Meditation

Meditation is not something different from daily life, do not go off into the corner of a room and meditate for ten minutes, then come out of it and be a butcher-both metaphorically and actually. Meditation is part of life, not something different from life. Meditation is one of the greatest arts in life-perhaps the greatest, and one cannot possibly learn it from anybody. That is the beauty of...

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Indras Net

  There is an endless net of threads throughout The Universe The horizontal threads are in space The vertical threads are in time At the crossing of the threads There is an individual And every individual is a crystal bead And every crystal bead reflects Not only the light from every Other crystal in the net but Also every other reflection Throughout the entire universe ...

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Joseph and the Mirror

Rumi A friend of Joseph’s came to visit him after returning from a long journey. “What present have you brought me?” Joseph asked What could I bring you,” the friend replied that you don’t already have??” But” he added, because you are so beautiful, and nothing exists in all the world more beautiful than you, I have brought you a mirror, so you can know the joy at every moment of...

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Like Water

“The supreme good is like water, which nourishes all things without trying to. It flows to low places loathed by all men. Therefore, it is like the Tao. Live in accordance with the nature of things. In dwelling, be close to the land. In meditation, go deep in the heart. In dealing with others, be gentle and kind. In speech, be true. In ruling be just. In action, watch the timing No fight: No...

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IBN ‘ARABI AND THE CHRIST

I remember the first time I ever heard my master recite the verse of Ibn’Arabi.  It was Christmas day. And my master said this poem, in part,describes the consciousness of Mohammad, Jesus, Buddha and anyone who achieves union with the Rose, with God. I knew something of this poem but my master spoke it differently, adding to it as one might to a song they were playfully singing. Later that...

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The Simple chat

A burning coal against the flesh-who has not felt this, from news that reached you, or the shock to your nerves from bearing eyewitness to horrific events? The avalanches come, we should help dig each other out. The simple chat will return. May it last long, and be realized as...

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Paradox

Paradoxes:  best wakefulness in sleep, wealth in having nothing, a pearl necklace fastened around an iron collar.  Fire contained in boiling water. Revenues growing from funds flowing out.  Giving is gainful employment.  It brings in money.  Taking time for ritual prayer and meditation saves time.  Sweet fruit hide in leaves.  Dung becomes food for the ground and generative power in...

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Listen, O Drop

Listen, O drop, give yourself up without regret, and in exchange gain the Ocean. Listen, O drop, bestow upon yourself this honor, and in the arms of the Sea be secure. Who indeed should be so fortunate? An Ocean wooing a drop! In God’s name, in God’s name, sell and buy at once! Give a drop, and take this Sea full of pearls.” ―...

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All here right now

Rather than trying to build skyscrapers to reach heaven and bridges to cross the raging river of samsara to reach the so-called other shore of nirvana, we could realize that it all flows right through us right now and there’s nowhere to go, nothing to get, and all is perfect as it is. This deep inner knowing has a lot to do with trust and letting be; there is nirvanic peace in things just as...

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Let’s Swing

Between the conscious and the unconscious, the mind has put up a swing: all earth creatures, even the supernovas , sway between these two trees, and it never winds down angels, animals,humans, insects, by the million also the wheeling sun and moon: ages go by and it goes on. Everything is swinging: heaven, earth,water,fire, and the secret one slowly growing a body. Kabir saw that for fifteen...

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