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#2145 - Monday, May 16, 2005 - Editor: Gloria      

Love is the fulcrum

On which all pairs teeter.

Stop your childish kicking

And sit in the middle.


by Mark Otter  




Arriving like the bees. 
into this unnamed place,
In love of beauty all is spent.

Here's no obstruction to the view,
but up and down and to the sides,
the wall of forms is coloured red.

Pray may we stay in gratitude.
Not spread our wings in vain,
at pulsing edge without a cent.

 Please tell, about the dream,
sweet spinning spell, 
what lies ahead, 
why dawn's a scheme
with drops of dew upon the thread?

 Half asleep,  I ask again
Is it too much in this dark night? 

To have a taste of life
 without the sting.
And then so loud and clear
 I hear the Robin sing;

Now wake and rise, come close, come tight 
 Inside each note is every sorrow.
This beam of light is shining on the morrow.

 ~ Alan Larus ~


poem and photos by Alan Larus  

  Two Poems by Lalla  

By the highway I came,
But by the highway I return not.
And so I find me still on the embarkment,
not having gone even half the way,
And the day is done, the light has failed.
I search my pockets but not a cowrie find:
What shall I pay for the ferry fee ?


With a rope of loose-spun thread am I towing
my boat upon the sea.
Would that God heard my prayer
and brought me safe across!
Like water in cups of unbaked clay
I run to waste.
Would God I were to reach my home!


posted by Alan Larus to nondualnow


In order to acquire spiritual knowledge, receive
inspiration, prepare one's heart for inner revelation,
one must try to make one's mentality pliable like
water rather than like a rock. For the further along
the path of life's mystery a person will journey, the
more subtle he will have to become in order to perceive
and to express the mystery of life. God is a mystery;
His knowledge is a mystery; life is a mystery; human
nature is a mystery: in short, the depth of all knowledge
is a mystery, even that of science or art.

All that is more mysterious is more deep. What all the
prophets and masters have done in all ages is to express
that mystery in words, in deeds, in thoughts, in feelings.
But most of the mystery is expressed by them in silence,
for then the mystery is in its place. To bring the mystery
down to earth is like pulling a king down onto the ground
from his throne; but allowing the mystery to remain in its
own place, in the silent spheres, is like giving homage to the
King to whom all homage is due.

From 'The Art of Being and Becoming'
Hazrat Inayat Khan


As the cleansing of a metal object produces a shine
on it, so does the cleansing of the heart, especially its
cleansing from feelings that produce humiliation. When
a person thinks, "I have been wrong by acting in a
certain way, by saying a certain thing, or by having
thought something that should not have crossed my
mind," he loses so to speak a radiance that even beams
out through his countenance and that is called in Persian
aab-e ruh, meaning, "the radiance of the soul." Every
person shows from his expression his condition of heart.
Therefore innocence of expression is a sign of purity of
heart. A person may be clever, learned, qualified, most
able; he may be strong physically or even mentally, he
may be wealthy or of high rank, but none of these outside
things helps him to retain that glow of the countenance
which depends only upon the purity of the heart.

From 'The Art of Being and Becoming'
Hazrat Inayat Khan

posted by Gill Eardley

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For Christiana

I did what I always do when I am in a strange place, in dreadful circumstances, without an idea in the world of what to do next. I went to the library.”

- Mary Kittredge  

posted to AlphaWorld

        What you need will come to you, if you
        do not ask for what you do not need.  Yet
        only few people reach this state of com-
        plete dispassion and detachment.  It is
        a very high state, the very threshold of

                          - Nisargadatta Maharaj

posted to Along the Way

”A certain wandering light comes to me which I instantly perceive to be the Cause of Causes.

It transcends all proving.

It is itself the ground of being;

and I see that it is not one & I another, but this is the life of my life.”

- Ralph W. Emerson   posted to AlphaWorld  


  "The moon's the same old moon,
The flowers exactly as they were,
Yet I've become the thingness
Of all the things I see!"

~ Bunan

posted to Daily Dharma


       Self inside self, You are nothing but me.
       Self inside self, I am only You.

       What we are together
       will never die.

       The why and how of this?
       What does it matter?

                    - Lalla
                    14th Century North Indian mystic

posted to Along the Way

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