Sufism and Sufi poetry

Indus Valley School of Learning: The school which teaches Humanism

23 March 2014

On Pakistan Day, I was invited by the Indus Valley School of Learning in Rawalpindi. I tweeted about my visit and the pleasant experience. There is so much about Pakistan that remains invisible – many people who are working hard to make it a plural and tolerant place. Whilst I complain about our curricula all the time, here is a school which is striving within formidable constraints to provide quality education.

But if you are happy…

9 May 2007

When you whirl, your eye sees the room whirling, too.
If you sail in a ship over the sea,
it seems the seashore is running past.
If your heart is oppressed with struggle,
the whole atmosphere of the world feels tight;
but if you are happy as your friends would wish,
this world seems to be a garden of roses.

Version by Camille and Kabir Helminski
“Rumi: Jewels of Remembrance”
Threshold Books, 1996

Choosing sweetness or vinegar

27 April 2007

Poem by Rumi translated by Nader Khalili. Read it here >>

Ever drunk with love

25 April 2007

Poetic version by Jonathan Star and Shahram Shiva
“A Garden Beyond Paradise – The Mystical Poetry of Rumi” Bantam Books, 1992

Poem here >>

On Rumi, Iqbal and ‘Dynamic Sufism’

21 April 2007

Pakistan celeberates Allama Iqbal’s death anniversary on April 21 with the usual lip-service. The key messages of Iqbal seem to have been lost in the maze of officialdom.

Full entry here >>

Open the Door

19 April 2007

Rumi again, translated by Azima Melita Kolin and Maryam Mafi. Read poem here >>

“Give yourself a kiss” – Rumi

18 April 2007

What can I write more about these lyrical lines and a thought process immersed in love.

Version by Coleman Barks
“Like This”
Maypop, 1990

Full entry here >>

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