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A call from the unseen

A baby pigeon on the edge of the nest
hears the call and begins his flight.
How can the soul of the seeker not fly when a message arrives saying,
“You have been trapped in life like a bird with no wings,
in a cage with no doors or windows
come, come back to me!”
How can the soul not rip open its coverings,
and soar to the sky. […]

February 16th, 2009|Personal|2 Comments

The sway of the Bauls:Oblivious minstrels of soul

Out of the Quagmire

“By Ratnadeep Banerji “The sway of the Bauls:Oblivious minstrels of soul” – Organiser – New Delhi, India
Weekly issue: August 17, 2008

Baul etymologically arises from Sanskrit batul or byakul that literally means divinely inane or fervently eager

The Charyapadas (Buddhist hymns) which gave rise to Bengali bear references to the precepts of Baul. It is conjectured that around 6th century AD, Mahaprabhu Chaitanya, culled this esoteric coterie of Bauls as a formal community though the word ‘Baul’ appeared in Bengali texts around 15th century.

Bauls are essentially mystic minstrels hailing from the hinterland of West Bengal and Bangladesh. Baul is not just a music tradition but it’s also a syncretic religious sect out of Vaishnavite Hindus, Sufi Muslims and Hindu tantric sect of the Kartabhajas as well as Tantric Buddhist schools like Sahajia. […]

September 3rd, 2008|Personal|1 Comment

A Few Words on the Soul

Thanks to my friend Fawad, I have been introduced to the fine poetry of , Wislawa Szymborska (b. 1923) also the 1996 Polish Nobel Laureate.

A Few Words on the Soul

We have a soul at times.

No one’s got it non-stop,

for keeps.

Day after day,

year after year

may pass without it.

Sometimes

it will settle for awhile

only […]

April 6th, 2008|Poetry, Translations, World Literature|3 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