Where God Lives!

March 27, 2017

Salaam and Greetings of Peace:

“When Rabbi Yitzchak Meir was a small child, his mother once took him to meet Reb Yasrael, the Maggid of Kosnitz. As they stood in line with the Maggid’s Hasidim, each waiting to see the holy rebbe, one of the disciples called to the young Yitzchak Meir. ‘Your mother tells us that you are quite bright and worthy of meeting our holy Maggid. But I am not so sure. So I will make a bet with you. I will give you a gulden if you can tell me where God lives!’ The Hasidim laughed at their fellow’s jest. When their laughter faded, Yitzchak Meir looked up at the man and said, ‘And I will give you two gulden if you can tell me where God does not live!’ The Hasidim laughed even louder, and Yitzchak Meir and his mother were moved to the front line.”

– Hasidic Tales, translated and annotated by Rabbi Rami Shapiro

Ya Haqq!


The Wildness

March 21, 2017

I live in the wildness, in the openhearted

The hawk circles, but the crows will not

have it, chasing away both predator and prey

 

I live in the earthboned land, rock

strewn, built into walls that welcome

as well as warn of boundaries

 

I live in the wildness of open sky,  

in the scent, touch, taste of

all that is, in the seeing beyond sight

 

I live in the wildness of your love,

who are hawk and crow, earthboned and

welcoming without walls or boundaries

Irving Karchmar © 2016


FREE EBOOKS for a WEEK Starting March 5th on Smashwords :)

March 5, 2017

Salaam and Greetings of Peace:

Smashwords is kicking off the eighth annual Read an Ebook Week promotion, and as a Smashwords author, I am participating by giving all my Ebooks away FREE for the week :)

At one minute past midnight Pacific time on March 5, 2017 the special Smashwords Read an Ebook Week promotion catalog goes live on the Smashwords home page.  Readers can browse the catalog and search by coupon code levels and categories.  After 11:59pm Pacific time on March 11, the catalog disappears.

The coupon codes only work at Smashwords, not at retailers served by Smashwords. And here they are!

Please enter the code prior to completing your checkout.

Master of the Jinn: A Sufi Novel – GE62U

El Maestro de los Jinn (Spanish Translation) – EW59K

Lessons in Love: Spiritual Exercises for Modern Life – TT98H

Love Songs to God: 30 Poems of Love and Longing – AS38Z

Puerto Diablo: A Tale of Good and Evil – RB39E

Master of the Jinn: Aaqa-e-jinnat آقائے جنات (Urdu) –  JX83T