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Adinkra are visual symbols, originally created by the Akan of Ghana and the Gyaman of Cote d’Ivoire in West Africa, that represent concepts or aphorisms. Adinkra are used on fabric, walls, in pottery, woodcarvings and logos. Fabric adinkra are often made by woodcut sign writing as well as screen printing. They also can be used to communicate evocative messages that represent parts of their life or those around them. There are many differeny symbols all have unique looks and meanings.



Bhala Hua Mori – Farid Ayaz Qawwal

Sahib Hain Rangrez- Shobha Mudgal

ahib Hai Rangrej Chunri Mori Rang Daari
Syaahi Rang Churaye ke re Diyo Majitha Rang
Dhoye Se Chhute Nahin Re Din Din Hote Surang
Bhav Ke Kundi Neh Ke Jal Mein Prem Rang Dayee Bore
Dukh Deh Mael Lutaye De Re Khoob Rangi JhakJhore
Sahib Ne Chunri Rangi Re Preetam Chatur Sujaan
Sab Kutch Un Par Vaar Dun Re Tan Man Dhan Aur Pran
Kahat Kabir Rangrej Piyare Mujh Par Huye Dayal
Seetal Chunri Orike Re Bhayee Haun Magan Nihaal

The Master is an expert Dyer, He has colored my veil
Removing the dark stains, he gave that color of love
By washing which fades not but becomes brighter by the day
Using water of affection in the tub of feelings, He poured the color of love
Rinsing away the bodily sorrows and dirt, the Expert dyed it deftly
The Master who dyed the veil is expert, beloved and great
I surrender everything to Him : Body, Mind, Wealth and Life
Says Kabir, The Beloved Dyer is benevolent on me
Covered with this cool veil, My being is blissfully fulfilled.
In this wonderful love song, Kabir brings into focus the sense of completeness, fulfillment and realization of the Truth within.

Most of the worldly acquisitions (referred as colorings) lose their luster over time. In other words, even though they may attract us immensely in the beginning, they lose their charm as time progresses. For example if we buy a new car, we feel so thrilled to have it as our possession. Even other people compliment us on our new acquisition. We take extreme care that it doesn’t get dirty, stained or scratched/bumped by another vehicle. But as time progresses, it slowly becomes just like any other possession we have.

Kabir, in this song, points how a spiritual or inward-directed coloring is the onlyreality that actually grows in its beauty and luster with time. The veil, in this song, represents the sheaths of perception that cover our innermost being. These sheaths, in turn, are the mechanism of how we perceive reality. The coloring of spirituality (given to us by the Guru) indeed permeates all these sheaths. While normally our perceptions are covered by a myriad of worldly colors, the spiritual coloring, on the other hand, is unique, one-pointed and singular. That is, it replaces our dispersed perspective by a single color of love for God. This oneness removes confusion and cleanses the root of all maladies. And once an unalloyed clarity emerges even this color disappears, making us the display the glorious radiance of our inner being in all its purity and joy.

August 12, 2001Maalok


A baby smiles at his mom
A bee sits on an orchid
An azure sea spans across the horizon
A doc looks at the sick patient
A moth stares at the lamp
Truth is in what you see
Who knows what lies deep inside their hearts.

The baby coos at his mama
The bee buzzes over the tulip
The wave screams as it hits the hard rocks
The doc counsels his sick patient
The moth whines over the light
Truth is in what you hear
Who knows what lies deep inside their hearts.

The baby clings to his mummy
The bee drinks up the nectar from the rose
The wave retreats back from the shore
The doc operates on his sick patient
The moth burns with the flame
Truth is in what really happens
Who knows what lies deep inside their hearts.

The baby feels calm sleeping in his maa’s lap
The bee feels contented with the honey it makes
The wave feels agitated as it hits the hard rocks
The doc feels proud as he treats his sick patient.
The moth feels hurt as it vanishes in the flame
No one sees, hears, or knows how they feel.
Because who knows what lies deep inside their hearts.




Steven Siro “Steve” Vai (born June 6, 1960) is a three time Grammy Award-winning Italian-American rock guitarist, songwriter, vocalist and producer. After starting his professional career as a music transcriptionist for Frank Zappa, Vai recorded and toured in Zappa’s band for two years, from 1980 to 1982. The guitarist began a solo career in 1983 and has released 13 solo albums as of 2008. Apart from his work with Frank Zappa, Vai has also recorded and toured with Public Image Ltd., Alcatrazz, David Lee Roth, and Whitesnake. Vai has been a regular touring member of the G3 Concert Tour which began in 1996. In 1999 Vai started his own record label, Favored Nations, intending to showcase, as Vai describes, “…artists that have attained the highest performance level on their chosen instruments.”

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The Impatient Secularist’s Guide to Islam (via Said Simon)

This is what a non-muslim blogger, a student of Political Science and a secular humanist had to say about Islam.

The Impatient Secularist's Guide to Islam Islam is a confusing religion to a lot of people. After all, it’s foreign and stuff. So I thought I’d help clear up some of that confusion for you, my secularist pals who are mostly familiar only with Christianity. I’m only going to bother telling you what I think is relevant to what are likely to be your interests, so don’t think this is comprehensive. Some of these will seem like obvious statements, but bear with me because I like to be thoroug … Read More

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