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Sufi Lives: Adhem (Sufi and the Shriner)

by Ali Hammad There was once a man within whom resided dreams, such that it was hard to tell where dreams ended and real life began, or vice versa. Life, it seemed, was a set of questions, and dreams were … Continue reading

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Solvitur Ambulando….. “It is solved by walking (away)”

by Navid Zaidi Diogenes of Sinope (412-323 BC), also known as Diogenes the Cynic, was a Greek philosopher probably best known for his fruitless search for an honest man. He used to roam about in Athens in full daylight with … Continue reading

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ISIS and the dead

by Modaser Shah Da’ISH, or ISIS, has claimed responsibility for a recent (4/19/2015)  suicide bombing in Jalalabad; the Taliban have condemned it. The latter are looking more & more like moderates in light of what the former is only too … Continue reading

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The (Deeper) Movement of Thought

by Navid Zaidi There is a very simple, almost unspoken law, the law being that if any two things interact, they must be in some way like each other. It is quite possible for somebody who looks at the Sun … 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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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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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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