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Aubrey Davis

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in Toronto, Canada
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April 2012

I always loved to read. As a boy I had a passion for myths, bible stories, science fiction and Mad magazine. My neighbor was a writer for CBC. Maybe I caught the writing bug from him. I loved to write funny stories. My Grade six teacher liked them. But my Grade eight teacher hated them. So I stopped writing creatively until I was 42.
In 1970, I traveled across Europe and North Africa and discovered a remarkable collection of traditional Teaching stories by Afghan writer Idries Shah. These bottomless tales puzzled, shocked and delighted me. They helped me see the world and myself in fresh, new ways. They made me think like I’d never thought before.
In 1980, I began to tell them, first to my own children, then at weekly gatherings in Toronto. L

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The World of Nasrudin by Idries Shah
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NASRUDIN’S upside down world is filled with fanatics, bigots, idiots, hypocrites, incompetents, innocents and thieves. It is a world of foible, folly and most importantly humour. It reveals the good sense and wisdom of Eastern cultures that we stereo ...more
The World of Nasrudin by Idries Shah
"This is the fourth collection of Mulla Nasrudin jokes and stories published by Idries Shah, and contains hundreds of anecdotes of this 'wise fool' teaching figure. While simply entertaining and enjoyable, the stories also appear to be used in Sufi st" Read more of this review »
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Knowing How to Know by Idries Shah
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Knowing how to Know shines light on “eastern” traditional and “western” scientific concepts unfamiliar or misunderstood in our culture. Best read with an open mind, it’s loaded with clear thinking; common and uncommon sense. It presents a rare opport ...more
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The World of the Sufi by Idries Shah
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This beautiful new edition is a treasure-trove of learned essays about Sufis and their work, assembled by Idries Shah. It demystifies mysticism. It includes excerpts from the Arabian nights, jokes, works of the classical masters, Central Asian hypnot ...more
Reflections by Idries Shah
“Sometimes a pessimist is only an optimist with extra information.”
Idries Shah
Reflections by Idries Shah
“Right time, right place, right people equals success.
Wrong time, wrong place, wrong people equals most of the real human history.”
Idries Shah
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The Secret Lore of Magic by Idries Shah
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For five years author Idries Shah examined obscure manuscripts in a dozen remote regions where magic persists. Originally published in 1957, most of the magical texts in this annotated and fully illustrated classic have never been published before; m ...more
The Secret Lore of Magic by Idries Shah
"When most people hear the word “magic,” they automatically think of the illusions performed by the stage entertainers who bill themselves as magicians. But from time immemorial, a different kind of magic has fascinated – and frightened – millions of " Read more of this review »
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The Secret Lore of Magic by Idries Shah
"Crazy, entertaining but repetitive, often funny, very original. These were among my first impressions of THE SECRET LORE OF MAGIC. Did Shah derive all his materials (including the drawings) from old manuscripts, or did he invent some of it, I couldn’" Read more of this review »
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The Idries Shah Anthology by Idries Shah
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This beautiful anthology by Idries Shah’s daughter Saira is a masterful introduction to his vast body of work and a fresh perspective on Sufism. It contains chapters on the jokester sage Mulla Nasrudin, poetry, proverbs, teaching stories and more. Sh ...more
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Idries Shah
“From time to time ponder whether you are unconsciously saying:
'Truth is what I happen to be thinking at this moment.”
Idries Shah, Reflections

Idries Shah
“When people have a hard task to do - one which stretches them - they become less concerned with trivial matters.”
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“Learn to be as analytical about things of which you are credulous as you are of those which you criticise.”
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Doris Lessing
“I hated the 1960's feminists," she says. "They were dogmatists, you see. In comes ideology, and out goes common sense. This is my experience of life.”
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Idries Shah
“Why did I do such-and-such a thing?' is all very well. But what about 'How otherwise could I have done it?'.”
Idries Shah, Learning How to Learn: Psychology and Spirituality in the Sufi Way

72010 Q&A with Tahir Shah — 95 members — last activity May 04, 2020 09:53PM
Goodreads Author Tahir Shah will be available June 5th, 2013 to answer your questions. Dear Readers, It's a pleasure to connect with you here on Good ...more

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Jean-daen couch-davidson being a student of tachi for many years, i kinda agree with alan watts about the diff between eastern and western mind, being that the west over anaylizes the mind, also a hindu opinion..being a potter,
and painting..pretty much work in the now...never know when a storm could rearrange your whole town, farm kid, what do we know..this year i am growing tomatoes for my resident groundhog, huge guy...he is picky though, but faster then the wind, did you know that groundhogs have a separate room in their unground castles, purely for toiletry no kiddin...happy now

Jean-daen couch-davidson smellincoly [ edit ]

smellincoly is a folly
that was made before the rose

it is about the nose's eye,
that from a range of smell

does remember from it's well
exactly what took place
the oldest sense they say

i like nose without any clothes
i love the smell of things
like the spring dirt, it could
be worse, so don't hang no
blame on a nose's leg

the diaper from your nanny
or yes, your first bananay

and the taste of tears of
babies blues taste salty
like a kitchen chair

and lick we did toys and
books anything near
all the tastebud in the
tray for the nose
to have some hay

old barn the smell of
the horse, smellincoly
was my choice

apple pie, from silly sal
maybe pickles wrinkled
up our eyes and all the
seas have their own

even plastic

has a yell lipsticks sweet
and barbeced meat frog
ponds and liliac frocks
even a night in the quiet
of a dark blossomed with
smells to the reason's

whiskey glass ink splash
street heat snow knows

and all about the nose

this lovely lovely rose
in the middle of the face
the queen the king

the one who keeps you
clean takes away
the mouth's control, the
eyes of hate yes,

smellincoly has merit

as the sense that has
no nonsense.

Jean-daen couch-davidson i love that whole group of zen and sufi thinkers, where i really feel connected to a sane and wonderful reality, just did some video
viewing for a few months on alan watts, student of the gurdjieff teachings from my youth, so fortunate to have found these writers

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