An Essay by Daniel Joshuva Overview: This essay was written by my friend, Dany (Daniel) Joshuva, who’s been my colleague as we’ve both been studying literature, philosophy, theology, and various other topics for the past few years. Last semester he took a class regarding the Introduction to Classics of Western Thoughts and wrote this amazingContinue reading “A Comparison of the Philosopher-Kings in Plato’s Republic and Al-Farabi’s The Attainment of Happiness”
Considering that we all today live on the same world as many generations before us. What words of wisdom, what knowledge does both the past and present have for us to heed by? What wisdom can we pass on from our own experiences?
A Poem by Rumi: A Persian Poet, Theologian, and Scholar (1207-1273 A.D.) This being human is a guest house. Every morning a new arrival. A joy, a depression, a meanness,some momentary awareness comesas an unexpected visitor. Welcome and entertain them all!Even if they’re a crowd of sorrows,who violently sweep your houseempty of its furniture, still,treat eachContinue reading “The Guest House”
Written in 1923 by a Lebanese-American writer, Kahlil GIbran. A fictional, poetic story of a prophet named Al Mustafa who taught people of a city for 12 years on life and the human condition.
To you my Love
For you have journeyed with me
In the love of God toward the swift sunrise
Embracing the mountains and sea of life in our brief seasons
The Possessed was published in 1872. A near 700 page fiction novel (depending on which edition) regarding the time when Russia was drawing closer to an Age of Revolution; narrating on a sect of atheists, socialists, terrorists, intellectuals, and nihilists in a Russian town known as, Skvoreshniki, as it leads to a collective and individual chaos.
Do not let thy flame die For now is not the end of thy days I pray, for the horrors have yet all been slain. In my Heart they stab In my Mind they lurk In my Dreams they speak. Put to the sword those that stab Give chase to those whoContinue reading “Songs of Reflection: Knight of Embers”
This is wine- if the merest driblet falls in the Nile, its scent makes the sober crocodile drunk without end. If the deer on the plain drinks but a single drop, he becomes a roaring lion, fearing no tiger. Live in joy with joyous black-eyed girls, for life is justContinue reading “Life and Wine: Extracts and Studies from “Rudaki” a Classical Persian Poet”
Wisdom is the Bounty of Knowledge To this end I embark on my Pilgrimage For to idle and not care Fashions little to no fruit bear Inquest upon the echos of the past O’ in thine Heart may it last Thus with Humility I shall revere thy tears Upon thy conscious I mayContinue reading “Songs of Reflection: The Passage”
Shades of shadow Rest upon the walking Hollow Seeking Purpose and Redemption In a realm of Fear and Sorrow The Hollow knows naught why it dost follow The shadow of Depravity The contour of Apathy Seeks thee to swallow For the Hollow shall not fathom the Light outside the Dark Continue reading “Songs of Reflection: Shades of Shadow”