Archives Issue #78

SJ78-CoverTHE MEANING OF SURRENDER  by Alireza Nurbakhsh

SPIRITUAL EMPOWERMENT by Llewellyn Vaughan-Lee

HAST O NIST  by Dani Kopoulos


FLY FIRST CLASS  by Anonymous

POETRY from Ralph Earle, Robert Sternau, Dr. Javad Nurbakhsh, Hafiz translated by Jawid Mojaddedi, John Slater and Jeffrey Einboden, Elizabeth Peacock, Annouchka Bayley

ARTWORK Featured cover photograph of a painting by Nouriman Manouchehri from the Paradise Series 2006-2007

BOOK REVIEWS Tales of God’s Friends: Islamic Hagiography in Translation, edited by John Renard, Rumi’s SunThe Teachings of Shams of Tabriz, translated by Refik Algan and Camille Adams Helminski, The Quatrains of Rumi:  Ruba’iyat-e Jalaluddin Muhammad Balkhi-Rumi, translated by Ibrahim Gamard and Rawan Farhadi

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Hast O Nist

SJ78-HastONistby Dani Kopoulos

Although we may question the spiritual usefulness of hope, hopes still rise up within us all day long.  They can’t be seen, only the most pressing are shared.  Physical hopes of convenience.  Hope the L-train will wait until I get down the stairs.  Hope this pay phone works. Hope my transfer is still good.  Hope the rain lets up.  Hope I have enough cash on me for a coffee.  Hope he calls.  Psychological hopes of approval:  Hope this paper is good enough.  Hope I say something smart.  Hope my face looks good.  Hope she looks up at me.  Hope he doesn’t think I’m desperate.  Emotional hopes that bubble up and make you teeter throughout the day.  Hope the chemotherapy works on him.  Hope she can handle his absence.  Hope he’s not late again tonight.  Then, the moral hopes, the only point of all hopes, the over-arching hopes in the background of every moment, a low tension hum:  Hope I don’t get old.  Hope I’m good enough.  Hope I don’t feel pain.  Leading to the only real motivating force, the hope against hopes:  Hope I don’t die.

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