Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Admitted to His Court

The one who accuses God accuses only himself. Blame men for the evils of the world; do not blame the Lord Who fashioned you to know the difference between good and evil. Are you not likewise the touchstone of good and evil? 

Do not honor the eyes for seeing, nor the ears for hearing, nor the mouth for tasting, nor the heart for dilating. Honor God who gave you perception, and know that none of these attributes are admitted to His court.

Monday, April 29, 2013

Attar's Pen

To credit myself in attainment and success,
And to fault another for failure and dishonor,
This is not the Way.

To credit others for attainment and success,
And to fault myself for failure and dishonor,
Is a single step along the Way.

To be unmoved by attainment and success,
And untroubled by failure and dishonor,
Is the second step along the Way.

Who can speak of that third self-annihilating step?
If you possess the lion's courage, you are still a coward on this road.

I slept in a palace and woke to find myself in a ruin.
I dreamt of the houri and woke to find myself alone.

And from Attar's pen I heard that Voice,
"You are rejected by Us, depart from this door;
You are unworthy of Us."

Sunday, April 28, 2013

A Lost Scrap from The Trial of Paris

Al-Doushu said, "Through the lens of science, there are some things you cannot see, except that you choose the proper instrument. You cannot scan the heavens with the microscope, nor view the atom with the telescope. With a scalpel you presume to dissect the Infinite Absolute. These are the limits of science. On this point, you cannot disagree."

Ibn Ganas said, "I agree that with every study, I must carefully choose the tools of study; that the instrument used to seek should be most appropriate to the thing being sought. When you declare 'It is impervious to science.' Then what in your faith is there for me to study? If the scalpel is not the tool, then tell me what is? If you say, as you have said, 'insight,' then the tool I use to seek is precisely the thing I'm seeking, which is a kind of reasoning that has a circumference and is bounded yet is infinite, insofar as walking in a circle is infinite. Whatever name a religion goes by, however contradictory to every other religion, it announces itself likewise impervious to study. You cannot compare knowledge that is accessible to an insight that is inaccessible, and furthermore defines itself by its very inaccessibility. Therefore, your critiques of science and your presumptions about its limits are not fairly raised, nor do they need to be refuted to establish, without question, that religion and science have no concourse together and are inalterably opposed to one another."

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

The Rasa Lila - Chapbook

These tales of Krishna, found by clicking here , are drawn from or inspired by the Bhagavata Purana, the Gita Govinda, and the Bhagavad Gita. My versions are sketches and renderings, elaborating some elements, minimizing others. “The Gopis’ Vow” appears as an episode of my book The Temple of Hanuman.

The Rasa Lila
represents a synthesis of similar and related stories of Krishna’s relationship with the gopis, who are the daughters of Vraj, and with Radha, his consort. As in my other works, the narrative is not strictly linear and the text references both past and future events in Krishna's life.

These stories together personify bhakti, which is the active devotion to, meditation upon, and adoration of God manifested in His creation in the person of Krishna. Bhakti is one of the chief paths to God described by Krishna in the Bhagavad Gita.