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More filters. Sort order. Once the reader had that access, there was no longer any control over his intake material, or more seriously, his structuring patterns, which could radically alter with the arrival of new incoming information. The creation of a socially unpredictable unit was hazardous, although it was easy to see how it was also advantageous to the society, if its responses were benign.
The only one of the group who frankly admits what the others tacitly recognize - that nothing he had learned has taught him how to live in this world at peace with his inner self, his fellow man, and his environment. Their learning process is focussed on one fragmented aspect of life, and the culture does not provide them with whatever necessary information or practice would unite their activity in the world with the flow of life around them.
They teach, but they know nothing. They think, but they do not reflect. They have an unending stream of opinions and ideas; their sentences flow on endlessly, well constructed and clear. They talk and they talk Life remains an enigma and a struggle to them, and death an arbitrary end.
There is no exception, not one. I have seen them all, and had one among them tasted life, I would have gone to him and sat with him, and partaken of the feast. If madness was the conviction that there was some total conspiracy to imprison and destroy us, perhaps the wisdom of the sages was that, in fact, this was but the dark shadow of a luminous truth - that the world was a divine conspiracy to liberate us and re-create us.
Is that all you want? And there, at that moment, with my head damp from the dew, for the first time in my life I felt at home upon this alien planet. My whole life until that moment had been a sleep. There in that garden, by the aviary, for the first time I had stirred in my sleep.
And it came to me then that very soon I would awaken. If you have regularly read any Western Buddhist magazine, and are familiar with the "monkey mind" and the incessant stories of people realizing the value of self-restraint and the traps of the intellect, then you already know the content of the second half of this book, which is in no way unique. The romantic attitude towards life is definitely relatable, but I got fairly exhausted by the never-ending procession of all-knowing Oriental teachers.
In that sense this book is inferior to Herman Hess If you have regularly read any Western Buddhist magazine, and are familiar with the "monkey mind" and the incessant stories of people realizing the value of self-restraint and the traps of the intellect, then you already know the content of the second half of this book, which is in no way unique.
However, the book is not without its charm -- the first half contains an extended burlesque about the Anglo-American academy, which is fairly accurate and enjoyable, and the frame story is pretty good. View 2 comments. This book is out of print I think I have a copy from the s that my dad bought , and I've never seen anything like it before or since.
It's written by Ian Dallas, a convert to Islam a contemporary of Dr. Umar Faruq, actually , who uses a fictional narrative set in the future to explore the idea of tasawwuf.
The central character is thrust onto a quest for truth, and finds himself led onto the Sufi path. I've never come across a novel since that deals with Sufism and was actually written by This book is out of print I think I have a copy from the s that my dad bought , and I've never seen anything like it before or since.
I've never come across a novel since that deals with Sufism and was actually written by a Muslim View 1 comment. A friend gave me this book as a gift;undoubtedly one of the best gifts I've ever received. I thoroughly enjoyed it. There were moments I just looked into the air and tried to imagine what it means to be a Sufi and what pursuing God wholeheartedly really meant. Dr Ian Dallas is highly spiritual. Only a man whose heart has been deeply touched by God can write so beautifully about seeking Him.
The first page made me weep. He was in rags like us and he wore a pointed cap. I can still remember the peace in his eyes as he put his hand on my arm and whispered to me, La ilaha il' Allah'" So breathtakingly beautiful. I am a Christian and this book changed my entire perception of Islam. This work is a Sufi version of Hesse's Siddhartha.
It's also a good story, and would hold the reader's interest even if he or she had no prior knowledge of Sufism. It's obviously a fictionalized version of the author's discovery of Sufism and Islam, and Dallas has written in such a way that the reader gets a true feeling of the seeker's contact with the mystical tradition of Sufism.
A well-written, interesting, educational, and transforming book. Menghipnotis dan mencerahkan. View all 8 comments. This is a novel about a spiritual journey, and ultimately, tasawwuf.
I enjoyed reading it and found myself comprehending some of the states the character was going through. Short book, easy to read. Well-written novel about the Sufi path. This novel was not what I expected, and definitely not comparable to Siddartha, as some have suggested.
However, the book is expertly crafted with its mirror-like, infinity loop it makes for fun exegesis and an interesting introduction to the basics of Sufism. A very interesting novella that mixes fantasy with certain facts.
It deals with Sufi adventures in an unknown place in the future and relates the quest for revelations within the Islamic faith. After finishing "The Power of Habit", I found this book tucked away between the bookshelves in my living room. The stiffness and yellowed pages revealed its age, and I realized that this must have been a book that belonged to my grandfather who had passed away almost 16 years ago. How strange that despite keeping this book all these years that no one else in my household had read it!
I confirmed this at the dinner table. The story begins with our unnamed protagonist who is assigned to step in f After finishing "The Power of Habit", I found this book tucked away between the bookshelves in my living room.
The story begins with our unnamed protagonist who is assigned to step in for "Kasul", the Keeper of Archives at the State University Library. Kasul has gone missing, and through a series of interesting clues, the protagonist pieces together where he has gone, while also trying to figure out what kind of changes are occurring inside of him to cause him to become so curious about this man, and the wider world that we live in.
As someone who is always striving to understand myself better, the protagonist's physical and spiritual journey throughout the book left me wishing I could have an experience like that. The writing style of the book was heavily influenced by Romanticism, and yet I still couldn't help but chuckle at some of the inner thoughts that would be injected by the protagonist following some of these scenes as they truly emphasized that the protagonist, despite finding a way that he thought would bring him peace, is still a human with desires and wants at the end of the day.
But it was this continuous struggle of his to improve that really endeared the book to me. The world building and sci-fi setting actually fell to the side pretty quickly and wasn't explored much, but I appreciate the inclusion of the data libraries that existed in S. I also found myself wishing to know more about what happened to Kasul after he left, although I guess as the reader we have a small idea of what happened. Oh well. As a last note, I'd like to share a small excerpt that I found to really ring true with me: Ibn Abd'Allah al-Ansari records him as saying, 'Do not attend the circle of any learned man except him who would call upon you to relinquish five things in favor of five others, namely: to relinquish doubt in favor of belief, hypocrisy in favor of sincerity, worldliness in favor of asceticism, pride in favor of humility, enmity in favor of love.
I'll also add in that it will likely be enjoyable for those who like to reflect about their own life and character as they might be able to relate to the struggle of the protagonist. Ama ara. Just skimmed through as I didn't get it. Interesting start with "The End" amidst despair and mayhem in the world, two women, dying beggars, turn to each other. One says, "It is awful. Look at them What is the meaning?
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