The Garden of Truth: The Vision and Promise of Sufism, Islam's Mystical Tradition

The Garden of Truth The Vision and Promise of Sufism Islam s Mystical Tradition The headlines are filled with the politics of Islam but there is another side to the world s fastest growing religion Sufism is the poetry and mysticism of Islam This mystical movement from the early

  • Title: The Garden of Truth: The Vision and Promise of Sufism, Islam's Mystical Tradition
  • Author: Seyyed Hossein Nasr
  • ISBN: 9780060797225
  • Page: 409
  • Format: Hardcover
  • The headlines are filled with the politics of Islam, but there is another side to the world s fastest growing religion Sufism is the poetry and mysticism of Islam This mystical movement from the early ninth century rejects worship motivated by the desire for heavenly reward or the fear of punishment, insisting rather on the love of God as the only valid form of adorationThe headlines are filled with the politics of Islam, but there is another side to the world s fastest growing religion Sufism is the poetry and mysticism of Islam This mystical movement from the early ninth century rejects worship motivated by the desire for heavenly reward or the fear of punishment, insisting rather on the love of God as the only valid form of adoration Sufism has made significant contributions to Islamic civilization in music and philosophy, dance and literature The Sufi poet Rumi is the bestselling poet in America But in recent centuries Sufism has been a target for some extremist Islamic movements as well as many modernists The Garden of Truth presents the beliefs and vision of the mystical heart of Islam, along with a history of Sufi saints and schools of thought.In a world threatened by religious wars, depleting natural resources, a crumbling ecosystem, and alienation and isolation, what has happened to our humanity Who are we and what are we doing here The Sufi path offers a journey toward truth, to a knowledge that transcends our mundane concerns, selfish desires, and fears In Sufism we find a wisdom that brings peace and a relationship with God that nurtures the best in us and in others.Noted scholar Seyyed Hossein Nasr helps you learn the secret wisdom tradition of Islam and enter what the ancient mystics call the garden of truth Here, liberate your mind, experience peace, discover your purpose, fall in love with the Divine, and find your true, best self.

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    1. "The Knowledge to which the Prophet referred as light is not of course information or conceptual knowledge but the knowledge that illuminates both the subject that knows and the object that is known". (53)"e in-depth understanding of the truth that God veils Himself by what is none other than God can come only from spiritual realization" (45)On the external level, we are at all times influenced by the sum total of our experiences, which can either veil or un-veil our knowledge of The Real depend [...]

    2. A classic exposition of the Sufi doctrine, ethics, metaphysics and history. It is by going within the Garden of Sufism that one can come to appreciate and respect Islamic practices as well as the Koran. As a recent convert to Islam and Sufism, Nasrs' well written book gave me the assurance that the fascination and love for Sufism which I first had two year ago while I was reading, "Essential Sufism", had root not just in my mind, but in my soul and heart. Having said that, this book is really a [...]

    3. Dr.Nasr wrote this work in the classical method of how Sufi treatises were traditionally written. As such, it is a departure somewhat from his other more academic works. It marks a sentinel point in his writings, where he writes directly from his illumined spirit, and more openly than ever reveals his spiritual erudition and phenomenal understanding of spirituality and sufism/irfan from the traditional point of view.Chapter one is titled "What it Means to Be Human: Who are We and What Are We Doi [...]

    4. "The Knowledge to which the Prophet referred as light is not of course information or conceptual knowledge but the knowledge that illuminates both the subject that knows and the object that is known". (53)"e in-depth understanding of the truth that God veils Himself by what is none other than God can come only from spiritual realization" (45)On the external level, we are at all times influenced by the sum total of our experiences, which can either veil or un-veil our knowledge of The Real depend [...]

    5. Salam,Yang Baiknya:1. Buku ini adalah sumber akademik yang agak baik dan mudah dihadam mengenai Sufisme, bagi mereka yang baru berjinak-jinak dengan tasawwuf peringkat tinggi dan ingin mengenal apa itu Sufisme dalam konteks mencari kebenaran. Cuma perlukan "Dictionary" untuk memahami beberapa perkataan canggih ;DYang Perlu Perhatian:1. Memandangkan buku ini sedikit akademik, maka, Syeikh Nasr tidak pula menolak perbuatan seperti pengamal songsang hari ini yang membuat upacara jalan atas api, men [...]

    6. "The experience of the Garden of Truth is the realization of the teachings of gnosis that are expounded on the theoretical level. It is for those who understand such teachings to tranform theoria into actual experience, the description of the Beloved into Her embrace."- Insert Random Rumi Quote-As far as I'm concerned, the appendixes were more informative than the coreof the book, that was so often essentially dealing with the "exotic" side of Tassawuf (I have no idea why it is con-sensually cal [...]

    7. “The book of the Sufi is not the black ink of written wordsIt is none other than an unblemished heart like snow”هذا الكتاب من أجمل ما قرأت عن الصوفية تحفة أدبيةتقرأ وكأنك لا تقرأ بل تشعر بنسيم الكلماتيصمت العالم الخارجي تماماتتناوب الروح بين الحد واللاحد بين المادة والظلالبين الغامض والمبهم والعائم والحقيقيفتذوب الكل [...]

    8. This text was the perfect follow-up after reading Chittick's introduction on Sufism. Dr. Nasr is beautifully deliberate in defining something as seemingly abstract as Sufism; he basically defines the path of the wayfarer. Furthermore, he addresses the historical development of Sufism, which is quite useful. Having said all this, something totally separate has stayed with me after reading this therapeutic book: I believe the author is uncommonly wise, a doctor and pharmacist of the heart, in that [...]

    9. My personal copy is worn from frequent use. With much respect, I use it like a travel guide and it's always in my bag for that reason. In this book, many say his last, he addresses men and women in the quest of the Truth. In a language that is simple yet deep and meaningful, he reminds us that the spiritual path involves knowledge, love and beauty. I often refer to or use his translation of the Arabic language in my own studies.For men and women from every corner of God's realm, who wish to wake [...]

    10. One of the best books I've read in a long time really soulfully engineered to bring out the best sufi practices

    11. Excellent presentation of foundational concepts in Sufism and connections with related spiritual traditions. Key figures and texts are noted with brief highlights. Concluding section on gnosis is a favorite: “…[supreme knowledge or gnosis] is contained deep within the heart/intellect or the Garden of Truth within, and gaining it is more of a recovery than a discovery. It is ultimately remembrance, the Platonic anamnesis. The faculty associated with this knowledge is the intellect (al-‘aql) [...]

    12. Hits on so many different topics so elegantly. I've yet to read a book so intelligently exposing a topic as wide and controversial as sufism with such grace. You'll know what I mean when you get to the part where he casually explains Wahdatul Wujud in a couple paragraphs as a digression. It's the kind of book clearly written by someone overflowing with knowledge and the grace of tongue to express it. A great springboard for further studies while still offering its own depth.

    13. In a language that is simple yet deep and meaningful, I love how the author makes you reflect on each title/phase in the book that talks about the human condition,human action, universal truth and beauty, and the Sufi path, interwoven with quotes from the Qur'an, hadith, and classical Sufi poetry.

    14. buku yang menarik, yang mengajak para pembaca untuk menemukan kembali kebenaran-kebenaran purba. kebenaran yang mungkin saja sekarang mulai hilang dari ingatan manusia. kealpaan bisa saja disengaja atau tidak, namun kenyataannya memang begitu: manusia lupa dengan dirinya sendiri. apalagi di tengah melimpah ruahnya materi kehidupan namun tidak dibarengi dengan penggalian makna akan dirinyas sendiri. di saat arus informasi melaju dengan kencangnya tetapi tak sedikit-pun menyerempet makna "AKU"nusi [...]

    15. A Sufic Masterpiece! His views certainly do not seem to represent the more orthodox branches of Sufism. His view of a non-dualistic (hence monistic) Reality was damned by many early Sufis and deemed heresy as well. Yet Nasr posits his view positively and without worry of blame. He voices his personal interpretation:"Here, at the very center of the heart where the Divine resides, is found the root of the "I" and the final answer to the question "who am I?" Sufism seeks to lead adepts to the heart [...]

    16. Oppikirjamainen perusteos mystistä, sisäistä jumalkokemusta korostavasta sufilaisuudesta. Kirja käsittelee sufilaisuutta nimenomaan yhtenä islaminuskon muotona, ei siitä erillisenä suuntauksena (Nasr esimerkiksi kritisoi ohimennen Gurdjieffia siitä, ettei tämä koskaan kuulunut mihinkään sufiyhteisöön). Sufit ovat Nasrin mukaan rauhaa puolustavia ja kaikenlaista fundamentalismia vierastavia muslimeja, niin miehiä kuin naisia.Teheranissa syntynyt, USAn huippuyliopistoissa opiskellut [...]

    17. There is only one truth. However, it has many many facets, and it will be close to impossible to know and understand all.Reading this book gave a warm feeling that many people are in the same journey. We are looking for the one truth, trying to understand it little by little, and finding the one and only love and lover our life.I prefer him to write through Islamic point of view only. I found when he was quoting the bible, the verses he chose seemed not very applicable for the issue. I don't kno [...]

    18. Seyyed Hossein Nasr is the foremost writer on the mysticism of Islam in the 20th century. The many books which he has written or edited are essential for a contemporary understanding of Sufism."The Garden of Truth /The Vision and Promise of Sufism" is one of the books in the primary bibliography of my free ebook on comparative mysticism" at suprarational/gail2012.pdf and gave me great insights into this tradition of Islamic mysticism. He and I have also exchanged emails for a number of years.

    19. I have a better picture of Sufism now -- and really appreciate the introduction to so many of its figures and movements from many different areas -- but am hesitant to recommend this book to anyone who isn't used to wrestling with metaphysical concepts. In other words, if you want Rumi or Hafiz, look on the poetry shelf. If you want insights into how Sufism swims in the same ocean of light as many other esoteric traditions, then jump on in, but be patient.

    20. A simple and well-written book on Sufism by Nasr. This book is not a mystical book for sure so It doesn't really taste delicious but a first-class introduction. Nasr simply tries to open up even the most prejudiced modernists' mind.I highly recommend this book to "western" or "westernized" people.

    21. I really wish its mystical tradition was more influential in modern Islam. Mysticism seems to encourage practitioners to be more introspective, less hostile and violentAllah, how I love the poetry of Rumi. *heehee*

    22. Seyyed Hossein Nasr offers a complete introduction and overview on Islamic Mysticism. He explaines what it means for us to be human, and explicates the concepts of Divine Love, Divine Peace and Divine Beauty thoroughly.

    23. Nasr is truly an amazing scholar with the ability to bring together various ideas and traditions. Amazing!

    24. I find interesting links between Sufism and Taoism. I wish there were more good books on Sufism in English. This is interesting reading if you have an appetite for the material.

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