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Does a country have the right to defend itself? A Reflection

It has become an article of faith that a country has the right to defend itself. Many hold to this view as if it carried an unshakeable and irrefutable truth.

Countries worldwide use the slogan. We heard it again daily from Israel’s Prime Minister and then from US President Biden – “Israel has a right to defend itself.”

This specific statement means the nation state has the right to wage war on another country.

Is this the only way for a country to defend itself? Continue reading 



What People Often Say about Donald Trump

What People Often Say about Donald Trump

The proliferation of voices justifying or condemning Donald Trump, the Republican candidate who want to become the US President, easily feed into his need for attention.  Continue reading 



Sam Harris, Islamaphobia and Atheism.

Sam Harris, a prominent American atheist and neuroscientist,

seems to be suffering from Islamophobia.

Is Sam Harris suffering from Islamaphobia and is in denial?

In his books, articles and blog, Sam Harris engages in frequent extremist diatribes against Muslims. He appears obsessed with the undermining of the Islamic faith in every fault finding way he can dig up. While occasionally, he makes a mild acknowledgement to moderate Muslims, he pursues his condemnation of Islam in rather similar language that extremist Muslims use to rant against the West. Continue reading 



THE GUEST HOUSE – the Buddha probably inspired Rumi’s great poem

THE GUEST HOUSE –

BY RUMI AND THE BUDDHA

Rumi, the 13th century Muslim poet from a Persian family, has deservedly won a place in our hearts for his sublime capacity to nourish the depth of our being with his perceptive insights into love, sensuality, spirituality and intimacy with the immediate world.

His poems strike a chord in the depths of our meditative being. Not surprisingly, insight meditation teachers delight to read Rumi’s poems to spiritual practitioners. One of his best loved poems is The Guest House. The Buddha used the same analogy around 1700 years earlier in two talks entitled The Guest House.

The words of the Buddha probably inspired Rumi to write The Guest House.

THE GUEST HOUSE
by Rumi

This being human is a guest house. Continue reading 




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