10
Historical Contexts: The Audience, Language, and Structure of Ma'rifat ar-Ruh     11
The "Three Sources": Rational Argument, Religious Tradition, and Spiritual Experience     13
Allusion and Realization     15
The Basic Structure of Knowing the Spirit: The Origin and the Return     17
The Contemporary Significance of Knowing the Spirit     20
The Persian Text and Translation Conventions     23
Original Table of Contents     29
Introduction     39
Establishing the Existence of the Divine Artisan     43
The Spirit     55
The Gathering, Reawakening, and Returning (of the Spirit) in the Realm of Return     63
The Purely Bodily Return     69
The Purely Spiritual Return     73
The Harmonization of a Bodily and Spiritual Return     79
The (Spirit's) Return by Way of the Process of Perfection     83
TheBelief of the Proponents of Transmigration     107
Conclusion     115
Notes     117
Notes to the Translator's Introduction     117
Notes to the Translation     127
Bibliography     145
References Originally Cited   Ostad Elahi     145
Works Cited in the Translator's Introduction and Notes     147
Index     149

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