Only One Rule

Only One Rule

The sky Is a suspended blue ocean. The stars are the fish that swim. The planets are the white whales I sometimes Hitch a ride On, The sun and all light Have forever fused themselves into my heart And upon my Skin. There is only one rule on this Wild Playground, Every sign Hafiz has ever seen Reads the same. They all say, “Have fun, my dear; my dear, have fun, In the Beloved’s...

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Saving Yourself–Saving the World

Saving Yourself–Saving the World

“Would you like to save the world from the degradation and destruction it seems destined for? Then step away from shallow mass movements and quietly go to work on your own self-awareness. If you want to awaken all of humanity, then awaken all of yourself. If you want to eliminate the suffering in the world, then eliminate all that is dark and negative in yourself. Truly, the greatest gift...

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The Guest House

The Guest House

This being human is a guest house. Every morning a new arrival. A joy, a depression, a meanness, some momentary awareness comes as an unexpected visitor. Welcome and entertain them all! Even if they’re a crowd of sorrows, who violently sweep your house empty of its furniture, still, treat each guest honorably. He may be clearing you out for some new delight. The dark thought, the shame, the...

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Gayatri Mantra

Gayatri Mantra

An incredible interpretation of one of the oldest mantras – the Gayatri Mantra The Yoga of sound – Sound – from whence all else derives

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Kindness

Kindness

Before you know what kindness really is you must lose things, feel the future dissolve in a moment like salt in a weakened broth. What you held in your hand, what you counted and carefully saved, all this must go so you know how desolate the landscape can be between the regions of kindness. How you ride and ride thinking the bus will never stop, the passengers eating maize and chicken will stare...

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My Lucky Rock

My Lucky Rock

I said to a squirrel, “What’s that you are carrying?” and he said, “It is my lucky rock; isn’t it pretty?” I held it and said, “Indeed.” I said to God, What is this earth?” And He said, “it is my lucky rock; isn’t it wondrous?” Yes, indeed. ...

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