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#2242 - August 27, 2005 - Editor: Gloria Lee  


Unison Benediction  

Return to the most human,
nothing less will nourish the torn spirit,
the bewildered heart,
the angry mind:
and from the ultimate duress,
pierced with the breath of anguish,
speak of love.

Return, return to the deep sources,
nothing less will teach the stiff hands a new way to serve,
to carve into our lives the forms of tenderness
and still that ancient necessary pain preserve.

Return to the most human,
nothing less will teach the angry spirit,
the bewildered heart;
the torn mind,
to accept the whole of its duress,
and pierced with anguish…
at last, act for love.

~ May Sarton ~  

(Collected Poems 1930-1993)
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   What is fasting of the heart?

The goal of fasting of the heart is inner hearing.

This means hearing, but not with the ear; hearing, but not with
mental understanding; hearing with the spirit, with your whole

The hearing of the spirit is not limited to any one faculty, to the
ear or to the mind. Hence it demands the emptiness of all faculties.

And when the faculties are empty then the whole being listens.

There is then a direct grasp of what is right there in front of you
that can never be heard with the ear or understood with the mind.

Fasting of the heart empties the faculties, frees you from
limitations and from preoccupation.

Fasting of the heart begets unity and freedom.



  posted to MillionPaths by Xan  

    “Words ought to be a little wild, for they are the assault of thoughts on the unthinking.”

John Maynard Keynes. 1933. New Statesman and Nation. July 15.

“With a little effort, anything can be shown to connect with anything else: existence is infinitely cross-referenced. And everything has more than one definition.”

Martha Cooley, 1998. The Archivist. Little, Brown. p. 3.

”There is something feeble and a little contemptible about a man who cannot face the perils of life without the help of comfortable myths. Almost inevitably some part of him is aware that they are myths and that he believes them only because they are comforting. But he dare not face this thought! Moreover, since he is aware, however dimly, that his opinions are not rational, he becomes furious when they are disputed.”

Bertrand Russell

posted to AlphaWorld

    "To become perfectly enlightened is not just to slip into some
disconnected euphoria, an oceanic feeling of mystic oneness apart
from ordinary reality.

It is not to be invested by some God with the final word, a message
to believe in and to promulgate. It is not even to come up with a
solution, a sort of formula that can control reality.

Rather it is supposed to be an experience of release from all
compulsions and sufferings, combined with a precise awareness of any
relevant object of knowledge.

A Buddha should know everything that matters and the precise nature
of it all - that is how he or she is defined.

Upon attaining this realization, the story is that Buddha smiled!"

              ~ Robert Thurman

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