Thursday, June 17, 2010
from "Within Time and Empty Space" by Ilchi Lee
Do not try to fill the small space with something,
but break down the wall.
Welcome infinite time and space,
the sky and the stars, and this Earth.
That is when you can attain great freedom.
Find the star of a great dream
and vision in your heart.
That is when your life
will become brighter and freer.
That is when you will know
that you are an eternal being.
Monday, June 14, 2010
Sunday, June 6, 2010
"The World Below the Brine"
by Walt Whitman
The world below the brine,
Forests at the bottom of the sea, the branches and leaves,
Sea-lettuce, vast lichens, strange flowers and seeds, the thick tangle, openings, and pink turf,
Different colors, pale gray and green, purple, white, and gold, the play of light through the water,
Dumb swimmers there among the rocks, coral, gluten, grass, rushes, and the aliment of the swimmers,
Sluggish existences grazing there suspended, or slowly crawling close to the bottom,
The sperm-whale at the surface blowing air and spray, or disporting with his flukes,
The leaden-eyed shark, the walrus, the turtle, the hairy sea-leopard, and the sting-ray,
Passions there, wars, pursuits, tribes, sight in those ocean-depths, breathing that thick-breathing air, as so many do,
The change thence to the sight here, and to the subtle air breathed by beings like us who walk this sphere,
The change onward from ours to that of beings who walk other spheres.
In tribute to those volunteers who are working desperately to protect seas, beaches, marshes, birds, animals, fish, and other creatures from the devastating Gulf oil catastrophe.
"Pain is part of life. By accepting it, its intensity is reduced. Do not resist it. Resistance to pain brings tension and anxiety, anxiety leads to fear. Fear of pain is worse than pain itself. This pain will pass. There is no need to fear, you are not alone. I am here. I offer you my life and my love for your wellbeing."
--Satish Kumar, The Buddha and the Terrorist