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Wisdom Stories, Poems, Sayings

Enchanting wisdom folklore uplifting poetry from the heart and soulful sayings handed down through the generations.

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 Daisy Newman Part of Kindred Spirits   KS2-3b 

Daisy Newman
The relationship between artistic creativity and one's closeness to God is considered in these intriguing remarks by best-selling novelist Daisy Newman. [more]
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 Ecstatic Poetry of the Heart Part of Kindred Spirits   KS2-4b 

Ecstatic Poetry of the Heart
Much in the tradition of ancient Persia's transcendentalist Rumi, "Ecstasy of the Heart" by contemporary Ceylonese lyrist Fuard Uduman borrows stunning images from nature to depict the inner human quest for God. [more]
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 The Four Disciples and Their Four Wondrous Gifts Part of Sufi Wisdom Tales   SW-3b 

The Four Disciples and Their Four Wondrous Gifts
Four men, disciples of a holy man, all vie for the hand of a beautiful maiden. [more]

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 The Four Travelers from the Four Religions Part of Sufi Wisdom Tales   SW-1b 

The Four Travelers from the Four Religions
Our highly popular story about the folly of religious bigotry. [more]

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 James Dillet Freeman Part of Kindred Spirits   KS2-3a 

James Dillet Freeman
Conversation and readings by the inspirational poet. [more]
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 The King Who Wanted to Make Gold Part of Sufi Wisdom Tales   SW-3a 

The King Who Wanted to Make Gold
Fearing he may one day lose his kingdom, a monarch advertises for an alchemist to teach the science of making gold. [more]

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 Let There Be Peace on Earth Humankind   35 

Let There Be Peace on Earth
Free Show Download: Songwriter Jill Jackson Miller tells the history of the song and how she and her husband composed "Let there be Peace," and members of a contemporary high school chorus describe the song's special meaning in the age of terrorism. [more]

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 Modern Wisdom from an Ancient Sage Humankind   12 

Modern Wisdom from an Ancient Sage
A Kansas therapist and author, John Heider, describes how his life has been profoundly affected by studying a renowned 2,500 year old wisdom text from China that teaches the art of inner balance. [more]
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 Should The Lion Eat the Man? Part of Sufi Wisdom Tales   SW-1a 

Should The Lion Eat the Man?
It takes a sly fox to figure a way out. [more]
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 The Sufi and the Man of Wealth Part of Sufi Wisdom Tales   SW-2b 

The Sufi and the Man of Wealth
A parable about a man whose all-consuming fixation on material possessions finally leads to his ruin. [more]

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 Sufi Wisdom Humankind   80 

Sufi Wisdom
We visit with a community of Americans who have embraced the peaceful path of the Sufis -- an Islamic tradition known for inspiring poetry and a gentle universal appeal. [more]
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 Sufi Wisdom Tales Public Radio Shows   SW 

Sufi Wisdom Tales
These enchanting stories provide human lessons for "children of all ages." [more]

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 Why Man Has No Peace Part of Sufi Wisdom Tales   SW-2a 

Why Man Has No Peace
The tale of a most cranky fellow who, although granted an endless list of worldly wishes, still can't be satisfied. [more]

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 Wisdom of Proverbs Humankind   47 

Wisdom of Proverbs
Elementary school students learn about ethics, language and common sense when a folklorist leads them through a fascinating exploration of age-old wisdom sayings and their relevance to everyday life. [more]
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 Words of Wisdom Part of Kindred Spirits   KS1-1a 

Words of Wisdom
The series opens with an inspiring "sampler" of song, poetry and prayer from various paths, interwoven in the spirit of unity. [more]
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