Thursday, October 30, 2014

Varúð








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Taken from the Sigur Ros "valtari mystery film experiment" - a collection of 16 short films made for the  valtari album. The copyright in this audiovisual recording is owned by Sigur Ros under exclusive licence to EMI Records Ltd, valtari
 
 
 
 

fishing for fallen light








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If each day falls
inside each night,
there exists a well
where clarity is imprisoned.

We need to sit on the rim
of the well of darkness
and fish for fallen light
with patience.


–Pablo Neruda






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Wednesday, October 29, 2014

today








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This is what you shall do:
Love the earth and sun and the animals,
Despise riches, give alms to everyone that asks,

Stand up for the stupid and crazy,
Devote your income and labors to others,

Hate tyrants, argue not concerning God,
Have patience and indulgence toward the people,

Take off your hat to nothing known or unknown,
Or to any man or number of men,

Go freely with powerful uneducated persons,
And with the young and with the mothers of families,

Read these leaves in the open air,
Every season of every year of your life,

Reexamine all you have been told,
At school at church or in any book,

Dismiss whatever insults your own soul,
And your very flesh shall be a great poem,

And have the richest fluency not only in its words,
But in the silent lines of its lips and face,

And between the lashes of your eyes,
And in every motion and joint of your body.


–Walt Whitman
Leaves of Grass







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Tuesday, October 28, 2014

may what I do flow from me like a river







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I believe in all that has never yet been spoken.
I want to free what waits within me
so that what no one has dared to wish for
may for once spring clear
without my contriving. 
If this is arrogant, God, forgive me,
but this is what I need to say.
May what I do flow from me like a river,
no forcing and no holding back,
the way it is with children.

Then in these swelling and ebbing currents,
these deepening tides moving out, returning,
I will sing you as no one ever has,
streaming through widening channels
into the open sea.


–Rainer Maria Rilke
Anita Barrows and Joanna Macy translation







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if it be your will



 










If it be your will
That I speak no more
And my voice be still
As it was before
I will speak no more
I shall abide until
I am spoken for
If it be your will

If it be your will
That a voice be true
From this broken hill
I will sing to you
From this broken hill
All your praises they shall ring
If it be your will
To let me sing

If it be your will
If there is a choice
Let the rivers fill
Let the hills rejoice
Let your mercy spill
On all these burning hearts in hell
If it be your will
To make us well

And draw us near
And bind us tight
All your children here
In their rags of light
In our rags of light
All dressed to kill
And end this night
If it be your will



–Leonard Cohen







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Monday, October 27, 2014

shanti, shanti, shanti







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That is perfect. This is perfect.

Perfect comes from perfect.

Take perfect from perfect, the remainder is perfect.


May peace and peace and peace be everywhere.


–The Isha Upanishad


















when you look







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When you look at anything, it is the ultimate you see, but you imagine that you see a cloud or a tree.

Learn to look without imagination, to listen without distortion: that is all. Stop attributing names and shapes to the essentially nameless and formless, realise that every mode of perception is subjective, that what is seen or heard, touched or smelt, felt or thought, expected or imagined, is in the mind and not in reality, and you will experience peace and freedom from fear.

Even the sense of ‘I am’ is composed of the pure light and the sense of being. The ‘I’ is there even without the ‘am’. So is the pure light there whether you say ‘I’ or not. Become aware of that pure light and you will never lose it. The beingness in being, the awareness in consciousness, the interest in every experience — that is not describable, yet perfectly accessible, for there is nothing else.



–Ramana Maharshi






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Paul Slyer photo
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how it works






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Your sickness is from you,
But you do not perceive it,
And your remedy is within you,
But you do not sense it.


You presume you are a small entity,
But within you is enfolded the entire universe,
You are indeed the evident book,
By whose alphabet the hidden become manifest.


Therefore you have no need to look beyond yourselves,
What you seek is within you,
If only you reflect.



—Amir-ul-Mu’mineen Imam Ali ibn Abi Talib







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fab for your Monday









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Sunday, October 26, 2014

today








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let go
in every breath
if you're the center
of your own desires
you'll lose the grace
of your beloved
but if in every breath
you blow away
your self claim
the ecstasy of love
will soon arrive
in every breath
if you're the center
of your own thoughts
the sadness of autumn
will fall on you
but if in every breath
you strip naked
just like a winter
the joy of spring
will grow from within
all your impatience
comes from the push
for gain of patience
let go of the effort
and peace will arrive
all your unfulfilled desires
are from your greed
for gain of fulfillments
let go of them all
and they will be sent as gifts
fall in love with
the agony of love
not the ecstasy
then the beloved
will fall in love with you

–Rumi
Ghazal (Ode) 323
Nader Khalili translation







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live everything







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I beg you to have patience with everything unresolved in your heart and try to love the questions themselves as if they were locked rooms or books written in a very foreign language. 

Don’t search for the answers, which could not be given to you now, because you would not be able to live them. And the point is, to live everything. 

Live the questions now. Perhaps then, someday far in the future, you will gradually, without even noticing it, live your way into the answer.

–Rainer Maria Rilke,
Letters To A Young Poet






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wait







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Do you have the patience to wait until your mud settles
and the water is clear?



—Lao Tzu







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patience







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Know that this troublesome body is like a coat of armor:
comfortable neither in winter or in summer.
Yet still this bad associate is good for you because of the patience you must show in overcoming its desires, for the exercise of patience expands the heart with spiritual peace.

The patience shown by the moon to the dark night keeps it illumined; the patience shown by the rose to the thorn keeps it fragrant.


–Rumi
Camille and Kabir Helminski version
Persion transliteration Yahyá Monastra







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the great secret





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When I run after what I think I want, my days are a furnace of stress and anxiety; if I sit in my own place of patience, what I need flows to me, and without pain. 

From this I understand that what I want also wants me, is looking for me and attracting me. 

There is a great secret here for anyone who can grasp it.


–Rumi
















grace


 




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The time of judging
Who is drunk or sober,
Who is right and who is wrong,
Who is closer to god, and who is farther away,
All that is over.

This caravan is led instead by a great delight,
The simple joy that sits with us now.

That is the grace.


–Hafiz






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Saturday, October 25, 2014

Ars Poetica, excerpt








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The purpose of poetry is to remind us
how difficult it is to remain just one person,
for our house is open, there are no keys in the doors,
and invisible guests come in and out at will.


–Czeslaw Milosz





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today







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Love, and do what you like!


–Saint Augustine






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not to worry







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All you need is to understand that you are the source of reality, that you give reality instead of getting it, that you need no support and no confirmation.

Things are as they are because you accept them as they are. Stop accepting them and they will dissolve.


–Nisargadatta Maharaj










as above, so below







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That which is above is like that which is below

and that which is below is like that which is above,

to achieve the wonders of the one thing.


–Hermes Trismegistus






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if you try







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You cannot understand life and its mysteries as long as you try to grasp it. Indeed, you cannot grasp it, just as you cannot walk off with a river in a bucket. 

If you try to capture running water in a bucket, it is clear that you do not understand it and that you will always be disappointed, for in the bucket the water does not run. 

To “have” running water you must let go of it and let it run.


–Alan Wilson Watts






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Friday, October 24, 2014

that which abides

 




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With their round dance the electrons spin
chrysalises of that which abides,
the inmost cocoons
which do not open of their own accord
but are of that which abides.

There it is not a matter of hatching out.

There it is a matter of tending and protecting
the metamorphoses of the inmost
deeper-down swaying,

the innermost playing of women in dance.


–Harry Martinson








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Thursday, October 23, 2014

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Go beyond consciousness.
You cannot fight pain and pleasure on the level of consciousness.  
To go beyond them you must go beyond consciousness, which is possible only when you look at consciousness as something that happens to you and not in you, as something external, alien, superimposed.
Then, suddenly you are free of consciousness, really alone, with nothing to intrude.
 

And that is your true state.


–Nisargadatta Maharaj







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you are beautiful







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Both anatomy and astronomy describe you.


–Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj








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how it works








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God illumines the mind and shines within it.
One cannot know God by means of the mind.
One can but turn the mind inwards and merge it in God.


–Ramana Maharshi








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its self









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I never saw a wild thing
sorry for itself.

A small bird will drop frozen dead from a bough
without ever having felt sorry for itself.


–D. H. Lawrence





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Grace is within you. If it were external, it would be useless. –Ramana Maharshi



buffalo-divine-eden-no7:

You think that you are the body or that you are the mind. But there are occasions when you are free from both. For example in deep slumber, you create a body and a world in your dream. That represents your mental activities. In your waking state you think that you are the body and then the idea of forest and the rest arise.Now, consider the situation. You are an unchanging and continuous being who remains in all these states which are constantly changing and therefore transient. But you are always there. It follows that these fleeting objects are mere phenomena which appear on your being like pictures which move across a screen. The screen does not move when the picture moves. Similarly, you do not move from where you are even when the body leaves the home and mixes in society. Your body, the society, the forest and the ways are all in you; you are not in them. You are the body also but not this body only. If you remain as your pure Self, the body and its movements need not affect you.
Ramana Maharshi
 




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You think that you are the body or that you are the mind. But there are occasions when you are free from both.
For example in deep slumber, you create a body and a world in your dream. That represents your mental activities. In your waking state you think that you are the body and then the idea of forest and the rest arise.

Now, consider the situation. You are an unchanging and continuous being who remains in all these states which are constantly changing and therefore transient. But you are always there. It follows that these fleeting objects are mere phenomena which appear on your being like pictures which move across a screen. The screen does not move when the picture moves. Similarly, you do not move from where you are even when the body leaves the home and mixes in society.
Your body, the society, the forest and the ways are all in you; you are not in them. You are the body also but not this body only. If you remain as your pure Self, the body and its movements need not affect you.


–Ramana Maharshi








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Wednesday, October 22, 2014

today






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Be suspicious of what you want.


Rumi







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(inquiry before snow







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silence
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a
looking

bird:the

turn
ing;edge,of
life


–E. E. Cummings








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snow







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The room was suddenly rich and the great bay-window was
Spawning snow and pink roses against it
Soundlessly collateral and incompatible:
World is suddener than we fancy it.

World is crazier and more of it than we think,
Incorrigibly plural. I peel and portion
A tangerine and spit the pips and feel
The drunkenness of things being various.

And the fire flames with a bubbling sound for world
Is more spiteful and gay than one supposes -
On the tongue on the eyes on the ears in the palms of one's hands -
There is more than glass between the snow and the roses.


–Louis MacNeice 







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when we understand








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When we understand,

we are at the centre of the circle
and there we sit
while Yes and No
chase each other
around the circumference.


–Chuang Tzu







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