The Tarjuman al-Ashwaq – Medieval Sufi Wisdom Text

"This text is of great interest, aside from its literary merits as delightful (but highly encoded) Sufi love poetry, because the author supplied extensive commentary for each poem. This is key to disentangling the Sufi narrative from the exterior form of the work. At this level, rather than a series of love poems to a … Continue reading The Tarjuman al-Ashwaq – Medieval Sufi Wisdom Text

William James’s influential papers on ‘The Varieties of Religious Experience’

William James (1842–1910) was an American philosopher and psychologist. James was a leading thinker of the late nineteenth century, one of the most influential U.S. philosophers; his groundbreaking papers and discussions known as "The Varieties of Religious Experience" would influence both Carl Jung and Aldous Huxley.   Along with Charles Sanders Peirce, James established the … Continue reading William James’s influential papers on ‘The Varieties of Religious Experience’

French Symbolist painter, mystic and philosopher Maurice Chabas (1862-1947) By Dr. Myriam de Palma

"French Symbolist painter Maurice Chabas came from a family of painters, including brother Paul Chabas. Maurice Chabas was born on September 26th 1862, in Nantes, in a cultured and scholarly family. The eldest boy, according to the customs of the time, Chabas took over the family business as an adult despite the fact that he … Continue reading French Symbolist painter, mystic and philosopher Maurice Chabas (1862-1947) By Dr. Myriam de Palma

Marcus Aurelius: On opinions

There is a popular quote from Marcus Aurelius: "Remember that all is but opinion" being continuously shared online, usually in attempt to claim that there are no such things as facts, but when taken in the context in which he wrote he wrote it, we can see that clearly, he was writing about the power … Continue reading Marcus Aurelius: On opinions

The Universal Ouroboros

This was one of the first sites I returned to again and again in the early days of the net. I haven't revisited it for years, but came across the link in one of my old blogs, and realised I'd been lucky to find these reference to the Ouroboros in the years before the net … Continue reading The Universal Ouroboros

The Wandering and Watercolours of Hermann Hesse

“This wind, into which I am climbing, is fragrant of beyonds and distances, of watersheds and foreign languages, of mountains and southern places. It is full of promise.” ― Hermann Hesse, Wandering I was very lucky yesterday, while mooching through piles of 2nd hand books at a Spanish fleamarket,  to spy and purchase a copy … Continue reading The Wandering and Watercolours of Hermann Hesse

Cubeer Burr, the Great Banyan Tree, and the Gymnosophists

Cubeer Burr The Great Banyan Tree painted by James PhillipsReposting this from 2011 A famed Banyan tree called in India "Cubeer Burr" was found on an island in the river Nerbedda, "ten miles from the city of Baroach, in the province of Guzzurat, a flourishing settlement formerly in possession of the East India Company, but ceded by the … Continue reading Cubeer Burr, the Great Banyan Tree, and the Gymnosophists

Names of the Wind — Nick Hunt

  ELSEWHERE - A JOURNAL OF PLACE recently featured a piece by Nick Hunt who's book "Where the Wild Winds Are" (Nicholas Brealey Publishing) was published in September 2017.     Nick "set out to follow four, which seemed an appropriate number for winds, drawn by the romance of their names but also intrigued by their … Continue reading Names of the Wind — Nick Hunt

Nietzsche on How to Find Yourself – Brain Pickings

How can man know himself? It is a dark, mysterious business: if a hare has seven skins, a man may skin himself seventy times seven times without being able to say, “Now that is truly you; that is no longer your outside.” It is also an agonizing, hazardous undertaking thus to dig into oneself, to … Continue reading Nietzsche on How to Find Yourself – Brain Pickings

Encountering the Teachings of Gurdjieff: A Young Man’s Search, by David Ulrich | Parabola

"What Gurdjieff calls the magnetic center represents an inner formation that helps orient us in the right direction, toward what can serve our individual evolution and inner development. Our search is often born from contact with certain kinds of influences—books that may help show the way, other people that touch us in a deeper fashion, … Continue reading Encountering the Teachings of Gurdjieff: A Young Man’s Search, by David Ulrich | Parabola