McClain in his own Words

What follows are selections from “Persian Traditions in Spain” by Michael McClain People who know me very well say that I have a mentality which is medieval and not modern, rural and not urban, that I am an “incurable romantic and idealist”, and that I have a “peasant mindset”. To … Continue reading

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

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