Learning How to Learn: Psychology and Spirituality in the Sufi Way

Learning How to Learn Psychology and Spirituality in the Sufi Way In response to the many inquiries he has received about the Sufi tradition leading Sufi expert Idries Shah presents a clarifying series of questions and answers that illustrates how traditional Sufi

  • Title: Learning How to Learn: Psychology and Spirituality in the Sufi Way
  • Author: Idries Shah Doris Lessing
  • ISBN: 9780140195132
  • Page: 184
  • Format: Paperback
  • In response to the many inquiries he has received about the Sufi tradition, leading Sufi expert Idries Shah presents a clarifying series of questions and answers that illustrates how traditional Sufi concepts can resolve our social, psychological, and spiritual problems This is the ideal introduction to Sufi wisdom.

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    1. A book designed to help those like me who come at the ageless wisdom from a Western viewpoint to understand that we in the West are missing some vital steps in trying to understand certain concepts. It helps in putting back that missing info. I re-read this book recently, and again gained much from it.

    2. This book is replete with lessons on how to orient one's mind so that one can learn. A number of the lessons seem to have to do with discrimination, as expressed in this couplet (p. 208, Octagon hardcover edition):Put your dough into the oven when it is hot:After making sure that it is in fact dough.

    3. I think this was an excellent book.It is not what I expected with the Q&A format.But alhumdulilah it answered many questions I have had and some I never thought about.

    4. To say that this is an important book is a mega-understatement. As an individual, reading it with attention can benefit you more than you will ever know. But Shah also identified blind spots in our culture which have far reaching effects on our ability to solve the many problems which beset us.One of these is disguised gratification-seeking – believing you are doing something useful when you are only entertaining yourself.‘This is a most important technical problem. It can be solved certainl [...]

    5. There is only one book worse than this among those I tried reading - Warcraft but that's a YA book.Let's start saying that the author thinks too highly of himself and of his "sufi brothergood". Calling your "brotherhood" "a great brotherhood" is a bit arrogant. I'm not sure if I got it correctly but this guy says his fellow sufies are capable of doing miracles. Sounds like some sci-fi. I like sci-fi but when it's stated "sci-fi" not when I'm reading a serious book.The books title has nothing to [...]

    6. As with all of Shah's works one reading will not be enough. He did talk much of the conditioned mind, and I feel that Krishnamurti is a better speaker on the subject, yet I understand that there are forms of conditioning that are not apparent, and will reveal inner meaning to Sufi stories and ideas. The basic stages of development in Sufis and in other esoteric spiritual paths are similar, but it seems that not all of them share the same states, but perhaps similar stages. The Sufi will develop [...]

    7. There's an almost inexhaustible quality to this book, which Psychology Today described as a watershed in studies of the mind. Shah uses stories, jokes, Questions & Answers, and essays to delve into the psychology of learning. He illustrates many assumptions that can get in the way of learning and also that techniques useful in one kind of learning may be self-defeating if used in a different field.One of the most interesting and insightful sections is on the giving and receiving of Attention [...]

    8. This is an introduction to the Sufi way of Spirituality. A series of questions & answers from seekers about Sufism. 'Man' says Rumi, in Fihi ma Fihi ('In it what is in it')'hasthree spiritual states. In the first he pays no heed to God at all,but worships and pays service to everything, woman and man,wealth and children, stones and clods. God he does not worship.When he acquires a little knowledge and awareness, then he servesnothing but God. Again, when he progresses farther in this statehe [...]

    9. This is one I reread on a regular basis. There are some books that stay a part of you and point out how much you've grown (or slid back down) with each reading. This is definitely such a book. Can be read all at once or in small gulps. Highly, highly recommended.

    10. Книга представляет собой ответы на вопросы аудитории, а вопросы эти крайне неинтересны. За счет этого ответы тоже кажутся дурацкими, а Идрис Шах - балаганным философом, любящим анекдоты, из которых, конечно же, можно многому научиться.

    11. Inexpressible by me - you'll have to test-read it for yourself, methinks - and then write a review about your own reactions.

    12. I came upon this book by mere chance (it seems), and I had never read a book like this one before. It changed my life. I have read it again since, and I will do it from time to time.

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