the broker of Hope has sold me for nothing

Alexa meade
The Moving Finger writes; and, having writ,
Moves on: nor all thy Piety nor Wit,
Shall lure it back to cancel half a Line,
Nor all thy Tears wash out a Word of it.

But helpless pieces in the game He plays,
Upon this chequer-board of Nights and Days,
He hither and thither moves, and checks … and slays,
Then one by one, back in the Closet lays.

And, as the Cock crew, those who stood before
The Tavern shouted – “Open then the Door!
You know how little time we have to stay,
And once departed, may return no more.”

A Book of Verses underneath the Bough,
A Jug of Wine, a Loaf of Bread–and Thou,
Beside me singing in the Wilderness,
And oh, Wilderness is Paradise enow.

If chance supplied a loaf of white bread,
Two casks of wine and a leg of mutton,
In the corner of a garden with a tulip-cheeked girl,
There’d be enjoyment no Sultan could outdo.

Myself when young did eagerly frequent
Doctor and Saint, and heard great Argument
About it and about: but evermore
Came out of the same Door as in I went.

With them the Seed of Wisdom did I sow,
And with my own hand labour’d it to grow:
And this was all the Harvest that I reap’d –
“I came like Water, and like Wind I go.”

Into this Universe, and why not knowing,
Nor whence, like Water willy-nilly flowing:
And out of it, as Wind along the Waste,
I know not whither, willy-nilly blowing.

And that inverted Bowl we call The Sky,
Whereunder crawling coop’t we live and die,
Lift not thy hands to It for help – for It
Rolls impotently on as Thou or I.

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hardlinemullahs vs armedCapitalism: two wrongs and the right in between

Not all those who claim to be Muslims are good people, not all who are called kaffirs (or hiding god) are bad people.

Islam came to under stand the universe. inside us and out there in space. the world Muslim or non wants goodness and humanity.  Unfortunately the educated lost interest in the knowledge base and are now isolated by harlined illiterates deriving their power through wrongs doings.

The narrow minded translation of islam by hardline mullahs is wrong. Just like an atheist would translate selling WMDs for the “goodness of humanity” is. Its how we spin knowledge thats the problem. NOT knowledge itself.

 

we are all prisoners of conscience. stuck between two wrongs warring all the right people in the world getting crushed.Ever since 9/11( as far as i can visually and intellectually remember) the USA has glorified the concept of jihad in light of Kashmir, Palestine, and mullah culture, the recent example is that of CNN presentation of in footsteps of Osama bin laden.

I was highly disgusted to watch it cos it seems like by devoting so much time to aterroist who calls himself a muslim, is almost like honoring his memory and inciting other to do the same. CNN only showed how an American agent turned rogue. How a back seater at school turned a so called “religious” leader and then an American pet fighting with them against Russians, who later turned rogue? Coincidental after the collapse ofUSSR?

i wish they would remember dr king and JFK even more. Then the fact that acc to CNN only amongst alqaeda manuals were actually drawn from American military journals to help Taliban against thenUSSRis also a question mark of the information exchanged and the intimate relationship between Taliban andUSmilitary. Conveniently neglecting other cold war details as to how these angry, distorted, wahabis were collected to fight against each other on oldUSweaponry sold cheap to them. Eventually US took on this jihad from osama and spread it to the world weakening its economy searching for new markets riding on Chinese credit!

this sounds way too choreographed a history to me. Especially when i don’t trust either of actors. jihadis in the name of Islam and capitalists in the name of democracy! they are spinning a script, twisting facts and fabricating more than human intellect can digest. All to insult MY religion? that has nothing to do with hatred!!!

Pakistan not taken action against Hafiz Saeed: Clinton

“We’re well aware that there has not yet been the steps taken by the Pakistani govt to do what bothIndia and theUShave repeatedly requested them they do,” saidClinton.

A woman unaware of Monica in her bed surely seems to know more about Al Zawahiri being inPakistan! i hope they haven’t planted him here.

Forced marriage threat made to NGO women

MANSEHRA, May 5: Former Muttahida Majlis-i-Amal MNA from Kohistan Maulvi Abdul Haleem on Saturday warned women working in nongovernmental organisations against entering his district and said violators of the warning would be forcibly married off to locals.

it is  true that Islam will never be understood by jaahils, mullah brigade n their followers!! So this how the world is divided! Mullah/Ghairat brigade is part of the jaahil jihadis- so-called -“muslims” fighting with jaahil capitalists- so-called-“democrats”!! both modern day megalomaniacs!!! two WRONG forces in the world fighting each other twisting the arm of human ideals to their advantage!

the right people are TRAPPED amidst television hype is that silent majority who don’t want to participate in this ethics and media hogging and hence  seem to have no platforms! but we wont let them.

A bold and simple mode of life

taking free style writing n Pakistani style over analysis seriously to a whole new level!

HILARIOUS! commonsensical on #savingface http://is.gd/zmWBjC

on the other hand, heh. i can understand why would any one hate a muslim? we need to be re packaged and not as above, muslims are egotistical and lost in various wrongly assumed quranic translations of quran. thats ok. and “as plain as my bigotry is to see” and i like that confusion [cos you have to be an Asian, and in Pakistanis shoes to totally ‘get it’ ]

The splendour of a monarch great is worthless for the free and bold:
Where lies the grandeur of a king, whose riches rest on borrowed gold?
You pin your faith on idols vain and turn your back on Mighty God:
If this is not unbelief and sin, what else is unbelief and fraud?

Luck favours the fool and the mean, and exalts and lifts to the skies
Only those who are base and low and know not how to patronize.

One look from the eyes of the Fair can make a conquest of the heart:
There is no charm in the fair sweet, If it lacks this alluring art.

I am a target for the hate of the mighty rich and the great,
As I know the end of Caesars great and know the freaks of luck or fate.

To be a person great and strong is the end and aim of all;
But that rank is not real and true that is attained by the ego’s fall.

My bold and simple mode of life has captured each and every heart;
Though my numbers are lame and dull And lay no claim to poet’s art.

i d like to address this double standard issue through a system of thought i happily subscribe to [as pro regionalism, non taliban,neoliberal nationalist, proudly present in the definition of quran] being rather skeptical of globally imposed western school of “thought”, which hysterically, is totally Islamic in practice! allama is the best person to understanding Quran, allama iqbal had stream of consciousness and a bit of wine to become shair e mashriq, and beautifully delivers Easts understanding of good western progress, and what all man kind including all kinds of Muslim definitions must become. Must watch.

Thanks be to time

my dear time, thank you. for making me a master of incubation.

Qur’an teaches us a new way to look upon history. It is not “ancient stories” but living truths. It teaches us to erase the distance between ourseleves and the past and to call forth the past like memories, till a total picture of the history of truth is formed – a history which spans all times and all places, a history whose essence is imprinted in the substance of reality and which is not restricted by any earthbound chronology.

The only way out is Through!

In silence there is eloquence. Stop weaving and watch how the pattern improves.
Transformation: By Jalaluddin Rumi.

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Chapter 2

When the world knows beauty as beauty, ugliness arises
When it knows good as good, evil arises
Thus being and non-being produce each other
Difficult and easy bring about each other
Long and short reveal each other
High and low support each other
Music and voice harmonize each other
Front and back follow each other
Therefore the sages:
Manage the work of detached actions
Conduct the teaching of no words
They work with myriad things but do not control
They create but do not possess
They act but do not presume
They succeed but do not dwell on success
It is because they do not dwell on success
That it never goes away

Being Muslim: a balanced individual

Talking about religion gets people hyper, vocal, holier than thou and abusive. I believe faith is about calmness and keeping hope, moderate activism and creating and encouraging balance and harmony. after countless passionate discussions, on exhaustive religious differences , i still felt empty after winning every argument. Something changed since 2007, few meetings over a  year with baba (the first person who recognized my “weirdness” and asked me to write) since i found writing allow more explicit  and decontextualized interaction, than speech, which depends on a spontaneous, shared situation which i abhorred briefly, his non judgmental interactions made me see and feel things differently.  Funny how with him i never discussed religion but he still made me grow, i find writing about religion and other combative issues alot easier now.

– Human rights! And responsibilities

Most western (i.e Western culture , Western civilization or European civilization) theories are extremist about their ideology,  they focus on the self centered need  /rights of citizens but doesn’t address “responsibility” to other community and world at large. words like Moderation , Regularity , Rest , BALANCE , Activity are lost in the ideology of speed, fast lane, look busy, Now an abundance of “rights” and scarce encouragement of “responsibilities” generates imbalance, inequalities and unrest.

civil and military “Responsibilities” are the foundation of all human “rights”; without responsibilities, there will automatically be no rights.

From an Islamic perspective, there are six essential elements to generating a culture of recognition of rights and responsibilities:

• Awareness of the need to appreciate others
• Acknowledgement of others needs over your own needs
• Appreciation of self first, then others
• Acceptance of your role as a giver
• Action of recognition that leads to constant ethical acts which become habits
• Accountability whereby each individual asks this simple question: What have I done to deserve to be a citizen of this country and how am I contributing to the well-being of others?

Deepak Chopra: the personal and collective growth guru. just reiterates the above on finding balance along with his hindu/buddhist teachings: Amazing stuff!

1. Know that the world “out there” reflects your reality “in here.” The people
you react to most strongly, whether with love or hate, are projections of your
inner world.

2. Shed the burden of judgment – you will feel much lighter. Judgment imposes
right and wrong on situations that just are.

3. Don’t contaminate your body with toxins, either through food , drink, or
toxic emotions. Your body is more than a life-support system.

4. Replace fear-motivated behavior with love-motivated behavior. Fear is the
product of memory, which dwells in the past.

5. Understand that the physical world is just a mirror of a deeper intelligence.
Intelligence is the invisible organizer of all matter and energy, and since a
portion of this intelligence resides in you, you share in the organizing power
of the cosmos.

Adapted from Ageless Body, Timeless Mind, by Deepak Chopra
(Three Rivers Press, 1998).