#4951 - Tuesday, June 18, 2013 - Editor: Jerry Katz
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This issue continues the nature theme.
Pete Sierra posted this in AdvaitaToZen@yahoogroups.com
Llewellyn Vaughan-Lee sends the following:
Warm greetings. We have just released a new book, Spiritual Ecology: The Cry of the Earth.This compilation of essays brings a vitally needed spiritual voice into our present ecological crisis. We are grateful both to the contributors and to the wonderful group of individuals who have endorsed this book, also bringing their voice in response to the Earth's call.
Spiritual Ecology: The Cry of the Earth is edited by Llewellyn Vaughan-Lee, with contributions from Chief Oren Lyons, Thomas Berry, Thich Nhat Hanh, Chief Tamale Bwoya, John Stanley, David R. Loy, Mary Evelyn Tucker, Brian Swimme, Sister Miriam MacGillis, Wendell Berry, Winona LaDuke, Vandana Shiva, Dr. Susan Murphy Roshi, Satish Kumar, Joanna Macy, Geneen Marie Haugen, Jules Cashford, Bill Plotkin, Sandra Ingerman, Pir Zia Inayat-Khan, Fr. Richard Rohr, and Llewellyn Vaughan-Lee.
Pete Sierra wrote in AdvaitaToZen@yahoogroups.com
The naturalist Loren Eiseley wrote many interesting essays
on form shifting. In one of them, he relates a personal
experience he had while studying the habits of frogs.
On this particular night he was headed toward a deep sink
hole in the middle of a large grove. The sink hole was
particularly dangerous because it had not rained for months,
and the water had receded several feet from the steep rim.
Any careless human who plunged in would have no way to
As he walked along a narrow trail, he was overtaken by a
a large number of frogs heading toward the sink hole.
He was enchanted to be part of this march, and tried
to keep pace with the frogs. After a few minutes of
feeling himself part of this amphian army, he
sensed a strange feeling of kinship with the
group. As they got nearer the water the frogs started
singing. Loren tells that at one point, to his surprise, he
noticed that he was no longer walking, but jumping along
and croaking with the frogs. He felt a great urgency,
a deep longing for those deep black waters. He wanted
it with a force he had never experienced before. This
yearning filled him with great exhilaration. He began
shaking with excitement and then the excitement
turned to terror as he realized that if he didn't break
this spell we would surely perish at the sink hole.
The terror did the trick, and he snapped out of his frog
To completely understand something is, in a way, to
become it. After total understanding, we can no
longer exactly regain our former shape. That is why
there is an instinctual reluctance to understand too
deeply who we are. We can't understand, and retain
our former self.
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