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The misuse of Sufi poetry is symptomatic of modern culture’s combination of materialism with self-spirituality. The theme that runs through the New Age movement is about experiencing the “Self” because it is the way to experience the “God” or “Goddess” within. As noted by Peter Pels in his 1998 article “Religion, Consumerism and the Modernity of the New Age”, the New Age emphasis on self-spirituality is rooted in late nineteenth- or early twentieth-century occultism.

It is a detraditionalised form of faith that internalises religiosity, turning an individual’s reliance to be on “inner voices”, and in turn rejecting any outside authority. The Self reigns supreme in place of anything external to it. It is therefore ironic that religious Sufi symbolism, which was used to express annihilation of the Self in the presence of the Divine, is now being used to express the elation of the Self in the presence of another’s.

[A]s many Sufi poets and saints have warned, their poetry begins at the metaphoric level to indicate literal meanings other than what first comes to mind, all of which revolve around the Divine.

mohamed ghilan, what was rumi talking about?
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venusofnatalie:

Here is the beautiful spread of The Atlas Review’s third issue! The cover photo is by the very talented Traci Matlock. I feel incredibly strong about this issue. The content is phenomenal, and at 170+ pages, is certainly our fattest volume yet.
You ought to consider buying a copy of Issue 3, which is available for preorder (free of shipping). You ought to consider subscribing for a year, or even two years!
Issue 3 features poetry by CAConrad, Nicole Steinberg, Morgan Parker, Wendy Lotterman, Joanna C. Valente, Dan Encarnacion, Anthony Bartels, Sarah V. Schweig, Craig Morgan Teicher, Joshua Ware, Joe DeLuca, M. Callen, Ted Dodson, Jennifer Nelson, Marcus Slease, Tim Earley, Laressa Dickey, Josh Kalscheur, Krystal Languell, Liz Dosta, Jonathan Aprea, and Curtis Rogers; fiction by Nelly Reifler, John Jodzio, Valerie Cumming, Jesse Kohn, and Marlo Starr; nonfiction by Soleil Ho, Dale Megan Healey, and Sean H. Doyle; visual arts by Traci Matlock, Aliene de Souza Howell, Sarbani Ghosh, and Dan Ivec; and interviews with Etgar Keret and Sheila Heti.
I mean, come on! That’s really, really good. 

here is a thing my talented and smart friends do, if you’re interested in that sort of thing

venusofnatalie:

Here is the beautiful spread of The Atlas Review’s third issue! The cover photo is by the very talented Traci Matlock. I feel incredibly strong about this issue. The content is phenomenal, and at 170+ pages, is certainly our fattest volume yet.

You ought to consider buying a copy of Issue 3, which is available for preorder (free of shipping). You ought to consider subscribing for a year, or even two years!

Issue 3 features poetry by CAConradNicole SteinbergMorgan Parker, Wendy Lotterman, Joanna C. Valente, Dan Encarnacion, Anthony Bartels, Sarah V. SchweigCraig Morgan TeicherJoshua Ware, Joe DeLuca, M. Callen, Ted Dodson, Jennifer Nelson, Marcus Slease, Tim Earley, Laressa Dickey, Josh Kalscheur, Krystal Languell, Liz Dosta, Jonathan Aprea, and Curtis Rogers; fiction by Nelly ReiflerJohn Jodzio, Valerie Cumming, Jesse Kohn, and Marlo Starr; nonfiction by Soleil Ho, Dale Megan Healey, and Sean H. Doyle; visual arts by Traci MatlockAliene de Souza Howell, Sarbani Ghosh, and Dan Ivec; and interviews with Etgar Keret and Sheila Heti.

I mean, come on! That’s really, really good. 

here is a thing my talented and smart friends do, if you’re interested in that sort of thing