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The Sufi Science of Self-Realization: A Guide to the Seventeen Ruinous Traits, the Ten Steps to Discipleship, and the Six Realities of the Heart Paperback – 7 Jan 2005


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  • Paperback: 244 pages
  • Publisher: Islamic Supreme Council of America (7 Jan. 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 193040929X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1930409293
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 1.8 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 179,929 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The Sufi master Abu 'l-Hasan al-Kharqani asserted that the human state contains seventeen chief ruinous traits, each of which resembles a great tree, with main branches, smaller branches, twigs and leaves, all laden with various kinds of negativity. At the same time, human beings were granted six tremendous powers from the Divine: the power of attraction; the power of manifesting God's blessings; the power of intercession for those who oppress themselves; the power of directing the heart of seekers; the power of guidance; and the power to move in time and space. The path from submersion in the negative traits to the unveiling of these six powers is known as the Migration to Perfected Character. Consisting of ten steps, it leads one from the ruinous aspects of the arrogant self, to achieve the state of satisfaction with the Divine decree and to achieve gnostic knowledge on the way to complete realization. Through a ten step program Shaykh Hisham Kabbani, a master of the Naqshbandi Sufi Path, describes the science of eliminating the seventeen ruinous characteristics of the tyrannical ego, to achieve purification of the soul.

The sincere seeker who follows these steps, with devotion and discipline, will acheive an unveiling of the six powers which lie dormant within every human heart.


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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By MILAN SMOLEJ on 3 Oct. 2013
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forget the rest of the holy books - this one is just perfect even understandable to a stupid westerner like me
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Rosemarie Saunders on 1 Oct. 2013
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With knowledge comes wisdom with this book good simple understanding techniques to help those looking to progress to higher levels.
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Authentic teachings 31 Mar. 2007
By Amany - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Its important to learn from authentic guides so this book presents correct teachings by a world renowned authority on Sufism Shaykh Kabbani. Its important to learn how to control the ego and purify your levels of thinking and feeling. Naqshbandi merge psychology and sufi spiritual practice perfectly to help us understand ourselves and our God. This book will help you do these things and unlock higher levels of consciousness.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Help Guidance on the Path 2 Mar. 2009
By Gary Reiner - Published on Amazon.com
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The full title of this book is "The Sufi Science of Self-Realization: A Guide to the Seventeen Ruinous Traits, the Ten Steps to Discipleship, and the Six Realities of the Heart" (2006). The book lives up to its title in that it guides the reader step-by-step through the 17 negative traits, the 10 positive traits, and the 6 realities. Given the the book is about 230 pages long, that does not leave much printed space for elaboration on all the various steps that are mentioned -- the text is still quite good, but would be even better had the author been able to explain some of the steps in greater detail. Perhaps, the book could have been about twice are long in order to sufficiently cover the vast territory the author brings forth. All that said, the text is written in a very accessible and easily digestible manner. This is a recommended work for anyone seriously interested in Sufism.
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Amazing book! 27 Mar. 2012
By joysingh - Published on Amazon.com
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This book is totally awesome! if u are finding a way to straighten out ur path for the sake of the Almighty, this is the book!!The Sufi Science of Self-Realization: A Guide to the Seventeen Ruinous Traits, the Ten Steps to Discipleship, and the Six Realities of the Heart [SUFI SCIENCE OF SELF REALIZATI] [Paperback]
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A reminder 12 July 2009
By Chai - Published on Amazon.com
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Don't expect to get from a book what is needed and only available from a living teacher. Find a teacher, then read the book, do not make the book the teacher.
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Very repetitive with moderate value 4 Mar. 2007
By Z A - Published on Amazon.com
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I have read other Sufi related books and I found this one to not be as inspirational. It just felt that there was too much repetition in the book, almost as if the author was copying paragraphs from previous chapters and putting them into later chapters. This book is not for everyone interested in Sufism. Overall I rated this 3 stars out of 5, I was disappointed with it.
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