No price is too high For freedom’s peace If one can pay in coin It’s better than blood But best it’s with love With light and sound And in total honesty It could be painful But deeply healing Cleaning out all dross Lives past and present Entirely here and now Observing the divine God is realizing itself Every moment anew Giving each freedom To create one’s world An existence in love Free of any hatred So easily kindled Human interaction Claims of ownership Or plain selfishness Let go and jump in The current of life And love divine Where we ever are.
“Pragmatic freedom in expression” — a prayer song
Two fundamental laws humans agree upon
“Two fundamental laws on which all major religions and philosophies agree: (1) do all you have agreed to do and (2) do not encroach on other persons or their property. A simple formula, 17 words. Black’s Law Dictionary defines encroach as follows: ‘To enter by gradual steps or stealth into the possession or rights of another; to trespass or intrude. To gain or intrude unlawfully upon the lands, property, or authority of another.’ Each religion or philosophy expresses these laws in different ways but all concur on these two laws — and not much else. The not much else is as important as the two laws. … The two laws are stated and restated throughout the lore of all the great religions. They are the point on which all come together. But only these two. Except for them we have little or no agreement about right and wrong. So, these are the only two rules that can be enforced on everyone. To go beyond them would be encroachment.”
— “Whatever happened to justice?” by Richard J. Maybury, pp. 31-32
No price is too high for the beauty of freedom and peace
Knots open themselves When put into the flow Of life, love, and spirit If left alone actively Do what’s possible And leave the rest To the divine in all Detached trusting That all is as needed For soul’s unfoldment As most all repeats itself Again — and again to learn To take the very next step Always another there is And yet again another Therefore, why hurry There’s time aplenty In the here and now Much space for all Being themselves To go with the flow Of light and sound Embraced by love And peace at heart Life is so very good When joy is relished And shared together In spite of suffering Or rather because For we all are one.
“Ubuntu” — I am because we are
Humanity in action — South African ancient wisdom
An anthropologist proposed a game to the kids in an African tribe. He had put a basket full of fruit near a tree and told the kids that who ever got there first won the sweet fruits. When he told them to run, they took each others hands and ran together, then sat together enjoying their treats. When he asked them why they ran like that as one could have had all the fruits for himself, they said: “Ubuntu, how can one of us be happy if all the other ones are sad?”
Ubuntu in the Xhosa culture means: “I am because we are.”
Animals of various kinds, and a cat — no knots to open
A spiritual being With a goal to be Beyond all duality Implying in or out Thus still very dual Like one a student Another a teacher Separate polarity Instead of unity Together as one Spiritual being So conscious As individuals Embrace in love No longer beyond Rather here and now Free of duality’s crutch No more condescension But eye to eye as soul Standing tall at last On one’s own feet Experience ‘nd all A divine blessing Without exception Entirely all inclusive Trusting and acting As spiritual being At peace with love Realize God’s present
“Sardic spiral stairwell” — for spiritually inclined beings
“The Search for Truth” — a widespread story of unknown origin
There once lived a man who set off to look for truth. He scoured the world in search of it, giving up his possessions, his family, his home, all to search for truth. After many years of wandering, his travels took him to India, where he heard tales of a distant mountain. Atop that mountain, people told him, he would find that place where truth resides. For many months he searched, until he found the mountain of which they spoke. He climbed for several days until he finally came to the mouth of a cave. He called into it and, a minute later, his call was answered by the voice of an old woman. “What do you want?” “I seek truth.” “Well, you have found me.” He entered the cave and there, in the back, saw the most horrific creature he had ever laid eyes on, huddled over a fire. Her eyes bulged out, one further than the other, and bumps covered her face. Stray teeth stuck from her mouth, and her long tangled hair hung down in matted strands. “You?” he said. “You are truth?” She nodded. Though shocked at her appearance, he stayed with her and found that she was, indeed, truth. He lived there many years, learning her ways. Finally, as he prepared to leave, he asked how he could ever repay her for all she had done for him. “I would ask simply this,” she said. “When you go out in the world and speak of me, tell them I am young and beautiful!”
— The Beggar King and the Secret of Happiness, Joel ben Izzy, pp. 81-82
Behold the spiritual light and sound on the palm of your hand!
What else matters? The sound is loud The light is bright The divine is present Spirit is in everything Everywhere and always What else matters? Balance and peace Of heart and mind Detachment to be Trusting life and love Guidance and protection That things are as needed To take the next step In consciousness Unfolding soul Into realization Observing God Realizing itself Every moment Here and now No matter what Tries to block the way Used as stepping stone To move on beyond Root into giving Mostly being In the moment Free in divine love What else matters?
“Mischief or miss a chief” — PentaBluNaLa with chant
“The Conference / Speech of the Birds” مقامات الطیور / منطق الطیر
BIRDS Are we alive or dead? Where is that king with all the answers? We’ve come all this way. Let us see him! We made it through all these valleys!
HOOPOE Valleys? They were only an illusion, birds, a dream. We’ve been through nothing. We are just now at the beginning of our journey.
What if you love people But let go of organization Found misrepresentation In projections and actions Beyond a polished surface It becomes unacceptable To divide the indivisible As many hold on tight To nurturing illusions Until one realizes That it is the divine Spirit, light, and sound Most of all the love of God That carries everyone and all Beyond what humans grasp With mind and emotions But all embrace at heart Giving each life to start Consciousness to unfold The present moment now Words speak silence listens Genuinely real and honest To live in peace and love.
“Happy cat’s meow” — head and heart
What if you love people — inclusive or exclusive?
“The problem with religions of the world is that one who has gained insight into the nature of [spirit] soon learns that they are but social institutions. Their liberation involves, among other things, the realization that it is a myth and not a fact. It is a liberation from certain social injustices; but not a liberation from karma and the gaining of spiritual unfoldment which leads to God-realization.”
— The Shariyat-Ki-Sugmad, Books One & Two, Paul Twitchell, pp. 243-244
How many colors can be in one rose? How much love?