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  • John Blofeld. Taoism. The Road to Immortality. , From the book, Taoism. The Road to Immortality

    In his book, Taoism. The Road to Immortality, John Blofeld quoted the following selections from the Tao te' Ching on the subject of wisdom. He elaborates, following the quote: Because he has no high opinion of himself, [his] mind is luminous; not caring for status, he becomes illustrious; being without... » read this article
  • Hans Christian Andersen , Viking Penguin

    Many years ago there lived an Emperor who was so terribly fond of beautiful new clothes that he spent all his money on dressing elegantly.  He didn’t care about his soldiers, didn’t care about the theater or driving in the woods; all he cared about was showing off his new... » read this article
  • Aldo Leopold. The Sand County Almanac , The Sand County Almanac

    Editor’s Comment In “Marshland Elegy” a chapter in his famous book, A Sand County Almanac and sketches here and there, Aldo Leopold tells the story of the noble Crane and of how the crane marsh has been displaced by the short-sighted and wasteful ‘progress’ of human beings. The only beauty... » read this article
  • Pablo Neruda , Selected Poems: A Bilingual Edition, by Pablo Neruda

    Explico Algunas Cosas (I'm Explaining a Few Things) by Pablo Neruda Pablo Neruda (July 12, 1904 – September 23, 1973) was the pen name and, later, legal name of the Chilean poet and politician Neftalí Ricardo Reyes Basoalto. He chose his pen name after Czech poet Jan Neruda. Neruda was... » read this article
  • Nizar Kabbani , Submitted by Shahid Siddiqi

    هل تسمحون لي Would You Permit Me? في بلاد يغتال فيها المفكرون، ويكفر الكاتب وتحرق الكتب، في مجتمعات ترفض الآخر، وتفرض الصمت على الافواه والحجر على الافكار، وتكفر اي سؤال، كان لابد ان استأذنكم ان تسمحوا لي.. In a country where thinkers are assassinated, and writers are considered infidels and... » read this article
  • Mevlana Jelalludin Rumi (poem); Eleni Karaindrou (Composer) , Children of Light Productions

    Say I Am You is a poem by Rumi. The musical score, "Eternity and a Day" is from the movie, Aggelopoulos. Rumi's poems elegantly and consistently touch our inner being and inspire us to go beyond our limitations towards the Divine. A note on the music: This entire video was constructed... » read this article
  • Hermann Hesse. Pictor's Metamorphoses and other fantasies. , Pictor's Metamorphoses and other Fantasies

    One of the wonderful short stories written by Hermann Hesse entitled, The Man of the Forests tells of a people who lived all their lives in darkness, under the canopy of the forest. "The forest was their homeland, refuge, cradle, nest and grave and life outside its boundries was unthinkable."... » read this article
  • Frederick Douglass , Submitted by an Axis of Logic Correspondent

    Editor's Note: We revisit this poem by Frederick Douglass, first published on Axis of Logic on July 27, 2004. - LMB   UNTIL SHE SPOKE Until she spoke, no Christian nation had abolished Negro slavery. Until she spoke, no Christian nation had given to the world an organized effort to... » read this article
  • Frederick Douglass , Submitted to Axis of Logic by Dady Chery

    UNTIL SHE SPOKE Until she spoke, no Christian nation had abolished Negro slavery. Until she spoke, no Christian nation had given to the world an organized effort to abolish slavery. Until she spoke, the slave ship, followed by hungry sharks, greedy to devour the dead and dying slaves flung overboard... » read this article
  • Robert Frost , Voice: Exit Films, Melbourne; Choir: San Jose Symphonic Choir

    (two videos) Editor's Note: In the early 1960s, when I was a young seminarian student in a fundamentalist christian university, curriculum requirements included courses in public speaking. In one of those courses, I was required to memorize and present in class, a piece of classical literature. I chose to present a poem, Robert Frost's, The Road Not Taken and I... » read this article
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