There is no such thing as silence.
The void is a sea of infinitesimal
the deepest emptiness is a song
pressed from nothing by a gaze
Descend into the chorus of your heart.
Listen: the sound of bliss
creates the world.
There is a zen saying that the birds have no
desire to be
reflected in the lake, the lake has no desire to reflect the
but it still happens. The birds are reflected, the lake
although the desire exists neither on the part of the birds
on the part of the lake.
In this desirelessness everything happens, nothing
The Bright Field
By R. S. Thomas
(1913 - 2000)
I have seen the sun break through
to illuminate a small field
while, and gone my way
and forgotten it. But that was the pearl
price, the one field that had
treasure in it. I realize now
that I must
give all that I have
to possess it. Life is not hurrying
on to a receding future, nor hankering after
an imagined past. It is the
aside like Moses to the miracle
of the lit bush, to a
that seemed as transitory as your youth
once, but is the
eternity that awaits you.
from Soul Food: Nourishing Poems for Starved Minds, Edited by
Astley / Edited by Pamela Robertson-Pearce
Once the cow Lakshmi came into the hall. She was
pregnant at that time. It
was after lunch time and Bhagavan was reading the
came near and started licking the papers. Bhagavan
looked up and said,
"Wait a little Lakshmi", but Lakshmi went on licking.
Bhagavan laid his paper
aside, put his hands behind Lakshmi's horns and put
his head against hers.
They stayed thus for quite a long time. All of us
watched the wonderful
scene. After some time Bhagavan turned to me and said,
"Do you know
what Lakshmi is doing? She is in samadhi". Tears were flowing
Lakshmi's eyes. Her eyes were fixed on Bhagavan. After some time
Bhagavan asked her, "Lakshmi, how do you feel now"? Lakshmi moved
backward, reluctant to turn her tail towards Bhagavan, and went out of the
~ Source: "Ramana Smrti", chapter: 'Eternal
Bhagwan' by Shantamma ?
Joseph Campbell said, "You must have a room, or a
certain hour or so a
day, where you don’t know what was in the newspapers
place where you can simply experience and bring forth what
you are and
what you might be." In an era when much of what passes for "the
cartoonish or sheer lunacy, Campbell raises a question worth
can I get news that is true and worth attending to? When I ask
question, here are some of the answers I get: from nature, from
from friends and neighbors, from people who know what it means to
from poetry, and from within. Thomas Merton and the Dalai Lama are two
of the people who remind me how much wisdom can come when we turn
"alternative sources" for the real news of our lives...
~Parker J. Palmer
Love isn’t a state of perfect caring. It is an
active noun, like struggle.
To love someone is to strive to accept that person
exactly the way he or she
is, right here and now.
~ Fred Rogers, The World According to Mister
We are all a little weird
and life’s a little
and when we find someone
whose weirdness is compatible with
we join up with them and fall in mutual weirdness
~ Dr. Seuss
"A young woman stepped forward from the throng and
asked 'Oh great
Prophet, tell us how we might find love that is
unconditional, unending and
The Prophet did not answer right away. He looked
off into the distance,
gathering his thoughts. Silence descended upon the
crowd. Then he turned
his gaze upon the young woman and said 'Get a dog!'."
~ Chuck Lorre, Writer, Big Bang Theory.
"Lots of people talk to animals," said Pooh.
"Not that many listen though. That's the problem."
~The Tao of