To Paraphrase

You might be familiar with the process of paraphrasing a poem, i.e., you take a line from the poem and write it in your own words to express its meaning, bringing out its key elements. The criteria of a good paraphrase are as follows: It is not a summary. It does not contain most of … Continue reading

Conference Of The Birds

Attar’s Seven Valleys of Love, as translated by C.S. Nott The Valley of the Quest “When you enter the first valley, the Valley of the Quest, a hundred difficulties will assail you; you will undergo a hundred trials. There, the Parrot of heaven is no more than a fly. You will have to spend several … Continue reading

Assembly Line Faith

You hear that click  and you know  that is it.  It is  that click,  you hear,  you see,  dilate,  pupil,  to the light,  you hear, when  it goes out, the lesson,  and the guru,  what remains?  Ashes, urns,  or conjugal burns?  Where do Catholic priests  please themselves  at night?  Pray, tell me,  where do our … Continue reading

Unity Through Oblivion & The Superficial Nature Of Belief

La Illaha Illallah, the statement of Unity, means not only that there is no God but one God. It means all gods are of one God. This is the crux of all faiths, be it Hinduism, Christianity or Judaism. When you tear away the veils cast by the interpretations of history, you find that the … Continue reading

To Burn A Quran

To those of you who don’t know, tomorrow is apparently “Burn A Quran” day, and coincidentally 9/11. Now, to those of you who are partaking in this global event, I have severe concerns towards your sanity. You think burning a book is going to turn back time and save all those lives? You think that … Continue reading

The Joker In The House Of God

“Quick quick! Have a wash and get changed”, I remember my father saying as we got ready to go to the mosque. I was only seven at the time and had never been to the mosque before. Once I was ready my father called me to his room. “Here, wear this”, he said whilst handing … Continue reading