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Tales of the Dervishes: Teaching-Stories of the Sufi Masters Over the Past Thousand Years
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Sufi masters used these tales to teach. Indeed, one of them (“The Story of Fire”) concludes with the following, which I think lays out this philosophy quite well: “You have to learn how to teach, for man does not want to be taught. First of all, you will have to teach people how to learn. And before that you have to teach them that there is still something to be learned. They imagine that they are ready to learn. But they want to learn what they IMAGINE is to be learned, not what they have first to learn. When you have learned all this, then you can devise the way to teach. Knowledge without special capacity to teach is not the same as knowledge and capacity.”
Most of these tales were completely new to me, but many readers with a Western background may find a couple of them familiar, such as “The Blind Ones and the Matter of the Elephant” and “How to Catch Monkeys.” I cannot say what the original source is, but do not find it surprising that a number of folk tales have experienced cultural bleed-through and are now part of more than one cultural tradition.
This would be a great addition to your personal library, as many will want to read these tales more than once.