Category Archives: SpiritualHuman

Collective Identity held lightly not tightly











“I prefer to hold on to any identity lightly rather than tightly. It informs my thinking but is not essentially who I am.

Spiritually, I cling to such identities lightly with the hope that eventually I may let go of them and what remains is the undivided individual.”

Musa Askari

A Farewell Wish

Whiter than white, The setting sun departs, Bidding goodnight, Pain in my heart

Hope to see you again my friend, Pay tribute to you as you descend, In your wake, The Sky: Still, Clear, And light, A lone bird takes its final flight, Settling for the night

Earlier I recollect, Strength of your heat upon my chest, A feeling strong, Holding me down, For a moment, No escape to be found

Thanks to you I see the mess, Objects that cause my distress, Shelter of shade, Easy to find, But what am I to do? When these objects I still cling to

Take me with you as you set, Free me from which I am beset, Tell me how when clouds hinder the way your Light still shines through? What am I to do?

Dear Friend of mine, you come from which That is impossible to define, So grant me this fare-well wish, As your light here begins to diminish, Promise me you will return, For my heart without Him would surely burn.

By Musa Askari

History speaking to our time

Scientifically we take much note of species within the natural world becoming extinct. We make a great commotion at the discovery within archaeology of some forgotten monument, people or treasure. We peer into history through artefacts and old preserved documents trying to piece together a coherent picture of life in a bygone age as instinctively we feel it has something to speak to our time. The Kondh people of Orissa, India for example and other such identities around the planet are right before us. We can learn and value them in the here and now or are we to read about them in some distant future looking back with the question “why did we look the other way?”. And let us not be so arrogant to think the current world order will persist indefinitely. Who is to say that centuries from now, in some new kind of humanity free of collective fear, suspicion and national interest, an archaeologist will not be looking back at us and asking, “what went wrong?.”

By Musa Askari