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The Basics of Spirituality


One should not pass over these things, simply saying they are food. They are in reality a complete civilization. -Abdulhak Sinasi, Camlicadaki Enistemiz (1944)

I really like the philosophy and spirituality of the Mevlevi (a Sufi brotherhood which originated in the Seljuq period, under Mevlana Jalaluddin-i Rumi) because the kitchen is central to their philosophy and daily life. Their rituals value the importance of taking time to cook, something we are missing in the modern age. Many of our ancestral rituals, whatever culture we come from, focused around food and cooking. The alchemical mystery of fire, water, air and earth coming together to create something new that nourishes and pleasures our bodies and senses has inspired mystics and poets, around the world, for thousands of years. Food is an aspect of spirituality that we all easily resonate with.

Three Forms of Knowledge

Three Forms of Knowledge

I would like to offer you all this to ponder upon in apology for my long absence... Ibn El-Arabi of Spain instructed his followers in this most ancient dictum: There are three forms of knowledge. The first is intellectual knowledge, which is in fact only information and the collection of facts ...

Unexpected Incidents in Egypt

Unexpected Incidents in Egypt

My life in here in Beba has been similar to the previous posts I have written. I am still living here at the church and teaching English in two different towns. I have a couple more stories about Egyptians that I find telling about the culture as a whole. Both of them actually happened as I was t ...