Don’t grieve

Jalal-Uddin Rumi (1207-1273) — Turkish Sufi Mystic Poet & Iqbal’s spiritual teacher

Don’t grieve. Anything you lose comes round in another form.

Friends are enemies sometimes, and enemies friends.

I was a tiny bug. Now a mountain. I was left behind. Now honored at the head. You healed my wounded hunger and anger, and made me a poet who sings about joy.

If your guidance is your ego, don’t rely on luck for help. you sleep during the day and the nights are short. By the time you wake up your life may be over.

Let the beauty we love be what we do.

Let the lover be disgraceful, crazy, absent-minded. Someone sober will worry about events going badly. Let the lover be.

Let yourself be silently drawn by the stronger pull of what you really love.

Most people guard against going into the fire, and so end up in it.

My friend, the sufi is the friend of the present moment. To say tomorrow is not our way.

Nightingales are put in cages because their songs give pleasure. Whoever heard of keeping a crow?

No longer a stranger, you listen all day to these crazy love-words. Like a bee you fill hundreds of homes with honey, though yours is a long flight from here.

No mirror ever became iron again; No bread ever became wheat; No ripened grape ever became sour fruit. Mature yourself and be secure from a change for the worse.

Become the light.

Only from the heart Can you touch the sky.

Patience is the key to joy.

People of the world don’t look at themselves, and so they blame one another.

Since in order to speak, one must first listen, learn to speak by listening.

That which is false troubles the heart, but truth brings joyous tranquility.

The intelligent want self-control; children want candy.

The middle path is the way to wisdom.

The only lasting beauty is the beauty of the heart.

Thirst drove me down to the water where I drank the moon’s reflection.

To praise is to praise how one surrenders to the emptiness.

We come spinning out of nothingness, scattering stars like dust.

We rarely hear the inward music, but we’re all dancing to it nevertheless.

You think the shadow is the substance.

Published in: on February 28, 2011 at 4:46 am  Leave a Comment  
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Children are…

Amazing, acknowledge them.

Believable, trust them.

Childlike, allow them.

Divine, honor them,

Energetic, nourish them.

Fallible, embrace them.

Gifts, treasure them.

Here now, be with them.

Innocent, delight with them.

Joyful, appreciate them.

Kindhearted, learn from them.

Lovable, cherish them.

Magical, fly with them.

Noble, esteem them.

Open minded, respect them.

Precious, value them.

Questioners, encourage them.

Resourceful, support them.

Spontaneous, enjoy them.

Talented, believe in them.

Unique, affirm them.

Vulnerable, protect them.

Whole, recognize them.

Xtraspecial, celebrate them.

Yearning, notice them.

Zany, laugh with them.

Written by Meiji Stewart

Published in: on February 4, 2011 at 3:16 am  Leave a Comment  
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Delicious Fish Biryani

If you are thinking of eating something a little different and exotic for lunch or dinner, try making a mouth-watering dish called fish biryani.

Main Ingredients:

  • Basmati Rice (2 cups, soak in water for 1 hour)
  • Cod Fish (2 lbs)
  • Shan Masala (spices), Salt
  • Tomato (1) , Onions (1), Ginger & Garlic paste (1 teaspoon)
  • Yogurt (half cup)

Cut the fish into fillets. Marinate them with lemon juice and garlic paste. Shan spices have made life so easy, especially where all the main Pakistani/Indian spices are not easily available. It can save a lot of time and effort by using ready made spices which have the right quantity of all the necessary spices. Shan fish biryani masala is available at You may also try finding it in a Pakistani/Indian grocery store. (Another wonderful recipe is Sindhi Biryani prepared in a similar way with chicken or mutton).

While the fish gets marinated, take one medium sized onion and slice into small pieces. Stir fry the onions in 4 table spoons of Canola oil.  When the onions turn light brown, add the ginger and garlic paste. Then add finely chopped tomato and Shan fish biryani masala mixed in yogurt. Stir for a few minutes and then add the fish pieces that have been marinated for 30 minutes. Cook on medium heat for a 2-3 minutes and then add 3/4 cup of water and let it steam for another 5 minutes or so until the fish is cooked and the water has evaporated.

Basmati rice has to be cooked in a careful way. Boil five cups of water in a separate pot. Also add cardamom, bay leaves and 1-1/2 tea spoon salt.  Once the water starts boiling, add the soaked basmati rice. Cook the rice until it is just about ready (not fully cooked). In a pot, put a layer of the boiled rice and then a layer of the cooked fish. Repeat the layering process and finally add saffron or food color. Garnish with finely chopped cilantro (coriander).  Cover the pot and leave on low heat for about 12 minutes. Delicious fish biryani is ready!

Published in: on February 3, 2011 at 5:16 am  Leave a Comment  
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