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Highlights Issue #2532, Saturday, July 22, 2006,
Not knowing how near Truth is,
People seek it far away...
They are like him who, in the midst of water,
Cries out in thirst so imploringly.
- Alan Watts, from The Spirit of Zen, posted to DailyDharma
Listen, O drop, give yourself up without regret,
and in exchange gain the Ocean.
Listen, O drop, bestow upon yourself this honor,
and in the arms of the Sea be secure.
Who indeed should be so fortunate?
An Ocean wooing a drop!
In God's name, in God's name, sell and buy at once!
Give a drop, and take this Sea full of pearls.
- Rumi, version by Camille and Kabir Helminski, Rumi: Jewels of Remembrance, posted to AlongTheWay
The trees ahead and bushes beside you
Are not lost.
Wherever you are is called Here...
The forest breathes. Listen. It answers,
If you leave it you may come back again,
No two trees are the same to Raven.
No two branches are the same to Wren.
If what a tree or a bush does is lost on you,
You are surely lost.
Stand still. The forest knows
Where you are.
You must let 'it' find you.
David Wagoner, posted to Mystic_Spirit
The river is within us,
the sea is all about us;
The sea is the land's edge also,
the granite into which it reaches,
The beaches where it tosses
hints of earlier and other creation.
- T.S. Elliot, posted to Mystic_Spirit
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