Return to the Spirit: Questions and Answers

Return to the Spirit: Questions and Answers

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By (author) Martin Lings

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  • Publisher: Fons Vitae,US
  • Format: Paperback | 200 pages
  • Dimensions: 155mm x 234mm x 18mm | 272g
  • Publication date: 31 October 2005
  • Publication City/Country: Kentucky
  • ISBN 10: 1887752749
  • ISBN 13: 9781887752749
  • Edition: Annotated
  • Edition statement: annotated edition
  • Illustrations note: pho
  • Sales rank: 274,044

Product description

This insightful autobiographical account details one man's relationship with a spiritual master and how it led to a deep spiritual understanding of human life. The 96-year-old author, a respected British scholar, recounts the lessons learned from the Sufi sage, including the answers to profound questions such as "Do religions contradict one another? What is the spiritual significance of tears and laughter? How does the Divine play a part in such simple acts? Do civilizations embody spirituality?" and "How is the Quranic definition of the afterlife related to Sufism?" An appendix in memory of Dr. Lings includes tributes from Huston Smith and Wendell Berry, photos from Doctor Ling's, and excerpts from major obituaries.

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Author information

Martin Lings is a former keeper of oriental manuscripts at the British Museum, a former professor of Shakespeare at Cairo University in Egypt, and the author of "Muhammad: His Life Based On the Earliest Sources."

Review quote

"A profound posthumous farewell letter, filled with poignant insights gleaned from a lifetime of devotion, contemplation and concern." --Hamza Yusuf