A Guide for Spiritual Aspirants is a
collection of sayings and discourses of an eminent saint of
the Indian sub-continent who lived during the earlier part
of this century, Maulana Shah Syed Waris Hassan (r.a.). The
book is actually a part translation of an original Urdu text,
"Shamamtul Ambar". This inspiring book is concise
and written in very readable, non-technical, and everyday
As the title suggests, the book contains advice for those
who aspire to tread the spiritual path. Through simple analogies,
the author sets the backdrop and context for one's conduct
in the life of this physical world as a spiritual aspirant.
In one chapter, man's relationship with God is clarified,
and the simple rationale behind performing religious rituals
and abiding by religious laws are logically explained. In
another chapter, the author sets out the need for a spiritual
guide. The author briefly describes how to recognise the qualities
of a of a true"Shaikh" or guide and the catagories
of spiritual guides. He also speaks of the proper behaviour
of a 'mureed' or student towards his Shaikh.
While this short book can be finished in a few sittings,
it is the kind of book that one would want to read over and
over again to more deeply reflect upon its message.
0.2" x 5.5" x 8.5", 77 pages, ISBN 967-9963-44-6,