review Ò Among the Dervishes 106


  • Paperback
  • 208
  • Among the Dervishes
  • O.M. Burke
  • English
  • 04 May 2018
  • 9780863040184

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Among the Dervishes

O.M. Burke ↠ 6 Summary

On of the past Speaking several Oriental languages traveling as a dervish pilgrim O M Burke lived and studied with ancient communities in the Near and Middle East This first hand report is no ordinary book of trave. This book was a classic little gem Its style was in the same vein as another book that I read recently The Way of the White Cloud in which the author traveled in ancient spiritual communities before they were torn apart by war in this case the War on Terror and Afghanistan's constant turmoil and in White Clouds China seizing Tibet Burke is a British Sufi who comes into a small inheritance and decides to travel all over territories where Sufis still exist to meet practitioners and masters His travels take him to Afghanistan Ira Iran Pakistan Kafiristan Egypt and elsewhere His style feels a little like Castenada and Don Juan in that it is short and he skips a lot of the details as to how he went where and who sent him there This made for a very enjoyable read and though I have only explored Sufism to a small degree I get the sense that there were many teachings and lessons contained within his magical talesHighly recommended for those that like light travel writing or spiritual adventures or are curious as to what the Middle East Pakistan and Afghanistan were like previous to the last 30 or so years of perpetual war

Read & Download ↠ PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB ↠ O.M. Burke

O M Burke's first hand account of his modern day pilgrimage begins in a school built like a medieval rock fortress hidden in northern India From there he takes the reader to monasteries where ancient lore is still. I am re reading this book Oh the mistakes I made about it when it was first read despite reading it several times No doubt one is still making mistakes It is enthralling as it always was All those sentences one read past now make sense Makes one wonder what sentences and ideas are being missed this time round

Summary Among the Dervishes

Taught along the pilgrim road to forbidden Mecca and into the heart and mind of Asia Burke's experiences with living Sufis and their teachings practices and actions clearly dispel the notion of Sufism as a phenomen. 'A sugar loaf you weigh against a weight or a against another sugar loaf' he said with a laugh 'A teacher you cannot weigh against another teacher You have to weigh him against yourself' I think I noticed this remark or one like it decades ago and made it my own My image of my self is an anvil I listen to the sounds other people make on me I watch how I react or feel toward them It's helped me immensely in navigating lifeThis book describes a Westerner's investigation of Sufi groups and practices in the East during I think the late 1950s or early 1960s This man travelled widely through numerous countries visiting lots of Sufi centers probably so he could write this book The descriptions of the various exercises rituals and other unusual practices and the ways these affect people was extremely interesting There were a lot of common threads in the different groups he visited—just the details were different—and the author is extremely careful and precise in pointing out how these experiences differ from common ones Westerners are familiar with such as hypnotic trances dream states or uncontrolled and relatively meaningless Oh Wow Ecstasy experiences caused by drugs Subud voodoo rituals music and the like Eventually he begins to describe the slow subtle changes occurring within himself as a result of these encounters and travels This is useful and interesting because one can compare these changes with one's ownI am not at all like this author I don't travel the world freely nor will I likely ever do so Have you ever noticed it's dangerous to put such proclamations in words lol I suppose here's where I knock on wood OK I just knocked on particle board Maybe it will help a little But then I don't feel an inner drive to write books that will help other—or to write books of any sort for that matter To write a book that helps many people in many places with many things you probably need to have a great deal of variety in the book as well as in your own mind This book definitely has that so I expect it helps lots of readers in ways I can't begin to imagine It has certainly helped meThe first time I read this travels book I thought it was encouraging people to do as the writer did bounce adventurously around the world following one's nose visiting various really interesting and strange places and meeting unusual cool and sometimes scary people Now I think all of that is just backdrop distraction even used as a screen while the real work goes on unnoticed as it has to providing people with certain useful ideas or concepts that would be immediately rejected or intellectually dissected by them if they were told Here are some very useful ideas and concepts Instead they sneak in through the mind's backdoor while ihe prefrontal is busy reading amazing adventure tales while the intellectual part of consciousness the part I think of as the egotistical censor of ideas is enchanted by all these weird rituals and cool altered states being described Take the author's descriptions of how he slowly noticed he'd been changing inside about midway through the book he gives us experiences and ideas by which someone else working on inner change ideally with assistance can judge their own progress Lots of Sufi literature is like that a metaphor for something else and the true travels to really strange places genre is just one example of how they teach familiarize or convey a message There's also the jokes for instance the Mulla Nasrudin corpus and also the amazing magical stories the sometimes seemingly fractured fairy tales that often don't uite follow the predictable path such tales are supposed to take but take your imagination to extraordinary places The best example of that style that I know of is The Tale of Mushkil Gusha but there are many other examples in Sufic literatureAh fairy tales I discovered them in a school library when I was eight and fell in love I was so engrossed standing in the school library stacks and reading one of the Colored Fairy Books Lang one day that due to ignoring the needs of the body I lost control of my bladder I was a profoundly shy child and my shame was enormous But this intense love for such stories has never left me which is probably why I am so devoted to Sufi literature It drowns one in stories stories than one can consciously remember even in a lifetime of reading and re reading them I'd fail abysmally if I had to answer test uestions about them Luckily I don't think that in most cases that conscious remembrance is the pointSomething I'm wondering as I'm reading this book of travel tales is whether places like the author described still exist now at the dawn of the 2020's Has the crushing crass ever increasing stupidity and madness of the modern world destroyed them Have they changed or evolved so that they can continue to co exist in the current world while slipping under the radar It's kind of an idle wonder Many things change some adapt to the times I suspect that I would not be writing this sort of review if the knowledge represented by these strange places no longer existedIt's hard to get across one's real impressions of a book in a review This book itself has something to say about that There's a catchy first paragraphbut my god what comes after it is pure gold 'when there is complete understanding there is silence There is no talk If you share an experience with someone and that is a a true and real I mean really deep experience can you put it into words Do you want to put it into words''Something very important is happening in your mind when you have an experience' said the teacher 'You take the experience in and your mind labels it To do this it has to split it up into a vast number of tiny impressions Your mind may not be ready for the whole experience so that the mind cannot handle the impressions It will select some and then transmit back to another part of your brain an assessment This assessment is what intellectuals use They deal in incomplete assessments This why some agree some differ In real experience there is no possibility of disagreement' I would add that the intellect in too many of us is so erotically entwined with our egos that it can become very hard to tell the difference between the two Thus I do not often trust what intellectuals say nor trust my own intellectual thoughts on the rare occasions these occur I may apply a sort of routine intellect in writing a book review like this one or in doing my job but when those periods are over I prefer to look at images feel the people I am connected with offline and online yes I feel you lol—but don't be scared I am harmless I just let impressions waft in through open double front doors go take a walk in nature or do something else related to imageryProfound sentences appear in this book when you least expect it You might be lulled into complacency hearing a phrase that many of us seeking truth have heard many times before although it can always be read in new ways There are as many Ways as there are souls of men and then a few lines later after the sugar loaf comment see above you read Now comes your problem when you are weighing a teacher you are not weighing an inert thing He can if he desires increase or decrease his weight Do you understand me I think I understand this I've sensed it many times But I've been baffled by what I sensed I didn't have words or even a concept to describe it But here it is put into crystal clear words An idea I can understand It explains a lot for me and I am very grateful to the author for conveying this idea This same phrase may mean nothing to another reader given his or her background and experiences but another phrase that completely slipped by me may hit them in the head like a two by fourWhat's important about this book is not where this author traveled or who he met or what cool mystical experiences he had What is important is the astonishing Clang of truth like a hammer shaping cooling steel that can come at the oddest times in the least little remarkI guess I would classify this as an intermediate level book on Sufism For serious and sincere students When I first read it I was a bit raw and I saw none of what I just described above It was just a wild adventure tale that made me extremely greedy for Sufi contact preferably in an exotic context As I read it now however none of those earlier cravings matter pennies are starting to drop things are making sense much than they did before because I have experienced some things that give these offhand mysterious statements intense life The weirdest thing is if you dear reader knew what my personal experiences were it would in most cases shock and perhaps revolt you to your core