Truth: that which is eternal, unchanging, sans limits, aspects of which can be:
cognized within mathematics;
intuited during epiphany;
experienced as this.
Sometimes even sleight relationships blossom into intimacy, not because one loves more generously, but because the other forgoes doubting.(@guyatree)
I want to tell you how this “quote” of mine arose…
In one of his lesser read books. Coleman Barks advises his translations of Rumi are not translations so much as paraphrases, all of which arise in his mind after hearing translations of Rumi by various Iranian friends over and over, and on occasion having some weed.
I find that to be similar, but not the same, regarding Thomas Merton’s “translation” of Chuang Tzu.
I point this out frankly to excuse myself for having made a similar inspired paraphrase (called paraphrased only to be generous to myself, and perhaps more aptly called mangled) using as basis a tweet by Pico Iyer, whom I have tweeted about my vain alteration over his original tweet. To date, he has not replied.
Here is the original tweet:
”The imbalance in so many relationships comes not because one party loves more, but because one reads the other so much more clearly.”
~@PicoIyer, July 22, 2017
Life is tall… This idea came to me last Ramadan. At the time I found it amusing but I’ve been turning it over in my mind and I’d really like to see it done by a good graphic artist. The visual idea is of a person’s viewpoint while standing on the ground near a very tall building. One can clearly see the top six floors have the large letters ‘Life’ but because of perspective at several floors below is the even larger lettered word ‘Is’ so it looks even bigger than life…and then several floors below that is the largest lettering of all and it should be in very thin very long letters as “Tall” then below that apparently at eye level in almost newspaper size print “It’s death that short.” Frankly I also plan to put it on a t-shirt. 🎷@guyatree 170706
“I consider the Torah as the first volume of a multivolume work about serving God,” (What you do next is the current paragraph. Make it matter.)
DPOTUS removed the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and the Director of National Intelligence from the National Security Council. He replaced them with Steve Bannon.
Bannon had neither government, nor secret intelligence, nor truly high-level military experience; his experience is fomenting discord, leading a propaganda outlet (Breitbart News), peddling nationalist and white nationalist viewpoints, and encouraging chaos. He’s adept at it, and he’s funded by the billionaire Mercer family.
This could be deeply concerning in and of itself. But one of the jobs of the NSC is to oversee a secret panel that authorizes the assassination of “enemies of the United States Government” – including American citizens. These targeted killings are fully authorized by law under the Congressional military authorization act following 9/11. There is no trial, no due process, and no public record of the decision or of the assassination itself.
Just to recap the horror of this absurdity: the President of the United States has removed the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs and in his place has appointed a known propagandist, nationalist, and white supremacist to
a high council which authorizes secret, legal, targeted killings of American citizens (and others).
What You Can Do:
-Go see, visit, text, fax or phone your Senators and Congressperson this week and demand that they publicly and legislatively oppose Trump’s appointment of Steven Bannon to the NSC. (Chill. There is an app for that: Countable, on iTunes and Google Play)
– Spread the word about this event with your local networks, since this is not getting a lot of coverage.
(This is edited from other sources, includes unsourced quotes, and was not authored by @guyatree)
رَبَّنَا لاَ تُؤَاخِذْنَا إِن نَّسِينَا أَوْ أَخْطَأْنَا رَبَّنَا وَلاَ تَحْمِلْ عَلَيْنَا إِصْرًا كَمَا حَمَلْتَهُ عَلَى الَّذِينَ مِن قَبْلِنَا رَبَّنَا وَلاَ تُحَمِّلْنَا مَا لاَ طَاقَةَ لَنَا بِهِ وَاعْفُ عَنَّا وَاغْفِرْ لَنَا وَارْحَمْنَا أَنتَ مَوْلاَنَا فَانصُرْنَا عَلَى الْقَوْمِ الْكَافِرِينَ
“Our Lord! Put not on us a burden greater than we have strength to bear. Pardon us and grant us Forgiveness. Have mercy on us. You are our Maula (Patron, Supporter and Protector, etc.) and give us victory over the disbelieving people.”
– Quran [2:286]
رَبَّنَا أَفْرِغْ عَلَيْنَا صَبْرًا وَثَبِّتْ أَقْدَامَنَا وَانصُرْنَا عَلَى الْقَوْمِ الْكَافِرِينَ
“Our Lord! Pour forth on us patience and make us victorious over the disbelieving people.”
رَبَّنَا لاَ تُزِغْ قُلُوبَنَا بَعْدَ إِذْ هَدَيْتَنَا وَهَبْ لَنَا مِن لَّدُنكَ رَحْمَةً إِنَّكَ أَنتَ الْوَهَّابُ
“Our Lord! make not our hearts to deviate after Thou hast guided us aright, and grant us from Thee mercy; surely Thou art the most liberal Giver”
– Quran [3:8]
وَمَا كَانَ قَوْلَهُمْ إِلاَّ أَن قَالُواْ ربَّنَا اغْفِرْ لَنَا ذُنُوبَنَا وَإِسْرَافَنَا فِي أَمْرِنَا وَثَبِّتْ أَقْدَامَنَا وانصُرْنَا عَلَى الْقَوْمِ الْكَافِرِينَ
“O our Lord, forgive us our sins and our excesses in our affairs, and set our foothold firm, and help us against the disbelieving people”
– Quran [3:147]
لَّئِنْ أَنجَانَا مِنْ هَـذِهِ لَنَكُونَنَّ مِنَ الشَّاكِرِينَ
“If He (our Lord) delivers from this, certainly we shall be of the thankful”
– Quran [6: 63]
رَبَّنَا لاَ تَجْعَلْنَا مَعَ الْقَوْمِ الظَّالِمِينَ
“O our Lord, put us not together with the unjust people”
– Quran [7: 47]
رَبَّنَا أَفْرِغْ عَلَيْنَا صَبْرًا وَتَوَفَّنَا مُسْلِمِينَ
“O our Lord, pour out on us patience, and make us die as those who have submitted (to You).”
– Quran [7:126]
وَاكْتُبْ لَنَا فِي هَـذِهِ الدُّنْيَا حَسَنَةً وَفِي الآخِرَةِ إِنَّا هُدْنَـا إِلَيْكَ
“(O Lord) ordain for us good in this world and in the hereafter. Verily we turn to You alone.”
– Quran [7:156]
حَسْبِيَ اللّهُ لا إِلَـهَ إِلاَّ هُوَ عَلَيْهِ تَوَكَّلْتُ وَهُوَ رَبُّ الْعَرْشِ الْعَظِيمِ
“Suffices me Allah. There is no god save Him. On Him do I rely, and He is the Lord of the great ‘Arsh’ (the glorious throne of the mighty power).”
– Quran [9:129]
رَبَّنَا لاَ تَجْعَلْنَا فِتْنَةً لِّلْقَوْمِ الظَّالِمِينَ
وَنَجِّنَا بِرَحْمَتِكَ مِنَ الْقَوْمِ الْكَافِرِينَ
“O our Lord, make us not a trial for the unjust people. And deliver us by Your mercy from the disbelieving people.”
– Quran [10:85-10:86]
تَوَفَّنِي مُسْلِمًا وَأَلْحِقْنِي بِالصَّالِحِينَ
“(O Lord) Let me die submitting to You (as a Muslim), and join me with the righteous.”
– Quran [12: 101]
رَبَّنَا آتِنَا مِن لَّدُنكَ رَحْمَةً وَهَيِّئْ لَنَا مِنْ أَمْرِنَا رَشَدًا
“O our Lord, grant us mercy from You, and provide a right course for us in our affair.”
– Quran [18:10]
رَبِّ نَجِّنِي مِنَ الْقَوْمِ الظَّالِمِينَ
“O Lord, deliver me from the unjust people.”
– Quran [28: 21]
رَبِّ انصُرْنِي عَلَى الْقَوْمِ الْمُفْسِدِينَ
“O Lord, help me against these mischievous people.”
– Quran [29:30]
رَبِّ إِنِّي لِمَا أَنزَلْتَ إِلَيَّ مِنْ خَيْرٍ فَقِيرٌ
“My Lord, indeed I am, for whatever good You would send down to me, in need.”
– Quran [28:24]
رَبَّهُ أَنِّي مَغْلُوبٌ فَانتَصِرْ
“(O Lord), verily I am overcome (by those people), so give help.“
– Quran [54:10]
(@guyatree suggests that when reciting scripture it is Glory to God and a sign of respect for the community to not say aloud those words within parentheses or brackets.]
By posting the link here, it is my pleasure to share with you another benefit of such diets: good companionship.
You see, as a Hindu who for decades had been fasting Monday and Thursday, it was a wonderful surprise when I accepted Islam to find companions in masjid who also were fasting Monday and Thursday. Hence my first Rama Dawn… er… pardon, I meant to write “Ramadan” (a month-long fast during daylight) was joyously shared too.
Should this article bring consideration for your own fasting diet now, I wish you good company and a healthy longer life.