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Thinkers of the East

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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 more 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".

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Paperback, 198 pages
Published March 1st 2003 by Octagon Press, Limited (first published December 12th 1971)
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Jul 11, 2011 David rated it liked it
One of my first books that I read about the middle east and led me to reading the Koran.
Jun 17, 2016 Ita rated it it was amazing
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, ...more
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Apr 02, 2015 Kevan Bowkett rated it it was amazing
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 more familiar intellectual workers, such as Western philosophers. The Sufis use a much greater range of impacts than discursive argument: their repertoire includes, for ...more
John Handforth
May 30, 2016 John Handforth rated it it was amazing
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 more concerned with content and ...more
Mar 08, 2016 Helena rated it it was amazing
Misleci z Vzhoda je zbirka poučnih sufijskih zgodb, ki pomagajo prebuditi človeka. Zgodbe poudarjajo predvsem izkušnjo pred teorijo, ki je značilna za sufizem. Pri prebiranju se nam odpirajo novi pogledi na svet, ki zavračajo ustaljeni način razmišljanja. Nemalokrat so zgodbe polne humorja, prikazujejo relacijo učitelj – učenec ter razne dogodivščine. Nekatere je moč razumeti nemudoma, nekatere pa zahtevajo večkratno branje, vse pa nam z različnimi interpretacijami razširjajo dojemanje sveta. ...more
Jun 05, 2016 Toni rated it it was amazing
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 tin
Dan Sperling
Jul 08, 2016 Dan Sperling rated it it was amazing
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 ...more
Jun 04, 2016 WJ rated it it was amazing
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 more in the line of reissues from the Idries Shah Foundation, which certainly does a good job with these books.
Ratri Dian
Dec 10, 2012 Ratri Dian rated it it was amazing
Sebenernya baca versi bahasa Indonesianya sih.
Sangat menemani mereka yang hendak berperjalanan. :))
Apr 11, 2012 Phleghm rated it liked it
Offers an insight into a completely different culture and mentality. Honestly, it would take me a lifetime to understand it bit better.

Very refreshing.
Feb 05, 2015 Dean rated it really liked it
Great compilation of short teaching stories, anecdotes and literary devices aimed at delivering a conscious "shock" to the reader/student.
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Idries Shah (Persian: ادریس شاه), also known as Idris Shah, né Sayed Idries el-Hashimi (Arabic: سيد إدريس هاشمي), 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 ea
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“The Book of Wisdom. Simab said: 'I shall sell the Book of Wisdom for a hundred gold pieces, and some people will say that it is cheap.' Yunus Marmar said to him: 'And I shall give away the key to understanding it, and almost none shall take it, even free of charge.” 3 likes
“It is not Sufism if it does not perform its function for you. A cloak is no longer a cloak if it does not keep a man warm.” 3 likes
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