The Pilgrimage of Life and the Wisdom of Rumi
With this second volume of poetry, Seyyed Hossein Nasr, whose name the reader usually associates with the philosopher, the historian and the scientist, firmly establishes his role as a spiritual mentor of the highest rank. In The Pilgrimage of Life and the Wisdom of Rumi, as in his former Poems of the Way, the poet further explores the pilgrimage of life and invites us to realize what our true transcendent destination really is. This time, however, Nasr’s poetical rendering of the Way uncovers increasingly deeper spiritual secrets: so much so that his allegorical pilgrimage turns into a veritable mystical path.
In the section “A Few Moments with Rumi,” Nasr translates from the Persian some of the finest poems of the Mathnāwī and the Dīwān. Nasr sustains an ardent dialogue with this foremost Sufi master, his countryman and his very special companion of the Path. Both mystical poets identify with the reed that narrates the poignant tale of separation since both have had the heart-rending experience of feeling “cut from the reed-bed” of their true celestial origins. -- Luce-López Baralt, from the Introduction
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Publication date: 2007
The Wisdom of Ancient Cosmology:
Contemporary Science in Light of Tradition
Wolfgang Smith, drawing upon a rare combination of expertise in mathematical physics, philosophy and traditional metaphysics, has written extensively on interdisciplinary problems relating to these respective domains. The present book has evolved out of a key ontological recognition consonant with time-honored metaphysical doctrine. In keeping with a realist view of cognitive sense perception, it rejects the Cartesian dichotomy of res extensa and res cogitans, and obviates what Whitehead referred to as the fallacy of bifurcation. In an earlier book (The Quantum Enigma, 1995) the author established two facts: first, that a consistent non-bifurcationist interpretation of physics can be formulated; and second, that this eliminates at one stroke the various forms of “quantum paradox” resulting from superposition and the so-called collapse of the state vector. The crucial ingredient of the new approach, mandated by the aforesaid recognition, is an ontological distinction between the physical domain, accessed via measurement, and the corporeal, accessed by way of cognitive sense perception.Qty - Add To Cart
Publication date: 2003
Poems of the Way
A collection of forty previously unpublished poems written over the past decade, these verses express a profound nostalgia for our primordial, spiritual home. Author of over thirty books on various aspects of Islamic civilization and the perennial philosophy, Seyyed Hossein Nasr presents in this volume a veritable actualization of Sufism revealed in an elegant "language of unsaying".
About the author
Seyyed Hossein Nasr is a dominant figure in Islamic and traditional studies and has for several decades been recognized as a major interpreter of the Islamic tradition and the philosophia perennis in the West. The range of his scholarship includes work in religious thought, mysticism, the perennial philosophy, science, sacred art, and Sufism. He has done much creative work in the fields of comparative mysticism and comparative philosophy. His publications, translated into more than twenty languages, reflect that broad range of intellectual endeavor. Born in Iran where he received his early education, Dr. Nasr received his doctorate from Harvard University. He is currently university professor of Islamic Studies at George Washington University. His works include: Religion and the Order of Nature, A Young Muslim's Guide to the Modern World, Islamic Art and Spirituality, Knowledge and the Sacred, and Man and Nature.Qty - Add To Cart
Publication date: 1999
Outline of Buddhism
In this book the author surveys the vast and complex field of Buddhist doctrine, cultural forms and schools, and presents, with clarity and concision, the essential features of the Buddhist religion. Outline of Buddhism, in its short format, contains a vast amount of information. A useful and engaging introduction the the general reader and an accurate aide-memoire for the student, this work is essential reading for anyone wishing to explore the Buddhist world. It contains illustrations, an index, and a bibliography to guide further reading.
The book is a pocket encyclopedia, and the explanations which the author gives of many subtle and important doctrines are gratifyingly clear." -- Alberto Martin
About the author
William Stoddart was born at Carstairs, Scotland, spent most of his working life in London and now lives in Windsor, Ontario. He has made a life-long study of the great religious traditions of the world, and in this connection has traveled widely in North Africa, Turkey, and India. For many years he was co-editor of Studies in Comparative Religion. He has written several guides to the world religions, and has translated numerous books within his field of interest. His other books include Sufism: The Mystical Doctrines and Methods of Islam and Outline of Hinduism.Qty - Add To Cart
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Publication date: 1998
Challenges to a Secular Society
This work contains a critical analysis from the traditional point of view of a number of currents and issues permeating the modem world and questions posed by modernism. Whitall N. Perry sheds light, drawn from the perennial wisdom of the great traditions, upon such contentious and difficult problems as reincarnation and the true significance of astrology as well as provides an evaluation in the light of that wisdom of much that passes for mysticism and spirituality today but which deals in reality with the lower reaches of the psychic realm. The reader interested in traditional teachings and the perennial philosophy is presented here with a map with which he can navigate through the maze of confusion and distortion that constitutes so much of the mental, psychological and even religious landscape of the present day world.
About the author:
Whitall N. Perry has ties with authorities in Hindu, Buddhist, Islamic, Roman Catholic, Orthodox, and Native American circles. In addition to his monumental A Treasury of Traditional Wisdom, he has contributed articles on metaphysics and cosmology to various journals. The author has been called the most authoritative traditionalist of American background', and 'a latter-day transcendentalist in the tradition of Thoreau and Emerson'. Travels in his youth through Europe, the Near, Middle, and Far East sparked an interest in Platonism and Vedanta which brought him under the personal influence of Ananda K. Coomaraswamy.
"Perry has an unequalled knowledge of the Scriptures and sacred literature of the several religious traditions of the world, and has a penetrating intelligence that does not stop short at pat answers. These essays are a delight for the intelligent and discerning reader." -- Alvin Moorer, Jr.Qty - Add To Cart
249 Pages paperback
Publication date: 1996
In Quest of the Sacred:
The Modern World in the Light of Tradition
A compelling collection of essays by many of the leading voices in the field of traditional studies, this book examines the major aspects of religion and modem society. Contributors include Seyyed Hossein Nasr, Huston Smith, Martin Lings, Joseph Epes Brown, Gai Eaton, and Rama Coomaraswamy on such topics as modernism, science, liberation theology, Native American art, psychology and astrology. Much more than the usual academic anthology, this excellent collection is proof of the contemporary, therapeutic importance of the perennial wisdom and will greatly benefit those in quest of the rediscovery of the sacred in human life.
"This is an excellent introduction for those new to traditional studies, while the seasoned reader will find much worth pondering."
250 Pages paperback
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Publication date: 1994
Religion of the Heart:
Essays presented to Frithjof Schuon on his Eightieth Birthday
This volume gathers together essays written by a number of distinguished scholars to celebrate the eightieth birthday of Schuon, the man whose luminous message has touched their lives and the lives of many others on the deepest level both intellectually and spiritually. Appropriately entitled Religion of the Heart, it is an expression of their gratitude to "one of the foremost intellectual and spiritual figures of the century, whose writings, whether in the field of metaphysics, cosmology, comparative religion, traditional science, sacred art, or the criticism of the modem world, contain a transforming light and presence unparalleled in this day and age". Schuon's vast and profound influence upon contemporary intellectuality and scholarship is reflected to some extent in this volume.
Contributors include Huston Smith, Seyyed Hossein Nasr, Martin Lings, Bernard Kelly, Jean Borella, Jean-Louis Michon, Jean Canteins, Rama Coomaraswamy, James Cutsinger, Alvin Moore, Jr., Kurt Almquist, and Philip Sherrard.Qty - Add To Cart
329 Pages paperback
Publication date: 1991