Perfumed Scorpion

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Whoever might perfume a scorpion
Will not thereby escape its sting.
— Sufi master, Bahaudin Naqshband


Using the powerful approach of classical teachers, Shah has crafted a contemporary teaching tool ...
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Overview

Whoever might perfume a scorpion
Will not thereby escape its sting.
— Sufi master, Bahaudin Naqshband


Using the powerful approach of classical teachers, Shah has crafted a contemporary teaching tool that blends a fast-paced look at today's world with the timeless teachings of the Sufis.

The book brings into sharp focus the conditioned behavior and self-deception that are common in Western minds.

Far more than a literary tool for breaking loose old mental habits, it is a blueprint for a process of self-development that precludes self-deceit.

Truly a book among books, A Perfumed Scorpion is treasured the world over for its clarity of wisdom and the forcefulness of insight.

Explres ways to reject potentially harmful self-delusion, and achieve true mental balance and social harmony.

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... an invigorating and abrasive book, like jumping into icy water - hard to do, but you're glad you have done it.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780863040801
  • Publisher: I S H K
  • Publication date: 1/28/2001
  • Pages: 193
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.60 (d)

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BEARD, CLOAK AND ROSARY
I cannot resist, thinking of ancient formulae, referring to the story of the man with a bushy beard, wearing a rosary around his neck, dressed in a hooded cloak, with long and greasy hair, who was anxious, recently, to tell everyone that he was 'A Sufi.'

Someone - who really was a Sufi - asked him why he was behaving like that. He said: "I am following the instructions and information contained in this ancient handbook for disciples".

"But," said the real Sufi, "that cannot apply now - it was written several centuries ago..."

"That may well be" said the new 'Sufi', "but I only found it last month!"
Excerpted from A Perfumed Scorpion : A Way to the Way by Idries Shah. Copyright © 1982. Reprinted by permission. All rights reserved.
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