The Soul and A Loaf of Bread
Pages: 112 pages
Size: Paperback, 5.5 X 8.5 inches
This book contains new translations of over 100 short statements of Sufic wisdom from Sheikh Abol-Hasan of Kharaqhan (died 1034), a “Sufis’ Sufi.” He is not known as well or as widely as some of the great Muslim saints from Khorasan—Attar, Rumi, or Bahaoddin Naqhshband. But, this near anonymity was deliberate, according to the Sheikh’s wish when he lived.
Despite being a hidden saint, his spiritual affinity and grace are still very much acknowledged among the living Sufi circles across Iran and in the region. Even today, a steady stream of dervish pilgrims visits his tomb in Iran. His enduring presence is still potent among those whose aim in life is to attain higher knowledge and refinement of the heart.
In this collection, Sheikh Kharaqani’s statements—collected and recorded centuries ago by his companions—have been rendered into English for the international reader. To best appreciate these secrets today, readers need a longing heart, earnestly seeking for the heritage that we humans, enmeshed in the grossness of material existence, so easily forget.
Sheikh Abol-Hasan of Kharaqhan (died 1034) was an unlettered villager, a farmer and gardener whose spiritual attainment was, by his own wish, concealed from the world at large. He was mentor and spiritual guide to some of the most advanced mystics of his time who, to this day, are greatly venerated in Sufi circles across the world.