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Wednesday, October 15, 2014
3 more scrambled paragraphs: Ghazali, Balloon Dog, John Coltrane
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By the age of 33 Ghazali was appointed a professor in
Baghdad, where he became recognized as an authority on canon law.
_____ (Q) His greatest work of synthesis was in The Revivification of the Religious Sciences, which also argues that only the Sufi emphasis on inner devotion can fulfill the strict demands of the Qur’an.
_____ (R) In spite of his success,
Ghazali entered a period of spiritual crisis.
_____ (S) Therefore, in 1095 Ghazali became a wandering ascetic, returning to the Sufism of his youth, spending 11 years in meditation and retirement, until a Sultan persuaded him to teach again.
_____ (T) As he wrote in his autobiography:“I
examined my motives in my work of teaching, and realized that it was not a pure
desire for the things of God, but that the impulse moving me was the desire for
an influential position and public recognition."
_____ (U) In the public teachings and writings which followed his
retirement, Ghazali set forth a synthesis of orthodox theology and
WhileA Love Supremeis a recognized musical masterpiece,
it had enormous personal significance for Coltrane.
_____ (Q) In the spring of 1957, his dependence on drugs and
alcohol lost him one of the best jobs in jazz.
_____ (R) Alternately catatonic and brilliant, Coltrane's behavior
and playing became increasingly erratic and Davis fired him after a live show that
_____ (S) Soon after, Coltrane resolved to clean up his act.
_____ (T) He was playing sax and touring with Miles Davis' popular group when he became unreliable and strung out.
_____ (U) He would later write, in the 1964 liner notes toA Love Supreme,
"In the year of 1957, I experienced, by the grace of God, a spiritual
awakening, which was to lead me to a richer, fuller, more productive