On the Perils of Translation

A friend of mine (who prefers to remain anonymous) who blogs about Middle-English word studies related to The Cloud of Unknowing has posted a wonderful and thought-provoking meditation On Translation. He considers the challenge of living in a society where the market pretty much decides what does and doesn't get published, which means that some pretty dicey translations (and paraphrases) of literary and sacred texts end up getting disseminated.He uses Rumi as a case study, and his attack on … [Read more...]

Quote for the Day

Listen to the prophets, not to some adolescent boy. The foundation and the walls of the spiritual life are made of self-denials and disciplines.Stay with friends who support you in these. Talk with them about sacred texts, and how you're doing, and how they're doing, and keep your practices together. — Rumi, translated by Coleman Barks with John Moyne, from The Essential Rumi … [Read more...]

Quote for the Day

If you ask me ‘How did Jesus raise the dead?’ I will kiss you on the lips, and say ‘like this’. — Rumi (I nicked this from Gareth Higgins' Blog, God is Not Elsewhere) … [Read more...]