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As Eye Sea It

This web site presents perspectives on the world as the Inner Eye sees it through the Divine Sea of Beingness. It reflects on meaning as the very essence of being. We hope that you will attain to a higher state of consciousness through awareness in the being and an aspiration in the becoming as we all strive and stride towards perfection through the mind and throughthe heart.

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Hearing Him Hum

Reflections on Al-Fatiha, the Opening Chapter of the Qur’an

By Zaman Stanizai

 

In the name of the Para-Cosmic Consciousness,

Whose Oneness of Being pens the verses

of perpetually unfolding multiplicities.

 

Whose Essence weaves

into every fiber of our existence

as the Wholeness of immeasurable timeless tomorrows.

 

All praise is due to the Infinite Eternity,

Whose love radiates through our soul,

Whose glory graces every grain of our being,

and Whose awe paints our fragile illusions.

 

O Divine Beloved,

the Ineffable shaper of transient temporalities

and transcendent realities!

 

Give us the thought that thinks Thee.

Give us a pleading heart that desires Thee,

a yearning that utters nothing, but Your love.

Turn us into a longing that dies to dissolve in

the harmonic convergence of Your totality.

 

Help us thread our pathways

through the splendor of

your enchanting gardens and idyllic meadows

where moments of Your manifest Beauty

attain a ‘foreverness’ all their own.

 

Distance us from the dissonance of dark energy.

Bathe us in the luminous glow of Your countenance—

Light,… upon light,… upon light.

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This Ramadan of Tears

Would that we could fast from hatred and mistrust

instead of taking children to their horrible deaths, tit for tat,

with shocking numbers reacting with language not found in any scripture.

Too many calling out for unspeakable acts

that get filmed, Posted and Tweeted on the front pages of social media, adding up the Likes,

being Shared to prove how hateful the Other is,

with no awareness of the dark stain in their own hearts.

In the meantime images of Jews and Muslims linked arm-in-arm,

joint statements issued calling for all life to be protected,

get scrolled by in the daily searches for ways to express hatred

Walking the Straight Path is no guarantee of a walk in the park,

but a reminder of keeping our hearts focused on the horizon,

not letting ourselves be distracted by the one who has vowed to lead us astray.

Looking around, I am blessed to be in community with those

strong in resisting deviations from the tenets of their faith,

and invoking G-d’s Peace and Guidance in serving Him.


Noor-Malika Chishti

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Islamic Lunar Calendar: 

The Origins of Ramadan’s Seasonal Drift

Part I

By Zaman Stanizai, PhD

Islam as a religion does not have a scripturally sanctioned calendar, nor is there a Sunnah or a Prophetic tradition suggesting one.  In Pre-Islamic Arabia there was a traditional 12-month calendar based on lunar phases with an intercalary month, referred to as an-nasī,ʾ ‘postponing’.  The purpose of the intercalary month was to synchronize the lunar calendar with the solar cycle in order to achieve a more consistent relationship between the months and the seasons of the year.                      Read more

Mythosophia -

Mythology of Eden

Listen to Zaman Stanizai's radio interview with Will Linn and Richard Dugan from the Mythosophia Lectures Series. Go to the Lectures and Presentations Section from the pull-down navigation menu.

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Greetings of Peace

Welcome to As Eye Sea It.  We are trying to make your visit to this website a pleasant one --  intellectually stimulating and spiritually rewarding.  We present a pacifist persecutive on life and consider all humanity as one family. We would love to employ the power of word for the expression of peace and love through prose and poetry. But life, as is, often makes demands on that the unpleasant realities of the world, regardless of our political consciousness or orientation, cannot be ignored--tragedies inflected upon the human soul by by the human hand.  We hope that you take it to heart that in that respect we are not driven by ideologies, but ideas to raise consciousness so that global disenchantment may be diminished or lessened.

Stanizai.org, along with its soul-mate website Stanizai.com, offers hundreds of essays, articles, and blogs and countless hours of public presentations, lectures and interviews, in audio and video formats, in an effort to make but a smidgen of difference in the reorientation of our collective human consciousness.  Towards that end, this website has been redesigned so that the depth and breadth of the analysis through a plethora of topics may be explored and accessed with ease.

The new design features an interactive navigation system with pull-down menus
 for easier skimming and scanning of the many pages on topics ranging from mystical poetry to historical analysis, from political perspectives to archival material that speaks to the relevance of current issues. We also hope that the more uniform and aesthetically pleasing format is easy on the eye when reading the screen text. 

For those of you who get lost in the maze of the pull-down navigation menus, and prefer skimming through an outline we are posting the entire outline below in which each entry is a direct link to the desired page--just point and click.

Outline

Cultural Confluence (Literary Prose)

The Sufi Uni-Verse (Poetry)

Re-Versed Revelations (Translations / Renditions)

Mirrored Perspectives (Mystical)

Reflections on Life (Worldly)

Lectures and Presentations

Videos

Part I – On Spirituality and Belief Systems 

Perceptions of the Divine

Part II - Historical Analysis -The Golden Age of Al-Andalus

Part III - Political Critique

Interviews with Professor Hamoud Salhi on U.S. Foreign Policy in the Middle East: A California State University, Dominguez Hills tele-course in International Politics.

Audio MP3s

Part I - On Spirituality and Belief Systems

Part II - Historical Analysis

Part III - Political Critique - Radio interviews on KPFK Los Angeles

Blogs and Publications

Middle East Institute – Essays

The Huffington Post - Blogs

ArticlesBase.com - Articles

Global Disenchantment

Voices of Peace - Guest Commentaries

Archives

Links

All audio and video lectures and presentations are now conveniently posted on the Lectures and Presentations Section.  
Also all the blogs essays and articles are posted together on the Blogs and Publications Section.

For an immersion in the enchantment of the soul through Qur’anic recitations click on the Tanzil Read Qur'an button to the right. Enjoy, inspire, and be one with the One

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