Sacred Laughter of the Sufis

Sacred Laughter of the Sufis : Awakening the Soul with the Mulla's Comic Teaching Stories and Other Islamic Wisdom

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Combines the legendary stories of Islam's great comic foil, Mulla Nasruddin, with sayings from the Qur'an, the Prophet Muhammad, Rumi, Hafiz and other Islamic sages. Shows how spiritual seekers of all traditions-as individuals or in a group-can apply the Mulla's wisdom teachings to their spiritual lives with easy-to-follow spiritual practices.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 192 pages
  • 152 x 229 x 12.7mm | 272.16g
  • SkyLight Paths Publishing,US
  • Woodstock, United States
  • English
  • 1594735476
  • 9781594735479
  • 55,993

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Sufism is Islam's mystical dimension, and Sufi stories are used to teach "larger" lessons. The protagonists for most stories are famous Sufi luminaries; however, Mulla Nasruddin is the main character in several of the stories. In the stories, the main character typically does "stupid" things to expose our fallacies or show us what is truly important. This collection of stories is divided into nine sections. Each section contains about half a dozen chapters, and each section takes the reader into a higher level of consciousness (which Sufis typically work toward). Each chapter contains a couple of stories, but the bulk of the chapter is devoted to explaining the lesson. The stories, although humorous, serve to embellish the lesson rather [than] form an integral part of it, and each chapter ends with sections for further reflection and practice. Although the stories included are generally intended for children, this book is more suitable for older readers and adults. A chapter can be read quickly, but the reflection and practice last a lifetime.

--Muhammed Hassanali "BookList "
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