Category Archives: Navid Zaidi

Rumi, Nietzsche and Superman

by Navid Zaidi It is said that comparisons are extremely unpleasant. However, it is strange how the same idea affects different cultures differently and in the history of thought it is the points of contact and departure that attract our … Continue reading

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A Supple Mind

by Navid Zaidi Once there was a disciple of a Greek philosopher who was commanded by his master for three years to give money to everyone who insulted him. After three years, the disciple was asked to go to Athens … Continue reading

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Hagar’s Skirt

A REFLECTION BY DR ALI SHARIATI (1933-1977) When you are at the threshold of Masjid al Haraam in Mecca, the Kaabah is before you. An enormous courtyard and in the center, a hollow cube. Here, there is nothing. Nothing to … Continue reading

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Pain, Sin, and Fear

by Navid Zaidi We often wonder about certain propositions concerning the nature of humans and the world. For example, one psychological implication may be the central fact of pain as a dominating element in our lives. Human beings, regarded as … Continue reading

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Of Dirt

by Navid Zaidi ماٹی قدم کریندی یار ماٹی جوڑا، ماٹی گھوڑا ماٹی دا اسوار ماٹی ماٹی نوں دوڑائے ماٹی دا کھڑکار ماٹی قدم کریندی یار ماٹی ماٹی نوں مارن لگی ماٹی دا ہتھیار جس ماٹی پر بوہتی ماٹی تس ماٹی … Continue reading

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Bringing About Change: The Dalai Lama Approach

by Navid Zaidi In his book The Art of Happiness, His Holiness the Dalai Lama shows us how to defeat day to day anxiety, insecurity, anger and discouragement, difficulties common to all human beings. According to the Dalai Lama it … Continue reading

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Finding Balance

by Navid Zaidi Developing a flexible approach to living is instrumental in helping us cope with everyday problems. ‘Balance’ becomes a key element of a happy life. A balanced and skilful approach to life, taking care to avoid extremes, is … Continue reading

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What is Sufism? Part 5: The Word (Kalma)

by Navid Zaidi The soul, after leaving the body, mind and senses, comes in contact with the Ultimate Reality in the form of an unstruck melody. Sufi saints have called this unstruck melody, the Word or Kalma. The Word is … Continue reading

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What is Sufism? Part 4: Ritualism and Spirituality

by Navid Zaidi Every orthodox religion is wedded to its own body of rituals, customs and external observances. Also, it considers its own system superior to others. Consequently that becomes a source of conflict. But Sufis look at all humanity … Continue reading

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A Sufi Thought for the Week (Chief Seattle)

“Whatever befalls the earth befalls the sons and daughters of the earth. This we know. All things are connected like the blood which unites one family. All things are connected.”                                                                                                                 Chief Seattle (1780-1866) http://www.goodreads.com/author/quotes/331799.Chief_Seattle Quote contributed by Navid Zaidi; … Continue reading

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