Athos – the mountain which emanates otherness

Nik Erik Neubauer, Jan Dominik Bogataj

On our planet, there are only a few places that are so special and mysteriously attractive to humankind as – after 1000 years of history even more – Athos.The reason for this otherness is maybe the fact that on this 40 km long peninsula on the Greek coast of the Aegean Sea, inhabited by around 2000 monks, has not yet stepped a woman’s leg. This exotic perhaps stems also from the fact that you have to go through a very difficult and long process to get a limited “tourist” permission to stay on peninsula for just a few days. And maybe Athos holds its mysterious reputation because of its serene and strikingly...

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Don Paterson (prev. Mateja Komel Snoj)

CestaPopotnik, tvoje stopinje soedina steza, edina sled:potohodec, tu ni poti,tu ni zemljevida ali zvezde severnice,le prazna stran in brezzvezdna tema;in če bi se obrnil, da bi občudovalrazdaljo, ki si jo prehodil danes,bi cesta vzvalovala v prah.Ni poti naprej in ne nazaj,tu ni poti, tovariš moj: zaupajv hitri svoj korak, preložitev konca,v izginulo sled svoje lastne brazde,potohodec, morjehodec, Kristus.LučKo sem prišel k njegovi postelji, je bil že slep.Trinajst let je preteklo in moj duh je bil še vednotako temen kakor na dan mojega...

Repetition as a reconciliation with oneself in atonement for the guilt of the other

Boris Šinigoj

From Kierkegaard and Dostoevsky to Levinas, Ocepek and RicoeurI.  Discovering my own untruth in sinMy own untruth is something I could discover only by myself, since it is only when I have discovered it that it is discovered, even if the whole world knew of it before … But this state, to be untruth by reason of one’s own guilt, what shall we call it? Let us call it Sin.[1]Søren KierkegaardHow do we begin in our spiritually eroded time when it is unpopular to speak of human sinfulness to passionately consider fundamental existential questions of the individual? How can we achieve the existential turn, not only...

Mindfulness and self-examination in Sufism

Raid Al - Daghistani

  1. What is Sufism?When it comes to the question of defining the essence of Sufism, one will notice that there is a difference of opinion not just among contemporary academics, but also among Sufis themselves. The renowned Islamic mystic of 11th century al-Qushayrī (d. 1074) recounts in his Epistle that when people discuss over the meaning of Sufism, each speaks from his own experience.[1] The difference of opinion on Sufism arises therefore not out of a lack of knowledge on the subject in question, but rather out of the nature of Sufism itself, or more precisely, out of variety of its existential and experiential...

Tafakkur and tadthakkur – two techniques of Islamic spirituality

Raid Al - Daghistani

The present paper focuses on two important “initiatic techniques” of Islamic spirituality or Sufism: tafakkur and tadthakkur. Both concepts have multiple meanings. Tafakkur could be translated as “contemplation”, “spiritual reflection”, or “meditation” on God, whereas tadthakkur could be translated as “remembrance” of God, “recollection”, “evocation” or “invocation” (of His most beautiful Names).[1] These two essential spiritual methods of Sufism are also found on the list of so-called “spiritual stations” (maqāmāt), which a Muslim mystic (Sufi) must acquire on his inner spiritual ascent towards...

The Sayings of the ‘Desert Fathers’ and the Quest(ion) of the Self

Borut Škodlar, Jan Ciglenečki

 The Sayings of the “Desert Fathers” and the Quest(ion) of the Self:A General Outline“Desert Fathers” and their spiritual practicesThe following paragraphs are a loose set of ideas for our forthcoming research on the psychological dimensions of the teachings of the “Desert Fathers”. Within the framework of the project “Heritage of the Desert Fathers” we are interested in different mental conditions in relation to various spiritual practices behind the sayings and anecdotes of the “Desert Fathers”. These early Christian ascetics pursued gradual penetration of outer sets of emotions,...