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    DescriptionAs human beings we stand on the threshold between two realities: the world of material existence and the world of spiritual Being. The "knowing heart" is the sacred place where these two dimensions meet and are integrated. In Sufi teaching the human heart is not a fanciful metaphor but an objective organ of intuition and perception. It is able to perceive all that is beautiful, lovely, and meaningful in life--and to reflect these spiritual qualities in the world, for the benefit of others. Every human heart has the capacity and the destiny to bring that world of divine reality into this world of appearances. The Sufis, mystics of Islam, have been educators of the heart for some fourteen centuries. Their teachings and methods are designed to help us awaken and purify the heart, to learn to listen to our deepest knowing. 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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    Title
    The Knowing Heart
    Subtitle
    A Sufi Path of Transformation
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Kabir Helminski
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 224
    Width: 152 mm
    Height: 229 mm
    Thickness: 21 mm
    Weight: 453 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9781570625664
    ISBN 10: 1570625662
    Classifications

    B&T Merchandise Category: GEN
    B&T Book Type: NF
    BIC E4L: REL
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T6.6
    BIC subject category V2: HRH, HRLK2
    Ingram Subject Code: RS
    Libri: I-RS
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 25470
    Ingram Theme: RELI/ISLAM
    B&T General Subject: 610
    BISAC V2.8: PHI003000, REL090000, POE013000
    DC21: 297.4
    DC22: 297.4
    BISAC V2.8: REL037030, REL062000
    Thema V1.0: QRP, QRVK2
    Edition
    New edition
    Edition statement
    New edition
    Publisher
    Shambhala Publications Inc
    Imprint name
    Shambhala Publications Inc
    Publication date
    24 November 2000
    Publication City/Country
    Boston
    Author Information
    Kabir Helminski is the author of "Living Presence: A Sufi Way to Mindfulness and the Essential Self, " as well as the translator of numerous books of Sufi literature and especially Rumi. He is the codirector, with his wife, Camille Helminski, of the Threshold Society, a nonprofit organization dedicated to sharing the knowledge and practice of Sufism. As the publisher of Threshold Books for some twenty years, he was largely responsible for making Rumi the most widely read poet of our time. As a producer and writer of Sufi music, he has gained recognition for numerous recordings, including his own "Garden within the Flames. " He is a representative of the Mevlevi tradition founded by Jalaluddin Rumi.
    Review quote
    "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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    As human beings, we stand on the threshold between two realities: the world of material existence and the world of spiritual Being. The "knowing heart" is the sacred place where these two dimensions meet and are integrated. In Sufi teaching the human heart is not a fanciful metaphor but an objective organ of intuition and perception. It is able to perceive all that is beautiful, lovely, and meaningful in life3/4and to reflect these spiritual qualities in the world, for the benefit of others. Every human heart has the capacity and the destiny to bring that world of divine reality into this world of appearances. The Sufis, mystics of Islam, have been educators of the heart for some fourteen centuries. Their teachings and methods are designed to help us awaken and purify the heart, to learn to listen to our deepest knowing. In The Knowing Heart, Kabir Helminski presents the Sufi way as a practical spirituality suitable for all cultures and times3/4and 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 meet the spiritual challenge of our time: to realize our sacred humanness.