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Sufism: The Transformation of the Heart Paperback – June 1, 1995
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About the Author
- Item Weight : 11.4 ounces
- Paperback : 224 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0963457446
- ISBN-13 : 978-0963457448
- Dimensions : 5.5 x 0.65 x 8.5 inches
- Publisher : The Golden Sufi Center; Paperback edition (June 1, 1995)
- Language: : English
- Best Sellers Rank: #869,380 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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This book is very important. It ushers you (readers) into understanding Sufism.
I live in Java, the land of spiritual, and I learnt mysticism in my family. I also read many books about Physics, theoretical physics and cosmology.
I read about Hinduism; The Upanishads, Bhagavad Gita, and others. All of these is to understand the ultimate truth of Reality.
Yet Sufism blew my mind away and reshaped what I have learnt to something more meaningful, and everything now felt so right, perfect, and doubtless.
The Science of physics and the spiritual-the mystic are ONE. Literally.
I see the nature and people in it differently. I have no fear nor doubt. Very calm. Very peaceful. Full of love. The Love of God.
My brothers and sisters, let there be no hatred in this world. Only Peace and Love. Because we are One. One of God.
La Illaha illallah. There is no God but God.
I love the feel of a book in my hand and owning a copy
of the book. I read to know that I am not alone and this
was one book that taught me a whole lot...We are more alike
than different. The book gives a history of the Islam belief
and the Muslim true culture. It also tells us that we
are looking for the same thing...Love...Love for God, Love for
others, and Love for self. Reading this book gave me hope for
my belief...We Are One...One In God.
According to the book's definition, "Sufi is a name given to a band of mystics who are lovers of God". The goal in Sufism or a Sufi is to become one with God by mediating and chanting (dhikr). Some of the concepts are similar to other spiritual teachings such as "Divinity of humans" (Holy Spirit or God living in every human like Unity teachings), "The real reason of unhappiness or feelings of unfulfillment is the result of separation from God" ("A Course in Miracles") ," Living in the world but not of it" (Bible) and "Living in the presence of God every moment" (Marianne Williamson's writings)
After finishing it, I was terribly disappointed by the book which is terribly dry, abstract and repetitious. ( "The mind and the ego can never grasp an experience of total unity in which there is no distinction between observer and observed, but the heart's experience of His unity is reflected into our ordinary consciousness." )I learned more about Sufism from a three minute video of Jonathan Brown from Georgetown University, a video clip of a documentary about Sufism by PBS on the internet and Rumi's official website maintained by his descendants(Mevlana Rumi), than reading this book.(Mevlana Rumi's website also has a list of recommended books in English. If you click on each book's web link, it takes to Amazon.com, where you can buy the books.)
However, my major disappointment about this book was the dedication of one third of the book, fifty pages, to Carl Jung and his dream work while briefly mentioning Rumi, two pages, the first person comes to mind in many circles talking about Sufism. (Since I did a lot of reading about Jung years ago, I did not buy this book to learn about Jung but Sufism) Not to mention, there was no coverage of Omar Khayyam or Al-Ghazali "whose influences extended beyond Muslim lands and Western philosophers and theologians" according to my internet research.
In this age of separation, alienation and strife, we need more enlightened spiritual teachers like Llewelly and his message of universal love and unity. ("God is all there is, everything is God's expression of Himself and God is love."/ "Whatsoever you turn, there is the face of God") One can't help but admire his command of the English language when he talks, brilliance, level of spiritual enlightenment, and dedication of spreading the message of universal love (Sufism) to masses. I wish he would write the way he talks because if readers, who don't know much about the subject matter unlike him, don't understand the book, the message is not going to reach the target audience. (I highly recommend watching his an hour long video called "We Are All One" on the internet to really appreciate him.)
The gentleness in this man made me want more. I immediately downloaded Sufism: The Transformation of the Heart on my Amazon Kindle. At the same time I ordered the paperback from Amazon as well. The book is well written, gentle in nature, and on my bedside table. I whole heartedly recommend it.