Sufism is a discipline, a methodology, for enhancing and refining spiritual perception. The human being has a range of subtle faculties for knowing, the totality of which we can call the spiritual heart. The science of the heart is a science of qualities, not quantities. Through the heart we can know this existence qualitatively. Behind the beautiful images and met- aphors of Sufi poetry lies a systematic knowledge of spiritual perception. When Rumi, for instance, speaks of the Beloved, he is describing a qualitative relationship with Being. The heart is the core of our subjective experience through which we experience relationship with other living beings, and ultimately with Being itself. Ultimately, knowledge and love are not two contrary functions, but a synergy through which we discover this communion and intimacy with the Absolute.
Kabir Helminski is a translator of the works of Rumi and others; a Shaikh of the Mevlevi Order, which traces back to Jalaluddin Rumi; co-director of The Threshold Society (Sufism.org); and a Director of the Baraka Institute (Barakainstitute.org). His books on spirituality, Living Presence and The Knowing Heart, have been published in at least eight languages. Among his recent publications are The Book of Language: Exploring the Spiritual Vocabulary of the Qur’an and Love’s Ripening: Rumi on the Heart’s Journey. In 2009 Kabir was named as one of the 500 most influential Muslims in the world. He has toured as Shaikh with the Whirling Dervishes of Turkey, bringing Sufi culture to more than 100,000 people.
I am not this body. I am in this body, and this is part of my incarnation and I honor it but that isn’t who I am.
It was a powerful motor and well tuned; it took the hills easily, without a stutter, and the pick-up was excellent.
Times of chaos and challenge can be the most spiritually powerful…
Eric answers questions from the audience at his Amsterdam retreat
It’s easy, during our everyday life in the world, to forget how extravagantly remarkable a human being actually is.
What a kindness she showers upon me, not letting me skip any steps, or leave not even one stone unturned.
“You can not open your heart, it is already open. It is the mind that is closed, and which must open to the heart.”
“Some of his poems are as if he’s consoling God for what’s happened to his creation”
Sometimes a wild god comes to the table. He is awkward and does not know the ways
I praise the Supreme Goddess Parā, the Illuminative Insight Intelligence Force of Consciousness
Often in our world of mass-produced goods and machine-like cities, we strive for perfection,
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Rupert explores the perennial, non-dual understanding that lies at the heart of all the great religious and spiritual traditions
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Nonduality and Healing from Trauma - The Realization Process
It vibrates in every thing and every not-thing, right off the tip of your nose.
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