This book is filled with surprises for thoughtful, adventurous readers who value questioning their assumptions about people and society. It helped me begin to see the perfume and the scorpion: the overlay and reality; the hypocrisy and self-deception in ourselves and our institutions. Compelling arguments, imagery and illustrative anecdotes from contemporary life appear to be scattered about haphazardly. But it’s deliberate. It switches our attention and helps foster flexibility. The modern content set in a non-linear traditional structure also gives us a glimpse of the atmosphere and methods of the classic books by the Asian greats like Rumi, Jami and Hafiz. At the same time, it provides a clear direct exposition of the Sufi way.
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Never promise, even by implication, without fulfilling your promise. The only acceptable alternative to completing an undertaking is to over-fulfil it. To betray any promise, explicit or otherwise, will harm you more than it can harm anyone else.
Treat this world as I do, like a wayfarer; like a horseman who stops in the shade of a tree for a time, and then moves on.
I will not serve God like a labourer, in expectation of my wages. #Sufism #Rabia
IDEAS THAT SHAPED OUR MODERN WORLD Muhammad saw the decline in traditional values as a threat to his tribe. He was sure that social reform had to be based on a new spiritual foundation but had no idea that his destiny would be to implement those changes. https://t.co/3DpV5TxU7P