Read by David Wade, this unabridged recording of Reflections contains Shah’s own observations, fables, comments, and aphorisms. They not only entertain and amuse but, in common with all genuine Sufi literature, have an instrumental value, enabling the reader to glimpse alternative modes of behavior, thought, and understanding.
When it was first published in 1968, Reflections was acclaimed by the BBC’s The Critics program as an OUTSTANDING BOOK OF THE YEAR.
David Wade is a playwright and dramatiser, mainly for BBC Radio, for which he has also made documentaries and educational programs. He was a founding member of The London College of Storytellers
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In its own quiet way, this pocket-size gem of a book offers something that's often claimed but rarely found: a true means of rousing the sluggish brain from its customary, comfortable state of automatic-pilot torpor. Comprised of bite-size sayings and stories, it avoids the emotional, the obvious and the sententious in favor of an entirely different approach that nudges the attentive reader in new and unexpected directions, chipping away at assumptions and habitual thought-patterns that screen us from seeing things the way they really are. I found it thought-provoking, bracing and a pleasure to read as well as a real eye-opener. Its size and format also make it an ideal gift.
Despite its diminutive size, this book packs a powerful punch and is probably unlike anything you have read before. Although it is well-written and entertaining, it is by no means a comfortable or easy read. Be prepared to be taken in different directions and to be confronted with unaccustomed perspectives. There is a passage from the book which gives an indication of its effect: "A pungent thought is a corrective to deterioration of the thinking: like cold water helping slack muscles to work again..." This book is full of such pungent thoughts...
And here's one clause among many that changed my life: "...I and my associates have,instead of taking people's actions at face value, assumed that people are trying to score a point, or to assuage anxiety, or to manipulate." It's not the sentimental mush one finds in other books with similar titles. It's practical, bracing and interesting. (For practice, try to not take the above at face value.)
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