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- Down the Middle
- Between and Betwixt
- Conference of the Birds
- We have created a Star Wars civilization, with Stone Age emotions — E.O.Wilson
- Dual Preoccupations
- Better Than the Bird’s Eye View
- Guitars vs Erasure
- On and On and On
- Almost Random MadLib
- End of a Paragraph
- A Best Of My Own Art Work 2017 – Part 3 – Large Art Works
- A Best Of My Own Art Work 2017 – Part 2 – Small Art Works
- A Best Of My Own Art Work 2017 – Part 1 – Mandalas and Circular Pieces
- Dharma Wheels
- Happy Holidays
- Maker Spotlight: Conor Patrick September 18, 2019
- Cool Crowdfunding: Touch Sensing, Motion Control, And Tiny Sensors September 17, 2019
- Maker Spotlight: Manolis Kiagias September 16, 2019
- Live Blog: Maker Faire Milwaukee September 14, 2019
- Maker Spotlight: Hapto, AKA Sarah Davitt September 14, 2019
Category Archives: sufism
Atar-Sufi Poet-The Whole World is a Marketplace for Love
Several weeks ago I went searching on the net for Coleman Barks. Barks, a poet, is most well known for his versions of Rumi. In fact, to the extent Rumi is known by the English-speaking world, a lion’s share of the credit accrues to Mr. Barks and to his colleague and co-author John Moyne.
Having done this same search years ago, I knew there are numerous resources and media, but, one such resource at the CBC had been taken down, an interview with Barks and Andrew Harvey by Mary Hynes (as part of Ms. Hynes’ Tapestry Series.) I made an inquiry.
Lo and behold a few days later a nice gentleman from the CBC emailed me and asked if I would be interested in providing an introduction for this archival podcast. I jumped at the opportunity to help bring the interview back into circulation.
Video at Poetry Everywhere (PBS)
The Big Red Book is the newest exploration of Rumi by Coleman Barks. It focuses on Rumi’s relationship with Shams of Tabriz. One of the aphorisms of Shams is a touchstone for me:
Follow the perfume, not the tracks.
The following video provides a beguiling introduction to Rumi and Shams.
Mullah Nasruddin was a digging a grave in the cemetery when from afar he saw the sand blowing in the distant desert. His imagination got the better of him and he thought it was a band of brigands. In fear … Continue reading
Once, the villagers invited Mulla Nasruddin to deliver a lecture on spiritual matters. When he got on the pulpit, he found the audience was not very enthusiastic, so he asked “Do you know what I am going to say?” The … Continue reading
My favorite (Gregory) Batesonian teaching story, reconfigured and originally via Idries Shah. A frenchman is teaching another french rudimentary english. “So, the word for froid crème glacée is ‘cold ice cream.’ ” “What’s the word for chaude crème glacée?” “Oh, … Continue reading
I noted recently via a google alert that lectures of Idries Shah, taken from a series of hard-to-obtain cassettes, have been made available on the web site, The Institute for the Study of Human Knowledge. Ishk.net is ostensibly the web … Continue reading
Story from The Pleasantries of the Incredible Mulla Nasrudin, (Idries Shah.) h/t Max Cannon’s cartoon franework Build Your Own Meat.
[flashvideo filename=http://squareone-learning.com/video/IdriesShah.flv /] On youtube there is a series of videos, apparently excerpted from a longer documentary, that features the renowned-in-his-time counter-cultural figure, self-proclaimed Sufi, misterioso teacher, charlatan, Idries Shah. I joined the ten parts and present it here; 49 … Continue reading
Reader: Coleman Barks
Versions of this teaching story are found in the folklore of the Mid-east and North Africa. This version refashions source material discovered in Matthew Helmke’s Humor and Moroccan Culture. Happy new year to all in this year of the Rat. … Continue reading
Shaikh Abul Janaab Najmuddin al-Kubra (may Allah favor him,) in his book Fawatih ul-Jamaal, wrote “Dhikr is flowing in the body of creatures by the necessity of their breath, because through their breathing, the letter ‘Ha’ of the Divine Name … Continue reading
I’m so close to you that I’m far apart, So completely merged that I’m separate, So vastly exposed that I’m concealed, So whole and sound that I’ll never be healed. #1121, from Rumi’s Kolliyaat-e Shams-e Tabrizi Edited by Badiozzaman Forouzanfar … Continue reading
The friend to whom flower and thorn are one, In whose faith, Koran and Cross are the same — Why should we worry? To him it’s all one: The swiftest horse or a donkey that’s lame. #454: From Rumi’s Kolliyaat-e … Continue reading