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Author Quotedal-Jullabi al-Hujwiri Ali ibn Usma
Title QuotedKashf al-Mahjúb : the oldest Persian treatise on sufiism / by Alī­ B. Uthmán al-Jullābi al-Hujwīrī : transl. from the text of the Lahore edition, comp. with mss. In the India office and British Museum by Reynold A. Nicholson
Date (Year/Month/Day)1961/12/12
ImprintLondon : Luzac. 1959
QuotationFrom Al Hujwīrī [The Kashf Al-Mahjub] "It is glorious for man to bear the burden of trouble laid upon him by his Beloved." "Purity is the attribute of those who love, and the lover is he that is dead in his own attributes and living in the attributes of his Beloved." [p 32] "He that is purified by love is pure, and he that is absorbed in the Beloved and has abandoned all else is a Sufi." (p 34) "The Sufi is he that is dead to self and lives by the truth; he has escaped from the grip of human faculties and has attained"¦." (p 35) "Renunciation of pleasure is the act of Man but the annihilation of pleasure is the act of God. The act of Man is formal and metaphorical while the act of God is real." (p 37) "The Sufi is he that has nothing in his possession, nor is possessed by anything." (37) "Sufism is essence without form." [p. 37] "The Sufi is he whose thought keeps pace with his foot." (39)
JournalTurning Toward the World: The Pivotal Years. The Journals of Thomas Merton, Volume 4, 1960-1963.; Edited by Victor A. Kramer. / San Francisco : Harper Collins. 1996, p. 185-86
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