Category Archives: sufism

Live From the Well

The idea that what one has long held of a person is apt to stop one’s eyes and ears. —Marcel Proust Elders from GLEN MILNER on Vimeo. The self is a metaphor. We can decide to limit it to our … Continue reading

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Sound and Sense

Music of the Spheres from Emic Films on Vimeo. I say we are obviously as nature around us is. So that is also how our music is. But then our music must also be as we are (if two magnitudes … Continue reading

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Whirling Around World Events

Whirling Dervishes Istanbul from John Cummins on Vimeo. All the saints and sages have said evil deeds become a dark hole which encloses the evil doer. The worse the doer’s deed, the darker is the hole. You may intend to … Continue reading

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Straight ‘Poiethics’ But With a Beat

NOWHERE TO RUN There’s nowhere to run in marriage Working and paying everyday for wanting her, But if you’d leap, like Screamin’ Jay Hawkins, Past the shadow curved around her, into whatever’s left in your coffin, You could rip free … Continue reading

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Teaching Cartoon: man unable to ‘splain

Man unable to ‘splain the argument for reducing desire.

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Direction of the Possible

Man can live the most amazing things if they make sense to him. But the difficulty is to create that sense. It must be a conviction, naturally; but you find that the most convincing things man can invent are cheap … Continue reading

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The Way Nobody Looks

It was not a close game Sunday. …except one team won the first three innings, and the other team won the last four innings. This is what is meant by the underlying score. Nobody keeps score this way! A Necessary … Continue reading

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Spinning

Blooms: Strobe-Animated Sculptures from Pier 9 on Vimeo. Circle Game by Joni Mitchell Yesterday a child came out to wonder Caught a dragonfly inside a jar Fearful when the sky was full of thunder And tearful at the falling of … Continue reading

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Teaching Story: What do you really want?

A young man decided to move his family, his wife and two daughters, to a set of small rooms in a building in Isfahan. His family’s new home was located a short walk away from the Sufi school the young man … Continue reading

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Interlude #3 World Behind A World

Former Lakewood Librarian Ken Warren turns pugnacious punk literary lion (Michael Heaton) It’s one with which you take up residence for an unforeseen period of time. It’s like a relationship with someone so much smarter and stranger than yourself you need to … Continue reading

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Interlude #1 Perfume

Indivisible Forgive & let go open the head free the heart be wary of vengeance a life for a death if you can’t see anyone entire there’s no one there not even you aha aha death is a giving up … Continue reading

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Happy New Year

The Wave There are things we can change and others not: Let us accept what is our written fate. In God’s Compassion we will find no spot; And we should know that Being’s inmost sound Is sheer Beatitude. And faith … Continue reading

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Deeply 80th Birthday Abdullah Ibrahim

Mukashi – Once Upon A Time by Abdullah Ibrahim Advise: click on the start triangle above for your momentary soundtrack. Thank you. I wrote this fifteen years ago. For over forty years people all over the world have received and … Continue reading

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Relishing the Friend

Rumi: “ The cup wants to be lifted and used, not broken but carried carefully to the next. The cup knows there is a state for you beyond this one that comes with more vast awareness. The cup looks still … Continue reading

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Eyes Have It

O dear friend, I am bound to you through friendship. Wherever you may step, I am the ground for you. In the creed of loverhood it is never allowed That I should see the world through you and not see … Continue reading

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Relativizing, Dancing Around Synthesis

Paul Kugler came up in a conversation about the problem incurred by supporters of Analytical Psychology as those same supporters age without, in effect and in actuality, having created a socio-cultural succession plan. This leads to a mild synchronicity when … Continue reading

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Silence

photo:S.Calhoun Hey brother, why do you want me to talk? Hey brother, why do you want me to talk? Talk and talk and the real things get lost. Talk and talk and things get out of hand. Why not stop … Continue reading

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Forward

  Nasruddin sometimes took people for trips in his boat.One day a fussy pedagogue hired him to ferry him across a very wide river. As soon as they were afloat the scholar asked whether it was going to be rough. … Continue reading

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R O S E

A Yellow Rose – 2013 S. Calhoun; from a photograph Do you know a word that doesn’t refer to something? Have you ever picked and held a rose from R O S E ? You say the NAME. Now try … Continue reading

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Teaching Cartoon: Treasure

 “We saw with certainty that it is love (which is) hidden, So we became bared because of such as this (which is) hidden.” Rumi, Q.1612, tr. Gamard & Farhadi  

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