Archive for April, 2009

The Sufi Path

April 26, 2009
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Classical Sufi scholars have defined Sufism as “a science whose objective is the reparation of the heart and turning it away from all else but God.” Sufism refers to a group of mystical Muslim movements. It uses music, dancing and other means to reach a state of communion with God. It is analogous in some senses to the Bhakti movement in Hinduism and to the various Christian monastic movements such as that of St Francis of Assisi. The Sufi path consists in cleansing the heart from whatever is other than Allah. A Persian poem tells us what The Sufi Path (Tasawwuf ) is: What is Tasawwuf? Good character and awareness of God. That’s all Tasawwuf is. And nothing more. What is Tasawwuf? Love and affection. It is the cure for hatred and vengeance. And nothing more. What is Tasawwuf? The heart attaining tranquility– which is the root of religion. And … Continue reading The Sufi Path

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The Sufi Path

April 26, 2009
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24 Classical Sufi scholars have defined Sufism as “a science whose objective is the reparation of the heart and turning it away from all else but God.” Sufism refers to a group of mystical Muslim movements. It uses music, dancing and other means to reach a state of communion with God. It is analogous in some senses to the Bhakti movement in Hinduism and to the various Christian monastic movements such as that of St Francis of Assisi. The Sufi path consists in cleansing the heart from whatever is other than Allah. A Persian poem tells us what The Sufi Path (Tasawwuf ) is: What is Tasawwuf? Good character and awareness of God. That’s all Tasawwuf is. And nothing more. What is Tasawwuf? Love and affection. It is the cure for hatred and vengeance. And nothing more. What is Tasawwuf? The heart attaining tranquility– which is the root of religion. … Continue reading The Sufi Path

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IT for Democracy

April 22, 2009
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In most of my speeches during the current election campaign I have been referring to the BJP’s Information Technology Vision, and trying to explain to the people how this latest gift of man’s ingenuity in the field of science has presented our country with a unique opportunity to overcome the many daunting challenges in socio-economic development. The BJP’s IT Vision, we have promised the people, will help India (a) overcome the current economic crisis; (b) create productive employment on a large scale; (c) accelerate human development through vastly improved and expanded education and healthcare services; (d) check corruption and (e) make India’s national security more robust. This week when I addressed a massive meeting at India’s principal IT Centre Bangalore, I recalled how for ages now the biggest invention in the history of science has been supposed to be the WHEEL. I observed that based on what we have been … Continue reading IT for Democracy

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