This is a really interesting lecture on Sufism given by Pia Zia Inayat. I particularly like his tracing of the etymology of “saracene,” and well as his discussion off Islamic futuwa.
As MSNBC today wrings its hands over the favoritism by Governor DeSantis re the dispensation of vaccines to rich Floridians, I chuckled and maybe even pushed un soupir before turning towards things that are of import to me.
Certainly Sufism has become quite central to my thoughts of late, as I approach 70, and my mind stop paying attention to all that is non-essential to me at this age.
I truly do live the life of a hermit now. I visit no one; I barely speak with anyone outside of my immediate family; I go to great lengths not to be distracted or sucked into the strange madness that is the United States, even though — for the time being — I remain in America.
Yesterday my Dell tower XPS arrived. I spent the day get my study ready for it; I have swept and cleaned the floor and the carpet and washed the walls and got rid of the dust in on my books (I have several bookcases in my study).
I often sleep in the study, on the floor in fact, on a couple of yoga mats over which I place several blankets and a fake goose down pillow. Very effective for bad backs; and quite cheap too — no need to spend thousands on a bed and fancy mattress when the floor will do just as well.
Back pain started up a bit this morning, from all the exertions with the dog yesterday at Sugar Beach (see previous post), and I felt tired suddenly. Then I weighed myself, and made note of the fact that I have lost 7 pounds in the last 9 days. Good. I hope to keep up the good work in that regard, and perhaps one days be as thin as I was at nineteen.
Once I set up the comp — this is a very high end machine actually — I shall resume programming the Islamic geometry design tool that I’m building. I am doing this as a form of spiritual meditation, and hope that I can create something that will enable others one day to create beautiful Islamic patterns on their computers as a way to get closer to Allah.