Not hammer-strokes, but dance of the water, sings the pebbles into perfection.

Rabindranath Tagore



A few days ago I received a package containing prayer beads (called tasbih or masbahah) I had ordered from a website called Culture World (Greece). I can't know who if any of the visitors to this blog are Muslim. But I would recommend the tasbih to anyone, regardless their faith. The tasbih are lying on the table next to my computer as I write and the scent of the frankincense brings comfort. The juniper berry seeds are inexplicably at once simple and transcendent. The tasbih, the website and Chris Panagopoulos (the owner) are totally thumbs up. Al hamdullilah.

(The photograph is from the website.)


from "The Book of Five Rings"

"If we look at the world we see arts for sale. Men use equipment to sell their own selves. As if with the nut and the flower, the nut has become less than the flower. In this kind of 'way of strategy', both those teaching and those learning the way are concerned with coloring and showing off their technique, trying to hasten the bloom of the flower. They speak of "This [...]" and "That [...]". They are looking for profit. Someone once said "Immature strategy is the cause of grief". That was a true saying.

Musashi Myamoto

We and they...

are all African.