Monthly Archives: August 2012

Imam’s Daughter – Hannah Shah



Work was generally in a Western environment and so they would wear Western clothes. They had a ‘skin’ that they would put on when they went out into the wider world. There, they had alternative identities as taxi drivers, policemen, engineers, and salespeople. But once back on the street they returned to life in Pakistani village.


Brida – Paulo Coelho


An anonymous text from the Tradition says that, in life, each person can take one of two attitudes: to build or to plant. The builders might take years over their tasks, but one day, they finish what they’re doing. Then they find they’re hemmed in by their own walls. Life loses its meaning when the building stops.
Then there are those who plant. They endure storms and all the many vicissitudes of the seasons, and they rarely rest. But, unlike a building, a garden never stops growing. And while it requires the gardener’s constant attention, it also allows life for the gardener to be a great adventure. Gardeners always recognise each other, because they know that in the history of each plant lies the growth of the whole World.

God manifests himself in everything, but the word is one of his most favoured methods of doing so, because the word is thought transformed into vibration; you are projecting into the air around you something which, before, was only energy. Take great care with everything you say. The word has more power than many rituals.

…because people were afraid of discovering that life was magical.

The best way to destroy the bridge between the visible and the invisible is by trying to explain your emotions.

Whenever you want to find out about something, plunge straight in. Perhaps the times when it goes wrong are teaching you something.

Nothing in the world is ever completely wrong. Even a stopped clock is right twice a day.

“What is outside is harder to change than what is inside.”

German proverb: The Devil is in the detail.

What is now proved was once only imagin’d. William Blake

In ancient Persia, when two people met to drink together, one of them was chosen to be King of the Night, usually the person who was paying. It was up to the King of the Night to set the tone of the conversation. If he poured more water than wine into the first glass to be drunk, that meant he wished to speak of serious things. If he poured equal quantities of both, they would speak of both serious and pleasant things. Finally, if he filled the glass with wine and added only a few drops of water, the night would be relaxing and enjoyable.

We only understand life and the Universe when we find our Soulmate.

Love, however, is no respecter of reasons…

… would put a stop to the endless identical days.

Understanding your own village helps you understand the world. Tolstoy

That other Tradition was a more difficult one to follow because it was simple and simple things always seem so complicated.

You can only be close to people if you are one of them.