Shah’s influence on my Guadameci leatherwork By Jorge Centofanti Having left Argentina in 1968, I hoped to steer my life away from intellectual activities – such as poetry and journalism – and to work with my hands instead. By chance I was lucky enough to find a talented fellow-Argentinian in Paris from whom I learnt [...]
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In his groundbreaking BBC documentary One Pair of Eyes, Idries Shah says, “An excitable person - give him a lot of attention and his views will become less pronounced… He may become a much calmer, a more interesting person. He may learn to give you attention, too. And this is the basis of civilisation. Not [...]
The contribution of Idries Shah to the understanding of cults and cult thinking Until Idries Shah began writing on the subject, the word ‘cult’ tended to refer to a religious sect that was usually eccentric and possibly dangerous. It could include any quasi-religious or deeply political grouping in which the leader was idolised - hence [...]
By Steven Nightingale We must look at the world we have made: the crudity of our politics, the menace of military force, the threat of oblivion from atomic weapons; the destruction of earth’s life support systems, the fundamentalism that corrupts religious faith. What resource we might turn to, if we are to confront with [...]
By Jason Webster At the eastern end of the Sierra Nevada, not far from Granada, there is a small town tucked away in the dusty hillsides, almost forgotten amid the dry, desert-like landscape. Tourists who stray here will find an imposing cathedral, half-empty streets and a vast number of caves in the surrounding area, homes [...]
This article deals less with the overt content of The Four-Gated City - the last novel in Doris Lessing’s largely autobiographical sequence begun in 1952 with Martha Quest - and more with certain clues which allow for a reading of the text that might not be immediately obvious to those unaware of Doris Lessing’s interest [...]
By Jason Webster In his groundbreaking book The Sufis (1964), the authority on Sufism Idries Shah mentions several Western cultural phenomena which were influenced or inspired by the mystical current of Islam. They include such diverse things as the Troubadour movement, the figure of the Jester, the writings of Cervantes and Goethe (amongst others) [...]
Idries Shah and his revolutionary contribution to the teaching story. By Robert Twigger "Tell me a fact and I’ll learn. Tell me a truth and I’ll believe. But tell me a story and it will live in my heart forever." Native American proverb "All stories teach, whether the storyteller intends them to or not. [...]
ON ORIGINALITY When I was seven years old, my father sat me down on the lawn on a long hot summer afternoon, and he told me a secret: ‘You’re wiser than almost anyone I’ve ever met,’ he said. I smiled. Then grinned. ‘Really?’ Peering into the middle distance, my father nodded slowly. ‘Yes you are,’ [...]
Which then brings to mind, from the deep but easily accessible recesses of my brain, “The Definitions of Mulla Do-Piazza,” as related by the Sufi author, Idries Shah, where he characterizes “drugs” as “a source of the mystical experience of the ignorant.” It seems a pretty good definition, too, for these attempts to use quantitative [...]