By Idries Shah
With questions and examples, this paintings exhibits how conventional Sufi thoughts can unravel social, mental and non secular ideas. It deals the technique of ourselves and our associations in a brand new means.
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Wanting knowledge is not enough. As we see in the case of Junaid's students, only one in twenty acted in accordance with his own beliefs. TEACHERSHIP ACCORDING TO M U I N U D D I N CHISHTI The institution of teachership is there for this reason, that the learner must learn how to learn. ' 34 Secrets and the Sufis Q: Why do Sufis hint at secrets, and speak of remarkable places and strange books, and so on, if not to titillate? THE CULTIVATED VOLUNTEERS A: When they do so, it may only be to identify the superficialists who scramble for these things.
The assumption here is that you can benefit from a contact made at your convenience or under circumstances dictated by you. This attitude is unpromising, because it does not correspond with what could happen. The only value of a teaching to you, and to the teaching itself, is when you become attuned to it in the way, at the time and under the circumstances which are best suited to a fruitful relationship with that teaching. ' In this respect the teaching is more subtle than, say, learning a language.
Reading some 'Sufi' materials, they sound the s a m e . . *Aftab-ud-Din Ahmad: Futuh al-Ghaib, Lahore: Ashraf 1949, p. ix. 59 Saintliness Q: Can you say something about saintliness and Sufi teachers? most anxious about finding, following, refuting or dealing in some way with Sufi teachers tend to be those least able to identify or locate them. This is because the searchers are usually looking for obsessional: people who cannot help behaving in a way which announces, twenty-four hours a day, I am a spiritual man'.
Learning How to Learn: Psychology and Spirituality in the Sufi Way by Idries Shah