If thou art a true lover, then know Him in all events

Every atom of our being is pervaded by two active principles: immortality and delight. Our desires and urges are only manifestations of these two fundamental principles. Rati, the desire for delight through intimate union with the object of devotion, is inherent in...

Omar Khayam was a Persian Sufi

The popularity gained by FitzGerald’s translation of the Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam since its first publication is simply phenomenal. These verses make an appeal to the sceptical mind of the Western world. Some of the finest artists in Europe and India have devoted the...

The tailors were complete experts in thieving and perfidy

A certain story-teller was engaged in relating stories about certain Turkish tailors. These tailors were complete experts in thieving and perfidy. All their thefts were committed in secret. In the audience was a Turk who said to the storyteller: “Who is the greatest...

How the Reed tells its tale

There is a story told by the Sufis of Islam. It is said that one day the Prophet called Ali to him alone, and revealed to him all the spiritual mysteries, placing him under a vow not to divulge them to anyone not qualified to receive them. Ali was overawed by what he...

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