The Sufi journey is a path of self-discovery-a journey into spirituality, focusing on who we truly are and our connection to God. This book is a collection of spontaneous talks inspiring and guiding us towards transformation on our quest to know ourselves and God.
There is this mystery of man’s relationship to God. Every person has this relationship. We need to make the exploration of that relationship a life-long priority. We identify with our bodies, but we are not our body. Similarly, we identify with our culture, language, religions, but we are not any of these things either. Our true story is the story of our real identity. We need to find out who that is. Just as we have duties in the world at the same time we also have to do what is necessary to understand reality, and who we are in that reality. That, in fact, is our primary duty. - Musa Muhaiyaddeen “This book will enrich your life.” - Professor Beverly Mack, PhD., University of Kansas
When we search for completeness and harmony, we usually carry along the weight of our lack of love, our old wounds, our conditioned patterns. How on earth can we hope to reach long-lasting happiness with all these burdens? How can we reach deep contentment while our complicated and painful past is seething inside of us? This book does not require any intellectual acrobatics. It carries us to the heart of our intimate lands and reveals the mechanisms that have led us to disconnect from ourselves and from the secret of our being. It is the living testimony of an inner transformation process. It is also a guide for those of us who have reached a point in time when they need to face what is alive in them, to dig into the thick layers of their fears and pains, and to discover... what never dies. In The Inner Truth Adventure, Darpan describes this journey with true, powerful, sincere words. He unveils the multiple facets of a full- edged inner dismantling process. As we venture on this path, we become free from suffering and able to incarnate our completeness.
Essence has been combined with The Elixir of Enlightenment, a short introductory text directed toward students on the path who are frustrated by either the spiritual or psychological barriers that Western life can present. Discusses the values and shortcomings of spiritual training, and explores why an impasse may occur. Reveals how a precise understanding of your own personality can free your inner resources so that your essential being can lead you toward enlightenment.
Flapping Eagle is a young Indian given the gift of immortality after drinking a magic fluid. Tiring of the burden of immortal life he sets off to find the mystical Calf Island, where he can rejoin the human race. His journey is peopled with strange assortments of characters, including the clumsy, loquacious Virgil Jones; his ugly, tragic companion, Dolores O'Toole; the wicked conjurer, Nicholas Deggle; the dainty, light-spirited Elfrida Gribb; and the enigmatic, pervasive Grimus, creator and controller of the mysterious island. An enticing combination of science fantasy, storytelling and folklore makes this first novel by Salman Rushdie an epic adventure truly unlike any other.
Essays on Postcolonialism, Cosmopolitics and Science Fiction
Author: Masood Ashraf Raja,
Category: Social Science
In twelve critical and interdisciplinary essays, this text examines the relationship between the fantastic in novels, movies and video games and real-world debates about nationalism, globalization and cosmopolitanism. Topics covered include science fiction and postcolonialism, issues of ethnicity, nation and transnational discourse. Altogether, these essays chart a new discursive space, where postcolonial theory and science fiction and fantasy studies work cooperatively to expand our understanding of the fantastic, while simultaneously expanding the scope of postcolonial discussions.
The experience of the realized Soul-possessing Spirit Being of Light is that Paradise exists, superposed upon worlds of time. Every world of matter, its elements bonded together and filled with the Love of God, shines with Beauty. The mind of such an entity is clear and inclined to harbor thought-forms that precipitate insights filled with the joy of exploration and discovery, and the Spirit of the Universe, brimming with those imperceptible fields of activity, brings rapture and luminosity as the precursors of things to comethe certainty of a future adorned with the Beauty of Virtues, embodied with the garment of Divine Love.
NOW IS A TIME OF GREAT CHANGE ON PLANET EARTH. The experts remind us that we are now seven billion people in competition for earths resources and straining her capacity to provide. We must evolve a new paradigm where Earths gifts are acknowledged and revered, recognize that there is enough for all if we let go our fear-spawned greed. As we are all related, each a part of a magnificent whole, all dependent upon Mother Earth, we can learn to work together in love, awareness and compassion. The great impediment to achieving this lofty mind-set is Fear, set in place and handed down over generations and manifesting in suspicion and judgment of others, feelings of scarcity, and often, self-doubt. It is the task of each of us to take a look inside and try to understand the source of our own fears. This work describes such a journey, stepping as it does from Dream to Dream, banishing the darkness where fear had reigned.
Publisher: New York : Twayne Publishers ; Toronto : Maxwell Macmillan Canada
Category: Literary Criticism
"Born in India but raised and educated in England, Salman Rushdie brings to his fiction a unique awareness of cultural difference and conflict. His complex, buoyant style, first recognized internationally with the Booker Prize-winning Midnight's Children (1981), has brought him to the forefront of postmodern literature. The political and religious controversy Rushdie's satiric work often generated exploded into open hostility when The Satanic Verses was published in 1988." "James Harrison's lively study of Salman Rushdie argues that, in experimenting with different prose styles and narrative modes, as well as in his use of plot, satire, parody, and intrusive authorial commentary, Rushdie expresses his preference for a world of multiplicity, flexibility, and tolerance. Through a close analysis of the major fiction, including Grimus (1975), Shame (1983), and the irresistibly entertaining children's book Haroun and the Sea of Stories (1990), Harrison clearly shows Rushdie's opposition throughout his work to religious fundamentalist thought as a political force. Harrison discusses the relationship between Rushdie's life and work, analyzes all the novels and perceptively and sympathetically assesses the writer's conflict with Muslim and Hindu religious authorities. This invaluable study provides a much needed insight into Salman Rushdie's writings and the exception that has been taken to them by Muslim fundamentalists."--BOOK JACKET.Title Summary field provided by Blackwell North America, Inc. All Rights Reserved
Farid al-Din Attar (d. 1221) was the principal Muslim religious poet of the second half of the twelfth century. Best known for his masterpiece "Mantiq al-tayr", or "The Conference of Birds", his verse is still considered to be the finest example of Sufi love poetry in the Persian language after that of Rumi. Distinguished by their provocative and radical theology of love, many lines of Attar's epics and lyrics are cited independently of their poems as maxims in their own right. These pithy, paradoxical statements are still known by heart and sung by minstrels throughout Iran, Afghanistan, Tajikistan, and wherever Persian is spoken or understood, such as in the lands of the Indo-Pakistani Subcontinent. Designed to take its place alongside "The Ocean of the Soul", the classic study of Attar by Hellmut Ritter, this volume offers the most comprehensive survey of Attar's literary works to date, and situates his poetry and prose within the wider context of the Persian Sufi tradition. The essays in the volume are grouped in three sections, and feature contributions by sixteen scholars from North America, Europe and Iran, which illustrate, from a variety of critical prespectives, the full range of Attar's monumental achievement. They show how and why Attar's poetical work, as well as his mystical doctrines, came to wield such tremendous and formative influence over the whole of Persian Sufism.
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• Offers an in-depth experience of alchemical transmutation to cleanse old parts of the psyche and clear space for the shift to 5D through 9D consciousness • Reveals the astrological factors at play behind the multitude of crises hitting the world stage in 2018, 2019, and 2020, including the Covid-19 pandemic • Continues the story from Revelations of the Ruby Crystal and Revelations of the Aquarian Age With the Age of Aquarius dawning, six friends connected by ancient wisdom, spiritual revelation, past lives, and sexual alchemy discover the connections between seemingly disconnected events--environmental collapse, schisms in the Catholic Church, the refugee crisis, political breakdown in the United States, the shift out of the age of oil to the high-tech economy, and the Covid-19 pandemic. The characters, as well as readers, experience moving out of fear-based consciousness to the higher dimensions. The story begins in Florence, Italy, at an art soirée in honor of Armando Pierleoni’s visionary painting of Jesus and Mary Magdalene. In addition to the six friends--Armando, his photographer wife Jennifer, New York Times journalist Simon, his mystical wife Sarah, Jungian analyst Lorenzo, and exotically beautiful and astrologically insightful Claudia--the dinner party also includes Alessandro de Medici, later revealed to be a master alchemist, and the Jesuit priest Father Giorgio Faccini, the Vatican archivist and a covert agent for the Church’s secret agenda. As the Aquarian vibrations intensify, Claudia sees the astrological factors at play behind the multitude of crises hitting the world stage, and then Covid-19 hits Italy. In the rapidly escalating tension, the deepest fears and greatest joys of the characters’ lives are revealed. Armando has a spiritual breakthrough and high initiation with Lorenzo in his tower, and the friends discover alchemical keys and the perennial wisdom--long suppressed by the Church--that will help humanity transcend.
This comfortingly lovely book offers an antidote to the erroneous thought that "women are never good enough." We women are absolutely fabulous and we need to affirm our unique worthiness daily, nightly, and always. Messages of positive affirmation and healing---leading to a truer self-concept and more pleasure in living---are presented as poetic verse coupled with complementary photography and graphics. Healing thoughts invite us to ponder, question, and remember our passions, power, and prayers for a significant, courageous, happy life journey. Read, consider, and re-read these words whenever you find a need to restore yourself in abundance and beauty.This satisfying collaboration is the first publication of Nancy Johnson and Janith Johnson, sisters-ex-law and eternally supportive friends.
“I’m plotting revolution against this lie that the majority has a monopoly of the truth. What are these truths that always bring the majority rallying round? Truths so elderly they are practically senile. And when a truth is as old as that, gentlemen, you can hardly tell it from a lie.” – Dr Stockmann (in Henrik Ibsen’s play An Enemy of the People) Contra Mundum is a handbook for all those who think there is something fundamentally wrong with the world. The ancient Gnostics claimed that the world was actually created and ruled by the Devil (the Demiurge), hence why everything is so hideous, unfair and horrific. Modern Gnostics (Illuminists) assert that the problem with the world is that it’s ruled by the forces of unreason rather than reason, by Mythos rather than Logos, by silly story-based religions rather than mathematics, philosophy and science.
Noted astrologer and spiritual teacher Barbara Hand Clow channels the voice of Satya, a Pleiadian goddess. Satya describes the huge cosmic drama taking place simultaneously in nine dimensions, with Earth as the chosen theater. The Pleiadians are a group of enlightened beings who believe that the end of the Mayan Calendar will signal a critical leap in human evolution; the Pleiadians will be there to guide us for that leap. This shift is the coming Age of Light, and the entry of our solar system into the Photon Band and the Age of Aquarius.