The Knowing Heart: A Sufi Path of TransformationPaperback
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- Publisher: Shambhala Publications Inc
- Format: Paperback | 224 pages
- Dimensions: 155mm x 224mm x 18mm | 408g
- Publication date: 24 November 2000
- Publication City/Country: Boston
- ISBN 10: 1570625662
- ISBN 13: 9781570625664
- Edition: New edition
- Edition statement: New edition
- Sales rank: 216,525
The Sufis, mystics of Islam, have been educators of the heart since before Christ. Their teachings and methods are designed to help us awaken and purify the heart, to learn to listen to our deepest knowing. This book, which draws on insights from the Koran and writings of Rumi, presents the Sufi way as a practical spirituality, suitable for all cultures and times.
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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.
"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
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.