The Sufis [Idries Shah] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. When it first appeared in , The Sufis was welcomed as the decisive work on . Fifty years ago this autumn, Idries Shah published The Sufis, with an introduction by Robert Graves. The Washington Post declared it “a. This work offers coverage of the spiritual and psychological tradition of Sufism. It shows that Sufism is not the preserve of ecstatic religionists, but has a.

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Canadian Pensioners Concerned, Inc. In the end, I’m compelled to concede that I still can’t find the words to do this work, The Sufis, anything like the justice that it so richly deserves, and can offer no better advice than to read and re-read the book yourself, and other books in the corpus. Tugging the hair he cried: I’ll just choose one and see where it leads.

Sher Point Publications, UK. They don’t allow a sjfis to do spiritual exercises unless they are convinced that he can undergo such exercises without harm and appreciate them without distraction. In other projects Wikimedia Commons. Retrieved 16 October The third use comes later, rather like when idriew get the oil to the surface of a well after you burn of the gases. This page was last edited on 28 Octoberat But they have this great body of psychological information and refuse to use it.

Sufism is not accessible through ordinary rational and logical thinking and so it can not be understood just by reading books but they can serve as a bridge leading from the ordinary, attenuated or embryonic human consciousness into greater perception and realization, writes Idries Shah.


Ornstein was also president and founder of the Institute for the Study of Human Knowledgeestablished in ; seeing a need in the U.

If I were to say to you that my favorite sgah of teaching is to bore the audience to death, you would be shocked. Of course, you can’t even take this path if you so choose. In tracing the Sufic roots and influences of various aspects of Western culture, Mr.

Sufism: ‘a natural antidote to fanaticism’

Everything in this book needs to be read as more than merely information and description—this content is also allegorical and metaphorical. Teaching his last action was deliberately calculated to make a man think for himself. As a consequence of Sufi experience, people – instead of seeing things through a filter of conditioning plus emotional reactions, a filter which constantly discards certain stimuli – can see things through some part of themselves that can only be described as not conditioned.

Elizabeth and I went to dinner with the Hoares to meet Shah, who turned out to be a young man in his early 40s. Shah’s father, the Sirdar Ikbal Ali Shahwas expected by Graves to present the original manuscript to clear the matter up, but he died in a car accident in Tangier in November Robert Graves and The Suifs Goddess: The obfuscation comes from a suah Sufic paradigm.

Philosopher of science and physicist Henri Bortoft used teaching tales from Shah’s corpus as analogies of the habits of mind which prevented people from grasping the scientific method of Johann Wolfgang von Goethe.

What might help assuage my nerves sudis I found this interesting, especially with the introduction by The Classicist R. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. Teaching stories should be read, told and reflected on, but not intellectually analysed, because that destroys the beneficial impact that they would otherwise have had on your mind.


Idries Shah – Wikipedia

To truly progress, a living teacher is required as guide on the path. In Shah’s interpretation, the Mulla Nasruddin stories, previously considered a folkloric part of Muslim cultures, were presented as Sufi parables.

Their ancestral home was near the Paghman Gardens of Kabul. On the Psychology of Meditation. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light. In an interview, he explained, “You must work within an educational pattern — not in the mumbo-jumbo area. In their original historical and cultural setting, Sufi teaching stories of the kind popularised by Shah — first told orally, and later written down for the purpose of transmitting Sufi faith and practice to successive generations — were considered suitable for people of all ages, including children, as they contained multiple layers of meaning.

You see, India has had gurus for thousands of years, so they are generally sophisticated about them; they take in the attitude with their mothers’ milk.

This book is essentially a series of snapshots of the Sufi world—short biographies of some important figures; brief explorations of some central ideas; some tracings of the influence that the Sufi have had on history.

In the service, rather, of trying to teach and learn something worthwhile.