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Remembering Parveen Shakir

Naveed Abbas has contributed this beautiful tribute to a great poetess Parveen Shakir who died 16 years ago. Please check her poems and their translations here and here

With a tearful eye and a aggrieved heart one is reminded of the sad fact; sixteen years have passed […]

December 26th, 2010|Arts & Culture, Guest Writer|5 Comments

The Night Has A Thousand Eyes

The mind has a thousand eyes, And the heart but one; Yet the light of a whole life dies When love is done

July 30th, 2010|Love, Personal, Poetry|3 Comments

Sources of nourishment

The heart eats a particular food from every companion;
the heart receives a particular nourishment
from every single piece of knowledge.
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Del ze har yâri ghezâyi mi khvord
del ze har `elmi safâyi mi khvord
— Mathnawi II: 1089
Version by Camille and Kabir Helminski
“Rumi: Daylight”
Threshold Books, 1994
Persian transliteration courtesy […]

February 21st, 2010|Personal, Rumi, Sufi poetry, Sufism|0 Comments

Prince Charles on “East and West: Parables of the Soul”

Prince Charles was recently in Konya, Turkey on a state visit that coincides with Rumi’s 800th birth anniversary. Commenting on the appeal of Rumi globally, he said: “Is it perhaps the depth of yearning of the heart which we all feel and […]

December 15th, 2007|Poetry, Rumi, Sufi poetry, Sufism, World Literature|5 Comments