- An Hermeneutic Exploration of René Guénon’s ‘The Symbolism of the Cross’ Applied to Sacred Architecture
This thesis examines how the architecture of the various sacred traditions, all manifest in their built expressions a universal symbolic content, while at the same time being absolutely unique in their own inherent particular spiritual dispensation. One major aspect of this symbolic content is the embedding of the three-dimensional cross in its various modes within their built arrangements.
The correlation between the three dimensions of space and the metaphysical symbolism of the cross was the subject of a short but important work by the French traditional metaphysician René Guénon titled Symbolism of the Cross (Le Symbolisme de Ia Croix). In describing the purpose of the work Guénon wrote that it was ‘to explain a symbol that is common to almost all traditions, a fact that would seem to indicate its direct attachment to the great primordial tradition’. While several authors on sacred architecture acknowledge the importance of Guénon’s work, it has generally been applied only in limited considerations and to particular traditions. However, there remains many levels to this work that require further general elaboration and exploration.
Guénon uses the symbolic potential of three-dimensional space as a coherent and indispensable means of developing traditional metaphysics. An hermeneutic exploration and study of Guénon’s Symbolism of the Cross, allows insights into various aspects of all sacred architecture, even when the tradition is unfamiliar. Equally, exploring various themes related to spatial symbolism in sacred architecture can give insights into the interpretative reading of Symbolism of the Cross. Read here
The Reign of Quantity gives a concise but comprehensive view of the present state of affairs in the world, as it appears from the point of view of the ‘ancient wisdom’, formerly common both to the East and to the West, but now almost entirely lost sight of. The author indicates with his fabled clarity and directness the precise nature of the modern deviation, and devotes special attention to the development of modern philosophy and science, and to the part played by them, with their accompanying notions of progress and evolution, in the formation of the industrial and democratic society which we now regard as ‘normal’.
Guénon sees history as a descent from Form (or Quality) toward Matter (or Quantity); but after the Reign of Quantity-modern materialism and the ‘rise of the masses’-Guénon predicts a reign of ‘inverted quality’ just before the end of the age: the triumph of the ‘counter-initiation’, the kingdom of Antichrist. This text is considered the magnum opus among Guénon’s texts of civilizational criticism, as is Symbols of Sacred Science among his studies on symbols and cosmology, and Man and His Becoming according to the Vedanta among his more purely metaphysical works.
For Guénon, history is only the reflection of a vast cosmic process taking its source in a metaphysical dimension (according to his metaphysical doctrine). From the traditionalist perspective, the temporal, phenomenal world is an outflow and manifestation of an unseen metaphysical reality that forms the origin and basis of the material, historical reality human beings perceive with their five senses.
The poet Charles Upton writes that:
in the Reign of Quantity, Guénon sees history in terms of the Hindu concept of the manvantara, the cycle of manifestation composed of Golden, Silver, Bronze and Iron ages; […] This cycle is an inevitable descent from the pole of Essence (or forma) toward the pole of Substance (or materia). […] Essence is qualitative while substance is quantitative; As the cycle progresses or descends, the very nature of time and space changes.[…] In earlier stages, time is relatively eternal, as the cycle moves on, however, time begins to take over and accelerate, but this constant acceleration of time can’t go on forever. Time, the “devourer” ends by devouring itself. At the end of time, Time will be changed into space again. […] This ultimate timeless point is simultaneously the end of the cycle of manifestation and the beginning of the next.[…] Before this ultimate transformation, in the latter days of the present cycle certain final developments must take place. Since quantity has particularly to do with matter, the Reign of quantity must also be the reign of materialism. The age of miracles ceases, the world becomes less permeable to the influences of the higher planes of reality.
The Reign of Quantity and the Signs of the Times is René Guénon’s most prophetic work, which only becomes more relevant with each passing year. Having seen his telling analysis of Western culture, The Crisis of the Modern World, swiftly overtaken by events, Guénon based this his final and most profound critique squarely on changeless metaphysical principles. But to unite social criticism with metaphysics is to beget eschatology, and so, whereas in Crisis Guénon foresaw the end of Western civilization, in Reign he presents us with the end of a vaster world-age, or Manvantara, that began before the dawn of history as we know it.
Guénon bases his critique on ‘abstract’ principles, but his examples are satisfyingly concrete. His chapter ‘The Degeneration of Coinage’ could easily be updated to include the transformation of money into a web of electronically-stored information, while in its treatment of the occult dangers of metallurgy ‘The Significance of Metallurgy’ points directly to our own well-founded fear of such man-made elements as plutonium. And his ‘Fissures in the Great Wall’ gives solid metaphysical grounding to our twentieth-century century demonology, including the UFO phenomenon. The Reign of Quantity presents a vision of the End Times that in no way contradicts traditional eschatologies, but is one key to their deeper meaning. Guénon sees history as a descent from Form (or Quality) toward Matter (or Quantity); but after the Reign of Quantity—modern materialism and the ‘rise of the masses’—Guénon predicts a reign of ‘inverted quality’ just before the end of the age: the triumph of the ‘counter-initiation’, the kingdom of Antichrist. This text is considered the magnum opus among Guénon’s texts of civilizational criticism, as is Symbols of Sacred Science among his studies on symbols and cosmology, and Man and His Becoming according to the Vedanta among his more purely metaphysical works.
Table of Contents
Introduction—Quality and Quantity—Materia Signata Quantitate—Measure and Manifestation—Spatial Quantity and Qualified Space—The Qualitative Determinations of Time—The Principle of Individuation—Uniformity against Unity —Ancient Crafts and Modern Industry—The Twofold Significance of Anonymity—The Illusion of Statistics—Unity and ‘Simplicity’—The Hatred of Secrecy—The Postulates of Rationalism—Mechanism and Materialism—The Illusion of ‘Ordinary Life’—The Degeneration of Coinage—The Solidification of the World—Scientific Mythology and Popularization—The Limits of History and Geography—From Sphere to Cube—Cain and Abel—The Significance of Metallurgy—Time changed into Space—Toward Dissolution—The Fissures in the Great Wall—Shamanism and Sorcery—Psychic Residues—The Successive Stages in Anti-Traditional Action—Deviation and Subversion—The Inversion of Symbols—Tradition and Traditionalism—Neo-Spiritualism—Contemporary Intuitionism—The Misdeeds of Psychoanalysis—The Confusion of the Psychic and the Spiritual—Pseudo-Initiation—The Deceptiveness of ‘Prophecies’—From Anti-Tradition to Counter-Tradition—The Great Parody: or Spirituality Inverted—The End of a World
- Man and His Becoming according to the Vedanta
Man and His Becoming according to the Vedanta is Guénon’s central exposition of traditional metaphysics, companion to his other two great works in this genre: The Symbolism of the Cross and The Multiple States of the Being. Guénon held that Hinduism embraces the most ancient, profound, and comprehensive expression of traditional metaphysics we possess, which can in some ways function as a key to every other traditional form, and this work has been called the first reliable exposition of Hindu metaphysics in any Western language. Before Guénon, the West’s image of Hinduism was a hodge-podge of translated scriptures lacking traditional commentary, fragments of doctrine reported by Jesuits and other missionaries, random impressions of merchants, imperialists, and adventurers, unreliable Eurocentric constructions of the orientalists, and the fantasies of the Theosophical Society and their ilk. To this day, Man and His Becoming remains one of the best (if not the best) expositions of the doctrines of the Vedanta, an exposition entirely free from the modernizing and Westernizing tendencies that first infiltrated the Indian subcontinent under the British Raj, and have not yet abated. This text is a veritable bible of traditional metaphysics and anthropology. In his Studies in Hinduism and Introduction to the Study of the Hindu Doctines, Guénon treats historical and cosmological aspects of Hinduism in further detail. Read here
The Multiple States of the Being
This text, René Guénon’s most comprehensive work of ‘pure’ metaphysics, is written as if nothing at all is, but That which is in its own essence. And, in truth, what else is there? Being is multiple and comprises many states, both manifest and unmanifest; but the unmanifest has precedence, what is seen being effectively nothing in the face of what is not seen. To realize this is to realize the contingency of the human state and the set of its inherent possibilities; to realize the contingency of the human state is to be liberated from it; to be liberated from the human state is to assimilate the principle by which the being can be liberated from all states. This is the end of the spiritual life, and also of the human form: ‘end’ both as telos and as annihilation. And since all beings in manifestation exist equally and simultaneously in all the planes and states of the Unmanifest, to know Infinite Possibility is precisely to become what one is. Read here
Here also important books on European Tradition:
And the very important Book East and west translated by Martin lings
- The Recovery of Human Nature (William C. Chittick)
Islam isn’t the ass-backward religion many in the West think it is – there is a long tradition of mystical Muslim philosophy that is as rich and complex as anything in the Western tradition. William C. Chittick argues for a subjective science of experience as a means of regaining our true human nature, and uses Islam as a way into this integral point of view.
Here is a key quote: ” In short, two grand movements can be observed in the cosmos as a whole: One is that of exteriorization, the other that of interiorization; one is that of creation or cosmogenesis, the other that of dissolution or destruction; one is manifestation, the other disappearance. These two movements are given a variety of names. Among the most common are “Origin and Return,” a phrase that was used as a book-title by both Avicenna and Mulla Sadra. The Origin is pictured as centrifugal, dispersing, and devolutionary, and the Return as centripetal, integrating, and evolutionary. The two movements together are depicted as a circle. Beginning at the top, all things come into existence through a gradual process of descent and differentiation, and they appear in a multiplicity of modes. Having reached the bottom of the circle—the realm of visible reality—they reverse their course and ascend back toward the top. The two movements are thus called the Arc of Descent and the Arc of Ascent”.
It’s great to see this perspective being offered within an Islamic framework. Too many people reject Islam as backward as a result of the radicals in Iraq, Iran, and the rest of that region. But there is so much more to that tradition. Read here The Recovery of Human Nature
- Oikosophia: For we need a home where we may once again speak the language of the soul, and a language of the soul that may take us home.
…To awaken the Functional Consciousness is to be Love, to be Unity. Qualification separates you from the water of the sea, from the stone, from the earth, from vegetation, from the amorous turtle dove, from the ferocious beast, from all human races; but all that appears outside of you is functionally within you, man of the end of a Time.
Qualification shows you a Moslem separate from a Jew, a Buddhist, a Brahman, a Taoist, a Christian; it discusses endlessly their “philosophies” and their merits. What is your criterion, you who do not know the revelation of Knowledge? Everything in its own fashion tells you the Truth, while only Truth speaks to you openly of Redemption.
Redemption is within us, provided we awaken the Consciousness of the function which unifies, and renders all discussion null and void. Is not Knowing more precious than seeking Learning?
…Sophia, then: the wisdom language that unites, rather than divides. For the time of homecoming has come. At long last. Read the complete paper Oikosophia by Daniela Boccassini
- The Relationship between the Environment and Man
The Macro-Micro Mirror-play
God says in the Holy Qur’an:
We shall show them Our signs on the horizons and in their own souls until it becomes clear to them that He is the Truth … (Fussilat, 41:53)
And: And in the earth are signs for those whose faith is sure / And [also] in yourselves. Can ye then not see? (Al-Dhariyat, 51:20-21)
In these verses, God links His signs in the environment with His signs within ourselves. This means that the Divine Metacosm is reflected in both the microcosm which is man and the macrocosm which is the universe.
In other words, man is like a small world, and the universe is like a large man, and by recognising the signs in either of these worlds we can come to know the Truth of God, for His signs are both within us and within the world. Read the complete paper THE HOLY QUR’AN AND THE ENVIRONMENT
- -The Art of Dying Well according to Erasmus of Rotterdam and Teresa of Ávila
Contemporary conversations about death and dying are lost and unsatisfying on many levels. This phenomenon subsists not only in fields like bioethics, but also in religion and spirituality. Modern culture is preoccupied with seeking ways to live a longer, youthful life, ignoring the inevitable forthcoming of death. One period during which the topic of death and dying was reflected upon by the common Christian was between the fifteenth and the seventeenth centuries, during which a specific genre of literature was formed: ars moriendi. This genre attempted to provide intellectual, cultural and religious answers as to how death should be understood and ritualized. Two spiritual writers who contributed to the understanding of ars moriendi are Desiderius Erasmus and Teresa of Ávila. What unites these figures of the Catholic tradition is their attempt to show that preparation for death is a lifelong process of cultivating appropriate virtues. Read hereThe Art of Dying Well according to Erasmus of Rotterdam and Teresa of Avila
12– Die Before You Die
“Living as a dry leaf taken by the wind of the divine inspiration which takes it anywhere it wants” Maulana Sheikh Nazim Al Haqqani
Using the message Sultan Valad( Son of Rumi) from The Skills of Soul Rapture :
“God is the Light of the heavens and the earth.” (Qoran 24-35)
God, the Most High, declares: “I am the Light of the heavens and the earth. If you see darkness, light, life or beauty in the heavens or on the earth, consider them all coming from Me. In reality, everything with goodness is Myself. Since you do not have direct vision of My Beauty or Goodness without intermediary or association, I show it to you by means of forms and veils. Since your Incomparable Soul is intermixed with form, and that which is adulterated cannot see that which is pure. My Virtue is adulterated to enable you to see It. Existence is like a being whose head is the heavens and whose feet are upon the earth.” Read more here
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- 13- Art as History, History as Art Jheronimus Bosch and Pieter Bruegel the Elder. Assembling knowledge not setting puzzles
This book challenges many of the assumptions about Jheronimus Bosch and Pieter Bruegel the Elder. The academic contest to unravel these two has never abated. What exactly is the meaning of their work is one of art history’s blood sports. The answer lies in the cultural relationship between the artwork and its audience. Both artists demonstrate social, economic and political resonances in paintings that are numbingly familiar yet still poorly understood. There is social, religious, and political motivation in their art, an art that is frequently described in art historical isolation. For Bosch the image was a morality play about the paucity of good in a world teeming with evil monsters. For Bruegel it was frequently a reference to political events.
Far from producing puzzle pictures they were assembling knowledge as part of a visual culture that was central to the life of society. It relates to the knowledge of the world at a particular time and two artists’ experiences of it. It stretches from the sexuality and spirituality of Bosch to secular satisfaction in Bruegel at a time of social upheaval and a great turning point of world history – the beginning of the modern world and the end of the Middle Ages. Read here
- The garden of Truth
The Vision and Promise of Sufism, Islam’s Mystical Tradition
SEYYED HOSSEIN NASR
– What It Means to Be Human?
Who Are We and What Are We Doing Here?
–Truth –The Knowledge That Illuminates and Delivers from the Bondage of Ignorance
-Love and Beauty –The Fire That Attracts and Consumes, the Peace That Calms and Liberates
-Goodness and Human Action –To Do His Will, to Conform to the Divine Norm.
-How Do We Reach the Garden of Truth? –The Path to the One
-Access to the Center –Sufism Here and Now
-The Sufi Tradition and the Sufi Orders- Reflections on the MaMfèstation of Sufism in Time and Space
This masterpiece by Titus Burckhardt examines the essence of Islamic mysticism, or Sufism, presenting its central doctrines and methods to a Western audience in a highly intelligible form. Th is edition contains a new foreword by William C. Chittick and an extensive glossary/index. read here ….
For the first time in the history of Orientalism, a thorough study of Ibn al-‘Arabi’s thought is now available. William Chittick has given us a translation of numerous passages from the work of the Magister Magnus and placed them in their theological context, thus removing many misunderstandings that have prevailed both among Muslims and in the West when interpreting Ibn al-‘Arabi’s mystical worldview. Chittick has done this with admirable clarity, and his book will always remain a most important milestone in the study of Islamic mystical theology.” — Annemarie Schimmel, Harvard University
Ibn al-‘Arabi is still known as “the Great Sheik” among the surviving Sufi orders. Born in Muslim Spain, he has become famous in the West as the greatest mystical thinker of Islamic civilization. He was a great philosopher, theologian, and poet.
William Chittick takes a major step toward exposing the breadth and depth of Ibn al-‘Arabi’s vision. The book offers his view of spiritual perfection and explains his theology, ontology, epistemology, hermeneutics, and soteriology. The clear language, unencumbered by methodological jargon, makes it accessible to those familiar with other spiritual traditions, while its scholarly precision will appeal to specialists.
Beginning with a survey of Ibn al-‘Arabi’s major teachings, the book gradually introduces the most important facets of his thought, devoting attention to definitions of his basic terminology. His teachings are illustrated with many translated passages introducing readers to fascinating byways of spiritual life that would not ordinarily be encountered in an account of a thinker’s ideas. Ibn al-‘Arabi is allowed to describe in detail the visionary world from which his knowledge derives and to express his teachings in his own words.
More than 600 passages from his major work, al-Futuhat al-Makkivva, are translated here, practically for the first time. These alone provide twice the text of the Fusus al-hikam. The exhaustive indexes make the work an invaluable reference tool for research in Sufism and Islamic thought in general.
Farid Al-Din Attar was one of old Persias greatest poets. He appears to have died between a.d. 1220 and 1230. Of the very numerous epics and idylls ascribed to Attar perhaps nine may be recognized as authentic. Of these the most famous is the Manteq Altair, a subtle and charming allegory of the soul’s progress towards God. This books is a collection of biographies of Sufis, Mystics and Muslims saints. Download it here (428 pages)
Tabjuman Al-Ashwaq – A Collection of Mystical Odes’ by MUHYI’DDIN IBN AL-‘ARABI is a collection of three individual sufi manuscripts that have been edited together here. This scanned edition was published by The Royal Asiatic Society in London 1911. Download here
Fifteen Questions You Should Ask Your Religious Teacher is a good place to start
your journey. The questions presented in this book to this particular religious teacher, Sheikh Nazim al-Haqqani, were all asked without any time permitted for preparation or contemplation. We asked the questions before a small public gathering and he answered them immediately and in one sitting.
It is important to note that the interviewer and compiler of this book, at the time he presented these questions to Sheikh Nazim al-Haqqani, were in search of a teacher for himself. He was determined to continue to ask these very same questions of as many religious teachers as necessary, from whatever faith groups, until satisfied that he had truly found a real teacher whom he could trust. Read here
99 Sohbets of Maulana Shaykh Nazim Adil al Haqqani ar Rabbani . Only by the light of the Spiritual Path and the mystic way can the Truth be discovered. In order for one to truly witness the Perfection of the Absolute, one must see with one’s inner being, which perceives the whole of Reality. This witnessing happens when one becomes perfect, losing one’s (partial) existence in the Whole. If the Whole is likened to the Ocean, and the part to a drop, the sufi says that witnessing the Ocean with the eye of a drop is impossible. However, when the drop becomes one with the Ocean, it sees the Ocean with the eye of the Ocean – 303 pages( free download) or buy copy ( money goes to Charity projects)
– 99 gouttes des Océans infinis de Miséricorde 99 Sohbas de Mawlana Sheikh Nazim al-Haqqani ar-Rabbani. C’est seulement par la lumière de la voie spirituelle et du chemin mystique que la vérité peut être découverte. Pour vraiment témoigner de la perfection de l’Absolu, il faut voir avec son être intérieur, qui perçoit la totalité de la Réalité. Ce témoignage est possible quand on devient parfait, quand on perd l’existence (partielle) dans le Tout. Si le Tout est comparé à l’océan, et l’individu, à la goutte, le soufi dit qu’être témoin de l’océan avec l’oeil d’une goutte est impossible. Cependant, lorsque la goutte devient une avec l’océan… …alors elle voit l’Océan à travers l’oeil de l’Océan. download gratuit
99 Sohbets van Maulana
Sheikh Nazim Adil al Haqqani ar Rabbani
Als we God vergelijken met de Oceaan en de individuele mens met een druppel, kunnen we zeggen dat het doel van het soefisme is om de druppel naar de oceaan te
De meester van het pad is als een rivier die in verbinding staat met de oceaan. De druppel moet zichzelf er toe aanzetten om naar de rivier te komen, zodat deze kan worden meegenomen naar de oceaan.
Het is niet nodig te benoemen dat voordat de druppel de oceaan heeft bereikt, met
hulp van de rivier, eerst verschillende moeilijke uitdagingen zal moeten overwinnen.
Het zal te maken krijgen met een hoop turbulentie, door verschillende botsingen in
de rivier, zodat het uiteindelijk in sereniteit en stabiliteit kan samenvloeien met de
oceaan. free download
– A Fragrance of Hajja Aminah Adil
This collection of sohbats of Hajja Aminah Adil was recorded during a visit to Lefke, Cyprus between June 27th and July 30th of the year 2004. Some of them were told to the group of women who gathered around the large table in the Shaykh’s house every afternoon. Hajja Amina was well known for her stories. She gathered them from many sources. These sohbets were given in either Arabic or Turkish. She told these stories to her four children when they were growing up. Then she began telling them to the murids of the Shaykh who gathered, like her children, around her. She had a way of telling them that engaged and captivated everyone. They were a source of entertainment but they also provided subtle guidance and insight and understanding that lasts a lifetime. That is why we feel it is so important to pass themn to those who did not have the opportunity to experience themselves. 144 pages (free download) or buy a copy ( money goes to Charity projects)
This impressive biographical work deftly weaves translated accounts from authentic Ottoman Turkish texts with ancient lore, resulting in a compelling, unforgettable portrait of the founder of Islam as seen through the eyes of Muslims around the world. Dowload here
Contemporary Teachings of a Sufi Master
Mawlânâ Shaykh Muḥammad Nâẓim ‘Âdil al-Ḥaqqânî an-Naqshband
Summer 1997; Ramaḍân 1997/98 –freedownload
– La Voie Soufie de l’Amour / The Sufi Path of Love
Who better than Sultan Valad could explain to us the teachings of his father? Rumi’s eldest son was his intimate friend and confidant. For seventy years, says Aflaki, he illuminated the words of his father and master, miraculous, eloquent, in deciphering the mysteries and interpretation. The Master awakens the sleepy soul of the student and allows him to climb the ascending steps to Paradise. He describes us the Skills of Soul Rapture. Mawlana Rumi himself says: “I have studied a lot of science and have worked hard to offer rare and valuable things to researchers and scientists who come to me, it is God the Supreme who has decided so”. He said also to his son: “O Bahâ-ud-Din, my coming into this world has come to prepare yours, for all the words that I say are speeches, but you, you are my action.” It is a message for all times, a revelation of wisdom for our time. free download
Het boek De kunde van Ziel’s vervoering (Kitab al-Ma’ârif) is geschreven door Sultan Valad. Sultan Valad was de zoon van Jalal ad-Din Rumi. Jalal ad-Din Rumi werd geboren in Balkh in Khorasan in 1207. Rumi was zelf de zoon van een eminente leraar, Baha-ud-Din Valad, die ook “de sultan van de geleerden” werd genoemd. Het is in zijn nagedachtenis dat zijn kleinzoon, Sultan Valad, ook Baha-ud-Din werd genoemd. Ooit vertelde Rumi zijn zoon: “O Bahâ-ud-Dîn, mijn komst naar deze wereld gebeurde toevallig om de uwe voor te bereiden; want alle woorden die ik zeg, zijn preken, maar jij, jij bent mijn daad. ” free download
Dear Beloved Son / Ayyuhal Walad Al Ghazali
I seek Allahs refuge from the knowledge which is of no benefit”. This disciple of Imam Ghazali (RA) kept thinking along these lines for a few days and then wrote a letter to Imam Ghazali (RA) with the view of getting an answer to his dilemma along with some other questions. Furthermore, he asked in his letter to Imam Ghazali (RA) for some advice and to teach him a supplication that he could always recite. He wrote in his letter that although Imam Ghazali (RA) has written numerous books on this issue,this weak individual is in need of something that he could always study and always act upon its injunctions. In reply to his letter, Imam Ghazali (RA) sent him the following advices. free download
La “lettre au disciple” (ayyuha al walad) de l’Imam Abu Hamid al Ghazali est l’un de ses derniers ouvrages. Il répond sous forme d’épître à un de ses élèves qui l’avait prié de lui apporter des éclaircissements sur des points de doctrine et sur certains points qui relèvent de la science du dévoilement. free download
Teachings of Mevlana Sheikh Abdullah Ed-Dagistani En-Naqshbandi Free Download
Mercy Oceans Book2
Teachings of Mevlana Sheikh Abdullah Ed-Dagistani En-Naqshbandi. Free download
OCEANS DE MISERICORDE 2
Les Enseignements de Mawlana Sheikh ABDALLAH AD-DAGHESTANI AN NAQSHBAND
exposés par Notre Maître, Mawlana Sheikh Nazim Al–Haqqani An-Naqshband Free download
TRADUIT DE LA VERSION ANGLAISE MERCY OCEANS (BOOK TWO)
Teachings of Sheikh Nazim Al–Haqqani An-Naqshband Summer 1984 – Winter 1985 in Germany and Siwtserland Free download
500 years ago, the b. Niklaus von Flue saved the Swiss Confederation from collapse in the so-called “Stanser Kommommnis” and entered the history of Switzerland as the “Father of the Fatherland”. Niklaus von Flue brought it from farmer to captain, councilman and judge and then lived as a hermit for 20 years. Winfried Abel, a young, poetically gifted pastor in Kasset, has attempted to decrypt the visual testament of Brother Klaus, and we are astonished and grateful to find out what God foreshadowed and revealed to the little ones. Here is bread for the soul, according to which the person threatened by the emptying of meaning is starving as never before.A Message of Peace for our Times! look also Retreat Caravan of Love 2018
Keeping Company with a Saint by Nabil Ibrahim
»This is Nabil’s picture of a Saint whose greatest miracle was being able to be everything to every-one. However perceptive, this is only a piece of the puzzle to which each one of us is in possession of a different piece. But the love he so powerfully gives voice to, is ours, all of ours, the same. We are left with this book – a tribute both to the Master and to the murid.« to order here
Mawlana Sheikh Nazim Al-Haqqani moved from this world to the next on Wednesday the 7th of May, 2014, the 8th of Rajab, 1435 AH. This event left most of us simply speechless, struck dumb, stunned and tearless, in the depths of our loss. Nabil, however, found the voice to speak, the words to express something of the love and gratitude we all feel for an incomparable Master. And beyond that, he had some really practical advice on how we can adjust to our new reality, advice about the right attitude with which to face the future. To put it simply, the Sheikh is not dead, keep your eyes on the Sheikh.
Nabil’s memories, his understandings are, of course, inimitably his. When you read these articles you see the world through his eyes. This is Nabil’s picture of a Saint whose greatest miracle was being able to be everything to everyone. However perceptive, this is only a piece of the puzzle to which each one of us is in possession of a different piece. But the love he so powerfully gives voice to, is ours, all of ours, the same.
In the days following Mawlana’s passing, Nabil composed these short articles as emails, which he sent out to those he thought would appreciate them. They brought so much comfort and clarity to the recipients that he was persuaded to publish them for a wider audience. So he arranged for the editing and for the publishing in a strangely insistent way that we didn’t understand.
Then on Friday March 20, 2015 Nabil died suddenly from unknown causes in his mother’s home in Cairo, 317 days after his beloved Master.
We are left with this book – a tribute both to the Master and to the murid.
5th of Sha‘bân, 1436, Lefke, Cyprus
Met Hart en Ziel bevat foto’s die de jonge fotograaf Joseph Wigley maakte van de zogenaamde Naqshbandi Soefi’s in Nederland en Duitsland. Het is de eerste keer dat de besloten wereld van deze Soefi’s hier is gefotografeerd en gepubliceerd.
Het is niet eenvoudig om met je verstand het soefisme te vatten. Daarom is er gekozen voor een fotoboek omdat beelden meer zeggen dan woorden. Ze zijn gemaakt tijdens huiskamerbijeenkomsten op twee plaatsen in Amsterdam en in het Duitse Kall. De meditatieve methode die de Soefi’s gebruiken tijdens de Zikr lijkt op de mantra’s van Boeddhisten. Het zijn oefeningen waarin voortdurend woorden of korte zinnetjes worden herhaald in het Arabisch. Verder zijn er foto’s van de Hadra (een soort religeuze dans) en de Bayat (inwijding).
Deze uitgave hoopt meer bekendheid te geven aan deze mystieke stroming die haar oorsprong vindt in de Islam en bekend staat om haar zachtmoedigheid en vredelievendheid. De vormgeving is van Gert Jan Slagter, de teksten zijn van Rolf van Hulten, de uitgever is Kalamiteit in Dokkum. Te bestellen hier
The Fihi Ma Fihi (Persian: فیه مافیه; from Arabic: فیه ما فیه), “It Is What It Is” or “In It What Is in It”) is a Persian prose work of a famous 13th century writer, Rumi. The book has 72 short discourses.
Sufis, Mystics and Muslims saints
Farid Al-Din Attar was one of old Persias greatest poets. He appears to have died between a.d. 1220 and 1230. Of the very numerous epics and idylls ascribed to Attar perhaps nine may be recognized as authentic. Of these the most famous is the Manteq Altair, a subtle and charming allegory of the soul’s progress towards God. This books is a collection of biographies of Sufis, Mystics and Muslims saints. Download it here (428 pages):
Tabjuman Al-Ashwaq – A Collection of Mystical Odes’ by MUHYI’DDIN IBN AL-‘ARABI is a collection of three individual sufi manuscripts that have been edited together here. This scanned edition was published by The Royal Asiatic Society in London 1911. Download here
- Islamic Spirituality
A broad-ranging, illustrated, scholarly treatment of core topics in Islamic spirituality. This book discusses the foundations of Sufism, including the Qur’an, the Hadith, pilgrimage, and prayer, as well as a study of the rise of Islam. The companion book Islamic Spirituality: Manifestations delves more deeply into the different ways that Sufism is lived out around the world, with attention to the various sects and their writings