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A Poem: I Come From There

I Come From There I come from there and I have memories Born as mortals are, I have a mother And a house with many windows, I have brothers, friends, And a prison cell with a cold window. Mine is the wave, snatched by sea-gulls, I have my own view, And an extra blade of … Continue reading

Sufi music… A performance of remembrance.

Sufi music… A deeply inspired performance of remembrance …composed sometimes between 1640 – 1711 AD by Buhurizade Itri. He was a follower of Mevlana Rumi. He was a prolific composer with hundreds of works. This is one of the main spiritual compositions frequently used at Turkish Sufi center gatherings. His real name was Mustafa (1640-1712), … Continue reading

Poem by Rumi and Music by Omer Faruk Tekbilek

Omar Faruk Tekbilek, born in Turkey, has lived and worked in the New York area since 1976. He is a virtuoso on several Middle Eastern instruments and is a capable performer on dozens more. Tekbilek became familiar to many listeners through his work on Brian Keane’s soundtrack to Suleyman the Magnificent and subsequently through two … Continue reading

Rumi: The Root of the Root of Your Self

Don’t go away, come near. Don’t be faithless, be faithful. Find the antidote in the venom. Come to the root of the root of yourself. Molded of clay, yet kneaded from the substance of certainty, a guard at the Treasury of Holy Light— come, return to the root of the root of your Self. Once … Continue reading

Rumi: You are Joy and We Are Laughter

O my God, our intoxicated eyes have blurred our vision. Our burdens have been made heavy, forgive us. You are hidden, and yet from East to West You have filled the world with Your radiance. Your Light is more magnificent than sunrise or sunset, and You are the inmost ground of consciousness revealing the secrets … Continue reading

“If” by Rudyard Kipling

“If” If you can keep your head when all about you Are losing theirs and blaming it on you, If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you But make allowance for their doubting too, If you can wait and not be tired by waiting, Or being lied about, don’t deal in lies, Or … Continue reading