Don’t go back to sleep…

“The Breeze at dawn has secrets to tell you. Don’t go back to sleep. You must ask for what you really want. Don’t go back to sleep. People are going back and forth across the door sill Where the two worlds touch. The door is round and open Don’t go back to sleep.” ––Rumi And as another translation has it……. The Wind at dawn is the...

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Trading in Love’s Currency

Reason said, ” We live in a world of six directions – and that’s it! Love replied, “There is a path beyond, and I have traveled it many times.” Reason saw a market and set up shop, but love trades in another currency...

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A Buddhist interpretation of “True Love”

What is love? What is ‘true’ love? Can it even be defined? Is it even dependant on being in a relationship with someone? Our idea of what true love is today may comes from a fairytale, movie, or reality TV show, and the definition has likely changed many times. But we all have certain conditions attached to our idea of what love is, or some sort of criteria drawn up for what our ‘perfect...

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The Time Before Death

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 rejoin with the ecstatic just because the body is...

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Your Mother and My Mother

Fear is the cheapest room in the house. I would like to see you living In better conditions, For your mother and my mother Were friends. I know the Innkeeper In this part of the universe. Get some rest tonight, Come to my verse again tomorrow. We’ll go speak to the Friend together. I should not make any promises right now, But I know if you Pray Somewhere in this world Something good will...

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Visiting a foreign Country

If you were planning to move to a foreign country and thought you might never return, would not it then be prudent to acclimate yourself to any customs they might have of say…only drinking one certain liquid and nothing else? Then, dears, run to the wineshop, run. for in heaven what can increase your soul’s expanse is all that is ever...

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One Truth

In all ten directions of the universe, there is only one truth. When we see clearly the great teachings are the same. What can ever be lost? What can be attained? If we attain something, it was there from the beginning of time. If we lose something, it is hiding somewhere near us. Look: this ball in my pocket: can you see how priceless it...

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Neck Deep in Grace

...A friend James Baraz tells of traveling to India to be with the guru H. W. L. Poonja… Poonja was celebrated for his freedom of spirit, for the energy of awakening he transmitted to his disciples, and for his joyful laughter. James had completed twenty years of meditation practice and become a greatly beloved Buddhist teacher. Still wanting to grow, and yearning to touch more deeply the...

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I Have Come Into this World to See…

I have come into this world to see this: The sword drop from men’s hands even at the height of their arc of anger Because we have finally realized there is just one flesh to wound…… I have come into this world to see this: All creatures hold hands as we pass through this miraculous existence we share on the way to even a greater being of soul, a being of just ecstatic light,...

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Turn left a thousand feet from here…

What I really want to give you I can’t, Yet all day long I try painting maps on the sky With bright, tender sounds that say, “Turn left a thousand feet from here, Just past that next hill. Then make a sharp right As soon as you see that big rock That looks like an egg, There you will find a decent tavern.” I am like a wise friend. If you come close to me I will write down the...

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