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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These 2, different stories cover many different tendencies in many people, and they are able to attach themselves to some aspect of it.

Idries Shah

For too long people believed that there were secret books, hidden places, and amazing things. But the world where we are living has lost this skill, a skill they certainly once had. For example, if you are selling books and idties send a professor of philosophy something written in philosophical language, he will throw it away. Shah’s brother, Omar Ali-Shah —was also a writer and teacher of Sufism; the brothers taught students together for a while in the s, but in “agreed to disagree” and went their separate ways.

The Wine of Wisdom. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. What might help assuage my nerves associated with that study would be copying it out into another notebook, as those green and pastel notebooks make me tremble and my heart beat faster. Bennett once said to idriex, ‘There are different styles shqh the work.

Later on in the book, he continues his discussion of stories as teaching tools, quoting the following explanation his father gave him at the end of a story:. Though dictionaries usually define it as the mystical current in Islam, Sufis themselves will tell you that it is an ancient organisation that has embraced free thinkers and people concerned with human development from suah cultures throughout history.

People ran to tell the Mulla that his mother-in-law had fallen into the river.

The Sufis by Idries Shah

Are you saying that a person who feels that he must engage in a certain profession is shh it because of some emotional need? There are numerous examples and the system has been named, being catalogued in dictionaries as Hobson-Jonson. He had a group of American and Mexican schoolteachers look thru this device. Journal of the American Oriental Society. One day Nasrudin lent his cooking pots to a neighbor, who was giving a feast.


Shzh know, Rumi said that people counterfeit gold because there is such a thing as real gold, and I think that’s the situation we are in with Sufi studies at the moment. He did not reveal the layers, the nuggets of information, the fragments of truth and fantasy.

They talk glibly about making Freudian slips and they have accepted the idea of inferiority complexes. You can eat the peach and taste a further delight It shows that Sufism is not the preserve of ecstatic religionists, but has a contribution to make to human culture and philosophy There is no more.

Their ancestral home was near the Paghman Gardens of Kabul. Does The Sufis successfully convey an understanding of the Sufi to a non-Sufi reader? When Reggie Hoare, a Gurdjieffian and associate of Bennett’s, wrote to the author care of the magazine, intrigued by the description of exercises known only to a very small number of Gurdjieff students, it was Shah who replied to Hoare, and Hoare who introduced Shah to Bennett.

Within its covers Shah introduces the reader to Sufism, which some take to mean ‘Islamic mysticism’ yet the author opines, that while many of its leading lights have been members of the Muslim faith, metaphysics actually precedes r Shah’s first book, now 50 years old and republished, new jacket, new font, available as a PoD, and soon to be issued as an ebook.

The Sufi exerted a powerful and largely unappreciated influence over the course of Western culture and history. Islam as a form has become the primary vehicle of origination for the Sufi since the revelation to the Prophet Mohammad s.

And Shah’s fiercest critic, University of Edinburgh scholar L. I remember the impact it had on me, in the early seven A new paper back and e book edition is now out.

The Western mind tends to become defensive towards the idea of a guide or master, but Shah would be the first to say that defensiveness is exactly the kind of patterned thinking to be overcome.

I wouldn’t try to sell Sufism purely as a means to efficiency, even though it does make one more effective in all sorts of ways. Such behavior makes the dirty beasts delighted at the thought that they are so important and the jumpers are so impotent. In Sbah interpretation, the Mulla Nasruddin stories, previously considered a folkloric part of Muslim cultures, were presented as Sufi parables.

Only at the correct time and in the correct context can the correct experience lead to the correct psychological development. Of ieries, the text remains the same; the reader has changed. But everyone is shhah from birth, so how does one ever escape from his conditioning? They sort out both the very clever people who need psychotherapy and who have come only to put you down, and idgies people who have come to worship.


I found the introductory material fascinating, as well as the initial chapters detailing the lives and In he established a publishing house, Octagon Press, producing translations of Sufi classics as well as titles of his own. Nobody is trying to abolish conditioning, merely to describe it, to make it possible to change it, and also to see where it needs to operate, and where it does not.

Let’s get back to your main work. Deikmana professor of psychiatry and long-time researcher in the area of meditation and change of consciousness who began his study of Sufi teaching stories in the early seventies, sahh the view that Western psychotherapists could benefit from the perspective provided by Sufism idris its universal essence, provided suitable materials were studied in the correct manner and sequence.

Yet the complex and moderate thinking it does provide may be precisely what is needed right now. Munn, reviewing the book in the Journal of the American Oriental Societyconcluded that “One cannot approach this book either in the role of scholar or in the role of seeker nutfor the shahh has cleverly blocked ivries these ‘postural’ approaches, much in the same way, one suspects, as a Sufi shaikh would.

Sufism: ‘a natural antidote to fanaticism’

But it presents this information without allowing these secondary phenomena to overwhelm what the Sufis regard as the primary matter: Claudio Naranjoa Chilean psychiatrist who was teaching in California in the late s, says that, after being “disappointed in the extent to which Gurdjieff’s school entailed a living lineage”, he had turned towards Sufism and had “become part of a group under the guidance of Idries Shah.

Alim Azimi made me angry, so that I could feel and transform my anger. Neither of the brothers ever produced the manuscript, leading Graves’ nephew and biographer to muse that it was hard to believe — bearing in mind the Shah brothers’ many obligations to Graves — that they would have withheld the manuscript if it had ever existed in the first place.