Monthly Archives: April 2013

Yā Hussain!

I suppose if you listen to enough Shi’a qawwals, eventually you will find yourself having a religious response to the martyrdom of Imam Husayn. Advertisements

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On Amir Khusro

From the Hindustan Times: At 72, the maker of Hindustani classical music lost interest in the world. Poet Amir Khusro, the 14th century courtier to seven kings, was in mourning after the death of his spiritual mentor, Delhi’s sufi saint … Continue reading

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On Austerity

Austerity revolves around the perverse psychological fact that men who cannot be manipulated to hate themselves in the particular are easily persuaded to hate themselves as a class.

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The Bhagavad Gita on Revising Essays for Publication

śreyān svadharmo viguṇaḥ paradharmāt svanuṣṭhitāt | svadharme nidhanam śreyaḥ paradharmo bhayāvahaḥ || Translation: It is better to follow one’s own dharma, however imperfectly, than to follow another’s dharma even if well-practiced. It is better to die following one’s own dharma … Continue reading

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Portrait of the Artist

Late have I loved you, O Beauty ever ancient, ever new, late have I loved you! You were within me, but I was outside, and it was there that I searched for you. In my unloveliness I plunged into the … Continue reading

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Mentors and Disciples

Photo taken by Damien T. Guay at “How to Read a Sacred Text in the Secular Academy,” a panel on hermeneutics held jointly at Brent House and the University of Chicago Divinity School, March 29, 2001.

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To Amir Khusro

Your raasa is Tansen’s bhaava.

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