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The Two Realms of Life


A Compendium of Words of Wisdom Selected from the Corpus of Shia Tradition on How to Lead a Prosperous Life in This World and the Next

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The Two Realms of Life is a short guide to comprehending the true nature of life in this world and the hereafter. The modern, materialistic milieu in which we live inclines us to see ourselves as intelligent and talking biped mammals evolved from apes. The essence of humanity-–the spiritual soul-–has lost its significance, and therefore action and behavior are gauged in respect of their impact on a falsely envisaged worldly wellbeing.  Our wellbeing in this world, however, is tied to our eternal wellbeing as spiritual creatures, as taught by all of God’s prophets and all divine religions.

The Two Realms of Life is a short compendium of the recorded sayings of Jesus Christ and the Prophet of Islam and his twelve noble successors--the greatest saints and sages of Islam--that shed light on how we must envisage and lead our lives. The crux of the book is to seek our eternal wellbeing by living a healthy, lively, and spiritually rewarding life in this world of bodily existence.


"Verily this world is the abode of truth for one who recognizes its truth. It is the abode of wellbeing for one who learns from it.  It is the abode of riches for one who takes provisions from it for the afterlife.  It is the abode of admonition for one who heeds its admonitions.  This world is the place where the lovers of God worship; the place where God’s angels pray; the place onto which God’s revelations descend; the place where God’s friends engage in their spiritual transactions, purchasing Divine Mercy and earning Paradise.”

--Imam Ali, The Two Realms of Life, page 36

Product Details

Author: Ayatullah Muhammadi Rayshahri

Translator: D.D. Sodagar

Publisher: ShiaGnosis


ISBN: 978-0-9975945-0-8

Product Dimensions: 8.25*0.4*5.5

Weight: 0.54 lbs

Page Count: 192