Monday, February 05, 2007

Sufi stories

Distilled teachings

It happened. "A rich braggart once took a Sufi on a tour of his house. He showed him room after room filled with valuable works of art, priceless carpets and heirlooms of every kind. At the end he asked: `What impressed you most of all?' The Sufi answered: `The fact that the earth is strong enough to support the weight of such a massive building.'"

Just one of the scores of anecdotes and parables, which Idries Shah narrates in Thinkers of the East, from Rupa (www.rupapublications.com). `Distilled from the teachings of more than one hundred sages in three continents,' these stories emphasise on the experimental rather than the theoretical.

Stories Retold

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