Idries Shah Quotes

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Tahir Shah
“My father used to tell me that stories offer the listener a chance to escape but, more importantly, he said, they provide people with a chance to maximize their minds. Suspend ordinary constraints, allow the imagination to be freed, and we are charged with the capability of heighetned thought.
Learn to use your eyes as if they are your ears, he said, and you become connected with the ancient heritage of man, a dream world for the waking mind.”
Tahir Shah, In Arabian Nights: A Caravan of Moroccan Dreams

“People don't get the gurus they deserve, they get the gurus they manufacture.”
Idries Shah, Reflections

Idries Shah
“If you will not reprove yourself,’ Saadi says, ‘you will not welcome reproof from another.”
Idries Shah, The Sufis

Idries Shah
“Rumi speaks of people who rely upon the written word as sometimes being no more than donkeys laden with books.”
Idries Shah, Learning How to Learn: Psychology and Spirituality in the Sufi Way

Idries Shah
“Sufi Teachers are not, as you might hope, people who make you feel peace and harmony.”
Idries Shah, Knowing How to Know: A Practical Philosophy in the Sufi Tradition

Idries Shah
“Sufism is, in operation, pragmatic.”
Idries Shah, The World of the Sufi: An Anthology of Writings about Sufis and Their Work

“It is not ‘Have I got a chance?’ It is more often: ‘Have I seen my chance?”
Idries Shah, Reflections

Idries Shah
“The intellect is not sovereign: knowledge is.”
Idries Shah, A Perfumed Scorpion

Idries Shah
“Fettered feet in the presence of friends is better than living in a garden with strangers.”
Idries Shah, The Sufis

“To drown in treacle is just as unpleasant as to drown in mud.
People today are in danger of drowning in information; but because they have been taught information is useful, they are more willing to drown than they need be.
If they could handle information, they would not have to drown at all.
The lightning said to the oak tree: 'Stand aside, or take what is coming to you!”
Idries Shah, Reflections

Idries Shah
“He who sleeps on the Road will lose either his hat or his head.”
Idries Shah, The Sufis

Idries Shah
“Any society which enjoins its members to adhere to both of these (politeness and truth) is a fraud.”
Idries Shah, Caravan of Dreams

Idries Shah
“SOVEREIGNTY
Sovereignty is a wind of change.
(Hariri)”
Idries Shah

Idries Shah
“The worst of sages is a visitor of princes; the best of princes is a visitor of sages.”
Idries Shah, The Sufis

Idries Shah
“Imagination blocks you like a bolt on a door. Burn that bar. (Rumi)”
Idries Shah, Sufi Thought and Action

Idries Shah
“Hariri says, in his Maqamat: ‘Safety is on the river’s BANK.”
Idries Shah, Seeker After Truth

Idries Shah
“We and all our existences are non-entities. Thou art the absolute being whose appearance is transitory.”
Idries Shah, The World of the Sufi: An Anthology of Writings about Sufis and Their Work

Idries Shah
“Rumi habla de las personas que se fían tanto de la palabra escrita como si a veces fueran no más que asnos cargados de libros.”
Idries Shah, Learning How to Learn: Psychology and Spirituality in the Sufi Way

Idries Shah
“Quien se duerma en el Camino, perderá el sombrero o la cabeza.”
Idries Shah, The Sufis

“Humility cannot be taught by propaganda, though slavery can. Shouting for humility is a form of arrogance. One of my most abiding recollections is of a priest at a religious occasion once roaring, in the most threatening way imaginable:
‘O our Lord God, we most humbly pray…!’
Real humility is not always the same as apparent humility. Remember that fighting against self-conceit is still fighting: and that it will tend to suppress it temporarily. It does not cure anything.
Remember, too, that humility itself does not bring an automatic reward: it is a means to an end. It enables a person to operate in a certain manner.”
Idries Shah, Reflections

Idries Shah
“Si no te reprochas a ti mismo”, dice Saadi, “no aceptarás el reproche ajeno.”
Idries Shah, The Sufis

“Forms of Love: A man once decided that all perfection and beauty was in the tree. It gave fruit, shelter, materials for manufacturers. It did this, too, without apparently making demands. It was there for ‘good’ purposes. So he taught people that ‘tree’ was ‘good’.
Everyone eventually worshipped in forests and groves, and they loved trees. This pure occupation diverted most human attention for perhaps 10,000 years. These people mistook the immediate for the Real. So it is with man’s present ideas about love.
His most sublime Ideas about love, if he but knew it, can be called the lowest of the possible perceptions of real love.”
Idries Shah, Reflections

Idries Shah
“Many a “learned” man is destroyed by ignorance and by the learning which is of no use to him’ (Hadrat Ahmed ibn Mahsud, the Sufi).”
Idries Shah, The Sufis

Idries Shah
“Muchos eruditos son destruidos por la ignorancia y por el conocimiento que no saben utilizar.”
Idries Shah, The Sufis

Idries Shah
“Someone says that I haven’t taught him anything that he can remember. He can’t understand yet that that’s precisely what I am aiming at…”
Idries Shah, Observations

Idries Shah
“Alguien dice que no le he enseñado nada que pueda recordar. Aún no puede comprender que eso es precisamente a lo que estoy apuntando…”
Idries Shah, Observations

Idries Shah
“Man is the microcosm, creation the macrocosm — the unity. All comes from One.”
Idries Shah, The Sufis

Idries Shah
“El hombre es el microcosmos, la creación, el macrocosmos: la unidad. Todo procede del Uno.”
Idries Shah, The Sufis

Idries Shah
“Sufis are not here to satisfy a demand. They exist to share what they have got. These two things are not always the same.”
Idries Shah, The Commanding Self

Idries Shah
“El intelecto no es soberano: el conocimiento lo es.”
Idries Shah, A Perfumed Scorpion

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