[PDF] ☆ Thinkers of the East | BY ↠ Idries Shah #2020

  • Title: Thinkers of the East
  • Author: Idries Shah
  • ISBN: 9780863040795
  • Page: 172
  • Format: Paperback

  • Thinkers of the East By Idries Shah A collection of entertaining anecdotes and parables in action illustrating the eminently practical and lucid approach of Eastern dervish teachers Distilled from the teachings of than one hundred sages in three continents, it offers an extraordinary variety of underlying themes, from the inner significance of outward service to real and imagined desire A book oA collection of entertaining anecdotes and parables in action illustrating the eminently practical and lucid approach of Eastern dervish teachers Distilled from the teachings of than one hundred sages in three continents, it offers an extraordinary variety of underlying themes, from the inner significance of outward service to real and imagined desire A book of enormous breath and depth it emphasizes experience over theory and it is this characteristic of Sufic study which provides its impact and vitality Valuable as it is, this book s publication in the West has only recently become possible, because only recently has the West been able to accept the fluid thinking of the East and to reject the old rigid systems that have only appearance of wisdom As a master teacher says in these pages, The wisdom which is invisible but which sustains is a hundred times better than the appearance of wisdom, for that has itself to be sustained.
    Idries Shah
    Idries Shah Persian , also known as Idris Shah, n Sayed Idries el Hashimi Arabic , was an author and teacher in the Sufi tradition who wrote over three dozen critically acclaimed books on topics ranging from psychology and spirituality to travelogues and culture studies.Born in India, the descendant of a family of Afghan nobles, Shah grew up mainly in England His early writings centred on magic and witchcraft In 1960 he established a publishing house, Octagon Press, producing translations of Sufi classics as well as titles of his own His most seminal work was The Sufis, which appeared in 1964 and was well received internationally In 1965, Shah founded the Institute for Cultural Research, a London based educational charity devoted to the study of human behaviour and culture A similar organisation, the Institute for the Study of Human Knowledge ISHK , exists in the United States, under the directorship of Stanford University psychology professor Robert Ornstein, whom Shah appointed as his deputy in the U.S.In his writings, Shah presented Sufism as a universal form of wisdom that predated Islam Emphasising that Sufism was not static but always adapted itself to the current time, place and people, he framed his teaching in Western psychological terms Shah made extensive use of traditional teaching stories and parables, texts that contained multiple layers of meaning designed to trigger insight and self reflection in the reader He is perhaps best known for his collections of humorous Mulla Nasrudin stories.Shah was at times criticised by orientalists who questioned his credentials and background His role in the controversy surrounding a new translation of the Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam, published by his friend Robert Graves and his older brother Omar Ali Shah, came in for particular scrutiny However, he also had many notable defenders, chief among them the novelist Doris Lessing Shah came to be recognised as a spokesman for Sufism in the West and lectured as a visiting professor at a number of Western universities His works have played a significant part in presenting Sufism as a secular, individualistic form of spiritual wisdom.Idries Shah s books on Sufism achieved considerable critical acclaim He was the subject of a BBC documentary One Pair of Eyes in 1969, and two of his works The Way of the Sufi and Reflections were chosen as Outstanding Book of the Year by the BBC s The Critics programme Among other honours, Shah won six first prizes at the UNESCO World Book Year in 1973, and the Islamic scholar James Kritzeck, commenting on Shah s Tales of the Dervishes, said that it was beautifully translated.The reception of Shah s movement was also marked by much controversy Some orientalists were hostile, in part because Shah presented classical Sufi writings as tools for self development to be used by contemporary people, rather than as objects of historical study L P Elwell Sutton from Edinburgh University, Shah s fiercest critic, described his books as trivial , replete with errors of fact, slovenly and inaccurate translations and even misspellings of Oriental names and words a muddle of platitudes, irrelevancies and plain mumbo jumbo , adding for good measure that Shah had a remarkable opinion of his own importance Expressing amusement and amazement at the sycophantic manner of Shah s interlocutors in a BBC radio interview, Elwell Sutton concluded that some Western intellectuals were so desperate to find answers to the questions that baffle them, that, confronted with wisdom from the mysterious East, they abandon their critical faculties and submit to brainwashing of the crudest kind To Elwell Sutton, Shah s Sufism belonged to the realm of Pseudo Sufism , centred not on God but on man Doris Lessing, one of Shah s greatest defenders,stated in a 1981 interview I found Sufism as taught by Idries Shah, which claim

    Thinkers of the East By Idries Shah


    One of my first books that I read about the middle east and led me to reading the Koran.

    This is a book about removing the obstacles, and developing the qualities needed to allow knowledge What Sufis mean by knowledge goes far beyond what is ordinarily understood by the word It has been described as the very force which maintains humanity Although it continually pours into man, if sought with anything other than our simplest and most sincere selves, it is fraught with the danger that our faults can be amplified Books like Thinkers of the East have been compiled to avoid peril, while [...]

    Kevan Bowkett
    The subtitle of this fascinating book is Studies in Experientialism, and the volume deals with the thought and experience of the Middle Eastern and Central Asian sages called the Sufis In reading this collection of tales and teaching narratives, one is soon aware of some differences between these thinkers of the East and familiar intellectual workers, such as Western philosophers The Sufis use a much greater range of impacts than discursive argument their repertoire includes, for instance, tale [...]

    Thinkers of the East If you were to ask a traditional Eastern sage for his system , he would look at you as a modern physician would if you asked for his panacea for all ills He might invite you to apply to a seller of nostrums on a fair ground He would certainly diagnose you as a primitive who had still to learn the first lesson about knowledge This is from the first page of the preface the second paragraph Given the present and prevalent panacea of systems we might take heed A tiny thought tha [...]

    Stuart Bathgate
    One of Shah s shorter books, this is mainly a collection of tales and anecdotes by or about some of the great Sufi teachers of the past There are also brief sections which might be deemed factual or analytical, such as the Counsels of Bahaudin or the last chapter, The Sufi Quest by Ustad Hilmi.A paragraph in the latter sums up one of the main themes of Sufi teaching, and perhaps the purpose of books such as this Man has the opportunity of returning to his origin He has forgotten this He is, in [...]

    Michael David
    This is a collection of aphorisms from notable Sufi practitioners It s a collection that is fabular in nature, but it s one that is just as weighty as Aesop s and philosophical at that I think in my limited understanding that the connecting thread to these fables is that there is than one Truth One can have a different interpretation of a certain idea or philosophy, but that doesn t mean one is wrong one can only keep on learning There is no singular path toward Truth.I love this collection be [...]

    I have read this book before in a previous edition, but am very pleased to get hold of the new edition published by ISF It looks good and is very pleasant to handle And the content is as sharp as ever, short stories, a page or two at most, beautifully written, some of them have been at the back of my mind for years, on occasion coming to the front as now I think of the story that says the teaching is like air, we live in it but are unaware of it and its vital role until deprived of it.

    Muneera Salem-Murdock
    It was given to me by Tahir Shah while living in Morocco.

    John Handforth
    Subtitled, Studies in Experientialism, Thinkers of the East is a fascinating and wide ranging exploration of the action philosophy of the Sufis The book contains fables, stories, anecdotes, mini histories, biographical fragments, and short treatises on a wide variety of topics which are, nevertheless, related Fans of Mulla Nasruddin and his illustrative tales will be interested in a section on his origins, early history, and role in Sufi studies Though concerned with content and effectiveness t [...]

    Misleci z Vzhoda je zbirka pou nih sufijskih zgodb, ki pomagajo prebuditi loveka Zgodbe poudarjajo predvsem izku njo pred teorijo, ki je zna ilna za sufizem Pri prebiranju se nam odpirajo novi pogledi na svet, ki zavra ajo ustaljeni na in razmi ljanja Nemalokrat so zgodbe polne humorja, prikazujejo relacijo u itelj u enec ter razne dogodiv ine Nekatere je mo razumeti nemudoma, nekatere pa zahtevajo ve kratno branje, vse pa nam z razli nimi interpretacijami raz irjajo dojemanje sveta Zadnji del k [...]

    Dan Sperling
    I love this book, because it forces the reader think rather than to coast along on automatic pilot It s a collection of short Sufi anecdotes and parables in action, and the thinkers referred to in the title are Sufi teachers whose words and actions, as recounted by author Idries Shah, show that their philosophy is wholly practical in nature rather than of the theoretical, ivory tower sort THINKERS OF THE EAST is a fitting complement to Shah s other books on Sufi thought, and I strongly recommend [...]

    Excellent new kindle edition Tales, essays, statements, the Legend of Nasrudin, The Sufi Quest all easy to read but not quite so simple to understand which, really, is what the reader wants, I think Not expensive One in the line of reissues from the Idries Shah Foundation, which certainly does a good job with these books.

    Ratri Dian
    Sebenernya baca versi bahasa Indonesianya sih.Sangat menemani mereka yang hendak berperjalanan.

    A collection of charming Sufi teaching stories to help wake a person up.

    Offers an insight into a completely different culture and mentality Honestly, it would take me a lifetime to understand it bit better.Very refreshing.

    Great compilation of short teaching stories, anecdotes and literary devices aimed at delivering a conscious shock to the reader student.

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