November 2010 Archives

Craig Barnes: Nabil Echchaibi

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Amid all the fear of Islamic Jihad, the American public hears little of the conversation going on within Islamic media, including television and on the blogosphere, concerning modernization and morality, how to live in ways that may include dance and song and material gain as well as maintaining the faith. A current of popular shows, originating from Cairo, London and even Los Angeles,  is taking on the Imams and nationalists and urging full engagement with the West. This is an engagement that seeks to hold on to traditional moral values and advance into the new world at the same time. Nabil Echchaibi is a professor of mass communications at the University of Colorado and leads us through this most revealing story.

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This show series is offered courtesy of KSFR, Santa Fe's Public Radio Station (@101.1FM). Craig's show airs on KSFR every Sat at 9AM MST and is streamed live on www.KSFR.org. His full bio is available at our Guest Bios page.

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Footprints of Saints

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Rumi says ...”The Sufi’s book is not composed of ink and letters: it is naught but a heart white as snow. The scholar’s provisions are the mark of the pen. What are the Sufi’s provisions? The footprints of the Saints.”

The Sufi saint Abu Sa’id wrote: “The path of Sufism consist of taking one step - a step outside yourself toward God.”

Of course, I’d change this this to say “The path of Self Discovery consist of taking one step - a step outside yourself toward God.” ...

So here’s a footprint and a step ...

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Today's Rumi poem is from "A Garden Beyond Paradise, The Mystical Poetry of Rumi, Translated by Jonathan Star and Shahram Shiva." As usual, the emphases and repetitions are my literary liberties.

RumiTime is brought to you by ouicast i.e., O U I C A S T.com. ... and is your podcasting channel for mystical poetry readings  from Rumi, Kabir, Nirmala, Hafez (Hafiz), and others.

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Craig Barnes: Bob Edgar (3rd)

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President of Common Cause, Bob Edgar, has the organization geared up to fan out through the states to initiate post-election programs from coast to coast, involving media, public actions, and tested messaging. Among the actions is a planned demonstration at the site of the Koch Brothers meeting in Palm Springs in January where these arch libertarians plan to continue their assault on democracy.

Craig also has a short commentary after his dialog with Bob.

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This show series is offered courtesy of KSFR, Santa Fe's Public Radio Station (@101.1FM). Craig's show airs on KSFR every Sat at 9AM MST and is streamed live on www.KSFR.org. His full bio is available at our Guest Bios page.

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Craig Barnes: Karsen, Geist, Richards

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Kristie Karsen, David Geist and Jonathan Richards discuss the music of Sondheim and Kristie's production of Company that runs in Santa Fe through November 14. Sondheim is described as a pioneer in musical theater, forging music that advances the story as well as complementing it, that in fact is the story. David Geist who has played for the greats in New York and now plays at Pranzos Restaurant in Santa Fe adds his appreciation of the Sondheim innovation, and Jonathan Richards, movie critic, actor and savant of theater culture enriches this wonderful conversation about musical theater in our times.

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Nirmala: Why Fear This Moment

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This week's poem is by Nirmala.

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Here’s the original text for the poem:

why fear this moment

when no thoughts come

at last I lie naked

in the arms of experience

why fear this moment

when no words come

at last I find rest

in the lap of silence

why fear this moment

when love finds itself alone

at last I am embraced

by infinity itself

why fear this moment

when judgment falls away

at last my defenses

fail to keep intimacy at bay

why fear this moment

when hope is lost

at last my foolish dreams

are surrendered to perfection

This poem is from Gifts with No Giver, a love affair with truth, Poems by Nirmala. This book is available for free download from Nirmala's website: endless-satsang.com. Nirmala also offers several of his other books for free download.

As usual, the emphases and the repetitions in the poem reading are my literary liberties as are
the title additions.

RumiTime is your podcasting channel for mystical poetry readings  from Rumi, Kabir, Nirmala, Hafez (Hafiz), and others.

You may also enjoy our other channel: JoyChats re dialogs and monologues in Consciousness, Self Discovery, Silence, The Mystery.

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Nirmala: Always Enough

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Seeking inevitably encounters and struggles with understanding, effort, dreaming, and longing ... so here’s Nirmala on what is always enough .... enjoy!

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Here’s the original text for the poem:

my longing was never deep enough

to touch this empty well

my effort was never great enough

to move this unmovable mountain

my understanding was never broad enough

to contain this silent truth

my dreaming was never real enough

to shape this formless presence

nothing is always enough

when nothing is needed

Here’s my take ...

understanding is the endless trap, effort the trickster, dreaming the fascinating distraction ... and longing the exquisite doorway to the everlasting ...

This poem is from Gifts with No Giver, a love affair with truth, Poems by Nirmala. This book is available for free download from Nirmala's website: endless-satsang.com. Nirmala also offers several of his other books for free download.

As usual, the emphases and the repetitions in the poem reading are my literary liberties as are
the title additions.

RumiTime is your podcasting channel for mystical poetry readings  from Rumi, Kabir, Nirmala, Hafez (Hafiz), and others.

You may also enjoy our other channel: JoyChats re dialogs and monologues in Consciousness, Self Discovery, Silence, The Mystery.

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Craig on Hope in a Time of Sorrow

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Today's guest commentary is by Craig Barnes and is brought to you courtesy of KSFR, Santa Fe's Public Radio Station (@101.1FM). It was broadcasted on November 5, 2010. Click here for the full transcript of the talk. Craig's full bio is available at our Guest Bios page.

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Hope In A Time Of Sorrow

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Guest Commentary by Craig Barnes. It will be available a a podcast shortly.

There seems to be a constant series of examples in history that reflect what we are living through this week: from Psistratus in Athens to Caesar in Rome to the Duke of Lancaster in 15th-century England to Napoleon to Lenin and Hitler and now to Karl Rove, a multitude of fellows have harnessed populist outrage to their own carriage in order to seize power.  That outrage, changing the metaphor, flows into the furious stream into which Boehner and McConnell and Palin launched their boats last night.

But something there is that doesn't love a Caesar, that turns the current to upend its own children and that brings the passionate opportunist down. Something happens to Leninism which of a sudden drowns in its own lies. Or something happens that flips the boat of Dick Cheney on his way to take Teheran.

We might therefore want to speculate about what are the forces that bring about such collapse, and in my mind there are two dependable forces working in our favor. Both are built into the nature of life on earth and are not ephemeral. Both are immutable and therefore reliable. Only the timing of when these factors will come into play is unknown. Only the year of the collapse of the Soviet Union was unknown; its eventual failure was always a certainty. Only the collapse of the myths justifying the Iraq invasion or the delusion of collateralized mortgages were unknown; their ultimate failure was inevitable.

The first dependable poison for the demagogue is that compassion is built into the genetic code. It comes with the species package. Darwinism and the ideologues of competition and unbridled power have carried the day for the Tea Party rhetorically, but the rhetoric cannot wipe out the genetic predisposition to care for one another, the genetic program that makes us cry when we see others cry, the urge to rise in the night to hold the wailing child, the massive outpourings of millions of dollars of aid to strangers in Bande Acheh or Haiti. We see on TV the scene of a soldier coming home, running across the gray tarmac into the arms of his waiting wife, children hugging his uniformed legs, and we weep with them and experience joy with them and it has nothing to do with politics. It has nothing to do with policy, even though we hate the war and the falsehoods that have brought us to that war. Our response is not out of the depths of ideology; it is out of the depths of humanity deeper than any learning or any matter of the mind.

The networks of dissidents with whom I was acquainted in the Soviet Union in the years before its fall were not united by ideology, or even idealism. They were united, as they huddled in apartments comforting each other with Pushkin and Shakespeare and memories of common distress, by an inextinguishable magnetic connection that comes from mutual suffering, a wellspring beyond theory or even description.  Those were the waters of silent protest that ate away at the foundations of Soviet power like waves upon a sand castle, weakening the structure until it ultimately collapsed, and that is the wellspring that gave rise to the New Deal ending the Gilded Age, and that is the wellspring that gave rise to the War on Poverty, and that is the wellspring that gave rise, in a muted way, to health care reform.  The wellspring is always there. We just don’t know when it will bubble to the surface.

The other factor that ultimately brings down abusive power is truth.  Truth has its way with demagogues, leaches it way slowly through the fictions of the Catholic Church, or Marxist-Leninism, or Dick Cheney’s war. Truth does not sit well with illusion. After 2,000 years truth turns Jesus for more and more people into a remarkable human, but still human, and after 200 years we discover Jefferson’s Sally Hemmings, and after only about ten years we discover that Collateralized Debt Obligations are desperately unreliable.  The torrent of popular rage gathers slowly at first in the valleys and across the fields before it hits the main stream, but when it gathers and focuses, the flood hits the rocks of truth and all the smoothness is gone, and the certainty is gone; the time for reason returns. Emergencies don't just provoke fear. As often as not they provoke the steely eye of reason.

Those two givens of human existence might give us hope even in these days of despair. Compassion and truth, like the gentle kiss and the sharpest stone, may yet work their effects to bring round the cycles again.  We are headed into winter, maybe even a long and cold winter, but under the deepest snows lies the seed, as Bette Midler was wont to tell us, that in the springtime becomes the rose.

Craig Barnes
Author of Democracy At The Crossroads, Princes, Peasants, Poets and Presidents Struggle for (and against) the Rule of Law.

Santa Fe, NM
November 3, 2010

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Craig Barnes: James Fishkin

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The framers of the Constitution of the US tried to create institutions of deliberation, places where reasoned and thoughtful debate could occur and where rationality might triumph. With the arrival of the mass media and the internet, however, something unexpected has occurred: instead of reasoned exchanges, our population has segregated itself into like minded and self-confirming cliques of opinion that have bred extremism and irrationality rather than rationality. Professor Fishkin has developed a remarkable response to this phenomenon, re-creating institutions of Deliberative Democracy and these he has pioneered all over the world from China to Ireland, from Rome to Denmark and widely within the United States. The principles and practice of this experiment to remake democracy are available in this program and at cdd.stanford.edu.

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Doors In Metal

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Mystical Poetry is like fine wine ... the first taste draws you in ... and then it gets better and better ... and better .... and then you want even more. So here's one of Rumi's wine of Divine Love.

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This reading is the 2nd half of the poem titled "Doors In Metal" and is from "A Garden Beyond Paradise, The Mystical Poetry of Rumi, Translated by Jonathan Star and Shahram Shiva." As usual, the emphases and repetitions are my literary liberties.

RumiTime is brought to you by ouicast i.e., O U I C A S T.com. ... and is your podcasting channel for mystical poetry readings  from Rumi, Kabir, Nirmala, Hafez (Hafiz), and others.

You may also enjoy our other channel:
JoyChats re dialogs and monologues in Consciousness, Self Discovery, Silence, The Mystery.

 

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