You realize that prayer takes us beyond the law.
When you are praying you are, in a certain sense,
There is no law
between the heart and God.
- Thomas Merton
If a mirage were water,
Why is water not seen by those nearby?
The way this world is seen
As real by those afar
Is not see by those nearby,
For whom it is insubstantial, like a mirage.
"How are you?"
“Perfect, thank you. I’m traveling incognito.”
“Oh? As what are you disguised?”
“I am disguised as myself.”
“Don’t be silly. That’s no disguise. That’s what you are.”
“On the contrary, it must be a very good disguise, for I see it has fooled you completely.”
To me, every hour of the light and dark is a miracle,
Every cubic inch of space is a miracle,
Every square yard of the surface of the earth is spread with the same,
Every foot of the interior swarms with the same;
Every spear of grass - the frames, limbs, organs, of men and women,
and all that concerns them,
All these to me are unspeakably perfect miracles.
The best people possess a feeling for beauty,
the courage to take risks, the discipline to tell the truth,
the capacity for sacrifice.
Ironically, their virtues make them vulnerable;
they are often wounded,
~ Ernest Hemingway
Love came and emptied me of self,
every vein and every pore,
made into a container to be filled by the Beloved.
Of me, only a name is left,
the rest is You, my Beloved.
In true love there is no heartbreak.
A broken heart means broken demands,
broken expectations and
~ Sri Sri Ravi Shankar
"…and if I am my foot, I am the sun."
Once in a while
I just let time wear on
leaning against a solitary pine
as does the whole universe!
Ah, who can share
this solitude with me?
Not much to offer you,
Just a lotus flower floating
In a small jar of water.
Ring the bells that can still ring,
Forget your perfect offering,
There is a crack in everything,
That’s how the light gets in.
~ Leonard Cohen