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why talk about all 
the known and the unknown/
see how the unknown merges into the known

What reason any one can have that exists outside his being? Consider a simple phenomenon of an eclipse. It is the moon who throws herself squarely against the Sun whose brightness is to us a diamond ring of brightness while the eclipse lasts.

Similarly our body endures for a season and with which we weave our preferences and prejudices. If we say what we speak are certainties we have not understood the soul or of the One who remains beyond the reckoning of time and space. Even as we cast our own vision of the world to come, reason is steadily losing its grip on the unknown.

Here is a rubaiyat to express the same idea:

Think that the world you held as your cocoon

Cannot keep its spell or make itself known?

Unknown are the moths that pillage and gorge

When they moult wings and flutter with wind blown.

For those who are interested check out Rumi’nations: Rumi Annotated  www.lulu.com/spotlight/bennymkje

benny

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“The Fount of Immorality/ 
In Love is found;
Then come, and in this boundless sea


/Of Love be drowned.”-Rumi
River of life is drawn from the sea of Love: and carried by clouds of events people, dead and the living these must dissolve under the benign eye of One. Love shall always find their passage either through subterranean passages or on the river bed prepared by time working unceasing.
benny
These annotations are not part of the book now available with lulu.com

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The Poor Ghost- Christina Rossetti

“Oh whence do you come, my dear friend, to me,

With your golden hair all fallen below your knee,

And your face as white as snowdrops on the lea,

And your voice as hollow as the hollow sea?”

2.

“From the other world I come back to you,


My locks are uncurled with dripping drenching dew.

You know the old, whilst I know the new:


But tomorrow you shall know this too.”

3.

“Oh not tomorrow into the dark, I pray;


Oh not tomorrow, too soon to go away:


Here I feel warm and well-content and gay:


Give me another year, another day.”

4.

“Am I so changed in a day and a night


That mine own only love shrinks from me with fright,

Is fain to turn away to left or right


And cover up his eyes from the sight?”

5.

“Indeed I loved you, my chosen friend,


I loved you for life, but life has an end;

Thro’ sickness I was ready to tend:


But death mars all, which we cannot mend.

6.

“Indeed I loved you; I love you yet


If you will stay where your bed is set,

Where I have planted a violet


Which the wind waves, which the dew makes wet.”

7.

“Life is gone, then love too is gone,


It was a reed that I leant upon:


Never doubt 1 will leave you alone

And not wake you rattling bone with bone.

8.

“I go home alone to my bed,

Dug deep at the foot and deep at the head,


Roofed in with a load of lead,

Warm enough for the forgotten dead.

9.

“But why did your tears soak thro’ the clay,


And why did your sobs wake me where I lay?

I was away, far enough away:


Let me sleep now till the Judgment Day.”

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why are you so busy 
with this or that or good or bad
/pay attention to how things blend” Rumi

Let us look at the way our human interaction has led to:

It is like the kindness of first man who traded milk for rat poison. The man who did not make profit was dubbed as a fool. Milk and rat poison since have been blended million times over. So many times that the present world cannot die of rat poison but has developed immunity. 

*Let us not speak of general state of things but how each must serve. He has to serve his best. No other choice because he has to deal with his soul.

*I hold a special relationship with my soul to settle for the indifferent quality what the world offers. Blending is done in no man’s land.

benny

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Rumi’nations contain annotations to various quotes of Rumi in a slim volume but gilded with secret wisdom of the East from which all great religions of the world had drunk deeply and in turn changed the way we look at truth of human condition. 154 pages; available through lulu.com

http://www.lulu.com/spotlight/bennymkje

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If a self-driving car causes an accident or a surgical robot kills a patient, whose fault is it? These are some of the questions a recent report funded by the European Union sought to answer.

Science fiction writer Isaac Asimov famously wrote about the “three laws of robotics.” Essentially, the laws state that a robot may not injure a human being, that it must obey orders given by humans and that it must protect its own existence when this doesn’t conflict with the first two laws.

Making robots answerable to malpractice  is a vain exercise. A Gynaecologist who advertises he is a plastic surgeon and makes hideous mistakes his license to practice can be revoked. But a robot?

Think of all the bad surgery performed by Great Britain on her former colonies? Partition of India was one such. it was more like the Great Bungler having had run of the House it did not possess either in spirit or by common consent, just decamped when the house was all but finished. The present crisis of Syria was also another mess. Is UK or France called to account for their ineptness?

With men and nations laws must work; so must Law call to account those who set a robot to solve their problems. As soon as robots can think for themselves and change procedures to save the wear and tear of their own parts the fun really begins.

benny

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It would have been a proper gesture as well as belated recognition of the role of Aristotle by awarding him the Nobel Prize for Science.

Charles Darwin had this to say of Aristotle:“Linnaeus and Cuvier have been my two gods, though in very different ways, but they were mere school-boys to old Aristotle.”

Like Herodotus who was acknowledged as the Father of History without much of controversy Aristotle ought to have been given long ago the mantle as the Father of Science.

Herodotus lived at a time much of history of nations that loomed large for scholars was accepted as myths where gods played a crucial role. Hellenic thought accepted them as necessary. In China Will of heaven was held up by the emperor whose right to rule was a mandate from above. If a dynasty came unravelled the significance was clear: it had forfeited the right by the Will of the Heavenly Emperor. In Greek ethos no less similar conclusion was accepted as correct.

How is it then that Aristotle the tutor of Alexander the Great failed to gain due recognition from scholars who had received so much from his inquisitive mind?

One may cite so many areas where Aristotle got it wrong. Think of the following ideas proposed by him.

* too much sex causes sunken eyes because semen drains matter from the human brain.

*the right-hand side of the body is more honorable and therefore hotter than the left. (In India this idea has its variant. It is the left hand one uses to wipe the butt after going to the toilet.)

*He also believed that the human heart processes and integrates sensations from the external world.

*The brain, beyond storing the matter that becomes semen, was just a cooling device for when the heart’s fires blazed too hot.

Mingled with all the bizarre zoology, however, are many impressively accurate and detailed descriptions. His accounts of the hyena’s genitals, the parental behavior of male catfish, and the limited sensory capacities of sea sponges are just a few of the many things about which he was essentially correct.

A fascinating new book by the evolutionary biologist and science writer Armand Marie Leroi claims that Aristotle fully deserves Darwin’s high praise. In The Lagoon: How Aristotle Invented Science, Leroi argues that Aristotle developed many of the empirical and analytical methods that still define scientific inquiry.

He was more than an encyclopedist. He collected such comprehensive data in order to analyze and interpret it. His theories and interpretations are often astonishingly insightful. One 20th-century Nobel laureate suggested that Aristotle deserved to receive the prize posthumously for his realization that the information that dictates and replicates an organism’s structure is stored in its semen. In some sense he was anticipating the discovery of DNA. His theory of inheritance can also account for recessive traits that skip generations, the contributions of both parents to the features of a child, and unexpected variations in traits that do not derive from either

Many of his observations are readily recognizable to a reader of Darwin. He notes that an elephant’s size confers protection from predators and that fish with high rates of infant mortality produce a larger number of offspring to compensate for the likelihood that most of the progeny will perish. He showed a nuanced understanding of how the forms and features of animals are adapted to their environments. Darwin even mentions Aristotle as a forerunner who anticipates the theory of natural selection in the preface to the third edition of On the Origin of Species.

Aristotle perceived some of the universal associations between longevity, period of gestation, adult body size, and degree of embryonic development that biologists still study today. He noticed the correlations among these features, but he was sensitive to the distinction between correlation and causation and sought to eliminate confounding variables. Then he integrated his findings into broader theories with deep explanatory power.

(ack: the Daily Beast)

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For those who are interested here is a review of The Illustrated Omar Khayyam http://omariana.nl/the-illustrated-omar-khayyam/#comments

For Omar Khayyam and other books available please check out http://www.lulu.com/spotlight/bennymkje

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