Monday, October 24, 2011

Ibn- Arabi and Whirling Dervishes of Turkey

I have written many times before that life is very complex and human intelligence has serious limitations to understand it. We still fully have not understood the complexity of an atom. Yes we made atom bombs and killed fellow humans but many elements of the atom remain a mystery. So how can we claim to understand the universe?

Ibn- Arabi was a fascinating thinker from the 11th century and part of the strain of mysticism called “Sufism”. He wrote:

"How many there are who walk upon the earth, and the earth curses them! How many there are who prostrate themselves upon her, and she rejects them! How many there are who invoke God, yet their words go no further than their lips, their thoughts no further than their mind. These people act for the sake of others, yet calculate what they themselves will get out of it. How many beloved friends of God are to be found in synagogues and churches! How many hated enemies of God are to be found doing their prayers and in mosques!"

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Whirling Dervishes Video

I am watching a documentary on dolphins where a gentleman is trying to save dolphins in Japan. Some Japanese fishermen are killing them by the thousands for their meat. You can watch the video and read the story here.

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