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World Wisdom's Spiritual Classics series
Ernest Thompson Seton explains "The Gospel of the Redman"
The Writings of Frithjof Schuon
Every Branch In Me: Who are we as "human" beings?
Interview with Frithjof Schuon - on Art
Noble Faces, Strong Voices: Exploring "The Spirit of Indian Women"
William C. Chittick explores "The Sufi Doctrine of Rumi"
What are the "Foundations of Christian Art?"
Who was Charles Eastman (Ohiyesa)?
The Fullness of God: Frithjof Schuon on Christianity
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“Love came, and went again,
Like blood within my flesh and vein;
From self Love set me free
And with the Friend completed me.

Only remains my name;
My being’s every particle
The Friend took for His claim,
And so the Friend became my whole.”

—Rumi


“The path leading to union is long and difficult and has been described in a variety of ways by different Sufis. For our purposes here it is sufficient to limit ourselves to a consideration of two main steps on the Path; steps which are an application of the Shahadah to the spiritual travail. The first of these is fana’, ‘annihilation of self,’ which derives from the ‘no’ of the Shahadah: ‘There is no god but God,’ there is no reality but the Reality. Man’s self-existence is not real, since he is not God; therefore the illusion that it is real must be annihilated. The second is baqa’, ‘subsistence in God,’ which springs from the ‘but’: There is no reality but the Reality. Since God alone is real, man’s real Self is God. Man attains to Reality only by passing away from his illusory self and subsiding in his real Self.”


“Union with God is complete absorption in Him.”
—William C. Chittick
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