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#2336 - Thursday, December 8, 2005 - Editor: Jerry Katz

 

 


 

 

 

 

Some poetry by Bob Knab and announcement of a retreat with Bernadette Roberts.

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

WAYFARRER ********

This poetry page is dedicated to all wayfarrers, wanders and, those without ecomonic value whom are seen at street corners asking for money and on rainey days under the eves of buildings, sometimes drinking wine.

MY POEMS CAN BE COPIED AND DISTRUBITED BUT NOT TOBE SOLD

***COPYRITED***

This page is brought to you by Bob Knab of Granville. Tn. 38564 U.S.A.

http://www.geocities.com/bob_knab/index.html 

 

Called
to the still*

 

Called
to the quiet*

 

By a
unknown thought*

 

To a
unknown place*

 

By a
unknown heart*

 

To a
unknown mystery*

 


~ ~ ~
 

 


It
Is
Mystery

 

Winter
and
Spring

 

The fragmentation
of
Bread

 

The unity
of
Wine

 

A
Celebration
of
Life

 


~ ~ ~

 

 

By learning
to clean the floor
we learn
to clean the body*

 

By learning
to clean the body
we learn
to clean the mind*

 

By learning
to clean mind
we learn
to become mindful*

 

By becoming
mindful
we realize
enlightment*

 

All
by learning
to clean
the floor*

 

 

~ ~ ~

 

 
Baby
Knows how
To get pregnant

 

Boogie
Knows how
To perfume him self
Rolling
In rotten skunks

 

Yet

 

Woogie
Knows how
To observe conditions
Without making distinctions

 

It is
The unformed mind
We call
God

 

~ ~ ~

 

 
  hello
hello     

 

are you there
    are you there

 


an echo

 


a name
calling
it's name

 

void
Speaking to
void

 


a
voice
older then
god

 

~ ~ ~

 

 
Oh
Beautiful chaos
How insane
Thy
Loving mystery

 

Yes mam

 

I'll
Have some
Potatoes
With my
Eggplant

 

Thank
U
A
Men

 

~ ~ ~

 

 
There was this fuzzy
Little, funny worm
I watched one day
Turn and squirm
As if bitten by some
Carnivorous germ

 

It was then I decided
To do my tribal dance
And
Place my worm friend
In a trance

 

I proceeded to
Shout
Stomp
and
Prance

 

OOPS

 


~ ~ ~ 

 


She
there
in her
naked softness standing

 

for my pleasure
yet
for her pleasure also

 

i
twice her age
she
half of me

 

pleasure
not old

 

pleasure
not young

 

pleasure
just
as
it
is

 

 


 

 

The Essence of Christian Mysticism

A Retreat with

Bernadette Roberts

 

You are invited to attend a weekend retreat on "The Essence of Christian Mysticism" with Bernadette Roberts, May 5-7, 2006 in Loveland, Ohio (http://www.keithops.us/brretreat.htm). Bernadette Roberts is one of the most remarkable contemplatives of our time or any time, and the author of three extraordinary books on the Christian contemplative journey: The Experience of No-Self (1982), The Path to No-Self (1985), and What Is Self? (1989).

 

Roberts was a cloistered Carmelite nun for nine years, and returned to the world after experiencing the "unitive state," the state of oneness with God, in order to share what she had learned and take on the problems and experience of others. In the years that followed she completed a graduate degree in education, married, raised four children, and taught at the pre-school, high school, and junior college levels; at the same time she continued her contemplative practice.

 

Then, quite unexpectedly, some 20 years after leaving the convent, Roberts experienced the dropping away of the unitive state itself and come upon what she calls "the experience of no-self" – an experience for which the Christian literature, she says, gave her no clear road maps or guideposts. Her books, which combine fascinating chronicles of her own experiences with detailed maps of the contemplative terrain, are her attempt to provide such guideposts for those who might follow after her.

 

Bernadette says that although emotional and spiritual maturity are often separate processes, the "unitive state," far from being reserved for extraordinary mystics, is rather the place where we are all meant to live our mature years as human beings. The state of no-self which lies beyond this union opens onto the Godhead, where the inner life of the Trinity, Christ in the Eucharist, and the Resurrection of the body are uniquely revealed as stunning truths that cannot be directly grasped as long as the transient ego and the phenomenal self continue to exist.

 

Bernadette, now 74 and living in Santa Monica, California, has agreed at our request to come to the Cincinnati area this May, the first time she has ever given a retreat in the East. This is a rare opportunity and we hope you can come. Registration is limited and spaces are starting to fill.

 

For more information and registration form, go to www.keithops.us/brretreat.htm. Note that problems with the web page that prevented it from being viewed properly in some browsers have been corrected.

 

What others say about Bernadette Roberts

 

“One of the best books on this subject since St. John of the Cross.”

~ Fr. Thomas Keating, Cistercian monk, former abbot of St. Joseph’s Abbey, Massachusetts, on the cover of The Experience of No-Self by Bernadette Roberts

 

“How many Westerners have prematurely discarded Christianity only to immaturely embrace Buddhism? ... As a child, I had intimations of a great truth in Christianity; later, reading mystics like Eckhart seemed like returning home. But, due to my own stubbornness and stupidity, it was only over the last few years that I have been blessed to see how the Christian path really is a full and final one. Nothing lacking; complete in and of itself. And it is largely thanks to the work of Bernadette Roberts.”

~ Jeff Shore, Lay Zen man and Professor of International Zen, Hanazono University, Kyoto, Japan

 

“Bernadette Roberts’ writings are illuminated texts—illuminating texts. Her descriptions of the no-ego, marketplace, and no-self experiences (if the last can be called experience) shed light on the earlier writings of St. John of the Cross, Meister Eckhart, St. Teresa of Avila, etc., as no other. There is light for Hui-neng and the Zen sages too ... no more koans. By this same light, despite important differences, one can readily see an abiding bond of kinship between mature contemplatives of every tradition, every place, and every time.”

~ Br. m. Aelred O.C.S.O., former Trappist monk, Abbey of Gethsemani, Kentucky

 

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