The Marvels of the Heart : Science of the Spirit
Kitab Sharh 'Aja'ib al-Qalb
(Book XXI of the Revival of the Religious Sciences)
By: Al-Ghazali - Translated from the Arabic by Walter James Skellie
Introduction by T.J.Winter
This is a classic Sufi manual on the 'science of the heart.' For Sufis, the 'heart' is more than a piece of flesh, it is the seat of the soul, and holds the key to the intimate relationship which exists between soul and body.
Each heart, according to this traditional wisdom accumulated over centuries of spiritual practice and experience, possesses four qualities: predatory, animal, demonic, and divine. The latter represents our true origin and potential, and by use of the intelligence and spiritual practices enabled by God's grace, we may restore equilibrium to our inner core. As the Koran says: 'By the remembrance of God do hearts find peace.'