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At its heart, Islam is a profound spiritual path that teaches tolerance, love, respect, and plurality. The essence of Islamic wisdom has been kept alive by the great Muslim mystics known as Sufis. This book is a practical aid to help us transform our everyday lives into an adventure of spiritual awakening. The Sufi sages are calling us to join their caravan of love as it sets out across the desert of ignorance on the great pilgrimage to Allah. Are you ready?
The Tao Te Ching is one of the world's spiritual classics. The 81 chapters have distilled the wisdom of the sages, oracles and folk traditions of ancient China and are beautiful to read. They offer reflection and insight, and guide us towards personal growth and greater understanding. Tim's modern rendering encapsulates the freshness and simplicity of the original Chinese text and makes it relevant to our lives today. It is a book to dip into, to meditate upon and to treasure.
A book of Zen teachings is a conundrum because Zen is beyond words. Zen cannot be understood by the mind, because it is about becoming aware of the mind itself. Zen wisdom is not a clever theory, it is medicine. We suffer from the illness of the illusion of separateness and Zen is the cure.
In this inspiring little book the Sufi sages lead us on a mystical voyage of discovery; enticing us into a love affair with the Divine Beloved. Sufi wisdom may seem mystifying, but actually it is trying to point us to something so obvious that we miss it. God is everywhere and everything.
Tibetan Buddhism is far more than veneration of a buddha who lived 2,500 years ago. It has been inspired and shaped by a succession of living buddhas. Their wisdom, contained in this remarkable little book, nurtures the potential within all of us to experience enlightenment.
With some of the greatest Hindu gurus as our guides, this remarkable little book leads us on a mystical journey from ignorance to self-realisation; from separation to unity; from selfishness to service; from a troubled mind to an open heart; from illusion to love.
'Lovers have a religion all of their own. Their only creed is love.'
Mevlana Jalal al-Din Rumi
Rumi is a phenomenon. He raves with mystical intoxication, seducing us into the ecstasy of Love. He fires off pithy philosophical one-liners like a machine gun, demanding we reach beyond second-hand opinions and directly confront the Mystery of Life for ourselves. He playfully relates funny allegorical stories, like some spiritual stand-up, urging us to laugh at our own foolishness. Rumi knocks on the door of the heart, encouraging us to open up. He is burning with love and insight and he wants to set us on fire.
Rumi Wisdom is a year's supply of daily inspiration from the great Sufi mystic and poet, Mevlana Jalal al-Din Rumi (1207-73). Tim's renderings of extracts from Rumi's masterwork the Mathnawi are strikingly modern, capturing Rumi's intense devotion to God and enthusiasm for the Truth.
'A thousand mile journey starts with one step.'
Taoist Wisdom is an invitation to step into the mysterious world of the Taoist sages and embrace their profoundly simple vision of life. Contemplating their enigmatic insights, you will find yourself letting go of your anxiety, your need to control, and your fear of death and change. Day by day you will rediscover how to listen to the inner voice of your own heart, to celebrate the incomprehensible splendour of existence, and live naturally in harmony with the great flow of life which the Chinese call 'Tao'.
This book is an accessible introduction to the paradoxical wisdom of the Zen Masters. Challenged by their down-to-earth craziness, we can embrace our ignorance before the great enigma of existence. Learning from their mysterious ordinariness, we can penetrate the magic of the present moment. Inspired by their unsentimental compassion we can understand that enlightenment is not just for holy sages or the fanatically disciplined. Anyone can experience enlightenment – it is our birthright.
Zen Wisdom takes the reader on a journey of gradual awakening, which echoes the traditional Zen story of 'The Ten Bulls'. Each section of this book corresponds to a step on the path to enlightenment, beginning with quotes from the 12th-century Chinese master Kuo-an Shih-yuan, followed by inspirational thoughts of the day from the great Zen masters.
The Zen journey is not a direct one, however, and readers will find themselves at different stages at different times. But the tale of 'The Ten Bulls' is a powerful metaphor, in which the bull represents the seeker's self, which he or she must find, master and eventually relinquish in the search for the essential Oneness of all things.
The fervent belief in an after life is a phenomenon common throughout human history, whether it be the Elysian Fields, Vlahalla, Paradise or a Happy Hunting Ground. Tim presents a lively exploration of varying concepts of life after death in religious traditions of the world.
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