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The Unveiling of Secrets:
Diary of a Sufi Master

By Ruzbihan Baqli

Ruzbihan Baqli
The Unveiling of Secrets:
Diary of a Sufi Master

Translated by Carl W. Ernst

$15.95 paper

176 pages
5 1/2" by 8"
ISBN 0-9644362-1-3
LCCN 96-72579
Publication Date: July 20, 1997

The Unveiling of Secrets: Diary of a Sufi Master
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The Unveiling of Secrets: Diary of a Sufi Master is a visionary diary of astonishing intensity, written by one of the outstanding figures in Persian Sufism, Ruzbihan Baqli. Ruzbihan, who died nearly a century before Rumi, was known throughout the Middle East and India as one of the most profound authors in the Sufi tradition. Nevertheless, by the early 1900's, his name had become almost forgotten. It is only within the past few decades that his works have been rediscovered and printed. This translation by Carl W. Ernst from the original Arabic is the first complete translation of any of his writings into English. Comparable to St. Augustine's Confessions or St. Teresa's Interior Castle, The Unveiling of Secrets is one of the most powerful documents in the history of mysticism. In it Ruzbihan recorded intimate visions in which he saw God appear to him in human form, in overpowering manifestations of divine qualities. He portrays his spiritual encounters with remarkable poetic descriptions that testify to his extraordinarily rich inner life. As he observed in the diary, "Not a day or night has gone by me, by God, during all the time extending up to now, when I am fifty-five years old, without an unveiling of the hidden world." The Unveiling of Secrets is a rare document that displays the elemental mystical experiences which form the basis for Sufi descriptions of the spiritual path. This classic of spiritual autobiography by one of the greatest visionaries in the realm of mystical love will appeal to anyone seriously concerned with the life of the spirit.

Carl W. Ernst, translator of The Unveiling of Secrets, is Zachary Smith Distinguished Professor of Religious Studies at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He is the author of a number of books on Sufism and Islamic studies, including the Shambhala Guide to Sufism and Teachings of Sufism.

The Unveiling of Secrets: Diary of a Sufi Master was published July 20, 1997 the 788th anniversary of the death of the author.

Additional Reading:

An interview with Carl W. Ernst about The Unveiling of Secrets

Sufism, A Spiritual Bridge to the Middle East by Carl W. Ernst


 

Pre-publication Reviewers Comment on The Unveiling of Secrets

"This book opens before us a world of fragrant roses, visions of incredible boldness, described by one of the greatest visionaries in the realm of mystical love in Islam, Ruzbihan. The reader is transported by this congenial translation into the sphere of Absolute Beauty, and overwhelming Divine Love. May many readers enjoy this work which seems so far from the image of Islam current in the West!" — Dr. Annemarie Schimmel, Professor of Indo-Muslim Culture, Harvard University, and author of Mystical Dimensions of Islam

"Ruzbihan is back! One of the great Sufi mystics from the century just before Rumi, almost unknown for hundreds of years, comes among us again in this powerful and necessary book. I am grateful to Carl Ernst, who leads us through these spiritual diaries." — Coleman Barks, translator of The Essential Rumi

"This is the first work of Ruzbihan Baqli, one of the colossal figures of Sufism, to be translated into English. Rendered into a language that is at once elegant and accessible, this beautiful classic of spiritual autobiography should appeal not only to scholars of Islamic thought, but also to anyone seriously concerned with the life of the spirit." — Seyyed Hossein Nasr, University Professor of Islamic Studies, The George Washington University

"The Unveiling of Secrets put me in what Ruzbihan might call "a station" of pure awe. This book explodes contemporary notions of autobiography. It overwhelms doubt without argument, overwhelms with the integrity of its own telling, and immerses the willing reader, the sincere one, in the central mystery and joy of life. It brings, in this translation, an iltibas - an investiture of dignity and mercy and grace - to the English language itself. This book takes us where we cannot go and lets us stand there listening as it reads itself. Open it, and watch a man love God as God loves man." — David James Duncan, author of The River Why, The Brothers K, and River Teeth


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