The Lion Who Saw Himself in the Water

The Lion Who Saw Himself in the Water

Idries Shah / Feb 26, 2020

The Lion Who Saw Himself in the Water As he gapes and growls at his ferocious reflection in a pool of water as shiny as a mirror a terrified lion grows desperately thirsty

  • Title: The Lion Who Saw Himself in the Water
  • Author: Idries Shah
  • ISBN: 9781883536251
  • Page: 343
  • Format: Paperback
  • As he gapes and growls at his ferocious reflection in a pool of water as shiny as a mirror, a terrified lion grows desperately thirsty.

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      • Idries Shah

        Idries Shah Persian , also known as Idris Shah, n Sayed Idries el Hashimi Arabic , was an author and teacher in the Sufi tradition who wrote over three dozen critically acclaimed books on topics ranging from psychology and spirituality to travelogues and culture studies.Born in India, the descendant of a family of Afghan nobles, Shah grew up mainly in England His early writings centred on magic and witchcraft In 1960 he established a publishing house, Octagon Press, producing translations of Sufi classics as well as titles of his own His most seminal work was The Sufis, which appeared in 1964 and was well received internationally In 1965, Shah founded the Institute for Cultural Research, a London based educational charity devoted to the study of human behaviour and culture A similar organisation, the Institute for the Study of Human Knowledge ISHK , exists in the United States, under the directorship of Stanford University psychology professor Robert Ornstein, whom Shah appointed as his deputy in the U.S.In his writings, Shah presented Sufism as a universal form of wisdom that predated Islam Emphasising that Sufism was not static but always adapted itself to the current time, place and people, he framed his teaching in Western psychological terms Shah made extensive use of traditional teaching stories and parables, texts that contained multiple layers of meaning designed to trigger insight and self reflection in the reader He is perhaps best known for his collections of humorous Mulla Nasrudin stories.Shah was at times criticised by orientalists who questioned his credentials and background His role in the controversy surrounding a new translation of the Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam, published by his friend Robert Graves and his older brother Omar Ali Shah, came in for particular scrutiny However, he also had many notable defenders, chief among them the novelist Doris Lessing Shah came to be recognised as a spokesman for Sufism in the West and lectured as a visiting professor at a number of Western universities His works have played a significant part in presenting Sufism as a secular, individualistic form of spiritual wisdom.Idries Shah s books on Sufism achieved considerable critical acclaim He was the subject of a BBC documentary One Pair of Eyes in 1969, and two of his works The Way of the Sufi and Reflections were chosen as Outstanding Book of the Year by the BBC s The Critics programme Among other honours, Shah won six first prizes at the UNESCO World Book Year in 1973, and the Islamic scholar James Kritzeck, commenting on Shah s Tales of the Dervishes, said that it was beautifully translated.The reception of Shah s movement was also marked by much controversy Some orientalists were hostile, in part because Shah presented classical Sufi writings as tools for self development to be used by contemporary people, rather than as objects of historical study L P Elwell Sutton from Edinburgh University, Shah s fiercest critic, described his books as trivial , replete with errors of fact, slovenly and inaccurate translations and even misspellings of Oriental names and words a muddle of platitudes, irrelevancies and plain mumbo jumbo , adding for good measure that Shah had a remarkable opinion of his own importance Expressing amusement and amazement at the sycophantic manner of Shah s interlocutors in a BBC radio interview, Elwell Sutton concluded that some Western intellectuals were so desperate to find answers to the questions that baffle them, that, confronted with wisdom from the mysterious East, they abandon their critical faculties and submit to brainwashing of the crudest kind To Elwell Sutton, Shah s Sufism belonged to the realm of Pseudo Sufism , centred not on God but on man Doris Lessing, one of Shah s greatest defenders,stated in a 1981 interview I found Sufism as taught by Idries Shah, which claim


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    2. The Lion Who Saw Himself in the Water, written by Idries Shaw and Illustrated by Ingrid Rodriguez. Hoopoe Books, ISHK. (Available on ICDL at childrenslibrary/icdl/ in English, Spanish, Dari, and Pashto. Audio available in English and Spanish).Idries Shah shares this light-hearted tale that was originally told by 13th century Sufi poet Jalaluddin Rumi and that has been passed down in oral storytelling tradition in Dari and Pashto. This is the tale of a kind lion who faces a frightening surprise w [...]

    3. This book was super cute!!! I remember seeing this website in Dr. Mays class for electronic field trip. This however is my first navigating through the website and it was really interesting! I love how this website gives access to different languages. Choosing books by color code, age range, and reading level is a great and easy way to find different books on the website. I prefer to have the actual book in my hand (I don't know why?!). It would still be a nice tool to use in the classroom for s [...]

    4. We were introduced to ICDL last semester so I was already familiar with how to use the site and navigate through it. Personally I like having the book in my hand. I like the way a book smells. (that makes me sound creepy, but it is true!) I love IDCL's mission! I think they are really on to something. I wish they had audio along with their books so we could listen to the stories in the different languages. I plan on having different languages among my children's library. I think it will be great [...]

    5. This book of Shah's I liked the least the story wandered and didn't make sense in places but Taisir liked to see the pictures of all the animals the illustrator of this book is no where near as skillful as Rose Marie Santiago was in energizing and telling the story

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