Thinking Like The Universe: The Sufi Path Of Awakening Hazrat Inayat Khan

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Thinking Like The Universe: The Sufi Path Of Awakening  by  Hazrat Inayat Khan

Thinking Like The Universe: The Sufi Path Of Awakening by Hazrat Inayat Khan
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Thinking like the Universe is an introduction to Sufism, the mystical branch of Islam, by one of its most prominent leaders. It is a gentle and easy read, both profound and very accessible. The book is culled from years of notes taken on the retreatsMoreThinking like the Universe is an introduction to Sufism, the mystical branch of Islam, by one of its most prominent leaders.

It is a gentle and easy read, both profound and very accessible. The book is culled from years of notes taken on the retreats lead by the author, Pir Vilayat Inayat Khan. This gives the book a very practical feel at times with very specific directions for meditation practice, for instance.

But it is in the personal anecdotes and illustrations that the book really electrifies its readers. How many authors can talk about forgiveness from the perspective of one whose own sister died in a Nazi concentration camp?The difference between Sufism and the general new age openness to spirituality is the clarity with which Pir expresses its historical purpose around his core teaching that awakening beyond life must be followed by awakening in life. So this book is a good introduction not just to Sufism but also to spirituality that is neither asceticism or renunciation but also not simply worldliness.

The author expresses the distinction in typically clear and gentle terms: Indeed whilst the way of the ascetic is to give up the world, the way of the Sufi is to build up a beautiful world of beautiful people.Early on the author says that he uses the word universe to mean God and the sense of the divine is palpable throughout this book.

Thinking like the Universe is an excellent introduction to Sufism and to the path of awakening in our day and age. --Peter Lloyd



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