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    • The Sufis

    • By: Idries Shah
    • Narrated by: David Ault
    • Length: 18 hrs and 41 mins
    • Unabridged
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    When it first appeared in 1964, The Sufis was welcomed as the decisive work on the subject of Sufi thought. Rich in scope, author Idries Shah explained clearly the traditions and philosophy of the Sufis to a Western audience for the first time. In the five decades since its release, the book has been translated into more than two dozen languages, and has found a wide readership in both East and West. Containing detailed information on the major Sufi thinkers, and literary characters, such as Nasrudin, it is regarded as a key work on both Sufism and Eastern Philosophy.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • The Sufis is laudable and audible and readable

    • By Ulrika Eriksson on 06-24-16

    Regular price: $24.95

    • Learning How to Learn

    • By: Idries Shah
    • Narrated by: David Ault
    • Length: 8 hrs and 44 mins
    • Unabridged
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    Condensed from more than three million words, these conversations involve housewives and cabinet ministers, professors and assembly-line workers, on the subject of how traditional psychology can illuminate current human, social, and spiritual problems. More than 100 tales and extracts from Sufi lore, ranging from the eighth century (Hasan of Basra) to the modern Afghan poet Khalilullah Khalili, are woven into Shah’s narratives of how and why the Sufis learn what they learn and how spiritual understanding develops and deteriorates in all societies.

    Regular price: $19.95

    • The Way of the Sufi

    • By: Idries Shah
    • Narrated by: David Ault
    • Length: 8 hrs and 51 mins
    • Unabridged
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    The Way of the Sufi presents an unparalleled cross-section of material from Sufi schools, Sufi teachings, and classical writings as a basic course of Sufi study. The author begins with the outward aspects of the teaching most likely to puzzle the student coming fresh to the subject. He considers various attitudes to Sufi ideas and evidence of their absorption into medieval Christianity, Hinduism, Jewish mysticism, and modern philosophical teachings.

    • 1 out of 5 stars
    • Would Not Recommend.

    • By Uniqleeme on 04-06-16

    Regular price: $19.95

    • The Magic Monastery

    • By: Idries Shah
    • Narrated by: David Ault
    • Length: 4 hrs and 5 mins
    • Unabridged
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    Many of Idries Shah's books are comprised of tales and teaching stories taken from both written and oral sources, which illustrate the instructional methods employed by Eastern wise men for thousands of years. The Magic Monastery differs from its predecessors in that it contains not only traditional tales - mostly unpublished - but also stories specially written by Shah to complete the book as a "course in non-linear thinking".

    Regular price: $14.95

    • The Secret Lore of Magic

    • By: Idries Shah
    • Narrated by: David Ault
    • Length: 10 hrs and 21 mins
    • Unabridged
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    First published in 1957, The Secret Lore of Magic contains within it a series of major source books of magical arts. Many of them translated into English for the first time, these works are annotated. The book’s title in itself signaled the fact that the bulk of material in this bibliographical study had never been published openly before.

    Regular price: $24.95

    • The Elephant in the Dark

    • Christianity, Islam and the Sufis
    • By: Idries Shah
    • Narrated by: David Ault
    • Length: 2 hrs and 5 mins
    • Unabridged
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    In a darkened room, a group of men once sought to examine an elephant. Taking hold of a different part - an ear, a leg, the tail - each one mistook his particular part for the whole. In the darkness each of the men became convinced that the elephant was the object he had felt - a fan, a rope, a pillar, and so on. With this ancient fable, first described by the Sufi Master Jalaluddin Rumi, Idries Shah presents the Sufi perspective that Christianity and Islam stem from one inner origin.

    Regular price: $6.95

    • Sufi Thought and Action

    • By: Idries Shah
    • Narrated by: David Ault
    • Length: 9 hrs and 58 mins
    • Unabridged
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    Previously published only as separate essays, Sufi Thought and Action - assembled and introduced by Idries Shah - covers an extraordinary diversity of Sufi ideas and activities in many countries and cultures. Included in the volume are papers on Sufi principles and learning methods; ritual, initiation, and secrets in Sufi circles; and key concepts in Sufi understanding.

    Regular price: $19.95

    • Caravan of Dreams

    • By: Idries Shah
    • Narrated by: David Ault
    • Length: 6 hrs and 38 mins
    • Unabridged
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    Caravan of Dreams distills the essence of Eastern thought in a feast of Sufi stories, sayings, poems, and allegories collected by one of the world's leading experts in Oriental philosophy and Sufism. Idries Shah builds up a complete picture of a single consciousness, relating Eastern mythology to reality, illuminating historical patterns, and presenting philosophical legends in this unique anthology.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Awesome Narrator

    • By Ulrika Eriksson on 11-26-15

    Regular price: $19.95

    • The Exploits of the Incomparable Mulla Nasrudin

    • By: Idries Shah
    • Narrated by: David Ault
    • Length: 1 hr and 57 mins
    • Unabridged
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    Here, in three definitive volumes, Shah takes us to the very heart of this mysterious mentor, the Mulla Nasrudin. They're comprised of skillful contemporary retellings of hundreds of collected stories and sayings bringing the unmistakable wisdom, wit, and charm of the timeless jokester to life.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • An excellent compilation of Nasrudin tales

    • By Lesley Andrews on 05-29-16

    Regular price: $6.95

    • Tales of the Dervishes

    • By: Idries Shah
    • Narrated by: David Ault
    • Length: 6 hrs and 12 mins
    • Unabridged
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    Although enormously attractive as sheer entertainment, Dervish tales were never presented merely on the level of a fable, legend, or folklore. They stand comparison in wit, construction, and piquancy with the finest stories of any culture, yet their true function as Sufi teaching stories is so little-known in the modern world, that no technical or popular terms exist to describe them. The material in Tales of the Dervishes is the result of a thousand years of development, during which Dervish masters used these and other teaching stories to instruct their disciples. The tales are held to convey powers of increasing perception unknown to the ordinary man.

    Regular price: $19.95

    • The Subtleties of the Inimitable Mulla Nasrudin

    • By: Idries Shah
    • Narrated by: David Ault
    • Length: 1 hr and 18 mins
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    Many countries claim Nasrudin as a native, although few have gone so far as Turkey in exhibiting a "grave" of the wisest fool who ever lived, and holding an annual Nasrudin Festival. He is the greatest, most intriguing, character of folklore found in any Eastern land.

    Regular price: $6.95

    • A Perfumed Scorpion

    • By: Idries Shah
    • Narrated by: David Ault
    • Length: 6 hrs and 46 mins
    • Unabridged
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    The "perfuming of a scorpion", referred to by the great Sufi teacher Bahaudin, symbolizes hypocrisy and self-deception: both in the individual and in institutions. In A Perfumed Scorpion, Idries Shah directs attention to both the perfume and the scorpion - the overlay and the reality - in psychology, human behavior and the learning process. Crammed with illustrative anecdotes from contemporary life, the book is nevertheless rooted in the teaching patterns of Rumi, Hafiz, Jami, and many other great Oriental sages. It deals with the need for and the path to knowledge and information.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Opened up Mind

    • By Amazon Customer on 02-27-18

    Regular price: $19.95

    • Seeker After Truth

    • By: Idries Shah
    • Narrated by: David Ault
    • Length: 7 hrs and 48 mins
    • Unabridged
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    A treasure house of teaching materials, assembled in the Sufi manner. Seeker After Truth contains both traditional tales and stories gleaned from contemporary sources, and snippets of table talk, discussions and teachings, letters, and lectures by Idries Shah. Taken together, it constitutes a handbook of materials designed to provoke a different kind of thought. 

    Regular price: $19.95

    • The Pleasantries of the Incredible Mulla Nasrudin

    • By: Idries Shah
    • Narrated by: David Ault
    • Length: 2 hrs and 28 mins
    • Unabridged
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    The appeal of Nasrudin is as universal and timeless as the truths he illustrates. His stories are read by children, by scientists and scholars, and by followers of philosophy. Sufi scholar Idries Shah assembled this collection of Nasrudin's trials and tribulations from ancient Eastern manuscripts and oral literature, from sources in North Africa and Turkey, the Middle East and Central Asia. Many were known to the great Sufi masters, Rumi, Jami, and Attar the chemist.

    Regular price: $6.95

    • Special Illumination

    • The Sufi Use of Humor
    • By: Idries Shah
    • Narrated by: David Ault
    • Length: 1 hr and 51 mins
    • Unabridged
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    Special Illumination is a term used by the great poet and mystic, Jalaluddin Rumi, to stress the importance of humor in metaphysical experience. Of it, Idries Shah says, "Rumi directly contradicts such numerous sour-faced religionists as, in all persuasions, find that humor disturbs the indoctrination which is all that they usually have to offer."

    Regular price: $6.95

    • Oriental Magic

    • By: Idries Shah
    • Narrated by: David Ault
    • Length: 8 hrs and 44 mins
    • Unabridged
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    Oriental Magic is recognized as a brilliant study of how, what and why people think, in territories extending from North Africa to Japan. The book is the product of years of research and fieldwork in a dozen different cultural regions. Its scholarly accuracy and genuine contribution to cultural understanding have made it a key text for anyone interested in informal beliefs and esoteric practices. 

    Regular price: $19.95

    • Wisdom of the Idiots

    • By: Idries Shah
    • Narrated by: David Ault
    • Length: 3 hrs and 17 mins
    • Unabridged
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    In Idries Shah's Wisdom of the Idiots, the "idiots" are Sufis, called this because their wisdom penetrates to a depth which renders it inaccessible to the merely intelligent or academically knowledgeable. The stories of the Sufis are tools prepared for a specific purpose. On this level the movements of the characters in a story portray psychological processes, and the story becomes a working blueprint of those processes.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Great Experience

    • By Amazon Customer on 01-24-18

    Regular price: $14.95

    • The Hundred Tales of Wisdom

    • By: Idries Shah
    • Narrated by: David Ault
    • Length: 3 hrs and 30 mins
    • Unabridged
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    Traditionally known as The Hundred Tales of Wisdom, this collection comprises excerpts from the life, teachings, and miracles of the Sufi teacher Jalaluddin Rumi, together with certain important stories from his works. As well as being part of the bedrock of classical Persian literature, these tales, anecdotes, and narratives are believed, by Sufis, to aid in the development of insights beyond ordinary perceptions. Here, they are translated and presented by Idries Shah.

    Regular price: $14.95

    • Thinkers of the East

    • By: Idries Shah
    • Narrated by: David Ault
    • Length: 4 hrs and 12 mins
    • Unabridged
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    Thinkers of the East is a collection of anecdotes and "parables in action" illustrating the eminently practical and lucid approach of Eastern Dervish teachers. Distilled from the teachings of more than 100 sages in three continents, this material stresses the experimental rather than the theoretical - and it is that characteristic of Sufi study which provides its impact and vitality.

    Regular price: $14.95

    • The Dermis Probe

    • By: Idries Shah
    • Narrated by: David Ault
    • Length: 4 hrs and 29 mins
    • Unabridged
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    A serious, yet entertaining, look at the impediments in current thought which prevent certain forms of understanding between people. The title story was made into an award-winning film with script by Idries Shah, and chosen as an Outstanding Film of the Year.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Sufi Wisdom

    • By Ulrika Eriksson on 09-21-17

    Regular price: $14.95

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