#2443 - Monday, April 10, 2006 -
Editor: Gloria Lee
All this time
The sun never says to the earth,
With a love like
It lights the
Hafiz in The Gift
"A few weeks before he was assassinated,
Gandhi the Mahatma
had a conversation with his grandson Arun. He handed Arun
talisman upon which were engraved "Seven Blunders," out of
Gandhi, grows the violence that plagues the world.
Wealth without work.
Knowledge without character.
Science without humanity.
Politics without principles.
Gandhi called these
disbalances "passive violence," which
fuels the active violence of crime,
rebellion, and war.
He said, "We could work 'til doomsday to achieve peace
would get nowhere as long as we ignore passive violence in
To his grandfather's list of seven blunders Arun later added
Rights without responsibilities.
Gandhi gave the list
to Arun in 1947. Almost sixty years
later the blunders have been
institutionalized, built into
our corporations, our governments, our very
Not only are we no longer embarrassed by them;
practice them. In some of them we even take pride."
-ts- posted to Allspirit
Interview with Director Luc Jacquet,
MARCH OF THE
"In my opinion, the best way to
protect the planet
is to get people to like it. One protects what
loves. It's obvious that global warming has an impact
reproduction of the penguins. But much of
public opinion appears
insensitive to the dangers of
global warming. We have to find other ways
communicate to people about it, not just lecture them."
- Luc Jacquet,
quoted in NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC
NEWS by Stefan Lovgren, June 24,
"Although denying that we have a special position in
natural world might seem becomingly modest in
the eye of eternity, it might
also be used as an excuse
for evading our responsibilities. The fact is
species has ever had such wholesale control over
earth, living or dead, as we now have.
That lays upon us, whether we like it
or not, an
awesome responsibility. In our hands now lies not
our own future, but that of all living creatures
with whom we share the
- David Attenborough, LIFE ON EARTH
"Before you can truly know what
compassion is, you have to develop equanimity towards that which is threatening,
disagreeable or fearful. Equanimity and compassion dont come from transcending
these things; they come from moving closer to what scares you, threatens you,
causes you to become aggressive and selfish, and so forth....We assume that by
moving closer to suffering we would spiral down, but its amazing what a source
of inspiration it is to face it together. It surprises us that the darkness is a
source of inspiration."
- Pema Chodrom
When people start to mediate or to work
with any kind of spiritual discipline, the often think that somehow they're
going to improve, which is a sort of subtle aggression against who they really
are. It's a bit like saying, "If I jog, I'll be a much better person." "If I
could only get a nicer house, I'd be a better person." If I could meditate and
calm down, I'd be a better person."... But loving-kindness--maitri--toward
ourselves doesn't mean getting rid of anything. Maitri means that we can still
be crazy after all these years. We can still be angry after all these years. We
can still be timid or jealous or full of feelings of unworthiness. The point is
not to try to throw ourselves away and become something better. It's about
befriending who we are already. The ground of practice is you or me or whoever
we are right now, just as we are. That's the ground, that's what we study,
that's what we come to know with tremendous curiosity and interest.
-Pema Chodron, The Wisdom of No Escape
and the Path of Loving-Kindness
sound of salaams rising as waves
diminish down in prayer,
some trace of the one
whose trace does not appear.
If anyone asks you
to say who you are,
say without hesitation, *soul
within soul within
There's a pearl diver who does not know
how to swim! No
Pearls are handed him on the beach.
We lovers laugh to hear,
"This should be
more that and that more this,"
coming from people
sitting in a wagon
tilted in a ditch.
Going in search of the heart, I
a huge rose, and roses under all our feet!
How to say this to
someone who denies it?
The robe we wear is the sky's
Everything is soul and flowering.
'Rumi the Book of Love - poems of ecstasy and longing'
and commentary by Coleman Barks
Harmony Upon... photos by Alan
Walk in Beauty
It had been his grandfather that taught
the words and legends of the Blessing Way;
taught him what the Holy
People had told the
Earth Surface People about how to live;
the lessons of the Changing Woman--
that the only goal for man was beauty,
that beauty was found only in harmony, and that
this harmony of
nature was a matter of
"When the dung beetle
moves, know that something
has moved it. And know that its movement affects
the flight of the sparrow, and that the raven
deflects the eagle from
the sky, and that the
eagle's stiff wing bends the will of the Wind People,
and know that all of this affects you and me,
and the flea on the
prairie dog and the
leaf on the cottonwood."
That had always
been the point of the lesson.
Interdependency of nature. Every cause has its
Every action has its reaction. A reason for everything.
things a pattern, and in this pattern,
the beauty of harmony. Thus one
to live with evil, by understanding it,
be reading its cause.
And thus one learned, gradually
and methodically, if one was lucky, to
*go in beauty,* to always look for the pattern,
and to find
From "Dance Hall of the Dead"
Asteroid posted to Allspirit
"How can we know the dancer from the
~William Butler Yeats
Let everything happen to you because
all OK...right here and right now...
...being Just as It
And remember, the so-called "purpose" of any
dance is not for the
dancer's body to end up in some
final, frozen position.
The real "purpose"
of any dance is only found in
the actual dancing of the Dance!
whatever happens to show up in your drama,
just keep on dancing right where
The mirror is not you. The mirror is you
looking at yourself.
When I dance, I cannot judge,
I cannot hate, I cannot separate
myself from life. I can only be joyful and
whole, that is why
So you can't dance? Not at
all? Not even one step? . . .
How can you say that you've taken any trouble
when you won't even dance?
If I could tell
you what it meant, there would be no
point in dancing it. "No, I can't
explain the dance to
you; If I could say it--I wouldn't have to dance
First comes the sweat. Then comes the beauty if
very lucky and have said your prayers.
life as in dance: Grace glides on blistered feet.
1. Beginning dancer. Knows nothing.
dancer. Knows everything. Too good to dance with beginners.
dancer. Too good to dance with anyone.
4. Advanced dancer. Dances everything.
Especially with beginners.
~Attributed to Dick Crum, a folk dance
Gill Eardley posted to Allspirit