Wednesday, August 30, 2006

Too Many Names

Mondays are meshed with Tuesdays
and the week with the whole year.
Time cannot be cut
with your weary scissors,
and all the names of the day
are washed out by the waters of night.

No one can claim the name of Pedro,
nobody is Rosa or Maria,
all of us are dust or sand,
all of us are rain under rain.
They have spoken to me of Venezuelas,
of Chiles and of Paraguays;
I have no idea what they are saying.
I know only the skin of the earth
and I know it is without a name.

When I lived amongst the roots
they pleased me more than flowers did,
and when I spoke to a stone
it rang like a bell.

It is so long, the spring
which goes on all winter.
Time lost its shoes.
A year is four centuries.

When I sleep every night,
what am I called or not called?
And when I wake, who am I
if I was not while I slept?

This means to say that scarcely
have we landed into life
than we come as if new-born;
let us not fill our mouths
with so many faltering names,
with so many sad formallities,
with so many pompous letters,
with so much of yours and mine,
with so much of signing of papers.

I have a mind to confuse things,
unite them, bring them to birth,
mix them up, undress them,
until the light of the world
has the oneness of the ocean,
a generous, vast wholeness,
a crepitant fragrance.

Pablo Neruda

Sunday, August 27, 2006

It is a great honor to introduce to you the newest members of my family!

Freakin' adorable sweet fluffy cuddle buns..
So dang heart bursting I have yet to find them suitable names.
So far we got Jasper and Radish, Yew, Paz, Colby, Metta ..

I'd so love your input.. what do you see?

Tuesday, August 22, 2006

Ramana Maharishi:
The Necklet of Nine Gems

In the court, Siva,
though motionless,
before Shakti
in stillness.

In Arunachala,
in solemnity,
He stands.

She withdraws
into His still Self.

'A,' 'Ru,' and 'Na'
Sat, Chit, and Ananda --
the Supreme Self,
the individual self --
their union is Absolute;

Thus, the great saying--
'You are That.'

'Achala' bespeaks

Worship Arunachala
shining, golden;
simply remembering
unlocks the door.

the lotus feet
of the Lord of Arunachala,

freed from attachment to

ever purer,
seeking Grace --
darkness recedes.

In the rising sun,
full of grace,
there abide,
sunk in the Sea of Bliss.

Don't let me pine
Don't crush me to dust
leaving me
between body and Self.

Turn Your restoring glance
upon me,
eye of my eyes!

Who are all Consciousness,
Who are neither male nor female,
don't fail me!

Seat Yourself
in my heart.

Who are all Consciousness,
ruling over sublime Shonagiri,
forgive the stumblings
of this little one.

Rain Cloud,
shower me
with Your gracious glance.
Save me from being lost
once more
in the dreary waste.
I cannot ford the grim stream
of manifestation.

what can match Your care?

'Killer of Kama,
Destroyer of Desire,'
tied to You
we know Your name.

A question, though,
if the title fits:

How can mighty Kama
bold and conquering?
How can he creep
upon one sheltered
beneath Your feet?

Tell me,
You Who killed him?

As soon as You claimed me,
I was Yours,
body and soul.

What is left
to want?

You are success
and You are failure
Oh my life!

They are
without You.

do as You will
with me,
but promise me
ever greater desire
for Your Feet!

To rescue me --
born of virtuous
Sundara and Sundari
in holy Tiruchuli,
seat of Bhuminatheshware --
from the pain of the world,
He raised me
to his seat,

His heart rejoices.
Siva shines

And the Self

Such is Arunachala,
across the universe!

Bearing me in the world
as my father and mother,
You hid in my mind.

Before I drowned
in the deep
You drew me,

You Who are All Consciousness,
such is the wonder
of Your Grace!

Friday, August 18, 2006

Buddha’s Satori

For six years sitting alone
still as a snake
in a stalk of bamboo
with no family
but the ice
on the snow mountain
Last night
seeing the empty sky
fly into pieces
he shook
the morning star awake
and kept it in his eyes

Muso Soseki

Thursday, August 17, 2006

Looking for your own face..

Your face is neither infinite nor ephemeral.
You can never see your own face,
only a reflection, not the face itself.

So you sigh in front of mirrors
and cloud the surface.

It's better to keep your breath cold.
Hold it, like a diver does in the ocean.
One slight movement, the mirror-image goes.

Don't be dead or asleep or awake.
Don't be anything.

What you most want,
what you travel around wishing to find,
lose yourself as lovers lose themselves,
and you'll be that.

~Farid ud-Din Attar

Tuesday, August 15, 2006

Goddess Durga represents the power of the Supreme Being that preserves moral order and righteousness in the creation. The Sanskrit word Durga means a fort or a place that is protected and thus difficult to reach. Durga, also called Divine Mother, protects mankind from evil and misery by destroying evil forces such as selfishness, jealousy, prejudice, hatred, anger, and ego.

The worship of Goddess Durga is very popular among Hindus. She is also called by many other names, such as Parvati, Ambika, and Kali In the form of Parvati, She is known as the divine spouse of Lord Shiva and is the mother of Her two sons, Ganesha and Karttikeya, and daughter Jyoti. There are many temples dedicated to Durga's worship in India.

In Her images, Goddess Durga is shown in a female form, wearing red clothes. She has eighteen arms, carrying many objects in Her hands. The red color symbolizes action and the red clothes signify that She is always busy destroying evil and protecting mankind from pain and suffering caused by evil forces. Following is the symbolism associated with Goddess Durga:

  • A tiger symbolizes unlimited power. Durga riding a tiger indicates that She possesses unlimited power and uses it to protect virtue and destroy evil. The eighteen arms of Durga signify that She possesses combined power of the nine incarnations of Lord Vishnu that have appeared on the earth at different times in the past. The tenth incarnation, the Kalkin (a man on a white horse), is still to come. Thus, Goddess Durga represents a united front of all Divine forces against the negative forces of evil and wickedness.
  • The sound that emanates from a conch is the sound of the sacred syllable AUM, which is said to be the sound of creation. A conch in one of the Goddess's hands signifies the ultimate victory of virtue over evil and righteousness over unrighteousness.
  • Other weapons in the hands of Durga such as a mace, sword, disc, arrow, and trident convey the idea that one weapon cannot destroy all different kinds of enemies. Different weapons must be used to fight enemies depending upon the circumstances. For example, selfishness must be destroyed by detachment, jealousy by desirelessness, prejudice by self-knowledge, and ego by discrimination.

Monday, August 14, 2006

I've burned my own house down,
the torch is in my hand.
Now I'll burn down the house of anyone
who wants to follow me.


Friday, August 11, 2006

Write it on your heart...

Write it on your heart
that every day is the best day in the year.
He is rich who owns the day,
and no one owns the day
who allows it to be invaded with fret and anxiety.
Finish every day and be done with it.
You have done what you could.
Some blunders and absurdities, no doubt, crept in.
Forget them as soon as you can, tomorrow is a
new day;
begin it well and serenely,
with too high a spirit to be cumbered with your old nonsense.
This new day is too dear, with its hopes and invitations,
to waste a moment on the yesterdays...
Ralph Waldo Emerson

Wednesday, August 09, 2006


The body of the revolution
burned before the millions
the color of wet earth shining
could see within it
their own eyes staring back
secrets they do not want
us to ask
the dead

body of the revolution betrayed in
the jungle, the body that fell
into a mouth of hungry cities
chewing the light, o body
of a million eyes
seeing the world all at once
while feeding it your lives.

~Rick Fields

Monday, August 07, 2006

To love is to know Me,
My innermost nature,
The truth that I am.

Bhagavad Gita 18.55

Saturday, August 05, 2006

re:creation of the world through the realms of matter, mind and spirit to meet our visions of healthy community and ecological sustainablitiy..
is now..
Immersive education building an Ecocosmic Village.

Bring a friend, take a drum, and thank our lucky stars for Mama Earth!

Wednesday, August 02, 2006

Lao-tzu Says:

The universe is sacred.  You cannot improve it.
If you try to change it, you will ruin it.
If you try to hold it, you will lose it.