Sufis Quotes

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Idries Shah
“Man (and woman) has an infinite capacity for self-development. Equally, he has an infinite capacity for self-destruction. A human being may be clinically alive and yet, despite all appearances, spiritually dead.”
Idries Shah, Learning How to Learn: Psychology and Spirituality in the Sufi Way

Idries Shah
“Three Things
Three things cannot be retrieved:
The arrow once sped from the bow
The word spoken in haste
The missed opportunity.

(Ali the Lion, Caliph of Islam, son-in-law of Mohammed the Prophet),”
Idries Shah, Caravan of Dreams

Idries Shah
“Q: What is a fundamental mistake of man's?
A: To think that he is alive, when he has merely fallen asleep in life's waiting-room.”
Idries Shah, Seeker After Truth

Idries Shah
“Real generosity is anonymous to the extent that a man should be prepared even to be considered ungenerous rather than explain it to others.”
Idries Shah, Learning How to Learn: Psychology and Spirituality in the Sufi Way

Idries Shah
“Deep in the sea are riches beyond compare. But if you seek safety, it is on the shore.”
Idries Shah, The Sufis

Bulleh Shah
“Not a believer in the mosque am I,
Nor a disbeliever with his rites am I.
I am not the pure amongst the impure,
I am neither Moses nor Pharaoh.
Bulleh, I know not who I am.

Not in the holy books am I,
Nor do I dwell in bhang or wine,
Nor do I live in a drunken haze,
Nor in sleep or waking known.
Bulleh, I know not who I am.

Not in happiness or in sorrow am I found.
I am neither pure nor mired in filthy ground.
Not of water nor of land,
Nor am I in air or fire to be found.
Bulleh, I know not who I am.

Not an Arab nor Lahori,
Not a Hindi or Nagouri,
Nor a Muslim or Peshawari,
Not a Buddhist or a Christian.
Bulleh, I know not who I am.

Secrets of religion have I not unravelled,
I am not of Eve and Adam.
Neither still nor moving on,
I have not chosen my own name!
Bulleh, I know not who I am.

From first to last, I searched myself.
None other did I succeed in knowing.
Not some great thinker am I.
Who is standing in my shoes, alone?

Bulleh, I know not who I am.”
Bulleh Shah

Idries Shah
“Sayings of the Prophet
Trust: Trust in God – but tie your camel first.”
Idries Shah, Caravan of Dreams

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

Idries Shah
“One day we will all wear a garment which has no pockets...”
Idries Shah, The Commanding Self

Idries Shah
“Wisdom is when you understand what, previously, at best you only knew.”
Idries Shah, Observations

Idries Shah
“Definitions from Mulla Do-Piaza
A fool:
A man trying to be honest with the dishonest.”
Idries Shah, Caravan of Dreams

Idries Shah
“In a village where everyone has only one leg, the biped will hop about more lamely than anyone else, if he knows what is good for him.”
Idries Shah, Knowing How to Know: A Practical Philosophy in the Sufi Tradition

Idries Shah
“If wine is the enemy of religion, I shall devour the enemy of religion.”
Idries Shah, Sufi Thought and Action

Idries Shah
“SAYING OF SHEIKH ZIAUDIN:
Self-justification is worse than the original offence.”
Idries Shah, The Way of the Sufi

Idries Shah
“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.”
Idries Shah, Thinkers of the East

Idries Shah
“The function of a nutrient is to become transmuted, not to leave unaltered traces.”
Idries Shah, The Sufis

Idries Shah
“Haste is from the Devil.”
Idries Shah, Caravan of Dreams

Idries Shah
“Saying of the Prophet. The Bequest: I have nothing to leave you except my family.”
Idries Shah, Caravan of Dreams

Idries Shah
“The totality of life cannot be understood, so runs Sufi teaching, if it is studied only through the methods which we use in everyday living.”
Idries Shah, The Sufis

H.M. Forester
“Only later – much, much later, and after losing all hope and undergoing a seemingly interminable Dark Night of the Soul – would Louie begin to see how Shah’s own work tied in with others. Not only among Sufis, nor in the general fields of spirituality and mysticism, nor in the work of Shah’s own family, friends of Shah, and friends of friends of Shah, and people who quoted people quoting Shah, but in diverse fields and in the town’s marketplace, mucky alleyways and smoke-clouded taverns of everyday life. That was a whole new vista, a continent beyond Shah’s own island – vast, exotic, and apparently self-contained as it had been, and yet not all and everything. Looking back, this wonderful caravanserai had been a very necessary, and much loved, step or two along the way.”
H.M. Forester, Secret Friends: The Ramblings of a Madman in Search of a Soul

Idries Shah
“Spirituality is the essence of religion. And there is, again, an essence of spirituality; Sufism is the essence of essences.”
Idries Shah, Sufi Thought and Action

Idries Shah
“La espiritualidad: la esencia de la religión. Y también hay, una esencia de la espiritualidad: el Sufismo es la esencia de las esencias.”
Idries Shah

Idries Shah
“The harshness of a teacher is better than the reputed softness of the parent.”
Idries Shah

Idries Shah
“La aspereza de un maestro es mejor que la supuesta ternura de un padre.”
Idries Shah

Idries Shah
“Very often, people believe they are doing “significant” things when they merely want an interchange of attention.”
Idries Shah

Idries Shah
“Muchas veces, la gente cree estar haciendo cosas “significativas” cuando meramente quieren un intercambio de atención.”
Idries Shah

Idries Shah
“Your magic talisman is powerful: but are you a Solomon to make it work?”
Idries Shah

Idries Shah
“Tu talismán mágico es poderoso, pero ¿acaso eres Salomón para hacerlo funcionar?”
Idries Shah

Aiyaz Uddin
“I want to be a thief,
A thief of a different kind and nature,

I want to be a thief in the house of God,
A thief who would instead of stealing put his heart in the house of God,

I want to be a thief who wants to be clear with his theft,
A thief who knows who's the house he is in and what he is invading,

I want to be a thief who after getting catch surrenders,
A thief who gets caught red-handedly with his theft,


I want to be a thief who wishes to get caught,
A thief who wishes to be caged in Divine Jail.”
Aiyaz Uddin, Science Behind A Perfect Life

Idries Shah
“Sufism is the knowledge whereby man can realize himself and attain permanency.”
Idries Shah

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