Sohrab Sepehri: a biography

By |2020-12-29T11:58:34+11:00December 28th, 2020|

Sohrab Sepehri was born on 6 October 1928 in Qom, Iran (Most biographies show Kashan as his birthplace. His descendants were from Kashan and he grew up in Kashan, so he is from Kashan but born in Qom according to his posthumously published autobiography and the credible Encyclopaedia Iranica website). Born with an artistic pedigree

Little pond of “Now”: a poem

By |2022-12-22T16:54:18+11:00December 27th, 2020|

(Little pond of "Now" is the name I have given to a selection from Sohrab Sepehri's long poem Water's Footfall.*)   Life is taking a dip,in the little pond of “Now”.Let’s take off our clothes,the water is just a step away.Let’s taste the light. Little pond of "Now" I hear the garden breathing, and the

Transpersonal Psychology presentation: Self-realisation in Rumi’s psychology

By |2017-12-11T21:21:28+11:00March 20th, 2015|

Transpersonal Psychology is gradually gaining more interest and it is my privilege to be giving a presentation this coming Wednesday for the Transpersonal Psychology Interest Group (TPIG) of the Australian Psychological Society (APS). The details from Dr Jonathan Tandos; Acting National Convenor TPIG APS; are below. Self-realisation in Rumi’s psychology: Journey of transformation from ego self to

In Broken Images

By |2019-10-13T09:32:17+11:00May 7th, 2014|

He is quick, thinking in clear images; I am slow, thinking in broken images. He becomes dull, trusting to his clear images; I become sharp, mistrusting my broken images. Trusting his images, he assumes their relevance; Mistrusting my images, I question their relevance. Assuming their relevance, he assumes the fact; Questioning their relevance,  I question the fact. When the

Messiness is simply being human, so is divinity; listen to Rumi

By |2017-12-11T21:21:36+11:00September 6th, 2013|

"Who am I?" Rumi poem with original Persian recitation Rumi's poetry could be truly transformative. This is one of the ones I loved so much that I decided to translate it to English (Rumi wrote predominantly in his mother tongue, Persian). It beautifully describes the messiness of being a human; struggling with temptations, insecurities, thoughts

Hold your goals lightly, not tightly.

By |2023-09-13T15:23:13+10:00August 8th, 2013|

In a recent seminar, someone asked me about a spiritual experience she often has during meditation and wondered why such beautiful experience repeatedly reaches a certain height and stops despite her longing for it to go higher. My response to her was along the lines that no one really knows, but I wonder why you want it to go “higher”? Is there a value judgement here that the higher the experience the better? It would be worthwhile to explore where such belief comes from for you.

Sweet darkness

By |2017-12-11T21:21:39+11:00October 8th, 2012|

When your eyes are tired the world is tired also. When your vision has gone no part of the world can find you. Time to go into the dark where the night has eyes to recognize its own. There you can be sure you are not beyond love. 

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