Losing Perspective

“What can you do with a person who says that he is absolutely uncertain about everything, and that he is absolutely certain about that?” — Idries Shah Our perspective is how we perceive people, situations, ideas, etc. It’s informed by our personal experience, which makes it as unique as anything could be. Perspective shapes our [...]

Idries Shah: A brief portrait

Written by Hezhbar Shinwary Recently one of the American publishing companies requested Ms. Parveen Pazhwak to translate some children’s books.  A number of these books were sent to me for the purpose of getting acquainted.  When I observed the pictures (illustrations) and studied the books I found them to be very closely resembling the life [...]

The Global Sufi

On the birth anniversary of Rumi, here’s looking at this Muslim mystic’s reception on Western shores. I am no Christian, no Jew, no Magician, no Musulman,/Not of the east, Not of the west, not of the land, not of the sea …/… my place placeless, my trace traceless. Read the whole article, here.

In praise of patience

Patience is a garment which has never worn out. (Akhlaq-i- Mohsini) In the Gardens of Babur in the Afghan city of Kabul stands a tree. It is now a bullet-riddled trunk in a garden originally built by the founder of the Mughal Empire. When the Taliban ruled Kabul, municipal services faltered, and the cold winters [...]

The forgotten mystics of the Hindu Kush

Sufism has shaped Afghan society and politics for much of the country's history. Today, very few are aware of this legacy. Might the Sufis now provide an important contribution to the stability of the country? By Marian Brehmer Read the article, here.

A Matter of Perspective

“What can you do with a person who says that he is absolutely uncertain about everything, and that he is absolutely certain about that?” — Idries Shah Keep reading more, here.

Story Traveler: “The Indian Bird Story”

In this tale from East India retold from "Tales of the Dervishes" by Idries Shah, a bird regains his freedom by taking unusual advice from his kin. Story Traveler is unscripted storytelling from everywhere in the world, stories for the heart to hear and the mind to imagine. You can listen to the tale, here.

To Feed Hungry Minds, Afghans Seed a Ravaged Land With Books

PANJWAI, Afghanistan — At first glance, it is not much of a library: two shelves of about 1,600 books and magazines in a basement room deep into a dusty alley of adobe homes in rural Panjwai District, in southern Afghanistan. The mattresses and blankets stacked in the corner still give the vibe of the guest [...]

World Sufi Forum: How Sufism runs as a counter to hardline ideologies?

An article in Firstpost India discusses how Sufism runs as a counter to hardline ideologies. From the article: Remarkably, the first focus on this energetic facet of Sufism was carried out by Idries Shah around 50 year ago. Entitled "The Sufis", his book had the renowned western writer Robert Graves writing a foreword for it. [...]

Sufi teachings

Nasrudin was talking to a friend. “So Mullah, did you ever consider getting married?” “Yes I have,” answered Nasrudin. “When I was young, I decided to find the perfect woman. I crossed the desert, I reached Damascus and met a spiritualised and beautiful woman; but she knew nothing about the world.” Read more, here.