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Books > Humanities > Religion & beliefs > Aspects of religions (non-Christian) > Religious experience > Mysticism

Where the Heavens Kiss the Earth - Mystical Insights for Personal Growth (Paperback): Rabbi Karmi Ingber Where the Heavens Kiss the Earth - Mystical Insights for Personal Growth (Paperback)
Rabbi Karmi Ingber
R333 R279 Discovery Miles 2 790 Save R54 (16%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days
Dark Eyes, Lady Blue - Maria of Agreda (Paperback): Marilyn H. Fedewa Dark Eyes, Lady Blue - Maria of Agreda (Paperback)
Marilyn H. Fedewa
R435 R362 Discovery Miles 3 620 Save R73 (17%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

Dark Eyes, Lady Blue tells the story of Sister Maria of Agreda's remarkable life. Maria was born in Agreda, Spain, in 1602, and vowed there as a nun at age seventeen. From birth to her death in 1665, she never left the small town. Yet her accomplishments had a lasting impact in Spain and as far away as the American Southwest, where she is celebrated to this day. Although cloistered in Agreda's Monastery of the Immaculate Conception, Maria grew to be a renowned mystic, a widely read author, and an advisor to the King of Spain. She experienced religious ecstasy that inspired her visionary writings and - quite remarkably - communications with the Jumano Indians of what would later become the states of Texas and New Mexico. When Spanish missionaries met the Jumano Indians, their chief expressed a desire to be baptized because of the supernatural visits from the mystical ""lady in blue."" This fresh telling of Maria's story is one that will appeal to readers young and old and provides an unforgettable perspective on early American exploration of Texas and New Mexico.

The Power of Words (Paperback): Simone Weil The Power of Words (Paperback)
Simone Weil
R145 R116 Discovery Miles 1 160 Save R29 (20%) Ships in 5 - 10 working days

'There are certain words which possess, in themselves, when properly used, a virtue which illumines and lifts up towards the good' The philosopher and activist Simone Weil was one of the most courageous thinkers of the twentieth century. Here she writes, with honesty and moral clarity, about the manipulation of language by the powerful, the obligations of individuals to one another and the needs - for order, equality, liberty and truth - that make us human. One of twenty new books in the bestselling Penguin Great Ideas series. This new selection showcases a diverse list of thinkers who have helped shape our world today, from anarchists to stoics, feminists to prophets, satirists to Zen Buddhists.

The Princess and the Prophet - The Secret History of Magic, Race, and Black Muslims in America (Paperback): Jacob Dorman The Princess and the Prophet - The Secret History of Magic, Race, and Black Muslims in America (Paperback)
Jacob Dorman
R443 R370 Discovery Miles 3 700 Save R73 (16%) Pre-order
Repose of the Spirits, The - A Sufi Commentary on the Divine Names (Paperback): Ahmad Sam'ani Repose of the Spirits, The - A Sufi Commentary on the Divine Names (Paperback)
Ahmad Sam'ani; Translated by William C Chittick; Introduction by William C Chittick
R1,031 Discovery Miles 10 310 Ships in 7 - 11 working days
Tales of the Holy Mysticat - Jewish Wisdom Stories by a Feline Mystic (Paperback): Rachel Adler Tales of the Holy Mysticat - Jewish Wisdom Stories by a Feline Mystic (Paperback)
Rachel Adler
R351 R293 Discovery Miles 2 930 Save R58 (17%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days
Turn Me to Gold - 108 Poems of Kabir (Paperback): Andrew Harvey Turn Me to Gold - 108 Poems of Kabir (Paperback)
Andrew Harvey; Photographs by Brett Hurd
R620 R523 Discovery Miles 5 230 Save R97 (16%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days
Studies In Islamic Mystic (Hardcover, New Ed): Nicholson Studies In Islamic Mystic (Hardcover, New Ed)
Nicholson
R3,045 Discovery Miles 30 450 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

First published in 1998. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.

The Masnavi, Book Three (Paperback): Jalal al-Din Rumi The Masnavi, Book Three (Paperback)
Jalal al-Din Rumi; Translated by Jawid Mojaddedi
R264 R220 Discovery Miles 2 200 Save R44 (17%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

'Your soul each moment struggles hard with death - Think of your faith as though it's your last breath. Your life is like a purse, and night and day Are counters of gold coins you've put away' Rumi is the greatest mystic poet to have written in Persian, and the Masnavi is his masterpiece. Divided into six books and consisting of some 26,000 verses, the poem was designed to convey a message of divine love and unity to the disciples of Rumi's Sufi order, known today as the Whirling Dervishes. Like the earlier books, Book Three interweaves amusing stories with homilies to instruct pupils in mystical knowledge. It has a special focus on epistemology, illustrated with narratives that involve the consumption of food. This is the first ever verse translation of Book Three of the Masnavi. It follows the original by presenting Rumi's most mature mystical teachings in simple and attractive rhyming couplets.

Deep Calls to Deep - Mysticism, Scripture, and Contemplation (Paperback): Chad Thralls Deep Calls to Deep - Mysticism, Scripture, and Contemplation (Paperback)
Chad Thralls
R378 R311 Discovery Miles 3 110 Save R67 (18%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days
Sufism - A New History of Islamic Mysticism (Hardcover): Alexander Knysh Sufism - A New History of Islamic Mysticism (Hardcover)
Alexander Knysh
R666 R560 Discovery Miles 5 600 Save R106 (16%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

A pathbreaking history of Sufism, from the earliest centuries of Islam to the present After centuries as the most important ascetic-mystical strand of Islam, Sufism saw a sharp decline in the twentieth century, only to experience a stunning revival in recent decades. In this comprehensive new history of Sufism from the earliest centuries of Islam to today, Alexander Knysh, a leading expert on the subject, reveals the tradition in all its richness. Knysh explores how Sufism has been viewed by both insiders and outsiders since its inception. He examines the key aspects of Sufism, from definitions and discourses to leadership, institutions, and practices. He devotes special attention to Sufi approaches to the Qur'an, drawing parallels with similar uses of scripture in Judaism and Christianity. He traces how Sufism grew from a set of simple moral-ethical precepts into a sophisticated tradition with professional Sufi masters (shaykhs) who became powerful players in Muslim public life but whose authority was challenged by those advocating the equality of all Muslims before God. Knysh also examines the roots of the ongoing conflict between the Sufis and their fundamentalist critics, the Salafis--a major fact of Muslim life today. Based on a wealth of primary and secondary sources, Sufism is an indispensable account of a vital aspect of Islam.

The Bhagavad Gita for Daily Living, Volume 2 - A Verse-by-Verse Commentary: Chapters 7-12 Like a Thousand Suns (Paperback, 2nd... The Bhagavad Gita for Daily Living, Volume 2 - A Verse-by-Verse Commentary: Chapters 7-12 Like a Thousand Suns (Paperback, 2nd edition)
Eknath Easwaran
R467 R431 Discovery Miles 4 310 Save R36 (8%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

A comprehensive manual for living a spiritual life, based on a verse-by-verse commentary on India's timeless scripture - from the author of its best-selling translation. (The ebook The Bhagavad Gita for Daily Living 9781586381455 includes all three volumes in this series.) The Bhagavad Gita is set on the battlefield of an apocalyptic war between good and evil. Faced with a dire moral dilemma, the warrior prince Arjuna turns in anguish to his spiritual guide, Sri Krishna, for answers to the fundamental questions of life. Easwaran points out that Arjuna's crisis is acutely modern. The Gita's battlefield is the struggle for self-mastery that every human being must wage. Arjuna represents each of us, and Sri Krishna is the Lord, instructing us in eighteen chapters of lofty wisdom as we face the social, environmental, and global challenges that threaten our world today. Easwaran is a spiritual teacher and author of deep insight and warmth. His verse-by-verse commentary interprets the Gita's teachings for modern readers, explaining the Sanskrit concepts and philosophy and applying them with practicality, wisdom, and humor to every aspect of our work, our relationships, and our lives. With everyday anecdotes, stories, and examples, he shows that the changes we long to see in the world start with the transformation of our own consciousness. The practical exercises recommended by Easwaran to achieve transformation are part of a spiritual program he developed for his own life. They are accessible to people from all backgrounds and cultures. Urging us to adopt a higher image of the human being, he assures us that peace and unity are within reach. Each volume of this series covers six chapters of the Gita. Each may be read on its own, but all three volumes together form an in-depth, verse-by-verse explanation of this ancient scripture and its relevance today. Each volume includes instructions in Easwaran's eight-point program of passage meditation. Volume 1: The first six chapters of the Gita explore the concept of the innermost Self and source of wisdom in each of us. Easwaran explains how we can begin to transform ourselves, even as householders engaged in busy lives. Volume 2: The chapters in this volume go beyond the individual Self and investigate the Supreme Reality that underlies all creation. Here, Easwaran delves into the unity of life, and builds a bridge across the seeming divide between scientific knowledge and spiritual wisdom. Volume 3: The final six chapters put forth an urgent appeal for us to begin to see that all of us are one - to make the connection between the Self within and the Reality underlying all creation. Global in scope, the emphasis is on what we can do to make a difference to heal our environment and establish peace in the world. Easwaran's commentary is for all students of the Gita, whatever their background, and for anyone who is trying to find a path to wisdom, love, and kindness in themselves and our troubled world. Written as an authoritative, accessible guide to a much-loved scripture, it is a handbook for finding peace and clarity within. This second edition incorporates revisions made across all three volumes following the author's final instructions.

The Masnavi. Book Four (Paperback): Jalal al-Din Rumi The Masnavi. Book Four (Paperback)
Jalal al-Din Rumi; Translated by Jawid Mojaddedi
R278 R235 Discovery Miles 2 350 Save R43 (15%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

'Joking is teaching, so take care to listen - Don't look at just the joke's form of expression. To jesters every serious thing's hilarious, While to the wise hilarious jokes are serious' Rumi is the greatest mystic poet to have written in Persian, and the Masnavi is his masterpiece. Divided into six books and consisting of some 26,000 verses, the poem was designed to convey a message of divine love and unity to the disciples of Rumi's Sufi order, known today as the Whirling Dervishes. Like the earlier books, Book Four interweaves amusing stories with homilies to instruct pupils in understanding of God's meaning. It has a special focus on the mystical knowledge of the spiritual guide, elaborated through stories such as Solomon's freeiration to the Queen of Sheba, and animal fables. This is the first ever verse translation of Book Four of the Masnavi. It follows the original by presenting Rumi's most mature mystical teachings in simple and attractive rhyming couplets.

Living in Happiness - The Call to Return (Paperback): Lori A. Steiner Living in Happiness - The Call to Return (Paperback)
Lori A. Steiner
R281 R233 Discovery Miles 2 330 Save R48 (17%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days
Tryptamine Palace - 5-Meo-Dmt and the Sonoran Desert Toad (Paperback): James Oroc Tryptamine Palace - 5-Meo-Dmt and the Sonoran Desert Toad (Paperback)
James Oroc
R505 R344 Discovery Miles 3 440 Save R161 (32%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

A journey from Burning Man to the Akashic Field that suggest how 5-MeO-DMT triggers the human capacity for higher knowledge through direct contact with the zero-point field
- Examines "Bufo alvarius" toad venom, which contains the potent natural psychedelic 5-MeO-DMT, and explores its entheogenic use
- Proposes a new connection between the findings of modern physics and the knowledge held by shamans and religious sages for millennia
The venom from "Bufo alvarius," an unusual toad found in the Sonoran desert, contains 5-MeO-DMT, a potent natural chemical similar in effect to the more common entheogen DMT. The venom can be dried into a powder, which some researchers speculate was used ceremonially by Amerindian shamans. When smoked it prompts an instantaneous break with the physical world that causes out-of-body experiences completely removed from the conventional dimensions of reality.
In "Tryptamine Palace, " James Oroc shares his personal experiences with 5-MeODMT, which led to a complete transformation of his understanding of himself and of the very fabric of reality. Driven to comprehend the transformational properties of this substance, Oroc combined extensive studies of physics and philosophy with the epiphanies he gained from his time at Burning Man. He discovered that ingesting tryptamines unlocked a fundamental human capacity for higher knowledge through direct contact with the zero-point field of modern physics, known to the ancients as the Akashic Field. In the quantum world of nonlocal interactions, the line between the physical and the mental dissolves. 5-MeO-DMT, Oroc argues, can act as a means to awaken the remarkable capacities of the human soul as well as restore experiential mystical spirituality to Western civilization.

The Masnavi, Book Two (Paperback): Jalal al-Din Rumi The Masnavi, Book Two (Paperback)
Jalal al-Din Rumi; Translated by Jawid Mojaddedi
R263 R219 Discovery Miles 2 190 Save R44 (17%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

'You don't seek guidance from those drunken men, So why insist they mend their rags again? God's lovers stand beyond all faiths, as they Are shown by God Himself a higher way.' Book Two of Rumi's Masnavi is concerned with the challenges facing the seeker of Sufi enlightenment. In particular it focuses on the struggle against the self, and how to choose the right companions in order to progress along the mystical path. By interweaving amusing stories and profound homilies, Rumi instructs his followers in a style that still speaks directly to us. In this volume, stories such as 'Moses and the Shepherd', 'The Foolhardy Man who Trusted a Bear's Good Intentions' and 'Mo'awiya and Satan' are among the most popular in the entire Masnavi. The most influential Sufi poem ever written, the six books of the Masnavi are often called 'the Qur'an in Persian'. Self-contained, as well as continuing the journey along the spiritual path, Book Two is here translated into rhyming couplets in the style of Jawid Mojaddedi's prize-winning translation of Book One. ABOUT THE SERIES: For over 100 years Oxford World's Classics has made available the widest range of literature from around the globe. Each affordable volume reflects Oxford's commitment to scholarship, providing the most accurate text plus a wealth of other valuable features, including expert introductions by leading authorities, helpful notes to clarify the text, up-to-date bibliographies for further study, and much more.

Spiritual Warfare/Discernment of Spirits (Paperback): Dan Burke Spiritual Warfare/Discernment of Spirits (Paperback)
Dan Burke
R315 R259 Discovery Miles 2 590 Save R56 (18%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days
Catafalque (Hardcover): Peter Kingsley Catafalque (Hardcover)
Peter Kingsley
R1,992 Discovery Miles 19 920 Ships in 7 - 11 working days
Revival from Below - The Deoband Movement and Global Islam (Paperback): Brannon D Ingram Revival from Below - The Deoband Movement and Global Islam (Paperback)
Brannon D Ingram
R649 R543 Discovery Miles 5 430 Save R106 (16%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

The Deoband movement-a revivalist movement within Sunni Islam that quickly spread from colonial India to Pakistan, Afghanistan, Bangladesh, and even the United Kingdom and South Africa-has been poorly understood and sometimes feared. Despite being one of the most influential Muslim revivalist movements of the last two centuries, Deoband's connections to the Taliban have dominated the attention it has received from scholars and policy-makers alike. Revival from Below offers an important corrective, reorienting our understanding of Deoband around its global reach, which has profoundly shaped the movement's history. In particular, the author tracks the origins of Deoband's controversial critique of Sufism, how this critique travelled through Deobandi networks to South Africa, as well as the movement's efforts to keep traditionally educated Islamic scholars (`ulama) at the center of Muslim public life. The result is a nuanced account of this global religious network that argues we cannot fully understand Deoband without understanding the complex modalities through which it spread beyond South Asia.

Sufism and Early Islamic Piety - Personal and Communal Dynamics (Hardcover): Arin Shawkat Salamah-Qudsi Sufism and Early Islamic Piety - Personal and Communal Dynamics (Hardcover)
Arin Shawkat Salamah-Qudsi
R1,860 Discovery Miles 18 600 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Sufism and Early Islamic Piety: Personal and Communal Dynamics offers a new story about the formative period of Sufism. Through a fresh reading of diverse Sufi and non-Sufi sources, Arin Shawkat Salamah-Qudsi reveals the complexity of personal and communal aspects of Sufi piety in the period between the ninth and thirteenth centuries. Her study also sheds light on the interrelationships and conflicts of early Sufis through emphasising that early Sufism was neither a quietist or a completely individual mode of piety. Salamah-Qudsi reveals how the early Sufis' commitment to the Islamic ideal of family life lead to different creative arrangements among them in order to avoid contradictions with this ideal and the mystical ideal of solitary life. Her book enables a deeper understanding of the development of Sufism in light of the human concerns and motivations of its founders.

The Masnavi, Book One (Paperback): Jalal al-Din Rumi The Masnavi, Book One (Paperback)
Jalal al-Din Rumi; Translated by Jawid Mojaddedi
R238 R199 Discovery Miles 1 990 Save R39 (16%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

'The pen would smoothly write the things it knew But when it came to love it split in two, A donkey stuck in mud is logic's fate - Love's nature only love can demonstrate.' Rumi's Masnavi is widely recognized as the greatest Sufi poem ever written, and has been called 'the Koran in Persian'. The thirteenth-century Muslim mystic Rumi composed his work for the benefit of his disciples in the Sufi order named after him, better known as the whirling dervishes. In order to convey his message of divine love and unity he threaded together entertaining stories and penetrating homilies. Drawing from folk tales as well as sacred history, Rumi's poem is often funny as well as spiritually profound. Jawid Mojaddedi's sparkling new verse translation of Book One is consistent with the aims of the original work in presenting Rumi's most mature mystical teachings in simple and attractive rhyming couplets. ABOUT THE SERIES: For over 100 years Oxford World's Classics has made available the widest range of literature from around the globe. Each affordable volume reflects Oxford's commitment to scholarship, providing the most accurate text plus a wealth of other valuable features, including expert introductions by leading authorities, helpful notes to clarify the text, up-to-date bibliographies for further study, and much more.

The Pure Intention - On Knowledge of the Unique Name (Paperback): Ibn Ata Allah Al-iskandari The Pure Intention - On Knowledge of the Unique Name (Paperback)
Ibn Ata Allah Al-iskandari; Translated by Khalid Williams
R307 R254 Discovery Miles 2 540 Save R53 (17%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

This is the first ever translation into English of a seminal work from the Sufi tradition. This title focuses on the Divine Name Allah and the virtues and transformative power of its invocation. Written by the renowned Sufi master Ibn Ata Allah al-Iskandari in the twelfth century the work is divided into two parts.---Part One looks at the Name of Allah, its letters and their meanings. While in Part Two the author turns to the more practical question of the role of invocation, both in general and of the Name Allah specifically. Ibn Ata Allah discusses the virtue of invocation and establishes that it is the supreme act of worship. The reader comes to understand that, by emulating the Qualities of God as expressed in His Names and invoking His Supreme Name Allah with awareness of its meaning and significance, the Sufi can cleanse his heart and until it becomes a worthy abode for God.

Mysticism: Christian and Buddhist (Hardcover, 2nd New edition): D.T. Suzuki Mysticism: Christian and Buddhist (Hardcover, 2nd New edition)
D.T. Suzuki
R2,096 Discovery Miles 20 960 Ships in 10 - 15 working days


If the western world knows anything about Zen Buddhism, it is down to the efforts of one remarkable man, D.T. Suzuki. The twenty-seven-year-old Japanese scholar first visited the west in 1897, and over the course of the next seventy years became the world's leading authority on Zen. His radical and penetrating insights earned him many disciples, from Carl Jung to Allen Ginsberg, from Thomas Merton to John Cage. In Mysticism: Christian and Buddhist Suzuki compares the teachings of the great Christian mystic Meister Eckhart with the spiritual wisdom of Shin and Zen Buddhism. By juxtaposing cultures that seem to be radically opposed, Suzuki raises one of the fundamental questions of human experience: at the limits of our understanding is there an experience that is universal to all humanity? Mysticism: Christian and Buddhist is a book that challenges and inspires; it will benefit readers of all religions who seek to understand something of the nature of spiritual life.

Jesus & Kabbalah - The Lost Kingdom - The Hidden Connection Between The Core Teaching of Jesus & Ancient Jewish Kabbalah... Jesus & Kabbalah - The Lost Kingdom - The Hidden Connection Between The Core Teaching of Jesus & Ancient Jewish Kabbalah (Paperback)
Paul Kolberg
R388 R358 Discovery Miles 3 580 Save R30 (8%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days
Lamp of Mysteries - A Commentary on the Light Verse of the Quran (Paperback): Isma'il Anqarawi Lamp of Mysteries - A Commentary on the Light Verse of the Quran (Paperback)
Isma'il Anqarawi; Translated by Bilal Kuspinar
R671 R271 Discovery Miles 2 710 Save R400 (60%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Unearthing a hidden treasure from the golden age of Ottoman scholarship, this examination presents original, expert Arabic observations on the light verse of the Quran. Presented in English for the first time, the study reveals profound insights into this famous and mysterious content along with a detailed account of the original author's life and works, an analysis of his featured commentary, and a critical edition of the Arabic text. The investigation constitutes an exemplary bilingual resource for the study of Quranic exegesis, making it an ideal companion for students and teachers of Islamic studies as well as those interested in Islamic philosophy, mysticism, and the Quranic disciplines. Shedding light on the nature of philosophical and mystical discourse in the Ottoman world, this well-researched volume brings greater depth to an enigmatic aspect of Islam's central religious text.

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