Religion & Spirituality:Sufism

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Awakening: A Sufi Experience, Khan, Pir Vilayat Inayat
1 Khan, Pir Vilayat Inayat Awakening: A Sufi Experience
Jeremy P. Tarcher 2000 1585420387 / 9781585420384 Paperback Very Good+ 
Khan, the head of the Sufi Order since 1956, opens his beautiful little boo k with a parable. Imagine, he says, you are a visitor from the far reaches of the universe and you have just landed on Earth. Whatever your reasons fo r coming to this planet, you assume the physical appearance of Earth's crea tures and become adapted to its ways of life. Eventually, you suffer some k ind of major upheaval. Feeling restless and uneasy, you begin to ask questi ons about the nature of reality, the source of creation and the beauty and mystery of the world. Suddenly, after years of searching, you remember your previous existence and you are awakened to your cosmic self and your onene ss with the universe. Such a story, he notes, describes perfectly the essen ce of Sufism: "the story of every soul's descent into existence, its experi ences of suffering brought about by separation from its original state of b eing, and the subsequent journey of return and reawakening to its Divine na ture." 
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2 Witteveen, H.J. The Heart of Sufism
Shambhala 1999 157062402X / 9781570624025 Paperback Fine 
In 1910, when Sufi master Khan left India to travel to Europe and America w ith the hopes of introducing Sufism to the West, his teacher told him: "Har monize the East and West with the harmony of your music. Spread the wisdom of Sufism abroad, for to this end you are gifted by Allah." For the next 15 years, Khan lectured widely in the West, and he began to achieve the goals he had set for himself. Witteveen, executive supervisor of the Internation al Sufi Movement, distills the core of Khan's spirituality from the Sufi ma ster's 16-volume collected works. Included in this collection are Khan's te achings on the great Sufi poet, Rumi, the "mysticism of religion," "mental purification," "music and sound," "health and healing" and "the art of pers onality." On mysticism: "It is not by self-realization that man realizes Go d; it is by God-realization that man realizes self." On mental purification : "Sympathy breaks the congestion of the heart." On health: "A clean body r eflects the purity of the soul, and is the secret of health. It is the puri ty of the soul itself that gives the tendency towards cleanliness of body." Witteveen's excellent anthology provides a thoughtful introduction to Khan 's writings and to Sufism. 
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