John of the Cross and Rumi

From Persian Traditions in Spain by Michael McClain: Thus it is perfectly clear how near is St. John of the Cross in his mystical vocabulary (allowing for language differences, of course) and poetic style, i.e., imagery, metaphors, symbolism, even to some extent versification techniques, to the Persian Sufis.  One may … Continue reading

Unanticipated Recap

Nature does not make men equal; souls differ still more than bodies. ~ Antoine Fabre d’Olivet As I’ve been pondering which of two alternative endings to use for Post #1001 – if it ever appears at all – some recent inquiries have prompted this recapitulation before moving on to other … Continue reading

Degrees of Existence

The next generation of American Indians could radically transform scientific knowledge by grounding themselves in traditional knowledge about the world and demonstrating how everything is connected to everything else. Advocacy of this idea would involve showing how personality and a sense of purpose must become part of the knowledge that … Continue reading

From Worms to Gods

In which we review Wolfgang Smith’s writings on Darwinism and biology. I am worm, I am slave, I am king, I am God. ~ Gavrila Derzhavin Spiritual and mystical writers are often criticized, e.g., as being “life denying”, for describing themselves as “worms” or “slaves”. Here, however, the Russian poet … Continue reading

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