Category Archives: Original Essays

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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God and broken pipes

by Modaser Shah An Egyptian woman activist is quoted as  saying that it is fine to chant Allahu Akbar but it won’t fix the broken pipe. Someone has to repair those broken pipes! What a deep thought this is; one … Continue reading

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The Razor’s Edge

by Modaser Shah Somerset Maugham’s well-known novel, The Razor’s Edge, is based on a Vedic dictum that goes something like this: “Verily, the path is like a razor’s edge.” Enlightenment lies at the very edge of the (internal) abyss. In … 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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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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