A colorful caravan of Eastern oral and written literature, this collection includes many best-known teaching stories of the dervish philosophers and mystics, writings by Idries Shah on Mecca and on Islam, poetry, proverbs, allegories, and symbolic tales of amazing richness and variety as "The Story of Mushkil Gusha", "The Magic Horse", and "The Two Brothers".
The collection as a whole makes delightful reading, and at the same time brings the reader closer to the spiritual essence of the Middle East which is of overwhelming contemporary interest and value. A favorite gift book.
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This book has some interesting cultural information on Mohammend and Mecca that might be of interest to Westerners. There are also some fabulous stories, most of them with an Eastern flavor. The Caravan of Dreams refers to a story from the Arabian Nights where Maruf the Cobbler imagines and then describes a caravan of great riches on its way to him. According to the introduction this led not to his disgrace, but to the caravan materializing and arriving. Shah adds: "May your Caravan of Dreams find its way to you." A sentiment that pervades this charming book. Idries Shah spent much of his life bridging and building bridges for two cultures. The stories and narratives here add to that process. Shah was also a Sufi Teacher, so there is much instructional material here. Teaching Stories and suggestions about how to best utilize them. At a time in our human history where people seem sometimes to be separating themselves into smaller, less tolerant groupings;...
People often ask which of Idries Shah's books they should read first. While you can dive in almost anywhere in his 30 or so books, you can do as I did, by happy accident: read CARAVAN OF DREAMS. Here you'll find excerpts from the Hadith: "Trust in God--but tie your camel first." Shah's pilgrimage to Mecca is included. Jalaludin Rumi is represented with quotes such as "The man of God is not an expert made by books." Omar Khayyam is here: "Religionists do not know Thy mercy as we know it." You'll find a multitude of Sufi "teaching stories": "A father said to his double-seeing son: 'Son you see two instead of one.' 'How can that be?' the boy replied. 'If I were, there would seem to be four moons up there in place of two.' Twelve jokes of the Mulla Nasrudin show wisdom in mirth: "O people!" shouted Nasrudin, running through the streets of his village, "know that I have lost my donkey. Anyone who brings it back will be given the donkey as a reward!" "You must be mad," said...
The first time I encountered this book was one Thursday night nearly thirty years ago when friends read The Story of Mushkil Gusha (one of the many stories it contains). Despite numerous readings (and tellings) of that story, one keeps finding more that is in it. Like the book itself, it gets better and richer in meaning, the better one gets to know it. Other tales in this extraordinary book do, too. The Magic Horse and The Tale of Melon City come immediately to mind. This is a most remarkable book to read oneself and to share with others. Read aloud the Story of Mushkil Gusha with friends some Thursday night and discover, for yourself, what riches it contains!
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