Who Are Sufis

Injured people are evacuated from the scene of a militant attack on a mosque in northern Sinai, Egypt on Nov. 24, 2017. Associated Press Peter Gottschalk, Wesleyan University The origins of the word “Sufi” come from an Arabic term for wool (suf). It references the unrefined wool clothes long worn by ancient west Asian ascetics…

Sufi Thinking

“An eighth-century female Sufi saint, known popularly as Rabia al-Adawiyya, is said to have walked through her hometown of Basra, in modern-day Iraq, with a lit torch in one hand and a bucket of water in another. When asked why she replied that she hoped to burn down heaven and douse hell’s fire so people…

GOD’S CONTEMPLATION IN RATIONAL & PRACTICAL ENVIRONMENTS

The personified God is worshipped as the centralized controlling authority influencing every moment of our lives. Moreover, the symbolic undertaking of God creates the fear factor that He is a punishing Being if not believed in His existence. This fear is one reason for His adoration and ceremonial development. One can experience His eternal spirit…

SEEKING EVOLUTION IN RELIGIONS

  Rituals, customs, and traditions provide bulk and mostly false identity to a religion. If these are detached from all the religions, then we can see fundamentals of moral and righteous teachings are the same in each of them. Pathways to divinity are infused with words of morality and ethics, principles, and noble deeds. Many…

Tradition Of Langar In Sikhism

Langar is one of the most sacred and important aspects of Sikhism. The word langar simply means community eating place in Gurudwara (Sikh temple) where free food is served to all devotees and visitors without distinction of religion, caste, gender, economic status, or ethnicity. The free meal is always vegetarian. People sit on the floor,…

Hinduism Thrives In Its Open Structure

by Promod Puri Hinduism is a wide-open structure. It is an abode where believers in God, atheists, and ethicists can comfortably reside together and share their knowledge, beliefs, and experiences for the betterment of humanity and its environments. Hinduism evolves by itself in its conflicting, contradicting, and controversial framework. In its spacious design and architecture,…

WHAT’S SPACE

Pexels, CC BY Emily Thomas, Assistant Professor of Philosophy,  Durham University Mountains. Whales. The distant stars. All these things exist in space, and so do we. Our bodies take up a certain amount of space. When we walk to work, we are moving through space. But what is space? Is it even an actual, physical entity? In…