Common sense, straight thinking and evolution are not typically associated with religion or spirituality. But it’s scattered throughout this new Large Print Edition of The Sufis by Idries Shah. Not simply Islamic mystics or “hairy-footed metaphysicians”, the Sufis and their teachings took many forms to suit the time, place and people. Surprisingly, their many insights anticipate current social scientific research. Shah’s groundbreaking book has an uncanny atmosphere: mysterious and yet curiously familiar. It’s filled with major historical figures and “secret” societies who were influenced by these remarkable people. It solves ancient lingering puzzles, only to introduce new deeper ones: not for amusement, but as something to work through or grow through. The Sufis adapted themselves to prevailing circumstances throughout history. Could their ancient practical philosophy help us make the necessary changes to solve today’s seemingly intractable problems; and even help us go beyond?
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A #Sufi school comes into being in order to flourish and disappear, not to leave traces in mechanical ritual, or anthropologically survivals
A man, never having seen water, is thrown blindfolded into it, and feels it. When the bandage is removed, he knows what it is.
Until then he only knew it by its effect.
(Rumi, Fihi Ma Fihi)
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A man's capacity is the same as his breadth of vision.
The Dermis Probe
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