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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Saying of the Mulla Nasrudin
If I survive this life without dying, I’ll be surprised.
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Ideologies exist only where there is no absolute knowledge. If you know something, you do not have to believe or disbelieve it.... #sufism
Junaid of Baghdad was passing the scene of a public hanging, where a thief was on the scaffold. Junaid bowed towards the criminal. Someone asked him: 'Why did you do that?' Junaid said: 'I was bowing before his single-mindedness. For his aim, that man has given his life.'
One thing I learned from my father very early: Don't take any notice of what people say, just watch what they do. #sufism #IkbalAliShah