Category Archives: Classic Teaching

A Sufi Thought for the Week (Mandela)

“I learned that courage was not the absence of fear, but the triumph over it.  The brave man is not he who does not feel afraid, but he who conquers that fear”… Nelson Mandela (1918- 2013) Contributed to this blog … Continue reading

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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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A Heart Gathering the Scattered Thoughts of a Brain

by Modaser Shah The Sage of Hannibal, Mark Twain, said: “My life has been full of misfortunes, most of which never happened.” Here Mark Twain shows us how hard it is to surrender; the mind is very creative in inventing … 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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A Bit of Truth

by Modaser Shah In his interesting, even entertaining, albeit difficult-to-read book titled LESS THAN NOTHING, Slavoj Žižek ascribes the following quote to Winston Churchill: “Men stumble over the truth from time to time, but most pick themselves up and hurry … Continue reading

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