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Thursday, January 01, 2009


Since no one really knows anything about God,

those who think they do are just

-- Rabia from Basra

This is from a collection called Love Poems from God: Twelve Sacred Voices from the East and West, edited and translated by Daniel Ladinsky.

An excerpt from the book ... about Rabia:

Rabia of Basra (c. 717 - 801) is without a doubt the most popular and influential of female Islamic saints and a central figure in the Sufi tradition. She was born nearly five hundred years before Rumi, and although it is rarely said, she, perhaps more than any other poet, influenced his writings.

Rabia grew up in a part of ancient Mesopotamia that is now Iraq. She was the fourth daughter of impoverished parents, and the story connected with her birth tells of the Prophet Muhammad appearing to her father in a dream to tell him that his daughter would be revered as a great saint.
Peace to all. Even to the troublemakers.


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At 5:51 PM, Blogger Friend of TPC said...

Great post Ms. Manitoba! And I like the picture you posted with it. Did you take it? Nice!

And thinking of trouble makers I just took a look at the Wikipedia entry on psycopath. Among the text there was the following taken from: Semple, David (2005). The Oxford Handbook of Psychiatry. USA: Oxford University Press. pp. pp. 448–449, which describes "Hare's Psycohopathy Check-List" devised for research purposes. Nonetheless Dr. Hare lists the following characteristics for agressive narcissism:

Glibness / superficial charm
Grandiose sense of self-worth
Pathological lying
Cunning / manipulative
Lack of remorse or guilt
Callous / lack of empathy
Failure to accept responsibility for own actions
Promiscuous sexual behavior

I wonder, does this remind you of anyone we all know (and despise!)?

At 4:32 PM, Blogger Ms. Manitoba said...

Hi, Friend of TPC. Good to hear from you! Yes, I took that photo.

Yes, that description ... how many days left to go?

17 days left!!!!!

Happy New Year, Friend!

At 10:53 AM, Blogger Friend of TPC said...

Happy New Year to you too! And that really is a great photo!!!

And can't we just kick the miserable SOB out of the WH NOW!!!


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