The Illuminated Prayer
The Prayer is a drawing of the curtain, an invitation to a secret place that is discovered and explored. . . . According to tradition and the testimony of Sufi mystics, The Prayer--or Salat--was first taught by the angels, who themselves practiced it in celestial adoration. The Prayer is God's gift to all humankind, and in this gorgeously illustrated volume, its simple, archetypal practice unfolds like a fragrant, many-petaled flower, joining words and movements into a single luminous event that engages our entire being. These ancient rituals are presented here as a gift for anyone with a heartfelt desire to set aside for a moment the concerns of every day and enter a sacred time and space in which to explore the beckonings of the spirit. The authors take us through the words, movements, and hidden meanings of the Call to Prayer, the Ablutions, The Prayer itself, and the Peaceful Embrace afterwards. Faithful practice lends a sacred rhythm to each day and creates a psychological force that helps us nurture and express a profound inner harmony. This first, marvelously accessible interpretation of The Prayer also offers a compelling introductin to the wisdom and teachings of the beloved contemporary Sufi master Bawa Muhaiyaddeen, who brought new life to this mystical tradition by opening a passage to its deepest, universal realities. It is the loving handiwork of two of Bawa's best-known students, Coleman Barks and Michael Green, who also created The Illuminated Rumi. Like a jewel given extra brilliance by its setting, The Prayer is surrounded by the wisdom and understanding of the thirteenth-century Sufi master Rumi, whose generous poetry has become an essential canon for modern-day seekers in the West. The final gift is the Primeval Kalima, the core practice and most profound teaching of the Sufi, the "open secret" that leads to Divine Luminous Wisdom.

The Illuminated Prayer Details

TitleThe Illuminated Prayer
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseJan 25th, 2000
PublisherBallantine Books
ISBN-139780345435453
Rating
GenreReligion, Islam, Spirituality, Poetry, Nonfiction, Faith

The Illuminated Prayer Review

  • Alexander
    January 1, 1970
    to me Prayer is like...a code which you constantly repeat so that you don't forget that you are just in the Matrix )
  • Pat Loughery
    January 1, 1970
    An interesting illustrated/illuminated (collaged, most specifically, and as such not really my favorite form of illumination, but still well done) look at the Sufi Salat. Lovely illumination in a modern form, and some commentary on the practice of prayer from our Sufi sisters and brothers.
    more
  • Eire Boudicca
    January 1, 1970
    I could relate to a lot of this book because of my own mystical experiences. The artwork was very evocative of states I have experienced and imagined. I really liked it and would definitely recommend it for anyone looking for insight into Sufism.
  • Aaminah Shakur
    January 1, 1970
    This book is so beautiful and inspiring. i originally borrowed it from the library and love it so much that i ordered a copy!
  • Ellen Keim
    January 1, 1970
    This is a beautifully illustrated devotional not only for Muslims, but for anyone interested in the spiritual side of life.
  • Sheryl
    January 1, 1970
    Beautiful!
  • Qonita
    January 1, 1970
    was expecting to find mystical experience of sufi people in their prayers, but didn't find much. just a good introduction for people who don't know about islamic prayers.
  • El
    January 1, 1970
    This is a beautifully, if trippy, illustrated guide to a simple subject, salat (Muslim prescribed prayers). As this book comes from the Sufi perspective, much attention is given to the meanings behind the actions (salat as "blessing", "grace" and "heart-surrender") and to the spiritual state. Most books on Muslim prayer are sterile reads, serving only as instruction manuals to the physical postures, memorization and practices integral to these prayers - the sheer amount of instructional material This is a beautifully, if trippy, illustrated guide to a simple subject, salat (Muslim prescribed prayers). As this book comes from the Sufi perspective, much attention is given to the meanings behind the actions (salat as "blessing", "grace" and "heart-surrender") and to the spiritual state. Most books on Muslim prayer are sterile reads, serving only as instruction manuals to the physical postures, memorization and practices integral to these prayers - the sheer amount of instructional material can be overwhelming. 'The Illuminated Prayer' is more accessible to the North American reader used to spirituality that speaks to the heart.
    more
  • Seema
    January 1, 1970
    When I first bought this I was taken aback when I opened it up and took a look at the illustrations. I guess they didn't conform to my conditioned ideas of what a Muslim prayer book should look like. So I put it away unread on the bookshelf..a year later and I visited it again - the relationship was completely different and this has a lot to do with my finding Sufism (inspired by Rumi, see Sufism.org interesting Info) It's beautiful. My preconceptions hadn't allowed me to see it. Deeply inspirin When I first bought this I was taken aback when I opened it up and took a look at the illustrations. I guess they didn't conform to my conditioned ideas of what a Muslim prayer book should look like. So I put it away unread on the bookshelf..a year later and I visited it again - the relationship was completely different and this has a lot to do with my finding Sufism (inspired by Rumi, see Sufism.org interesting Info) It's beautiful. My preconceptions hadn't allowed me to see it. Deeply inspiring. Huuu
    more
  • Tracy Laveque
    January 1, 1970
    Shares the wisdom and beauty of the Muslim prayer practice from the Sufi mystic's perspective.
  • Greg Hurd
    January 1, 1970
    Very interesting book and beautifully illustrated about the daily prayers of Sufis. It has many wonderful thoughts about life.
  • Jgrimm5988
    January 1, 1970
    How to pray.
Write a review