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Life Fundamentals
Amin Valliani

Life Fundamentals
Amin Valliani

Though the relationship among family members can come under stress due to modern lifestyles, with love and affection one can make the family a fortress. The art of compromise and give and take is an essential component of life. In case of rigidity and inflexibility, the family breaks up. This creates a terrible situation for all the members of family but the children suffer the most....

 

      The word (Sukhan), according to Bedil, constitutes “the soul of the universe and the true principle of the reality of the existing things. When the word strives in the path of concealment of meaning-reality, it is like a whole world locking its breath in its breast. And when it boils over to reveal the text, it is a whole world growing up and rising upon it.” Encountering the Real in the poetic way is what the key practice of Zikr aims at....

 

There Is an Enormous Energy Reservoir in You
Maulana Wahiduddin Khan

Man himself is the master of his destiny. It all depends on how much a person has unfolded his mind and how much energy the mind has released.  One achieves greater or smaller successes in life depending on how much energy one’s mind releases.  Every man is a self-made man.  But the quantum of success depends on one’s own planning. ...

Junk Planet: Is Earth the Largest Garbage Dump in the Universe? Concluding Part
Robert J. Burrowes, New Age Islam

Remember Gandhi? He was not just the great Indian independence leader. His personal possessions at his death numbered his few items of self-made clothing and his spectacles. We can’t all be like Gandhi but he can be a symbol to remind us that our possessions and our consumption are not the measure of our value....

The world has shrunk beyond imagination. Television technology remains in a state of rapid flux. Thousands of channels are now available via satellite on the click of a button. It has become impossible for governments to hold or manipulate any information from people at large. Where information has flooded our minds, our libraries have been deserted. Information once mined from libraries, books and encyclopaedias is available at a single click from Google....

 

Junk Planet: Is Earth the Largest Garbage Dump in the Universe? Part One
Robert J. Burrowes, New Age Islam

The garbage, otherwise labelled ‘pollution’ that we dump into our atmosphere obviously includes the waste products from our burning of fossil fuels and our farming of animals. Primarily this means carbon dioxide, methane and nitrous oxide generated by driving motor vehicles and burning coal, oil and gas to generate electricity, and agriculture based on the exploitation of animals. This is having a devastating impact on Earth’s climate and environment with a vast array of manifestations adversely impacting all life on Earth....

 

Luther vs. Erasmus: When Populism First Eclipsed the Liberal Elite
Michael Massing

Erasmus sought to warn his fellow Christians of the catastrophe he saw looming—in vain. After his death, in 1536, Europe descended into a century of religious-fuelled violence, culminating in the Thirty Years’ War (1618–1648)—the continent’s most destructive conflict before World War I. Erasmus’s ideas about tolerance, peace, and clemency were ruthlessly suppressed. Both Catholics and Protestants dismissed him as a weak, vacillating man who lacked ardour and conviction...

      Campbell notes the problem mystics tried to solve: “the popular, unenlightened practice of prosaic reification of metaphoric imagery has been the fundamental method of the most influential exegetes of the whole Judeo-Christian-Islamic mythic complex.” Campbell reminds us forcefully of traditional wisdom in his declaration ““Heaven and hell are within us, and all the gods are within us. This is the great realization of the Upanishads of India in the ninth Century B.C. All the gods, all the heavens, all the world, are within us....

 
Learning to Be a Good Parent
Sheeshu Hee, New Age Islam

Resources to equip oneself to be a good parent are available in plenty. One such resource is the rich spiritual traditions of the world. Scriptures and other spiritually-inspiring texts contain great wisdom related to good parenting. Reading the biographies of men and women of God from different religious backgrounds and spiritual traditions is a wonderful way to learn about how they were brought up, and if they went on to become parents, about how in turn they related with their own children....

 

Ramanujan and Salam — What Inspired Them?
Pervez Hoodbhoy

The ancient civilisations of China, India, Greece, Arabia, and modern European civilisation all claim superiority over others because of the creations of their most brilliant minds. But in fact an individual’s exceptional genes and fortunate circumstances — not some supreme transcendence — are the real reasons. While sources of inspiration do differ, empirically and logically deduced results don’t. Science and its heroes belong to all humankind, not to any one tribe....

How Faith Helps
Maulana Wahiduddin Khan

How Faith Helps
Maulana Wahiduddin Khan

Faith in God enables one to turn to Him for recompense in times of grievance. A man of God does not make others the target of his negative feelings. Instead, he diverts them towards God. The deluge of his emotions, which might have caused immense damage to human beings, falls instead into a diversion pool....

 

For This Sufi Saint, Harmony Begins At Home
Ibrahim Sutar

“In my speeches, I tell people how all religions preach peace and harmony. We must not focus on the negative elements of any religion. For peace, we must thoroughly know our religion and honour other’s religion. Now, the relations between various communities have soured. The Maulvis and Dharmgurus have a larger and responsible role in shaping our youngsters, to lead peaceful and prosperous lives. One must understand we are Indians first, then Muslims or Hindus,”....

Why Fear and Self-Hatred Destroy Human Sharing and Solidarity
Robert J. Burrowes, New Age Islam

Conscious self-hatred is an intensely unpleasant feeling to experience, however, and because the child is systematically terrorized out of expressing and acting on most of their feelings (which is why 100% of children go to school wherever school is available and compulsory: children are not given freedom of choice) the feeling of self-hatred is suppressed along with these many other feelings. Having learned to do this, subsequent opportunities for this self-hatred to be felt are progressively more easily suppressed….

      "His presence is at once endearing and bracing, drawing—unintentionally—the most attention. He becomes for you the most intimate of all and the most understanding. You never feel more at ease than when you are near him, but at the same time he forces you into a corner and makes you see your inadequacies and failings. He overwhelms you with the warmth of his goodness and makes you ashamed of how far you have fallen, of how far you have sunk in your artificiality, superficiality, and duplicity....

 

Death, an Inescapable Reality: 'Except For Man, All Creatures Are Immortal, For They Are Ignorant Of Death'
Eraas Haider

Immortality has been at the core of fundamentals that drives us, an obsession, to overcome death.  As old as the quest of Greek philosophers’ about life, through the Egyptian era of mummifying, to the present day, scientific endeavours to uploading our minds into a computer, living forever has been a fundamental struggle throughout time. Who does not want to live one more day, year, a decade and so on, if they were told today was to be last day of their lives....

 

I would apply Ibn Arabi’s estimate of atheism to Russell. For Ibn Arabi atheists too have Tawhid though somewhat limited understanding of it and he invites them to preserve the question that is Reality i.e., shun dogmatism and move on and be receptive to wonder and mystery of existence. We can assert that “The part Russell misses is the rich spiritual life and the rich life lessons that come out of religious thought.”...

 

God Created This Limited World To Put Us On Trial
Maulana Wahiduddin Khan

A perfect Paradise cannot be inhabited by less-than-perfect beings. So, God created perfection-seeking beings—us. He intended us to spend a period of trial on this present and imperfect world and after this, according to our deeds; we will earn the right to inhabit the perfect and eternal world...

We Should Adopt the Culture of Giving, and Live As Givers, Rather Than Takers
Maulana Wahiduddin Khan

The study of the universe shows that everything gives something to the others without taking anything in return. For instance, the sun provides light and warmth to inhabitants of our little world, but it does not take anything in return. The atmosphere continuously provides life-sustaining oxygen, without taking anything in return. Similarly, all the natural resources of the world serve us without taking anything in return....

 

Fault-Finding and Complaining Can Be Disastrous
Dada JP Vaswani

When we focus on others’ faults, we only draw those negative forces unto ourselves. Fault-finding, constant criticism and magnifying the mistakes of others are poor, ineffective ways of changing the world. A sunny temperament and a healthy sense of humour can do wonders for you. Learn to laugh with others; try a smile or a kind word – you will find that wrongs are easy to set right, and ‘wrongdoers’ are set back on the right track....

 

Future Plan: Be Prepared With Option B
Maulana Wahiduddin Khan

Death does not mark the end of life. In the physical sense, it means an end but not in the ideological sense. Everyone has valuable experiences that he can share with others – we must discover these experiences and then record them for posterity, so that they may be an inspiration to others. Such a concept of life ensures that the journey of life is not one of frustration, but rather one of eternal hope....

 
An Old Woman's Courage
Maulana Wahiduddin Khan

An Old Woman's Courage
Maulana Wahiduddin Khan

The truth is a force in itself. The conviction of being in the right makes one bold. One who utters the truth does so without fear. His speech is free from contradiction and artificiality. There is no inconsistency in what he says. There is no trace of guilt on his face when he speaks, and no hesitancy in his voice....

 

Western philosophy, as Heidegger pointed out, is oblivious to the ground of being. It is not open to the sacred mystery of Being. It is not the philosopher but the poet who can show the track of the holy, to the sacred mystery of Being. Nothing in the world of known can express the Divine Darkness. All quests end in wonder. In the last analysis man knows nothing to its depth by means of senses and reason....

 
Transforming Sorrow into Song
Dr Muhammad Maroof Shah

One of the greatest contributions of Islamic culture – great poets of Marsiya and traditional exponents of Shiite perspective – to the world heritage is teaching how suffering/tragedy may ennoble us and be an instrument of gnosis (Irfan). Our most blessed task consists in blessing that which made the blessing called life possible and this task is performed by na’t defined as praise of the Principle of Manifestation or Pole of Existence. Marsiya genre as an extension or version of na’t asserts our right to grieve, sometimes with “the noble language of eyes,” since “the touch of God is marked by tears.”...

 

Dalai Lama: Our Future Is Very Much in Our Hands
Dalai Lama

Tackling destructive emotions and practicing loving-kindness isn’t something we should be doing with the next life, heaven or nirvana in mind, but how we should live in the here and now. I am convinced we can become happier individuals, happier communities and a happier humanity by cultivating a warm heart, allowing our better selves to prevail....

 

Killing the Biosphere to Fast-track Human Extinction
Robert J. Burrowes, New Age Islam

This is because if you want to solve a problem or resolve a conflict, then it is imperative to know and act on the truth. Otherwise you are simply acting on a delusion and whatever you do can have no desirable outcome for yourself, others, the Earth or its multitude of creatures. Of course, most people are content to live in delusion: it averts the need to courageously, intelligently and conscientiously analyse what is truly happening and respond to it powerfully. In short: it makes life ‘easier’ (that is, less frightening) even if problems keep recurring and conflicts are suppressed, to flare up periodically, rather than resolved....

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