Issue 92

  • Growing in Cascades

    The Fountain Magazine is delighted to welcome two new editions to its growing family—Revista Cascada and Ebru-two saplings born out of the same root.

    The Fountain was being published in German as Die Fontäne, in Russ

    Published March - April 2013 - The Fountain

    The Test

    Life is a chain of tests, ensuing one after another. It is a human condition we experience from childhood until the moment we breathe our last. For the discerning souls, each of these minor tests is an elimination to determine the

    Published March - April 2013 - M. Fethullah Gulen

    Seeing Near: A Blessing We Take for Granted

    There are so many blessings in life, granted to us free of charge, which we take for granted. Eyesight, being able to see near and far distances, most certainly tops the list. But we do not have to be deprived of our sight in

    Published March - April 2013 - Yusuf Yilmaz

    How Many Tsunamis May I Survive?

    Diversity or uncertainty. Beneath all our differences and behind all our diversity is there a unity that binds us together and makes us one human family?

    Postmodernism includes theories that recognize and

    Published March - April 2013 - Seema Arif

    YNU: Your Nature University

    Today, many grade-school children do not know that milk comes from cows and eggs come from chickens. They think it all comes from the refrigerator. And if it is not there, it comes from mom—and she brings it home from the ca

    Published March - April 2013 - Kelli Angelone

    Dawn Comes in Dreams

    The spirit wanders through the night
    To find a way out
    Toward that which it seeks and longs for
    Travels with the hope of recovering what is lost

    Travels from the reason to the heart
    To bereft of powe

    Published March - April 2013 - M. Fethullah Gulen

    The Solar Eclipse and Its Fine Balance

    A heavenly spectacle happening every 6585.32 days, lasting up to 7.5 seconds, can be seen along a track 300 kms wide but cannot be observed with the naked eye

    A solar eclipse is a celestial event that takes pla

    Published March - April 2013 - Gokay Goktolga

    The Gulen Movement: A Shared Bridge between the U.S. and Islam

    "Life is a shared bridge of “passing over” and “coming back.” It is a passing over to other cultures and faiths, not to disown one’s own heritage, but to come back to incorporate new wisdoms and insight into one’s

    Published March - April 2013 - Peter J. Mehl

    Will Cern Reveal The Origin of The Universe or cause the end?

    CERN, the most advanced physics laboratory on earth, announced on July 2012 that they had found a particle that behaved like the Higgs boson, a particle predicted almost 50 years ago to exist. This discovery has brought with i

    Published March - April 2013 - Cihan Kara

    Mixed Greens of Hope

    Walking into a regular salad bar for lunch, one anticipates nothing more than a short and simple exchange of civilities and of course a mixed salad. But there are instances where the wisdom one may receive from the man behind

    Published March - April 2013 - Katharine Branning

    Sakina & Itmi’nan (Serenity and Peacefulness)

    Literally meaning calmness, silence, steadiness, solemnity, familiarity, the subsidence of the waves and tranquility, sakina (serenity) is the opposite of flightiness, restlessness, wavering or indecision. In the language of Sufis

    Published March - April 2013 - M. Fethullah Gulen

    Extraordinary Blood Circulation in Crocodiles

    By examining the heart of a crocodile, researchers have discovered how it is that an air-breathing land animal can manage to glide through murky waters for several hours without the need to surface.


    Published March - April 2013 - Mirac Bekdemir

    Philosophy of Horizons: Beyond the Immediate and the Obvious

    No matter how fast or how far a person runs, the horizon will always be beyond them. This being the case, the real distance and depth of the horizon is inside a person, it is in their mind and perception…

    Published March - April 2013 - Rev. Dr. Pachomius Okogie

    Healing of Wounds

    What possible similarities could there exist between a human and a tree? Interestingly, the open wounds of human beings and trees are subject to the same laws and are healed in similar ways.

    Have you ever

    Published March - April 2013 - Mahmut Celiker

    Mala’, Manufacture of Consent, and True Freedom

    Mala’, the ruling clique of a particular social order, throughout history have always been at the forefront to control the thoughts and actions of their people. With a new face and form, the mala’ continues today, covertly

    Published March - April 2013 - Hamdi Sener

    The Journey of Drugs through the Body

    We get ill due to various reasons and in order to get better, we sometimes get some rest, sometimes be extra cautious with what we eat and other times use medicine. But how does medicine get absorbed from our intestines and get tr

    Published March - April 2013 - Fatih Osmanoglu

    Rising and Collapsing Worlds in Galaxies

    By the time you finish reading this sentence, you will have been carried over the earth, passed the sun, and moved through actual space of 1000 kms! In the time it takes you to ponder upon this, you will have moved another 100

    Published March - April 2013 - Ihsan Kose

    How To Avoid Claiming Divine Favors Upon One Self

    Question: There are positive developments around the world in the direction of a revival of ethical and spiritual values. How should believers position themselves on a safe ground to avoid claiming divine favors upon themselves

    Published March - April 2013 - Hikmet Isik

    Science Square

    Facing Aggression
    Gómez-Valdés et al. Lack of Support for the Association between Facial Shape and Aggression: A Reappraisal Based on a Worldwide Population Genetics Perspective. PLoS ONE, 2013; 8 (1)

    Published March - April 2013 - The Fountain

    An Adoring Journey through the Wisdom of Words

    After months of rigorous labor and hard work, I have recently finished translating the book, The Messenger of God: Muhammad – An Analysis of the Prophet’s Life by M. Fethullah Gülen, translated from Turkish to English by Ali

    Published March - April 2013 - Mohammad Aleem