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Sufi Art
I spent around two months in Britain around summer 2010. In a typical rainy day in London, I got an invitation from a British artist to draw a mural work on one of their sites. I’m not an expert in London locations; however, I joint them somewhere around the Oval station in South London. I worked on this mural project for a day. During that day I was with one of the best Iranian photographers Mohsen Shahmardi who was responsible for video recording and photo shooting. This is Persian calligraphy on “Love” or “عشق” inspired by Iranian poet Rumi. Rumi is a Sufi scholar, writer, and poet, and he is one of the most famous masters in the history of Islam. Not only that his poetries are wide acclaimed, but his teachings are also very much inspiring and far-reaching. He teaches unconditional acceptance, tolerance, patience, love, compassion, and benevolence. His famous ‘Seven Pieces of Advice’ has passed down all the years and is still very much revered in the present time. The Seven Pieces of Advice epitomizes the highest sentiment of humanity, transcends religious boundaries, and encompasses the universal values of all religions: In generosity and helping others: be like the river In compassion and grace: be like the sun. In concealing others’ faults: be like the night. In anger and fury: be like the dead. In modesty and humility: be like the soil. Intolerance: be like the ocean. Either you appear as you are, or: be as you look. Sufi Dancer -Mixed media on canvas -40X40 inches see more works on my website www.keyvanshovir.com #keyvanheydarishovir #keyvan Shovir #keyvan Heydari Shovir #Ck1 keyvan shovir
How To Learn A New Language At Home
I've been trying to improve my French recently, and came across these awesome YouTubers called DamonandJo. They have self-taught themselves nearly 6 languages! I believe they speak French, Spanish, Portugese, Italian, German, and of course English! You can either watch the video above (which I suggest cause they have the BEST sense of humor) or check out their tips below: 1. Follow Famous YouTubers in the language you want to learn! There are tons of youtubers in other languages, and often if they are famous enough, there will be english subtitles. Listen to them to hear real people speaking the language rather than a text book! They're usually super entertaining too so it helps :) 2. Follow those YouTubers or famous people on twitter so you see that language each day! The easiest way to get used to a foreign language is to see it all the time and this really helps! 3. Change your phone/facebook/etc language to your desired language! Since you probably already know where everything is in your phone or facebook, you wont be confused and you'll learn a ton of new vocab! 4. Listen to audio books in the language you want!!! Audible has a ton of foreign language books. Try starting with a book you already know well (like Harry Potter for me - I'm trying to read that in Korean right now...) and listen throughout your day! 5. Sign up for foreign magazines or newsletters! Or even better download their app in another language! For example, my boyfriend gets push notification from Le Monde which is a french newspaper :) Even if you only read the headline, its practice. 6. Try cooking a meal using a recipe in a different language! You start to learn that a lot of words you actually already know (for example, sauté means the same thing in french and in korean bokkeum (like bokkeumbap) means fried! so literally "fried rice!" 7. Watch TV shows in the language Duh!!!! 8. Talk to yourself and dont be afraid! Practice speaking whenever you can, even to people who are strangers! be brave! What languages are you trying to learn?!