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#2815 - Wednesday, May 16, 2007 - Editor: Gloria Lee
One: Essential Writings on Nonduality http://nonduality.com/one.htm
God connected Spirit with
in order that the prophet or saint might
become a refuge for the whole world.
Friend, whatever you are, you must not stand still:
(1624 - 1677)
English version by Gabriel Rosenstock
whatever you are, you must not stand still:
One must from one light into the other spill
Angelus Silesius is the
monastic name of Johannes Scheffler. Johannes Scheffler was born
into a noble Polish Lutheran family. He received a doctorate in
philosophy at the University of Padua and became a physician.
As a young man he was drawn to the writings of the German mystic Jacob Boehme. Scheffler's growing mysticism didn't sit well with the dogmatic forms of German Lutheranism of the time and, in 1653, he converted to Catholicism. He took the name Angelus, adding the surname Silesius, meaning "from Silesia."
During this time, Selisius was briefly named physician to Emperor Ferdinand III, but he soon renounced his profession and, in 1661, he was ordained a priest and retired to a monastic life in Breslau. He gave his family fortune away to charities.
He published two books of poetry: The Soul's Spiritual Delight and The Cherubic Pilgrim. Several of his poems are today used as religious hymns in both Catholic and Protestant churches.
Angelus Silesius was often engaged in public controversy with both the Lutheran Church he had left and also with his adopted Catholic faith. His poetry hinted at a quietest mysticism which asserts that the soul, when it is quiet, can experience God directly -- a practice neither institution has been too fond of.
...One must from one light into the other spill
Poetry Chaikhana Home
The world is not
It's you who are the illusion.
Who you are is the context that the entire world
is happening in.
As long as you are in the body, however, you
won't be waking up from the illusion.
You'll only be waking up to the illusion.
Even after you've discovered that it's only
illusory, the mirage of a desert lake still looks
just like a real lake.
- Chuck Hillig, Seeds for the Soul
Alan Larus photos, more at link. http://www.ferryfee.com/bluesky/shores/sems_lake.htm
The Buddhist path is designed to reveal
deeper levels of reality. We live in a pluralistic society. We
live in a racist society, a homophobic and sexist society; in
addition, Buddhists of every color, each gender, and all sexual
orientations embrace the sectarian prejudices that developed in
Asia. We live in a society that is pleading for us to put our
shoulders to the wheel.
We are also, each and every one of us, whole and perfect as is, interrelated, essentially non-separated, and equal. This, too, must be realized. If we forsake the inside for the outside, it is not just Buddhism that is diminished but the horizons for true social transformation as well. -Helen Tworkov, Tricycle: The Buddhist Review, Vol. IV, #1 From Everyday Mind, a Tricycle book edited by Jean Smith
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