Tuesday, 26 February 2013

The Revolution


The Revolution

The darkness of night is coming along fast,
and the shadows of love close in the body and the mind.
Open the window to the west, and disappear into the air inside you.
Near your breastbone there is an open flower.
Drink the honey that is all around that flower.

Waves are coming in:
there is so much magnificence near the ocean!

Listen: Sound of big seashells! Sounds of bells!

Kabir says: "Friend, listen,

this is what I have to say:

The Guest I love is inside me!"

Friend, hope for the Guest while you are alive.

Jump into experience while you are alive.

Think and think while you are alive.

What you call 'salvation' belongs to the time before death.

If you don't break your ropes while you're alive, 

do you think ghosts will do it after?

The idea that the soul will join with the ecstatic

just because the body is rotten -
that is all fantasy.

What is found now is found then.

If you find nothing now,

you will simply end up with an apartment in the City of Death.

And if you make love with the divine now, 

in the next life you will have the face of satisfied desire.

Then plunge into the Truth, 

find out who the Teacher is, believe in the Great Sound! 
  


Kabir says this:

"When the Guest is being searched for, 

it is the intensity of the longing for the Guest that does all the work.

Look at me...

you will see a slave of that intensity."

Kabir

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Tuesday, 19 February 2013

O Me! O Life!


O Me! O Life!

Oh me! Oh life! of the questions of these recurring,
Of the endless trains of the faithless, of cities fill’d with the foolish,
Of myself forever reproaching myself, (for who more foolish than I, and who more faithless?)
Of eyes that vainly crave the light, of the objects mean, of the struggle ever renew’d,
Of the poor results of all, of the plodding and sordid crowds I see around me,
Of the empty and useless years of the rest, with the rest me intertwined,
The question, O me! so sad, recurring—What good amid these, O me, O life?

                                       Answer.
That you are here—that life exists and identity,
That the powerful play goes on, and you may contribute a verse.

Walt Whitman

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Tuesday, 12 February 2013

The Journey


The Journey

One day you finally knew
what you had to do, and began,
though the voices around you
kept shouting
their bad advice--
though the whole house
began to tremble
and you felt the old tug
at your ankles.
"Mend my life!"
each voice cried.
But you didn't stop.
You knew what you had to do,
though the wind pried
with its stiff fingers
at the very foundations,
though their melancholy
was terrible.
It was already late
enough, and a wild night,
and the road full of fallen
branches and stones.
But little by little,
as you left their voices behind,
the stars began to burn
through the sheets of clouds,
and there was a new voice
which you slowly
recognized as your own,
that kept you company
as you strode deeper and deeper
into the world,
determined to do
the only thing you could do--
determined to save
the only life you could save.

Mary Oliver


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Tuesday, 5 February 2013

The Voice of The Devil



The Voice of The Devil

All Bibles or sacred codes have been the causes of the following Errors:

1. That Man has two real existing principles,
viz. a Body and a Soul.

2. That Energy, call'd Evil,
is alone from the Body;
and that Reason, call'd Good,
is alone from the Soul.

3. That God will torment Man in Eternity
for following his Energies.

But the following Contraries to these are True:

1. Man has no Body distinct from his Soul; for that call'd
Body is a portion of Soul discern'd by the five Senses,
the chief inlets of Soul in this age.

2. Energy is the only life, and is from the Body;
and Reason is the bound or outward circumference of Energy.

3. Energy is Eternal Delight.

William Blake

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