The Bond with the Beloved

The Mystical Relationship of the Lover and the Beloved

The Bond with the Beloved

As in other mystic traditions, Sufism sees the relationship between the seeker and God as that of lover and beloved. This wise, beautiful book, written by the spiritual successor to Irine Tweedie (Daughter of Fire), describes the inner journey that takes the lover back to the God he refers to as "the beloved".

The World Is a Waiting Lover

Desire and the Quest for the Beloved

The World Is a Waiting Lover

Johnson explores the concept of the Beloved — the elusive, alluring force that beckons us forth to passionate engagement with the world — and shows how our sense of love is often linked to something far greater than ourselves. She explains that mistaking a human lover for the inner, eternal Beloved is the first step in any romance, yet the ability to distinguish between the two ultimately holds the key to our quest for personal freedom and fulfillment. Steeped in Western and Eastern myth and romantic imagery, The World is a Waiting Lover guides us through story and thought in order to discover passion, Eros, and our authentic selves. It is a personal story and, at the same time, an invitation to explore our individual yearnings to live with fearless authenticity as we find more passion and meaning in our work, relationships, and view of the future.

In the Company of Friends

Dreamwork Within a Sufi Group

In the Company of Friends

The work of The Golden Sufi Center is to make available the teachings of the Sufi path. Weaving together dreams and spiritual stories, this "wise, rich, deeply moving, and significant book" (Andrew Harvey) explores the inner journey and the group's role in facilitating it.

In the Alley of the Friend

On the Poetry of Hafez

In the Alley of the Friend

The celebrated and beloved fourteenth-century Persian poet Hafez continues to play an essential role in the lives of Iranians today. For centuries, scholars have studied his work, exploringboth his life and his deeply moving poetry of love, spirituality, and protest. Yet, Shahrokh Meskoob is one of the first scholars to take an innovative approach to Hafez’s poetry. Meskoob goes beyond a linguistic and rhetorical analysis of Hafez’s poetry in the Divan to access the interior thoughts of the poet and summon his spirit in the process of understanding Hafez’s mysticism.

An Existential Approach to God

A Study of Gabriel Marcel

An Existential Approach to God

Man's concern about God is both a question and a quest. We seek to know with certainty that God is real; we seek also to draw near to God, to know that He is really for us. My aim in this work is to re-think this two-fold concern and to do so with Gabriel Marcel. Throughout the work I have combined the presentation of Marcel's views with a critical examination of his thought, and in the spirit in which Marcel meets his own predecessors and contemporaries I have held myself free to accept, to amend or to reject what he has written. Thus the focus of the work is only incidentally on the writings of Marcel; the direct focus, as for Marcel, is on man's seeking to know and to draw near to God. The effort to re-think that dimension of our experience which we designate religious cannot begin apart from a critical consideration of what we mean by knowledge and certainty. What will count as an answer to the question of whether God is real and whether He is really for us? If, as the believer maintains, God is the answer to man - an answer wholly unlike every other answer - then the method of searching for this answer must be different from other methods of searching. Furthermore, even for the believer, God remains the hidden God, Deus absconditus, and at best we see through a glass darkly.

The Love, the Lover, the Beloved

Encounter with a Teacher

The Love, the Lover, the Beloved

It is Alfredo who speaks in these pages, his Love for those of us who follow the Way under his guidance and for those who seek but have not yet found, because his teaching is transmitted from Heart to Heart. Simple, but not easy, essential: Attention, Intention, Dedication practiced with patience and moved forward with impeccability and joy. Immersed in this Love, Caterina offers her extraordinary experience with delicacy and poetry, with the intention of giving pearls that come from the master and offering us another opportunity now that "the solar winds blow stronger," until for us as well, the Love, the Lover, and the Beloved are One.

In Praise of the Beloved Language

A Comparative View of Positive Ethnolinguistic Consciousness

In Praise of the Beloved Language

CONTRIBUTIONS TO THE SOCIOLOGY OF LANGUAGE brings to students, researchers and practitioners in all of the social and language-related sciences carefully selected book-length publications dealing with sociolinguistic theory, methods, findings and applications. It approaches the study of language in society in its broadest sense, as a truly international and interdisciplinary field in which various approaches, theoretical and empirical, supplement and complement each other. The series invites the attention of linguists, language teachers of all interests, sociologists, political scientists, anthropologists, historians etc. to the development of the sociology of language.

Feminisms Redux

An Anthology of Literary Theory and Criticism

Feminisms Redux


Eros Unveiled

Plato and the God of Love

Eros Unveiled

Few books on love can claim to make significant contributions to our understanding both of ancient views on eros and of its place in the Christian tradition. On the basis of a new and sympathetic reading of Plato, Catherine Osborne shows that the long-standing distrust of eros, rather than agape, as a model for the believer's relation to God in Christian thought derives from a misunderstanding of ancient thought on love. Focussing on a number of classic texts, including Plato's Symposium and Lysis, Aristotle's Ethics and Metaphysics, and famous passages in Gregory of Nyssa, Origen, Dionysius the Areopagite, Plotinus, Augustine, and Thomas Aquinas, she shows that love is not motivated by a need that seeks fulfilment. On the contrary, Dr Osborne argues, to seek a motive for love, whether in Plato's account or our own, is to pursue a philosophical confusion. To mention love is to mention the motive that explains our response of affection or devotion or desire; the response cannot be the motive for our love, but is an attitude that belongs in a vision of the beloved transfigured by love. It is for this reason that we have to restore the image of Cupid, whose mischievous darts picture the impossibility of seeking some further grounds or explanation for love.