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June 13, 2009

'What's in your head — throw it away!' — 10th-century Persian spiritual master Abu Said ibn Abil-Khair

More: "What's in your hand — give it up! Whatever happens — don't turn away from it."

A thousand years later, still good advice.

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Jim -- because for most of this spring, you could have picked it up for $4 -- hardback -- at B&N in their discount books...that's like the cost of a Starbucks. I bought several copies for friends lately (though my local one is finally out).

Mumbojumbo? Yeah...so is any writing like this! Anything that requires you to change your perspective on life is going to be considered mumblejumbo...psychologically, it is an ego-threat. We have been conditioned to think in one way all our lives, and moving beyond this too rapidly, we start to see our old life as a failure. Move too slowly, you will never get out from mountain of crap that has piled onto your psyche.

Personally, I try to find the right mumbo-jumbo for the right person. In the US, it is usually from a Christian basis...but personally? I find truth in all of these beliefs...

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Posted by: Flautist | Jun 14, 2009 2:08:11 AM

Why spend the bucks on a Course in Miracles? Just buy any old copy of Seneca or Epictetus and get the same advice sans mumbo-jumbo.

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Posted by: Joe Peach | Jun 13, 2009 5:13:36 PM

Pretty much the same thing as detachment in Buddhism.

It is funny that a lot of the common sense ways of life are considered 'mystical' by the average person. Sure, you get people that take it too far...like the Kabalah Movement or 'The Secret' (the secret is that through a positive attitude, you can attain more of what you want than with a negative one...and the author can pocket $25 a book for repeating this koan for 200 pages).

Rumism and the Sufi are great works. If you are looking for something like this in a modern setting, you might want to look at A Course In Miracles. Takes these sorts of teachings, but from a Christian perspective. Makes more sense to some people...

Posted by: clifyt | Jun 13, 2009 11:27:55 AM

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