Upanishads and Islamic Mysticism

Upanishads and Islamic Mysticism

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Author: Intaj Malek
Publisher: Bharatiya Kala Prakashan
Year: 2004
Language: English
Pages: 190
ISBN/UPC (if available): 8180900649


India is a beautiful garden with varied religious flowers and plants spreading in the world the aroma of love and brotherhood, peace and non-violence, kindness and generosity not only towards human beings but also towards animals and to the vegetation world. It is in such a garden that the flowers of Upanishads blossomed and ripened into fruits giving nectar to the entire world. It is because of this magnanimity of thoughts and richness of spirituality that encouraged me to write on such a subject.

Upanishads to have everything that can satisfy the spiritual appetite of human beings. They are full of poetic beauty, an emphasis on knowledge of the Self possession of the Indian mystical tradition that has opened the new horizons for the development of other mystical traditions.

Islamic Mysticism that is popularly or rather fondly known as Sufism, seems very similar to the Upanishadic mysticism. The Sufi mystics of Islam do talk about the unity of the Self with the Supreme self i.e. the Brahman in Upanishadic language. The two separate traditions of spirituality ultimately merge together in fena or realization of the self. The book deciphers the theme in the chapters that follow.





1. Introduction to Mysticism-Upanishadic and Islamic
2. Major Upanishads and Mysticism in them
3. Tasawwuf (Sufism) or Islamic Mysticism
4. The Manifest and non-Manifest World
5. The Meaning of Life and the Concept of Salvation
6. Major Sufi Ascetics and Vedantic Influence upon their Thoughts
7. Conclusion