On the Nature of Sufi Knowledge : A Lecture Before a Live Audience, Plus Teaching Stories and Narratives

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The third in a series of lectures by Idries Shah given before a live audience. Shah talks about the purpose of Sufism and the method and expression of its aim. He compares Sufi education with that obtained from a university or school. He emphasizes that the learner must have some stability of mind in order to approach Sufi studies correctly. His topics cover many subjects, including assumptions that prevent understanding; the difference between Sufis and idealists or "good" people who base their conduct, beliefs, and actions on principles; sincerity versus emotionality; familiarity with the material; and developing the right attitude towards it.

The second tape in this set includes selections from Shah’s Wisdom of the Idiots and Seeker After Truth read by members of The London College of Storytellers.

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As the urgency of our global situation becomes apparent, more and more readers are turning to the books of Idries Shah (1924-1996) as a way to train new capacities and new ways of thinking. Shah has been described as "the most significant worker adapting classical spiritual thought to the modern world." His lively, contemporary books have sold more than 15 million copies in 12 languages worldwide and have been awarded many prizes. They have been reviewed by The New York Times, The New Yorker, The Times, The Tribune, The Telegraph, and numerous other international journals and newspapers.

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I want to clear away the brushwood, I want to give you indications of Sufism which will connect with your existing institutions, with your psychology, with your sociology, with your idea of spirituality, with your cultural institutions, with your literature.

Copyright © 1969, 1970, 1982, 1992. Idries Shah. All rights reserved.

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