Neil Douglas-Klotz (Saadi Shakur Chishti) is a well known scholar. His field of work includes religious studies, spirituality and psychology.
He is a founder of the worldwide network of the ‘Dances of Universal Peace’. A speaker and workshop leader, he is the author of several books.
The Sufi Book of Life (99 Pathways of the Heart for the Modern Dervish)
- The Sufi Book of Life is an absolute treasure.
- It is based upon ‘meditations’, relating to the 99 Beautiful Names of God or ’99 Qualities of Unity’. Each quality is connected with topics such as love, work, friendship etc.
- Each one of the 99 Names is accompanied by a clear explanation of the meaning of that name.
- Each section contains a series of quotations by different Sufi teachers offering ‘timeless wisdom’.
- The teachers who offer their guided insight include: Rumi, Hafiz, Inayat Khan, Irina Tweedie and Lex Hixon.
- Short Sufi teaching stories are included. These act as a guidance and help us to think ‘outside the box’.
- Finally, each of the 99 sections is concluded by a short guided meditation. Each meditation begins by focussing on the heart.
- The author advises us to use the book initially by opening it at random, ‘as you would an oracle’.
- In time, the book may be read- but not continuously. Again we are advised to take short breaks and to look at the unnumbered chapters called ‘Bathing in Unity’. This may help to create inner space for us before moving on.
- Author: Neil Douglas-Klotz.
- Published by Penguin Compass, 2005.
- 304 pages.
Other books available by Neil Douglas-Klotz at The Olive Tree are:
The Genesis Meditations ( A Shared Practice of Peace for Christians, Jews and Muslims).
- Using the common ground shared by Judaism, Christianity and Islam, the author has revived what he calls ‘original meditation’.
- This is an ancient form of prayer which focuses on the tremendous power of creation, as it is still unfolding in the universe, rather than on the apocalypse.
- In his introduction the author says, ” Original meditation lies behind the Christian’s awe at the rebirth of the Christ Child each midwinter. It fuels the heartfelt hope of Jews in the New Year celebrations of Rosh Hashana. And it roots the devotion of Muslims each year during the fast of Ramadan. These are all celebrations of hope, not fear, and of love, not hatred. By experiencing the Creation story as our own personal story, we have the same opportunity to recreate and renew ourselves, as our ancestors did, and to find a deeper connection with the Divine in our everyday lives”.
- We also participate in the one meditative practice that might unite our Christian, Judaic and Islamic communities in a troubled world.
Coming soon to The Olive Tree: Prayers of the Cosmos.
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