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    ONCE a learned Mohammedan came to me and asked, ”You are not a Mohammedan, then why do you speak on Sufism?’ I told him, ’I am not a Mohammedan, obviously, but I am a Sufi all the same.’

    A Sufi need not be a Mohammedan. A Sufi can exist anywhere, in any form – because Sufism is the essential core of all religions. It has nothing to do with Islam in particular. Sufism can exist without Islam; Islam cannot exist without Sufism. Without Sufism, Islam is a corpse. Only with Sufism does it become alive.

    Whenever a religion is alive it is because of Sufism. Sufism simply means a love affair with God, with the ultimate, a love affair with the whole. It means that one is ready to dissolve into the whole, that one is ready to invite the whole to come into one’s heart. It knows no formality. It is not confined by any dogma, doctrine, creed or church. Christ is a Sufi, so is Mohammed. Krishna is a Sufi, so is Buddha. This is the first thing I would like you to remember: that Sufism is the innermost core – as Zen is, as Hassidism is. These are only different names of the same ultimate relationship with God.

    The relationship is dangerous. It is dangerous because the closer you come to God, the more and more you evaporate. And when you have come really close you are no more. It is dangerous because it is suicidal… but the suicide is beautiful. To die in God is the only way to live really. Until you die, until you die voluntarily into love, you live an existence which is simply mediocre; you vegetate, you don’t have any meaning. No poetry arises in your heart, no dance, no celebration; you simply grope in the darkness. You live at the minimum, you don’t overflow with ecstasy.

    That overflow happens only when you are not. You are the hindrance. Sufism is the art of removing the hindrance between you and you, between the self and the self, between the part and the whole.

    A few things about this word ’Sufi’. An ancient Persian dictionary has this for the entry ’Sufi’… the definition given goes in rhyme: SUFI CHIST – SUFI, SUFIST. WHO IS A SUFI? A SUFI IS A SUFI. This is a beautiful definition. The phenomenon is indefinable. ’A Sufi is a Sufi.’ It says nothing and yet it says well. It says that the Sufi cannot be defined; there is no other word to define it, there is no other synonym, there is no possibility of defining it linguistically, there is no other indefinable phenomenon. You can live it and you can know it, but through the mind, through the intellect, it is not possible. You can become a Sufi – that is the only way to know what it is. You can taste the reality yourself, it is available. You need not go into a dictionary, you can go into existence.

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  2. "Reason-based Americans need to address non reasoning America on its own terms. Those terms are about something that makes many reason-based people feel uncomfortable: religion. The real issue facing us in a threatened shutdown isn’t government or economics. The real issue is what it’s always been in America since our founding: religious delusion, and the search in all the wrong places for philosophical presuppositions that give our lives meaning. It’s not about the economy, stupid; here in America it’s always about God."
    — Frank Schaeffer (via azspot)

    (via azspot)

     


  3. "

    I cannot get behind some supreme being who weighs in on the Tony Awards while a million people get whacked with machetes. I don’t believe a billion Indians are going to hell. I don’t think we get cancer to learn life lessons, and I don’t believe that people die young because God needs another angel. I think it’s just bullshit, and on some level I think we all know that. I mean, don’t you?

    Look, I understand that religion makes it easier to deal with all of the random shitty things that happen to us. And I wish I could get on that ride; I’m sure I would be happier. But I can’t. Feelings aren’t enough. I need it to be real.

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    — Piper Chapman/Orange Is the New Black
     


  4. "The effects we acknowledge naturally, do include a power of their producing, before they were produced; and that power presupposeth something existent that hath such power; and the thing so existing with power to produce, if it were not eternal, must needs have been produced by somewhat before it, and that again by something else before that, till we come to an eternal, that is to say, the first power of all powers and first cause of all causes; and this is it which all men conceive by the name of God, implying eternity, incomprehensibility, and omnipotence."
    — Thomas Hobbes, a 17th century deist
     


  5. "…when fundamentalists say that their God is excluded from public schools, they are speaking the truth. The God they worship is not the true God, the one that is omnipresent and ultimate, but political power and coercive imposition of their views on others. That is what fundamentalists worship and serve. That is what they lament seeing expelled from public schools. And that is what they opportunistically use tragedies like the recent one to promote. Those who know or seek the true God will not bow before such idols, and will call those who do so out, and seek to expose them for what they are, namely worshippers of false gods."
     

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  7. Creationism and politics

    Ok, so this is going to be a little difficult to put into words, especially since Tumblr can be about as bigoted toward creationists as conservative Christianity is toward gays. (Don’t assume conservative Christianity and creationists are equivalent.) Earlier this week, Sen. Marco Rubio (R) answered a question in an interview for GQ: 

    GQ: How old do you think the Earth is?

    RUBIO: I’m not a scientist, man. I can tell you what recorded history says, I can tell you what the Bible says, but I think that’s a dispute amongst theologians and I think it has nothing to do with the gross domestic product or economic growth of the United States. I think the age of the universe has zero to do with how our economy is going to grow. I’m not a scientist. I don’t think I’m qualified to answer a question like that. At the end of the day, I think there are multiple theories out there on how the universe was created and I think this is a country where people should have the opportunity to teach them all. I think parents should be able to teach their kids what their faith says, what science says. Whether the Earth was created in 7 days, or 7 actual eras, I’m not sure we’ll ever be able to answer that. It’s one of the great mysteries.

    Since then his comments have sparked a bit of a crapstorm in the political echo chamber, and I’ve become annoyed.

    Yes, we want officials who do not operate with complete disregard for scientific evidence. Knowing their relationship to the scientific community is important when sizing up the sorts of choices they might make once elected. (No more Todd Akin junk, thank you very much.) This consideration for science is especially important when it comes to climate change. Creationism, however, is more nuanced. And the question asked by GQ about the age of the Earth really is a subtle way of asking about the origin of the Earth.

    My biggest gripe with the Rubio story is that the talking heads are trying to make scientific sense of an inherently evasive answer. Rubio’s response is not the best form of the argument by a long shot. In fact, it’s very purposefully not an argument at all. His words are calculated to keep from alienating a religiously conservative base, not to answer a question about the age of the Earth. A certain degree of responsibility needs to be placed upon the reporter, too, because it’s foolish from the outset to assume that a politician with a couple of law degrees is in any kind of position to be answering questions pertaining to archaeology and astrophysics. 

    Still, the only part of Rubio’s answer that is actually reproachable is when he says that the age of the universe is “a dispute among theologians.” I disagree with that. I believe that the realm of theology is too saturated with metaphor to adequately address the issue. 

    As for the rest of his answer, Rubio is pretty responsible: “I think the age of the universe has zero to do with how our economy is going to grow. I’m not a scientist. I don’t think I’m qualified to answer a question like that.” 

    Also, if this country is going to continue to have the religious freedom that it has had for its entire existence thus far (and please note that I am not very religious), it’s important that creationists (whether you agree with them or not) have free voice. I don’t think one particular religion belongs in the classroom. But considering the fact that a large percentage of the US population do believe in some version of God, I don’t think it’s inappropriate to make mention of one of their shared beliefs in the educational system. 

    Since Marco Rubio avoided the question, I’m hoping to give you a better form of the argument - one that will hopefully explain why being a creationist is not so fundamentally idiotic. 

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  9. Favorite part of the election is seeing all my conservative friends on Facebook (basically ALL of them) say things like “It doesn’t look like it, but God is still in control.” But it’s all, like, in spite of the fact that if He’s as in charge of our country as they say He is, then he loves gays, minorities, immigrants, women, the environment, pot, universal healthcare…

     


  10. "I will not die. I refuse it. I will make it through this nightmare. I will beat the odds, as great as they are. I have survived so far, miraculously. Now I will turn miracle into routine. The amazing will be seen every day. I will put in all the hard work necessary. Yes, so long as God is with me, I will not die. Amen."
    — The prayer of Pi.

    Mostly praying to himself. 
     

  11. Mine. 

    Check yours here.  And then tell me about it.

     


  12. In celebration of Sunday.

    I’ve been talking about my infancy with my mom recently as part of a project for a Developmental Psychology class I’m taking. She recently sent me this in an email: 

    The next major illness that I recall was when you were about 2½ years old and had amoebic dysentery and malaria at the same time. You were very ill for a couple of days. You wouldn’t eat or drink. When you were asleep I would try to take a medicine dropper and squirt water into your mouth. You had a lot of diarrhea with very painful stomach cramps. It reached the point where you would start yelling or screaming with pain right before you had diarrhea again. You were weak. So we would put your bottom on the plastic potty and your upper body would lie in my lap. At one point in all this you said, “I am going to be with Jesus.” That really shocked me, particularly because I was your Bible teacher. I knew we had talked about Jesus living with God in heaven, but I also knew we had not talked about people going to be with Jesus after they died. It was something that I pondered for a long time in my heart, like Mary.


    I wonder at my mother’s love for me. I don’t deserve it, and I never have. 

    I also wonder at the spiritual world, at such thrilling uncanniness. What if we have all forgotten more than we will ever know? 

     


  13. "There seems to be a misconception among many American Christians that fighting the good fight of faith means keeping God’s name on our money, in our speeches, in our pledge, and on our bumper stickers. But this is the danger of civic religion: it convinces us that God’s name is the same as God’s presence; it convinces us that we’ve “won” when we hear the right words, regardless of whether we’ve seen the right fruit. But God’s name is not enough, and America has a troubled history of slavery, ethnic cleansing, and the destruction of creation to show that invoking God’s name is not the same as earning God’s favor. As Susan B. Anthony so wisely put it, “I distrust those people who know so well what God wants them to do because I notice it always coincides with their own desires.” Ironically, we render God’s name more meaningless each time we use it carelessly to advance our own agendas."
     


  14. Donnie Darko - therapy

    1. Dr. Lilian Thurman: Do you feel alone right now?
    2. Donnie: Oh, I don't know. I mean, I'd like to believe I'm not, but I just... I've just never seen any proof, so I... I just don't debate it anymore, you know? It's like I could spend my whole life debating it over and over again, weighing the pros and cons. And in the end, I still wouldn't have any proof. So I just... I just don't debate it anymore. It's absurd.
    3. Dr. Lilian Thurman: The search for God is absurd?
    4. Donnie: It is if everyone dies alone.
    5. Dr. Lilian Thurman: Does that scare you?
    6. Donnie: I don't want to be alone.
     

  15. animalstalkinginallcaps:

    GOD, DON’T YOU THINK IT’S TIME YOU ADDRESSED YOUR CREATIONS DIRECTLY? UPDATED YOUR LAWS AND COMMANDMENTS AND CLEARED UP ANY MISINTERPRETATIONS? THINGS ARE PRETTY BAD DOWN HERE.

    I was going to, but I can’t get verified on Twitter because I forgot My old hotmail password. 

    CAN’T YOU JUST SHOW UP IN THE SKY OR SOMETHING? BIG PYROTECHNICS DISPLAY, AMPLIFIED VOICE, ETC?

    That doesn’t mean anything anymore. I just went to go see hologram Tupac on tour. It’s the same thing.

    SHIT, YOU’RE RIGHT. WE’VE GOT TO GET YOU VERIFIED.

    That’s what I’ve been saying.