Dear Rumi…Do I have free will?

By | 2017-12-15T18:49:39+00:00 June 27th, 2014|

Rumi Calendar - Response to the June Question: Free Will or Fatalism Do I have free will and choice in life or is it all predetermined? What does "acceptance and surrender" mean in real life? Do we have free will or is all fate bound, predestined and predetermined? This is an age old unanswered question

Dear Rumi…what is true happiness?

By | 2017-12-11T21:21:34+00:00 February 28th, 2014|

Rumi Calendar – Response to the February Question What is true happiness? Is it something to attain? Should I peruse it? If yes, how? If not, then how can I be happy? Rumi guides us to look for the answer inside our question. We are asking what “true” happiness is. This implies that “false” happiness should

Achievement by presence: you cannot make halva if you are not home

By | 2017-12-15T22:00:08+00:00 February 15th, 2014|

Nasreddin (or Nasrudin) is a satirical Sufi figure who is believed to have lived around the 13th century. A contemporary of Rumi; Nasreddin was a populist philosopher and wise man, remembered for his funny stories and anecdotes. Today, I'd like to share with you one of Nasreddin's stories in relation to the wisdom of achieving our true resolutions more effectively by being present.

Six Steps to Living in the Moment

By | 2017-12-11T21:21:34+00:00 February 3rd, 2014|

Following form the last post asking Rumi about time and presence; about living in the now; here are six steps that would help you understand this paradoxical  practice a little deeper and at a more practical level. In The Art of Now: Six Step to Living in the Moment Jay Dixit explains mindfulness  in a fresh, practical

Who is Rumi?

By | 2017-12-11T21:21:34+00:00 January 28th, 2014|

Mowlana Jalaledin Mohammad Balkhi known as Rumi, poet of the heart, universal teacher of timeless wisdom, mystic and Sufi master was born in 1207 CE in Balkh (today’s Afghanistan, then part of Persia). He died in Konya (Turkey) in 1273. Rumi was a true Moslem. He emphasised that; in essence; he was not “attached” to