Naked Song

by Coleman Barks

Lalla lived in Kashmir in the 14th century, when many doctrinal streams were merging: Shaivism, Sufism, Vedantic non-dualism, and other –isms, but Lalla is beyond religious categories, a living combination that cannot be described in those terms. Born in Kashmir, probably in a village near Srinagar, maybe in 1320, she died near there in 1391. […]

There Is No River I said to the wanting-creature inside me: What is this river you want to cross? There are no travelers on the river-road, and no road. Do you see anyone moving about on that bank, or nesting? There is no river at all, and no boat, and no boatman. There is no […]

The rubat, the four-line poem, is indigenous to the Persian language, and Rumi is one of the great innovators with the form. There’s a legend about how the quatrain originated. It’s fair day. A poet and his friends are strolling along in the crowd. They stop to watch some children playing a game. A young […]

The Wisdom of Solomon

by Rabbi Rami M. Shapiro

The empty-hearted are quick to criticize; a heart filled with understanding values silence. (11:12) Truth is forever; falsehood lasts but a moment. (12:19) Pretending to knowledge reveals your lack of it; admitting ignorance is the beginning of wisdom. (13:7) A closed mind causes strife; an open mind cultivates wisdom. (13:10) True wisdom is self-understanding; fools […]

The Poetry of Thomas Merton

by Thomas Merton

Merton came to embrace the profound relationship that developed between his vocation to the silence of his monastic life and its rich and sacralizing effects on his poetics. Against all expectation and in spite of the persistent efforts of the Catholic Church to silence him in the ’60s, Merton emerged as one of the most […]