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Learning How to Learn: Psychology and Spirituality in the Sufi Way (Compass) Paperback – September 1, 1996
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"... a textbook of method and attitude." -- Psychology Today, January 1979
"... astonishing in its pioneer content and treatment of human problems." -- World Future Studies Federation Newsletter, October 1978
"Bracing and often shocking ... a brisk and informed commonsense at its highest level." -- Books and Bookmen
"Certain irresistible keys keep the reader on the edge of the seat...marks the watershed in studies of the mind." -- Psychology Today- CHOICE OF THE MONTH, September 1978
"Packed with important information." -- New Society
About the Author
Doris Lessing, whose many writings include The Golden Notebook, has received numerous awards, including Spain's Prince of Asturias Prize.
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This book was not written in an easy manner, and many of the stories used to ilustrate an idea have different layers of meaning attached to them. That is why to some readers this kind of writting might seem repeling.
After reading this book one learns to look at things differently, and to better understand an analyze situations but also to better measure himself. Also, one learns about the power of the story and analogy/methapor in conveying a message.
I am very grateful for getting aquinted with Shah's work, and being profited from it. This book came at a perfect moment in my life, and I hope this will be also the case for you.
What I personally saw nowhere else is p.41 and ff. on how the internal change can be performed.
And then you may want to look at p.247 The Number of Reading of a Book - which does not appear more improbable than the discovery of microbes, so ridiculed before Pasteur's findings became accepted. (Some "people" still believe that the moon landings never happened or that there is no evolution, that the days of creation were not long periods but actual days).
Remember: Sufi books are not to TELL you secrets. They are there to change you so that you become capable of seeing what is in plain view but you are blind. You need to cure your blindness first. And they tell you how.
There is also Idries Shah Foundation and the Institute for the Study of Human Knowledge, if you want to go further. They do ordinary human things, and very efficiently so.
They are NOT for people who are not viable units of the society. They are not for crazies, not for seekers of excitement.
They are not for those who want to regress but for those who want to go forward to transcend social conditioning and animal passions.
This and other Shah books is not about the history and anthropology of Sufism. It is about real, live and kicking system which brings results if you are honest. Shah was an actual Sufi, many other writers, probably most, are popularizers - perhaps well-meaning but still not the real thing, not speaking from personal experience, not capable of helping others to undergo transformation because they themselves were never transformed.
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