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  • Morten Nymann Olesen
    He He all of you, Here is a little something from Idries Shah s book Learning how to Learn ; 1981; page 166, put on email doing my best: SEE THE MINE INSIDE
    Message 1 of 1 , Jan 10, 2003
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      He He all of you,

      Here is a little something from Idries Shah's book "Learning how to Learn"; 1981; page 166, put on email doing my best:


      Reading does not change people unless they are ready to change.
      Rumi said: 'You have seen the mountain, you have not seen the
      mine inside the mountain.'
      Just because a book is available, even one of the very greatest
      books, does not mean that one can, or perhaps should, try to learn
      correctly from it at any given moment. The Sufi Sadruddin said
      in his "Testament", 'Herafter let not every man seek to learn from
      the writings of Sheikh Ibn Arabi or from mine, for that gate
      is barred to the majority of mankind.'*
      This is because teachers may not need what is in books, but can
      use them for students, while students may not know, but might
      well not profit from studying them as arbitrarily as they ordinarily
      Even the self-styled 'specialists', some of them scholars, do not
      translate the various levels and implications of sufi materials
      correctly. In fact, there are indications that many of these people
      do not see the extra dimensions and alternative readings in the
      classical litterature at all. Some even admit that they have not been
      able to do this.**

      *Katib Chelebi: The Balance of Truth, tr. G. L. Lewis, London:
      Allen & Unwin, 1957.
      **Cf. L. F. Rushbrook Williams, Sufi Studies East & West, London:
      Octagon, and New York: E. P. Dunton Inc., 1973 and 1974."

      Another one from the same book; page 174:


      A guide in a certain madhouse was describing two cases to some visiting psychiatrists. 'In this padded cell,' he said, 'we have a man who went mad when another man married the girl whom he was in love with.'
      'And in the next cell?' asked a visitor.
      'In that one we have the man who actually did marry the girl.' "

      Feel free to comment or do your best...

      M. Sufilight with designs and peace...

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