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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Aquila Berlas Kiani Akram Shah. For too long people believed that there were secret books, hidden places, and amazing things.

Sufism: ‘a natural antidote to fanaticism’

It has changed the way I look out from the ‘prison bars,’ containing within itself, a myriad twinkling stars, ready to shine, a millimetre further, at each reading. Other books on sufism. All descriptions are useless distortions of the facts. Are you saying that when one comes to an awareness that he is conditioned, that he can operate aside from it? Shah, like Inayat Khanpresented Sufism as a path that transcended individual religions, and adapted it to a Western audience.

But if we are talking about the teacher who has disciples, it’s because I feel no need for an admiring audience to tell me how wonderful I am or to do what I say.

The astonishing impact of Sufism on the development of Western civilizatio.

Both words and letters should now have a more settled perspective. Remember Socrates who used to say: We progress by means of Nashr, an Arabic word than means scatter technique. The book also employed a deliberately “scattered” style; Shah wrote to Graves that its aim was to “de-condition people, and prevent their reconditioning”; had it been otherwise, he might have used a more conventional form of exposition.

For the next few years, Bennett and Shah had weekly private talks that lasted for hours. List of sufis Notable early Notable modern Singers. Which is widely used in literature many people read it or at least look for it almost as a matter of course especially poets and writers.

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Then you have a negative opinion of all gurus. But Shah’s way is to treat the work as a joke.

In other words, he keeps awake the spiritual attention dormant in others. Threads collapsed expanded unthreaded. Shah came to be recognized as a spokesman for Sufism in the West and lectured as a visiting professor at a number of Western universities.

Reading this work today, we have a far greater appreciation of the profound influence that Middle Eastern culture had on Europe during the Middle Ages. Ornstein has published more books in the field over the years. They Sufis don’t allow a person to do spiritual exercises unless they are convinced that he can undergo such exercises without harm and appreciate them without distraction.

People ran to tell the Mulla that his mother-in-law had fallen into the river. But there must be more than efficiency to it. He didn’t need to — because, given the right conditions, the stories activated, sowing themselves.

For example, I’ve published quite a number of miscellaneous books, articles, tapes and so on, which scatter many forms of this Sufi material.

Idries Shah (Author of The Sufis)

And by that I mean that they are prepared to structure their experiments successively in accordance with their discoveries. Sufism regards this as a facile and untrue posture.

It can be no other way. But a career of diplomacy did not attract Sufls Shah This meaning is unlocked by analysing the se shaah the word china interpreted through the secret Abjad language. In Clarke, Peter B. We are all taking part in that evolution. Shah replied in a letter that the manuscript was not in his possession, but even if it were, producing it would prove nothing, because it could not be accurately dated using the current methods and its authenticity would still be contested.

Therefore, I am able to draw out gurus and get them to commit themselves to an extent that a Westerner, because of his conscience, could not do. InProfessor Khalilullah Khaliliformer Poet Laureate of Afghanistan, praised the work of his “compatriot and friend the Arif Sufi Illuminate The Sayed Idries Shah”, saying “Especially to be appreciated are his brilliant and important services in revealing the celestial inspirations and inner thoughts of the great teachers of Islam and Sufis.


I heard this sort of thing even from people who had impeccable spiritual reputations back home in India. Each Arabic letter has a numerical zhah … seek knowledge, even as far as china the phrase which is on all Sufi lips has more than a literal or even a figurative sense.

Idries Shah

We recognized that he was not only an unusually gifted man, but that he idrie the indefinable something that marks the man who has worked seriously upon himself The third use comes later, rather like when you get the oil to idriws surface of a well after you burn of the gases.

The prodigious Work of the Sufis: His ea Idries Shah Persian: The Book of Enlightened Masters: Both of them were associated with the University of Californiawhere Ornstein was a research psychologist at the Langley Porter Psychiatric Institute. The Institute for Cross-cultural Exchange. A voice from within asked: No, some of my best friends are academics. It is a book that is well worth the effort and time needed to read it.

Idries Shah’s definitive work, The Sufiscompletely overturned Western misconceptions of Sufism, revealing a great spiritual and psychological tradition encompassing many of suufis world’s greatest thinkers: Forty years ago there were two iidries of articles: Both the Western and Middle Eastern methods of study come from the common heritage of the Middle Ages, when one was regarded as wise if he had a better memory than someone else.

Another favorite Sufi teaching method is to be rude to people, sometimes shouting them down or shooing them away, a technique that is not customary in cultivated circles. Until recently, for example, if you didn’t use drugs in spiritual pursuits, you were not considered genuine.

A book that has changed idres way, the world looks at the world.

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