Hell and Heaven

April 14, 2017

Salaam and Greetings of Peace:

“Hell is in the here and now. So is heaven. Quit worrying about hell or dreaming about heaven, as they are both present inside this very moment. Every time we fall in love, we ascend to heaven. Every time we hate, envy, or fight someone, we tumble straight into the fires of hell.”

– Shams-e-Tabriz

Ya Haqq!

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Humility

April 4, 2017

Salaam and Greetings of Peace:

“Humility, therefore, is absolutely necessary if man is to avoid acting like a baby all his life. To grow up means, in fact, to become humble, to throw away the illusion that I am at the center of everything and that other people only exist to provide me with comfort and pleasure…”
– Thomas Merton, “The New Man”

Ya Haqq!


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

 


Resist the Muslim Ban and Registry!

February 21, 2017

Salaam and Greetings of Peace:

I created this Awareness Campaign for Human Rights because I am the son of Holocaust Survivors.  This inexpensive sticker is the same Star that Jews were forced to wear by the Nazis during the Holocaust. Instead of Jude, it says Muslim. When the Muslim Ban starts, I will wear the star on clothing for my Muslim brothers and sisters around the world who fight for justice, equality, and religious freedom during the Nazi Trump regime! Get yours HERE.

Ya Haqq!

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Cinlerin Efendisi – The Turkish Translation of Master of the Jinn is now an EBOOK :)

February 18, 2017

Salaam and Greetings of Peace:

Cinlerin Efendisi, the Turkish translation of Master of the Jinn is now an Ebook :) To order a copy for only $3.82, click HERE. 

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Ey dervişler! Tanrı’yı zikretmek ruhun gıdasıdır. Yaralı gönüller için merhemdir. Zikir, ilk önce, geçmişle olan bağları gevşetir ve tedricen nefsin yükümlülüklerinden azat eder. Azar azar bencillik, şehvet ve düşmanlığın izlerini silmek suretiyle yükünüzü hafifletir ve yolculuğun hızlanmasını sağlar. Bu yüzden, ilk başta yaşayabileceğiniz korku ve ıstırap görmenizi zorlaştırsa da umutsuzluğa kapılmayın. Hakikat, karanlıkta parlayan bir ışık gibidir. Görmek için, yavaş yavaş kalp gözünün açılması gerekir.

Ya Haqq!