Cognition & Reality

Thursday, 23 December 2010

Soul Without Shame: Book Recommendation

As background for writing a book on the Inner Bully, I’m reading Soul Without Shame by Byron Brown, written from the perspective of the Diamond Approach of A.H. Almaas, with quotes from Almaas. The format is good, using vignettes to illustrate the different forms the “inner judge” or superego takes, and delving precisely into the origins of self-criticism and self-doubt. The Diamond Approach, although based in Sufism and other mystical traditions, draws heavily on object relations theory, making the book of interest to anyone interested in the relationship of depth psychology and spirituality.


Friday, 30 July 2010

Amores Perros

Filed under: Film,Rumi — drtone @ 1:01 pm

I realize that Rumi is now all the rage, but that does not make him any less great.

Some years ago, I went with my wife at the time to a wonderfully funky little movie theater in Mesilla, NM, run in part by an old friend of hers and the friend’s husband. We went to see a Mexican film that had created quite a stir, “Amores Perros,” by Alejandro González Iñárritu. It’s a rough, engaging story, revolving in part around dog-fighting, but also around other real and figurative dogs in Mexico City. I did not know until years later that the title was a reference to a poem by Rumi:

Love Dogs

One night a man was crying Allah! Allah!
His lips grew sweet with praising,
until a cynic said, “So!
I’ve heard you calling our, but have you ever
gotten any response?”

The man had no answer to that.
He quit praying and fell into a confused sleep.
He dreamed he saw Khidr, the guide of souls,
in a thick, green foliage.

“Why did you stop praising?” “Because
I’ve never heard anything back.”

“This longing you express
is the return message.”

The grief you cry out from
draws you toward union.

Your pure sadness
that wants help
is the secret cup.

Listen to the moan of a dog for its master.
That whining is the connection.

There are love dogs
no one knows the names of.

Give your life
to be one of them.

Go here for a wonderful reading of this great poem.

Wednesday, 21 July 2010

The Lover’s Kiss

Filed under: Rumi — drtone @ 7:02 am

Divine Beauty

Kings lick the earth whereof the fair are made,
For God hath mingled in the dusty earth
A draught of Beauty from his choicest cup.
Tis that, fond lover–not these lips of clay–
Thou art kissing with a hundred ecstasies,
Think, then, what it must be when undefiled.

Jalal ad-Din Rumi

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