Journey to the Lord of Power: A Sufi Manual on Retreat

Journey to the Lord of Power A Sufi Manual on Retreat Journey to the Lord of Power is the first English translation of Ibn Arabi s twelfth century text dealing with spiritual ascent Arabi whose metaphysical teachings have had a profound influence on bot

  • Title: Journey to the Lord of Power: A Sufi Manual on Retreat
  • Author: Ibn Arabi Ibn Arabi Muzaffer Ozak
  • ISBN: 9780892810185
  • Page: 347
  • Format: Paperback
  • Journey to the Lord of Power is the first English translation of Ibn Arabi s twelfth century text dealing with spiritual ascent Arabi, whose metaphysical teachings have had a profound influence on both the Muslim and Christian worlds, is known as one of the greatest writers of mystical love poetry of all time Written in answer to the questions of a friend, this illuminJourney to the Lord of Power is the first English translation of Ibn Arabi s twelfth century text dealing with spiritual ascent Arabi, whose metaphysical teachings have had a profound influence on both the Muslim and Christian worlds, is known as one of the greatest writers of mystical love poetry of all time Written in answer to the questions of a friend, this illuminating guide describes the evolutionary path of our higher spiritual aspirations the quest for the ultimate reality, the journey toward God It is chiefly concerned with spiritual retreat, an advanced and potentially dangerous Sufi practice that aims at the attainment of the Presence of God through absolute abandonment of the world Realizing the imagination s deceptive power, Arabi warns that this form of retreat should not be undertaken except at the order of a sheikh or by one who has mastered the self Each stage of the journey is accompanied by a temptation which can be overcome only by an unshakable desire for God Ibn Arabi explains each step of the ascent leading toward human perfection In this perilous voyage of self discovery, the reader will encounter the Realms of the mineral, vegetable, and animal worlds, eventually reaching the Gardens and the Throne of Mercy The traveler of the Sufi mystic path is called upon to cleanse his or her heart in order to safely reach the final destination the Lord of Power.

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    1. Con certeza digo que este es uno de los textos más bellos y poéticos que he leído en mi vida. El asunto a tratar no es menor: cómo separarse del mundo, cómo unirse a Dios, qué esperar del encuentro y cómo actuar luego.La edición de Sirio viene con una gran introducción y notas que me resultaron muy explicativas. Lo único que sabía de Ibn’ Arabi es que fue un sufí del S. XII que tuvo contacto con Averroes, ese extraño musulmán que recuperó parte de la obra de Platón y Aristótel [...]

    2. This thin book contains advices from Ibn' Arabi as a murshid to his mureed. They say it is the easiest book of him, well, it might be. However this book is not for those who are unfamiliar with sufism and metaphorical writings. Because My learned friend, interpreting texts according to their literal meanings can sometimes land a person in error. Literalism is what has caused your judgments about Ibn `Arabi who is one of the Imams of our faith known for his scrupulous piety. You have understood w [...]

    3. Shortly after my initial conversion, I was given this book by a friend as my introduction to the discipline of tasawwuf. From what I recall, this is Ibn Arabi's letter to one of his most senior students, describing the spiritual processes of the khalwa (spiritual seclusion) - i.e not something you should be giving to someone learning how to pray. Needless to say, it didn't understand a word of it at the time but it nonetheless had the profound effect of wetting my appetite for the future. It is [...]

    4. This is a small yet wondrous book, I loved reading it. The calligraphy that has been added from the grand mosque of Bursa is absolutely amazing.

    5. This useful little book gives a good sense of the contemplative path as it was experienced by the Great Shaykh Ibn 'Arabi. He advises reliance on the foundational Sufi practice of Dhikr, or remembrance, which is the comportment of awareness on God through some conceptual vehicle, such as the recitation of the holy name of Allah. According to Ibn 'Arabi, that brings the mind gradually through the image of God to the reality, in a series of stages. He presents them sequentially but advises that th [...]

    6. This book seems to be writen with a scholarly audience in mind, certainly not for the layman. The book is written in a straight forward way in which Shaykh Ibn Arabi attempts to explain elements from the worlds of alghayb. The Sheikh goes into detail about spiritual ascension towards the lord and the stations that exist on the path. The first few pages in the preface have literally nothing to do with the book almost at all. There are huge lessons to be learnt from this short text, it would be ad [...]

    7. This book does contain some more valuable insights into the inner world of Ibn Arabi. I think Chittick does do a better job in translating and explaining. When reading Ibn Arabi you have to remind yourself that you can never glean a proper understanding until you have re-read it. The book does contain a few details that I have not read in Chitticks work. Namely the description about the 6 spiritual realms.

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