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Spiritual Masters - East & West Series
World Wisdom's Spiritual Classics series
What is Sacred Art?
Martin Lings: Video Clips on his Early Spiritual Influences
Science and the Myth of Progress
A Definition of the Perennial Philosophy
Insights into the early Christian Desert Fathers and Mothers
Interview with Frithjof Schuon - on Spirituality
Every Branch In Me: Who are we as "human" beings?
William C. Chittick explores "The Sufi Doctrine of Rumi"
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“The idol of your self is the mother of (all) idols.”
—Rumi
    
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“If ye pass beyond form, O friends, ‘tis Paradise and rose-gardens within rose-gardens.
When thou hast broken and destroyed thine own form, thou hast learned to break the form of everything.”

—Rumi


“A theme to which Rumi often returns is that the ego or carnal self (nafs) is a veil which prevents man from knowing his own true nature… The true ‘monotheist’ (muwahhid) sees with the vision of gnosis that all things depend absolutely upon God and derive their total reality from Him. The ‘associator’ or polytheist (mushrik), however, suffers from an optical illusion whose source is his attribution of reality to his own individual self. As long as he has not escaped from the limitations of his ego he cannot help but act as if phenomena were independent realities, detached from God.”

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