A RETURN TO THE SPIRIT Questions and Answers
|This final work of the greatly revered Martin Lings opens with an insightful autobiographical account of his own interior journey, the finding of a spiritual master, and the conclusions he ultimately reached regarding the inner life and Islam. The 96-year-old author, a respected British scholar, recounts the lessons learned from his life as a practicing Sufi, including the answers to profound questions such as: How did I come to put First things First?, What is the Spiritual Significance of Tears and Laughter?, What is the Spiritual Significance of Civilization?, What is the Qur'anic Doctrine of the Afterlife and How is it related to Sufism?, and Why "With All Thy Mind"?
Prior to publication of this volume, its distinguished author, Martin Lings, did in fact "return to the Spirit" on May 12th 2005. This has occasioned the addition to this work of an "In Memoriam" appendix. Readers will be treated to tributes that have arrived from the world over written by those who simply read and loved his work to those who knew him personally, some of whom were under his spiritual direction. These diverse accounts of this extraordinary man round out a profound image of his person. The book also includes a selection of previously unpublished photographs taken throughout his life.
In Dr Lings' case, he saw beneath the surface of things and helped us to penetrate the veil behind which lies the sacred meaning to so many of life's mysteries. He helped us to look beyond the literal and to comprehend that there are many layers of meaning within the hidden universe - something which science is now at last beginning to recognize through the acknowledgement of an inherent order and harmony to the world about us and within us.
-from the Foreword, H.R.H. The Prince of Wales
"Lives of great men all remind us / We can make our lives sublime…"
"Beholding His glory, we ourselves are transformed from glory unto glory."
Publisher: Fons Vitae
Author: Martin Lings [Shaykh Abu Bakr Siraj ad Din]
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