Kernel of the Kernel
Concerning the Wayfaring and Spiritual Journey of the People of Intellect (Risala-yi Lubb al-Lubab dar Sayr wa Suluk-i Ulu'l Albab) A Shi'i Approach to Sufism
Publication Year: 2003
Published by: State University of New York Press
Series: SUNY series in Islam
Title Page, Copyright Page
The work of Allāmah Ṭihrānī translated here represents a genre of Islamic gnostic and esoteric writings that has been rarely studied in the West until now. This book is in fact perhaps the first of its kind to appear in the English language. In order to understand what intellectual strand this work represents...
The text that is presented in the following pages is one of the most important books written on Sufism from an Iranian-Shiite point of view in the twentieth century. In a profound yet simple manner, the ...
1. Editor's Introduction: The Straight Path Is One Which Combines the Exoteric and the Esoteric
May Allāh’s most exalted blessings be upon the immaculate spirit of the Seal of prophets, Muhammad al-Muṣṭafā, and his noble deputy and spiritual heir (waṣi) and possessor of the greatest sanctity ...
2. He Is the Almighty
3. Description of the Realms Preceding the Realm of Khulūṣ
As we stated before, the traveler on the path of God, Exalted is He, must traverse twelve realms before entering the realm of khulūṣ. These include: the realms of the Lesser, the Greater, and the Greatest submission...
4. Undifferentiated Description of the Path and Methods of Wayfaring Toward God
Now that the details of the twelve realms of the wayfaring are known, we must proceed to discuss the method and manner of [spiritual] journeying and wayfaring. Two kinds of exposition will be presented here. The first is...
5 Differentiated Description of the Path and Methods of Wayfaring Toward God
The method of wayfaring on the path of God consists of none other than invocation, contemplation, lamentation, and beseeching at the threshold of the Divine Throne who is, in fact, the only Fulfiller of our needs. This...
INDEX OF QUR͗ĀNIC VERSES
INDEX OF AḤĀDĪTH
INDEX OF QUOTATIONS OF THE SAYINGS OF THE SHĪ͑ITE IMĀMS
O God, illuminate my outward with [the light] of obedience to Thee and my inner beingwith Thy love, my heart with the knowledge of Thee, my spirit with thy vision, and my in-most consciousness (sirr) with the independence of attachment to Thy Threshold, O Lordof Majesty and Munificence. (Im¯am âAl¯Ä±, Nahj al Bal¯aghah)Verily Isl¯am means submission, and submission means certainty. (Im¯am âAl¯Ä±)...
NOTES ON SAINTS, SCHOLARS, AND AUTHORS CITED IN THE TEXT