Omid Safi – Sufi Heart – Ep. 8 – Kharaqani, the Saint Who Breathed with God

Omid Safi - Sufi Heart - Ep. 8 - Kharaqani, the Saint Who Breathed with God

On this episode of the Sufi Heart Podcast, Omid explores the life and teachings of the early Sufi mystic Abu al-Hassan al-Kharaqani.

The Saint Who Breathed with God

Firstly, Omid introduces the 10th-century poet Kharaqani. This podcast explores how this simple but devoted man became an inspiration for the Sufi mystics. And the community who would come after him. We explore how the Sufi path guided Kharaqani to find God in every breath.

“Kharaqani admits that he is not a very learned person, he did not have a university education. What he has is this burning love for God and this ability to translate that into the most simple and heartfelt sayings. That even today really leap out from across the centuries and touch our own hearts.” – Omid Safi  

Discover more Sufi mystics who committed themselves to the path of love on Ep.4 of the Sufi Heart Podcast
The Way To God – (17:45)

Together with Omid, we look at the sayings and teachings of Kharaqani that point us to the Divine.

“I wish there was no Heaven, I wish there was no Hell – so that we would really get to find out who truly loves God for the sake of God.” – Abu al-Hassan al-Kharaqani

Moving Beyond The Ego (34:15)
Lastly, can the Path of the Heart move us away from our ego and towards God? Omid looks at the goal of Sufi practice and looks at how the pursuit of God allows us to loosen our attachment to ego.
“I see God everywhere that my own ego is not.” – Abu al-Hassan al-Kharaqani


Omid Safi - Sufi Heart - Ep. 8 - Kharaqani, the Saint Who Breathed with God
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