I lived in East Finchley and the neighbouring Muswell Hill and Highgate in North London from 2009 – 2011. Here I met, under rather unique circumstance, Ken Pledge, a former physics lecturer and a student of the Sufism teachers John G. Bennett, Idries Shah, P.D. Ouspensky and G.I. Gurdjieff. Continue reading
This is a chapter from Idries Shah’s Book “The Way of the Sufi” (Penguin Books, London, 1974). It can be found under the chapter “Chishti Order” – this is as such a story narrated by Shah, but is originally a story from the Chisthi Order Sufis.Continue reading
"Books are the gardens of scholars." ~ Ali ibn Talib (as)
It is Autumn, 2017. This past summer I exhibited some art work in a garden in Berlin as part of an art festival and studied the culture and history of the Islamic garden. The Berlin garden was pretty yet somewhat chaotic (so Berlin!) and I longed for the calm composition, clarity and artistic refinement of the real thing.