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MoJoRiSin 07-21-2011 04:09 PM

hypothetical post two unrelated things thread
 
1. ((one of those internet fwd fwd fwd things))
show details Jul 18 (4 days ago)
This is probably the best I have ever heard life explained!!


TWO WOLVES

One evening an old wise man told his grandson about a battle that goes on inside people.
He said, "My son, the battle is between two wolves inside us all.
"One is Evil - It is anger, envy, jealousy, sorrow, regret, greed, arrogance, self-pity, guilt, resentment, inferiority, lies, false pride, superiority, and ego.
"The other is Good - It is joy, peace, love, hope, serenity, humility, kindness, benevolence, empathy, generosity, truth, compassion and faith."
The grandson thought about it for a minute and then asked his grandfather: "Which wolf wins?"
The old Cherokee replied, "The one you feed."
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2.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=riogplXFk0w

MoJoRiSin 07-27-2011 09:03 PM

Mo is feeling a wee bit sad
that the city or small town
has not been created yet
((for the heraldinf))

MoJoRiSin 08-11-2011 09:29 PM

(Forum Jump)
 
Third most common crossword puzzle answer is :: ERE

Here are a few definitions for word ERE
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Date Grid Clue Author
Thursday, July 07, 2011 64D Before, in verse Caleb Rasmussen
Sunday, June 19, 2011 59A Before, to Byron Patrick Berry
Monday, June 13, 2011 32D Before, to a poet Alex Vratsanos
Tuesday, May 31, 2011 64D Bard's "before" Nina Rulon-Miller
Thursday, May 12, 2011 63D Poet's preposition Patrick John Duggan
Sunday, May 01, 2011 114D Poet's "before" Xan Vongsathorn
Sunday, April 24, 2011 27A Poet's "before" Caleb Madison and J.A.S.A. Crossword Class
Thursday, April 14, 2011 39D 'Fore Pete Muller
Wednesday, April 13, 2011 38A Previous to, in verse Elizabeth C. Gorski
Sunday, March 13, 2011 117A Poetic preposition Patrick Berry
Saturday, January 22, 2011 37D "___ thou and peace may meet": Shelley Victor Fleming
Monday, December 27, 2010 39A Before, poetically C. W. Stewart
Sunday, December 05, 2010 102A "We shun it ___ it comes": Emily Dickinson Ben Pall
Monday, November 29, 2010 50D Before, poetically Elizabeth A. Long
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Nike (mythology)

Niké
Stone carving of the goddess Nike at the ruins of the ancient Greek city of Ephesus

Goddess of victory
Abode Mount Olympus
Parents Pallas and Styx
Siblings Kratos, Bia, Zelus
Roman equivalent Victoria

In Greek mythology, Nike (Greek: Νίκη, "Victory", pronounced [nǐːkɛː]) was a goddess who personified victory, also known as the Winged Goddess of Victory. The Roman equivalent was Victoria. Depending upon the time of various myths, she was described as the daughter of Pallas (Titan) and Styx (Water)[1][2] and the sister of Kratos (Strength), Bia (Force), and Zelus (Zeal).[1] Nike and her siblings were close companions of Zeus, the dominant deity of the Greek pantheon. According to classical (later) myth, Styx brought them to Zeus when the god was assembling allies for the Titan War against the older deities. Nike assumed the role of the divine charioteer, a role in which she often is portrayed in Classical Greek art. Nike flew around battlefields rewarding the victors with glory and fame.


Nike is seen with wings in most statues and paintings. Most other winged deities in the Greek pantheon had shed their wings by Classical times. Nike is the goddess of strength, speed, and victory. Nike was a very close acquaintance of Athena, and is thought to have stood in Athena's outstretched hand in the statue of Athena located in the Parthenon.[3] Nike is one of the most commonly portrayed figures on Greek coins.
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MoJoRiSin 08-13-2011 01:00 AM

4/100 (this sort of thing is not my bag) : ) hint a day without laughter is a day w
 
The fourth most common crossword puzzle answer is :: ELI

Here are a few definitions for word ELI
to see all 318 definitions go HERE:

Definitions for word ELI

Date Grid Clue Author
Tuesday, August 02, 2011 21A Yalie Albert R. Picallo
Wednesday, July 06, 2011 57D Wallach of "The Good, the Bad and the Ugly" Peter Collins
Friday, July 01, 2011 19A Priest at Shiloh Chris A. McGlothlin
Thursday, May 26, 2011 60D "The Book of ___" Ashish Vengsarkar
Monday, April 25, 2011 10D Old Testament priest who taught Samuel Joon Pahk
Tuesday, March 22, 2011 12D QB Manning Albert R. Picallo
Sunday, March 13, 2011 5D Film director Roth Patrick Berry
Sunday, March 06, 2011 69A ___ Long, Union general in the Civil War David Levinson Wilk
Friday, March 04, 2011 36A Philanthropist/art collector ___ Broad Joe Krozel
Tuesday, February 22, 2011 64D Roth of "Inglourious Basterds" Ian Livengood
Tuesday, January 25, 2011 4D Super Bowl-winning Manning Randall J. Hartman
Monday, January 24, 2011 55D ___ Lilly and Company Fred Piscop
Friday, December 03, 2010 7D 2010 title role for Denzel Washington Matt Ginsberg
Tuesday, November 09, 2010 37A Manning of the gridiron Daniel A. Finan
Wednesday, August 11, 2010 64D New Haven student Edward Sessa
Tuesday, July 13, 2010 47A 2008 Super Bowl M.V.P. Manning Peter A. Collins
Sunday, June 13, 2010 59A Horror director Roth Francis Heaney
Tuesday, June 08, 2010 38A One of the Mannings Peter A. Collins
Thursday, May 13, 2010 21A Common Hebrew name Patrick Merrell
Sunday, April 18, 2010 74D 2010 Denzel Washington title role Randolph Ross
Monday, April 05, 2010 62D "The Book of ___" (2010 film) Nancy Salomon
Friday, March 26, 2010 24A TV lawyer Stone Henry Hook
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Zeus, the youngest son of Cronus and Rhea, he was the supreme ruler of Mount Olympus and of the Pantheon of gods who resided there. Being the supreme ruler he upheld law, justice and morals, and this made him the spiritual leader of both gods and men. Zeus was a celestial god, and originally worshiped as a weather god by the Greek tribes. These people came southward from the Balkans circa 2100 BCE. He has always been associated as being a weather god, as his main attribute is the thunderbolt, he controlled thunder, lightning and rain. Theocritus wrote circa 265 BCE: "sometimes Zeus is clear, sometimes he rains". He is also known to have caused thunderstorms. In Homer's epic poem the Iliad he sent thunderstorms against his enemies. The name Zeus is related to the Greek word dios, meaning "bright". His other attributes as well as lightning were the scepter, the eagle and his aegis (this was the goat-skin of Amaltheia).

Before the abolition of monarchies, Zeus was protector of the king and his family. Once the age of Greek kings faded into democracy he became chief judge and peacemaker, but most importantly civic god. He brought peace in place of violence and Hesiod (circa 700 BCE) describes Zeus as "the lord of justice". Zeus was also known as "Kosmetas" (orderer), "Soter" (savior), "Polieos" (overseer of the polis, city) and "Eleutherios" (guarantor of political freedoms). His duties in this role were to maintain the laws, protect suppliants, to summon festivals and to give prophecies (his oldest and most famous oracle was at Dodona, in Epirus, northwestern Greece). As the supreme deity Zeus oversaw the conduct of civilized life. But the "father of gods and men" as Homer calls him, has many mythological tales.

His most famous was told by Hesiod in his Theogony, of how Zeus usurped the kingdom of the immortals from his father. This mythological tale of Zeus' struggle against the Titans (Titanomachy) had been caused by Cronus, after he had been warned that one of his children would depose him. Cronus knowing the consequences, as he had overthrown his father Uranus. To prevent this from happening Cronus swallowed his newborn children Hestia, Demeter, Hera, Hades and Poseidon, but his wife Rhea (who was also his sister) and Gaia her mother, wrapped a stone in swaddling clothes in place of the infant Zeus. Cronus thinking it was the newborn baby swallowed the stone. Meanwhile Rhea had her baby taken to Crete, and there, in a cave on Mount Dicte, the divine goat Amaltheia suckled and raised the infant Zeus.

When Zeus had grown into a young man he returned to his fathers domain, and with the help of Gaia, compelled Cronus to regurgitate the five children he had previously swallowed (in some versions Zeus received help from Metis who gave Cronus an emetic potion, which made him vomit up Zeus' brothers and sisters). However, Zeus led the revolt against his father and the dynasty of the Titans, defeated and then banished them. Once Zeus had control, he and his brothers divided the universe between them: Zeus gaining the heavens, Poseidon the sea and Hades the underworld. Zeus had to defend his heavenly kingdom. The three separate assaults were from the offspring of Gaia: they were the Gigantes, Typhon (Zeus fought them with his thunder-bolt and aegis) and the twin brothers who were called the Aloadae. The latter tried to gain access to the heavens by stacking Mount Ossa on top of Mount Olympus, and Mount Pelion on top of Mount Ossa, but the twins still failed in their attempt to overthrow Zeus. As he did with the Titans, Zeus banished them all to "Tartarus", which is the lowest region on earth, lower than the underwo


source :: encyclopedia Mythica
http://www.pantheon.org/articles/z/zeus.html

MoJoRiSin 08-14-2011 01:43 PM

"E's VALUE IN SCRABBLE!" 5th most popular crossword answer...
 
The fifth most common crossword puzzle answer is ::ONE
Here are a few definitions for word ONE
to see all 312 definitions go HERE:


Date Grid Clue Author
Monday, July 11, 2011 52A Valedictorian's rank Ellen Leuschner
Friday, July 01, 2011 64D "___ moment" Chris A. McGlothlin
Wednesday, June 08, 2011 51D Snake eye (as this completed puzzle depicts) Peter A. Collins
Wednesday, May 18, 2011 38D Wedded David J. Kahn
Tuesday, April 05, 2011 9D Washington bill E. J. Masicampo
Tuesday, March 22, 2011 30A E's value, in Scrabble Albert R. Picallo
Wednesday, February 23, 2011 12D Admit ___ Barry C. Silk
Wednesday, December 22, 2010 36A *As a package Michael Sharp
Thursday, November 25, 2010 65A Number of tiles per Scrabble set for the letter at the end of the answer to each starred clue Bill Thompson
Thursday, November 11, 2010 34A Undivided Andrew Zhou
Wednesday, November 03, 2010 2D Indivisible Tracy Gray
Monday, October 18, 2010 51A Singleton Lynn Lempel
Wednesday, September 15, 2010 7D Single Zoe Wheeler, Brown University '12
Friday, August 20, 2010 31A Bit of bread Brad Wilber
Monday, July 26, 2010 59D Last number in a countdown Janet R. Bender
Sunday, July 18, 2010 110D Low digit Robert W. Harris
Thursday, July 01, 2010 34A With 42-Across, bogey? Clive Probert
Thursday, July 01, 2010 45A With 42-Across, birdie? Clive Probert
Wednesday, June 23, 2010 13D Diet-drink calorie count Alex Boisvert
Tuesday, June 15, 2010 14A Top-of-the-charts number Jill Winslow
Sunday, April 11, 2010 109D Together Patrick Berry
Saturday, March 13, 2010 55D The same partner? Tyler Hinman and Byron Walden

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Cronus

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Not to be confused with Chronos, the personification of time.
For other uses, see Cronus (disambiguation).
Cronus
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Abode Earth
Symbol Sickle
Consort Rhea
Parents Uranus and Gaia
Siblings Rhea, Oceanus, Hyperion, Theia, Coeus, Phoebe, Iapetus, Crius, Mnemosyne, Tethys and Themis
Children Zeus, Hera, Poseidon, Hades, Hestia, Demeter, Chiron
Roman equivalent Saturn

In Greek mythology, Cronus or Kronos[1] (Ancient Greek: Κρόνος, Krónos) was the leader and the youngest of the first generation of Titans, divine descendants of Gaia, the earth, and Uranus, the sky. He overthrew his father and ruled during the mythological Golden Age, until he was overthrown by his own sons, Zeus, Hades, and Poseidon, and imprisoned in Tartarus.

Cronus was usually depicted with a sickle or scythe, which was also the weapon he used to castrate and depose Uranus, his father. In Athens, on the twelfth day of the Attic month of Hekatombaion, a festival called Kronia was held in honor of Cronus to celebrate the harvest, suggesting that, as a result of his association with the virtuous Golden Age, Cronus continued to preside as a patron of harvest. Cronus was also identified in classical antiquity with the Roman deity Saturn.

In ancient myth recorded by Hesiod's Theogony, Cronus envied the power of his father, the ruler of the universe, Uranus. Uranus drew the enmity of Cronus' mother, Gaia, when he hid the gigantic youngest children of Gaia, the hundred-armed Hecatonchires and one-eyed Cyclopes, in Tartarus, so that they would not see the light. Gaia created a great stone sickle and gathered together Cronus and his brothers to persuade them to castrate Uranus. Only Cronus was willing to do the deed, so Gaia gave him the sickle and placed him in ambush. When Uranus met with Gaia, Cronus attacked him with the sickle castrating him and casting his testicles into the sea. From the blood (or, by a few accounts, semen) that spilled out from Uranus and fell upon the earth, the Gigantes, Erinyes, and Meliae were produced. The testicles produced a white foam from which Aphrodite emerged.[12] For this, Uranus threatened vengeance and called his sons titenes (according to Hesiod meaning "straining ones," the source of the word "titan", but this etymology is disputed) for overstepping their boundaries and daring to commit such an act.

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MoJoRiSin 08-14-2011 08:21 PM

the sidewalks got there by their own accord?

MoJoRiSin 08-15-2011 03:57 PM

hypothetical post two unrelated things "thread"
 
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
For other people named John Gay, see John Gay (disambiguation).
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Please help improve this article by adding citations to reliable sources. Unsourced material may be challenged and removed. (July 2009)
John Gay

John Gay (30 June 1685 – 4 December 1732) was an English poet and dramatist and member of the Scriblerus Club. He is best remembered for The Beggar's Opera (1728), set to music by Johann Christoph Pepusch. The characters, including Captain Macheath and Polly Peachum, became household names.
Contents
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1 Early life
2 Early career
3 Patrons
4 The Beggar's Opera
5 Later career
6 Partial list of works
7 See also
8 References
9 Bibliography
10 External links

[edit] Early life

Gay was born in Barnstaple, England and was educated at the town's grammar school. On leaving school he was apprenticed to a silk mercer in London, but being weary, according to Samuel Johnson, "of either the restraint or the servility of his occupation", he soon returned to Barnstaple, where he was educated by his uncle, the Rev. John Hanmer, the Nonconformist minister of the town. He then returned to London.
[edit] Early career

The dedication of his Rural Sports (1713) to Alexander Pope was the beginning of a lasting friendship. In 1714, Gay wrote The Shepherd's Week, a series of six pastorals drawn from English rustic life. Pope had urged him to undertake this task in order to ridicule the Arcadian pastorals of Ambrose Philips, who had been praised by a short-lived contemporary publication The Guardian, to the neglect of Pope's claims as the first pastoral writer of the age and the true English Theocritus. Gay's pastorals completely achieved this goal, but his ludicrous pictures of the English country lads and their loves were found to be entertaining on their own account.

Gay had just been appointed secretary to the British ambassador to the court of Hanover through the influence of Jonathan Swift when the death of Queen Anne three months later put an end to all his hopes of official employment.

In 1715, probably with some help from Pope, he produced What d'ye call it?, a dramatic skit on contemporary tragedy, with special reference to Thomas Otway's Venice Preserv'd. It left the public so ignorant of its real meaning that Lewis Theobald and Benjamin Griffin published a Complete Key to what d'ye call it to explain it. In 1716 appeared his Trivia, or the Art of Walking the Streets of London, a poem in three books, for which he acknowledged having received several hints from Swift. It contains graphic and humorous descriptions of the London of that period. What is most interesting about the poem, however, is not the fact that it depicts the city with photographic accuracy, but that it acts as a guide to the upper, and upper-middle class walkers of society. In taking a mock-heroic form, Gay's poem was able to poke fun at the notion of complete reformation of street civility, whilst also proposing an idea of reform in terms of the attitude towards walking. In January 1717 he produced the comedy, Three Hours after Marriage, which was grossly indecent without being amusing, and was a complete failure. He had assistance from Pope and John Arbuthnot, but they allowed it to be assumed that Gay was the sole author of the Article.
[edit] Patrons

Gay had numerous patrons, and in 1720 he published Poems on Several Occasions by subscription, taking in £1000 or more. In that year James Craggs, the secretary of state, presented him with some South Sea stock. Gay, disregarding the advice of Pope and others of his friends, invested all his money in South Sea stock, and, holding on to the end of the South Sea Bubble, he lost everything. The shock is said to have made him dangerously ill. His friends did not fail him at this juncture. He had patrons in William Pulteney, afterwards Earl of Bath, in the third Earl of Burlington, who constantly entertained him at Chiswick or at Burlington House, and in the third Duke of Queensberry. He was a frequent visitor with Pope, and received unvarying kindness from William Congreve and John Arbuthnot. In 1727 he wrote for six year old Prince William, later the Duke of Cumberland, Fifty-one Fables in Verse, for which he naturally hoped to gain some preferment, although he has much to say in them of the servility of courtiers and the vanity of court honours. He was offered the situation of gentleman-usher to the Princess Louisa, who was also still a child. He refused this offer, which all his friends seem to have regarded as an indignity. He had never rendered any special services to the court.
[edit] The Beggar's Opera

He certainly did nothing to conciliate the favour of the government by his next work, The Beggar's Opera, a Ballad opera produced on the January 29, 1728 by John Rich, in which Sir Robert Walpole was caricatured. This famous piece, which was said to have made "Rich gay and Gay rich", was an innovation in many respects. The satire of the play has a double allegory. The characters of Peachum and Macheath represent the famous highwayman and gangster Jonathan Wild and the cockney housebreaker Jack Sheppard. At the same time, Jonathan Wild was understood to represent Robert Walpole, whose government had been tolerant of Wild's thievery and the South Sea directors' escape from punishment. Under cover of the thieves and highwaymen who figured in it was disguised a satire on society, for Gay made it plain that in describing the moral code of his characters he had in mind the corruptions of the governing class. Part of the success of The Beggar's Opera may have been due to the acting of Lavinia Fenton, afterwards Duchess of Bolton, in the part of Polly Peachum. The play ran for sixty-two nights. Swift is said to have suggested the subject, and Pope and Arbuthnot were constantly consulted while the work was in progress, but Gay must be regarded as the sole author. After seeing an early version of the work, Swift was optimistic of its commercial prospects but famously warned Gay to be cautious with his earnings: "I beg you will be thrifty and learn to value a shilling."
[edit] Later career

He wrote a sequel, Polly, relating the adventures of Polly Peachum in the West Indies; its production was forbidden by the Lord Chamberlain, no doubt through the influence of Walpole. This act of "oppression" caused no loss to Gay. It proved an excellent advertisement for Polly, which was published by subscription in 1729, and brought its author several thousand pounds. The Duchess of Queensberry was dismissed from court for enlisting subscribers in the palace. The Duke of Queensberry gave Gay a home, and the duchess continued her affectionate patronage until Gay's death, which took place on December 4, 1732. He was buried in Westminster Abbey. The epitaph on his tomb is by Pope, and is followed by Gay's own mocking couplet:

Life is a jest, and all things show it,
I thought so once, and now I know it.

[edit] Partial list of works

Wine - 1708
The Present State of Wit - 1711
The Rural Sports - 1713
The Shepherd's Week - 1714
The What D'ye Call It - 1715
Trivia, or The Art of Walking the Streets of London - 1716
Acis and Galatea - 1718
Poems on Several Occasions - 1720
Fables (also known as Fifty-one Fables in Verse or Fables of John Gay) - 1727 (Part the Second - 1738)
The Beggar's Opera - 1728
Polly - 1729
Achilles - 1733
The Distress'd Wife - 1734
Three Hours After Marriage

[edit] See also

Fable

[edit] References

This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domain: Chisholm, Hugh, ed (1911). "John Gay". Encyclopædia Britannica (11th ed.). Cambridge University Press.

[edit] Bibliography

Melville, Lewis (1921). Life and Letters of John Gay (1685-1732): Author of "The Beggar's Opera". Daniel O'Connor.
Gaye, Phoebe Fenwick (1938). John Gay: His place in the Eighteenth Century (Illustrated ed.). Collins.
Irving, William Henry (1940). John Gay: favorite of the wits. Duke University Press.
Gay, John (1966). Burgess, C.F. ed. The Letters of John Gay. Oxford.
Warner, Oliver (1971). John Gay. Writers and Their Work: No 171 (Rev. ed.). For the British Council by Longman.
Gay, John (1974). Dearing, Vinton A. ed. Poetry and Prose [2 volumes]. Oxford. ISBN 019811897X.

[edit] External links
Wikisource has original text related to this article:
John Gay
Wikiquote has a collection of quotations related to: John Gay

Works by John Gay at Project Gutenberg
Works by or about John Gay in libraries (WorldCat catalog)
Luminarium: John Gay Life, extensive collection of works, study resources
Gay John from FOLDOC

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MoJoRiSin 09-05-2011 12:49 AM

dictionary game
 
pretend entry
abacots:
it means CHANGES as per John Gay::

BEGGAR, PLAYER.

BEGGAR. If Poverty be a Title to Poetry,
I am sure no-body can dispute mine.
I own myself of the Company of Beggars;
and I make one at their Weekly Festivals at St. Giles's.
I have a small Yearly Salary for my
Catches, (aka abacots)
and am welcome to a Dinner there whenever I
please, which is more than most Poets can say.

MoJoRiSin 09-09-2011 02:33 AM

hypothetical post two unrelated things thread ::
 
http://youtu.be/BZhfFXEMMI4

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MoJoRiSin 09-16-2011 01:41 PM

another for the hpothetical post two unrelated things thread : )
 
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Today's Old Testament reading: Proverbs 25-26
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These are more proverbs of Solomon, compiled by the men of Hezekiah king of Judah:

It is the glory of God to conceal a matter;
to search out a matter is the glory of kings."
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MoJoRiSin 09-21-2011 07:28 PM

here's a good one::
 
"catch you in the morning..."

MoJoRiSin 09-27-2011 03:07 AM

Monday, September 26, 2011
[Sunlight] Flee to the grace of God -- Ghazal 2894
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Today, Sunlight offers Molana Rumi's Ghazal (Ode) 2894, in a
version by Coleman Barks, and in the translation by A.J. Arberry,
upon which Barks based his interpretive version:


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It's a habit of yours to walk slowly.
You hold a grudge for years.
With such heaviness, how can you be modest?
With such attachments, do you expect to arrive anywhere?

Be wide as the air to learn a secret.
Right now you're equal portions
clay and water, thick mud.

Abraham learned how the sun
and the moon and the stars all set.
He said, No longer will I try to assign partners for God.

You are so weak. Give up to grace.
The ocean takes care of each wave till it gets to shore.
You're trying to live your life in open scaffolding.
Say Bismillah, In the name of God,
as the priest does with a knife
when he offers an animal.
"Bismillah" your old self to find your real name.

-- Version by Coleman Barks
"These Branching Moments,"
Copper Beech Press, 1988

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With such a gait, when will you reach the station? With such
a habit, how will you gain the goal?
You are very heavy of soul and camel-hearted; when will you
arrive among the nimble-spirited?*
With such grossness how will you be modest? with such a
joining [attachment for the world], how will you reach the one
who enjoys the union?
Since there is no broadness in the mind, how will you achieve
the society of the difficult secret?*
You are like water left in this clay; so how will you attain the
pure water and clay?
Disregard the sun and moon like Abraham, else how will you
attain the perfect sun?*
Since you are weak, go, flee to the grace of God, for without
the Gracious how will you attain the excellence?
Without the tender care of that sea of loving kindness, how
will you reach the shore of such a wave?
Without the Boraq* of love and the labor of Gabriel how will
you like Mohammad attain all the stages?
You take shelter in those who are without shelter; how will
you attain the shelter of the welcoming king?
Before besmellah sacrifice yourself utterly; else, when you lie
dead, how will you attain the Name of God?*

-- Translation by A.J. Arberry
"Mystical Poems of Rumi 2"
University of Chicago Press, 1979

* "Camel-hearted" is a cowardly person or someone who holds a grudge long in his heart.
* Arberry had: "Since there is no opening in your head..."
* Qur'an 6: 76-7: "When the night covered him [Abraham], he saw a star; he said: 'This is my Lord.' But when it set, he said, 'Unless my Lord guides me, I shall surely be among those who go astray.' When he saw the sun rising in splendor, he said: 'This is my Lord, who is the greatest of all.' But when the sun set, he said: 'O my people! I am now free from your guilt of giving partners to God."
* Boraq is the legendary steed of Mohammad which carried him to his ascension.
* Besmellah al-rahman al-rahim (in the name of God, most gracious, most merciful) is repeated in the beginning of every chapter of the Qur'an. Also it is mentioned when a bird or animal is slaughtered.

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MoJoRiSin 09-28-2011 11:27 PM

10% of us?
mo thinks not!

MoJoRiSin 10-04-2011 01:39 AM

2 names
 
Adam
David

MoJoRiSin 10-05-2011 05:11 PM

where we leave messages for everyone.....
 
“Use caution going around the corners of buildings to avoid a collision with someone coming round the other way.”
Roger that


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