Category Archives: Original Essays

Sanity Guides

by Modaser Shah “Wer den Wegweiser findet, sucht nun nicht nach einer weiteren Instruktion, sondern geht,” said Wittgenstein.¹ My translation of this is as follows: When one finds a guide(post), one doesn’t look for further instruction, one just goes. That … Continue reading

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Confusion and Clarity and the In-between

by Modaser Shah Heinrich Racker, the well-known psychoanalyst from South America, notes in passing in a book that “clarity cannot be attained except through confusion,” a remarkable sentiment from a rather unexpected corner. Usually one expects this kind of insight … Continue reading

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Sufi Lives: Rabia

by Ali Hammad More than a millennium has passed since the times of Rabia, the patron saint of Sufism. The events of her life are now shrouded in an impenetrable veil of time. A few scraps of her biography are … Continue reading

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The Primacy of Life and Consciousness

by Navid Zaidi All things are one.  —Heraclitus, On the Universe  (540-480 BC) Classical physics proposes that the universe was, until rather recently, a lifeless collection of particles bouncing against each other. Life and Consciousness arose by an unknown process … Continue reading

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Nasruddin’s Walk: How to Fail Better

by Modaser Shah “We are still not where we are going, but we are still not where we were.”—Natasha Jasefowitz in 2500 Years of Wisdom by D.W.Brown “Menschen werden als Originale geboren, die meisten sterben als Schablonen.”—Kierkegaard in Ganzheitlicher KALENDER … Continue reading

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Puzzled and/but Aware

by Modaser Shah Idries Shah says, “Religious thinking requires one to become worthy of something; magical thinking tries to cause or to create effects.” (Knowing How to Know) The Buddha is reported to have said that life was not a … Continue reading

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God and Dice: What Would Nasruddin Say?

by Modaser Shah “To live a creative life, we must lose our fear of being wrong.” —Joseph Chilton Pearce Mullah Nasruddin, as can be seen in the Sufi tales relating to his mis-adventures, embodied the creative life in this sense; he was … Continue reading

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