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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Intellectuals don’t understand this, but business people do because their profits depend upon it.

He pointed out how both on the individual and group levels, short-term disasters often turn into blessings — and vice versa — and yet the knowledge of this has done little to affect the way people respond to events as they occur.

Quite a few people that I know talk about Indries Shah and his idrise. At that time, Bennett had already investigated the Sufi origins of many of Gurdjieff’s teachings, based on both Gurdjieff’s own numerous statements, and on travels Bennett himself made in the East where he met various Sufi Sheikhs. I just don’t regard it as a religious operation. Contrast that with Christ zhah said “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.

There are many ways to talk about the religious aspects of Sufism. In the amplitude of Gods earth why have you fallen asleep in a prison?

Sufism: ‘a natural antidote to fanaticism’

He illustrated the problem in a parable in zufis book Thinkers of the East: In other words, Sufism might help us solve some of the enormous social, political and environmental problems that face us. One day Nasrudin lent his cooking pots to a neighbor, who was giving a feast.


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. Shah presented Sufism as a form of timeless wisdom that predated Islam. 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.

The ecstatic experience is certainly not required. Now this is consistent with our experience, but it is not consistent with Western beliefs.

It is much easier to write a book on Sufism than it is to study it. But a career of diplomacy did not attract Idries Shah We don’t plan to form an organization with somebody at the top and others at the bottom collecting money or wearing funny clothes or converting people to Sufism. Well, the Indian is in the same position with the automobile industry as the American with the guru. Retrieved 16 October The man came round to get them back.

The Sufi Tradition

They could see through the layers, in the same way you see a fish frozen in a block of ice. In Shah’s interpretation, the Mulla Nasruddin stories, previously considered a folkloric part of Muslim cultures, were presented as Sufi parables.

Shah went on to say that his books on the subject were not written for the current devotees of magic and witchcraft, and that in fact he subsequently had to avoid them, as they would only be disappointed in what he had to say. China is the code work for mind concentration, one of the Sufi practises, an essential prerequisite to Sufic development.

A book that has changed the way, the world looks at the world. Sheikh Saadi of Shiraz. In the West alone, Sufism lies behind a host of diverse cultural heirlooms, ranging from Freemasonry to alchemy to the Kabala, and had a profound impact idrie such thinkers as Roger Bacon and St.


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Retrieved 5 November 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. The interior of the house was decorated in a Middle-Eastern fashion, and buffet lunches were sufix every Sunday for guests in a large dining room that was once the estate stable, nicknamed “The Elephant” a reference to the Eastern tale of the ” Elephant in the Dark “.

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. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

The Sufi Tradition, interview with Idries Shah

The idea that a leader will walk idriea and we will all recognize him and follow him and everybody will be happy strikes me as a strangely immature atavism.

And such an outlook takes the heat out of almost every contention. Recently I’ve been appalled at the low levels of articles in learned journals and literary weeklies.