Tagged with reflection

Morning Saunter

Morning Saunter


* * In the meantime, faraway from Nasheva and the Egyptians, Jalaluddin had completed his spiritual retreat. His morning saunter in Konya had continued until he reached the greenery in the outskirt of the city where a river stretched before him. He bent over and washed his face with the water until his beard and … Continue reading

The Pearl

The Pearl


* * Then a man came forward. He was a man with a long beard; his long brown hair was swayed by the wind. To Nasheva, the man asked, “O beloved Lady Nasheva, please speak to us of the essence of life.” Nasheva nodded and gave him a blessing from the distance. She did not … Continue reading

Epicurean Trilemma

Epicurean Trilemma


* * In the library, Adelpha and Nasheva stood side by side. Adelpha knelt to take a papyrus from the third shelve up and showed it to Nasheva. “It arrived from Athens a week ago, as part of Lactantius’ De Ira Dei[1],” said Adelpha. “Read it.” Nasheva examined the neatly scripted manuscript that was written … Continue reading

Not the End

Not the End


* * Birth is not the beginning, death is not the end. They are merely stairways to eternity. * Birth is the ladder to this world, death is the ladder to that other world. * Now that you’re climbing the ladder to this world, hold tight onto it. Throw your gaze upon life, and then … Continue reading

Break the Shell

Break the Shell


* * You’re looking for light in the sun, when it is actually in your heart. * Miles to cover, days to spend. Look no further. Your heart is the shell, Love is the pearl. Break the shell, so the pearl shines. If the shell doesn’t break, how can the pearl shine? * If the … Continue reading

Dreams

Dreams


* * Nasheva spoke of dreams: O young hearts of Egypt, Your dreams are not the lines written by your memory, but they are tomorrow’s answers to your today’s questions. Your life is dull when you have no dreams to pursue, and your life is dull when there’s no love to share. Only dreams and … Continue reading

Fall and Winter

Fall and Winter


* * A man spoke, “O beloved soul, please speak to us of seasons. Bring another wisdom for our souls.” Nasheva gazed at the man with eyes full of compassion. She then said softly, As the leaves of the cypress fall and are blown by the North Wind, you know that fall has come to … Continue reading

Happiness is Light

Happiness is Light


* * A glimpse of evil thought came to Nasheva’s mind. She could feel that every one of the Egyptians now saw her with veneration. She glanced at Syaikh Ahmad Fatih who was sitting on the far end, next to Sultan Baybars. She had never had an inkling of resenting the presence of the Mufti … Continue reading

The Palace

The Palace


* The ambassador exited the chariot, followed by Nasheva. Two guards opened the gate for them. They then walked towards the large ivory-colored building with a brownish gigantic wooden door. The building was constructed according to strict geometric principles in the form of concentric cubes. Two towers rose from the lowest level up to the … Continue reading