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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They are savages in the best sense of the word. A compulsive cookie baker may bake very bad cookies. Trivia About The Sufis. The Sufis by Idries Shah offers a wide overview of the historical development of the Sufi Way, through the works of individual masters many of whom were highly successful polymathsschools and orders, and through a whole host of fields in which they were engaged or through shahh their work was projected, such as religion, ethics, learning, science, the arts, traditional psychology and not least humour.

Along with the Coombe Springs property, Bennett also handed the care of his body of pupils to Shah, comprising some people.

The dufis had a powerful impact on many thinkers and artists when it appeared, including the Nobel Prize winning author Doris Lessingthe poet Ted Hughes and the writer Geoffrey Grigson.

Quotes from The Sufis. He can say, “Why do I believe this? Shah’s early books were studies of what he called “minority beliefs”. This method is based on an understanding of man, which places at one’s disposal the means to organize one’s relationships and one’s learning systems.


Written from the point of view of an adept, dufis feels one has touched but a tiny piece of something pure and sacred. What is the best way of introducing the Sufi way of thinking to the West?

Show 25 25 50 All. They 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.

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He didn’t need to — because, given the right conditions, the stories activated, sowing themselves. Well, perhaps it is because Sometimes they laugh and sometimes they cry. Retrieved 17 October Aquila Berlas Xufis Akram Shah.

Sufism seems to have achieved an understanding of the human mind that goes far beyond that of modern psychology, many of whose tenets — e. Born in India, the descendant of a family of Afghan nobles, Shah grew up mainly in England. However, why it should be called a spiritual activity rather baffles me.

When you speak of seeing the thing whole, you’re talking about intuitive thought, where you don’t reason the problem out but know the answer without knowing how you got it. I think that the good people are unbelievably noble in denying that the rest of them are such hopeless idiots.

People in this civilization are starving in the middle of plenty. Their attitude is not at all a search for truth. The attempt to know the self becomes a concept that begins to make it possible to strip away the institutionalization of religion in an effort towards realization, but it is only the first step, Shah would say.

This is one of the few books I can say definitively changed my life for the better. I don’t want to be offensive here. Look here, it’s time that somebody took the lid off the guru racket.


Sufism: ‘a natural antidote to fanaticism’

idgies Archived from the original on Nor does the clamor mean that those who cry out are suitable followers. You know the answer and can verify that it is an answer. Sufism in the West. Of course, I’m not hostile to all academics.

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If I say it will elude the scientists, it will annoy the people who are able to get enormous grants for research into ESP. In Clarke, Peter B. It is no more than a by-product. They are thinking in terms of lose property, almost physical. Though it came to maturity in the classical Islamic era, The prodigious Work of the Sufis: Retrieved 17 December Books I Have Loved. I think this should be studied, that we should gather the data and analyze the phenomena.

Is that because disinterest is necessary to approach the subject properly?

In Afghanistan, the Kabul Times said that Caravan of Dreams was “highly recommended” and “of especial interest to Afghans” because it is “basically an anthology of short stories, tales and proverbs, jokes and extracts, from the written and oral literature which forms a part of many an evening’s talk and interchange — even dufis these modern times — in Afghanistan.

I have read The Sufis by Idries Shah,many times since the first time in my ongoing self bettering work.