Wednesday, 2 July 2008

Sufi Teaching Tales

Laughter and tears, adventures, struggles, and lessons to be learnt, all with the promise of treasure far greater than gold. These are some of the elements of traditional Sufi tales whose aim is often to break down accustomed ways of thinking and make you feel perplexed. Hidden within the words of what might seem like a charming folk tale are the moments of bafflement when habit is challenged and a door is opened to a clear view of reality. A little like the Koan and Zen teaching stories, allow them to work on you and shed light on our all too human failings. Here are a few good collections of such stories.


Tiel Aisha Ansari said...

Salaam Yafiah,

this is a nice resource! I wonder if you'd consider creating a Sufi poetry section?

There are some books you might be interested in listed at (in the left sidebar-- you have to scroll down a bit)

and also a good book at

Yafiah Katherine said...

Salaam Tiel,

Good to see you here. Thank you for the feedback. I've responded with a post on contemporary Sufi poetry above including your own.

Welcome to a Treasure Trove of Sufi Books and Music

Dear Friends and Readers,

Welcome to the Sufi Book and Music Blog. Step in and look around the many sections here that all relate to an aspect of Sufism. There are also DVD's of music from master musicians. If you know of any books that are not here then you are welcome to write and let me know so I can add them. The idea of this site is to bring together in one place as many books on the subject of Sufism as possible so that it is easier for you to discover what is available without doing long searches. So take your time and browse as you would in any library or book store. As I speak of the books available in the store so it is also an opportunity to look at different aspects of the Sufi path and the many friends who have trodden this path in the past and in the present day.