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#3265 - Friday, August 22, 2008 - Editor: Gloria Lee
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If you are eager to be nothing
before you know who you are,
you rob yourself of your true being.
Until you understand nothingness
you will never know true Faith.
"Rumi - Whispers of the Beloved"
Selected and translated by
Azima Melita Kolin and Maryam Mafi
posted to Along The Way
Starlight and Non-being
(from Thomas Merton's "The Way of Chuang-tzu")
Starlight asked Non-being: "Master, are
you? Or are you not?"
Since he received no answer whatever,
Starlight set himself to watch for Non-Be-
ing. He waited to see if Non-Being would
put in an appearance.
He kept his gaze fixed on the deep Void,
hoping to catch a glimpse of Non-Being.
All day long he looked, and he saw
nothing. He listened, but heard nothing.
He reached out to grasp, and grasped
Then Starlight exclaimed at last, "This
"This is the furthest yet! Who can reach it?
I can comprehend the absence of Being
But who can comprehend the absence of
If now, on top of all this, Non-
Who can comprehend it?"
posted to Allspirit Inspiration
|When my Beloved appears,
English version by Reynold A. Nicholson
-- from The Mystics of Islam, by Reynold A. Nicholson
/ Photo by tanakawho /
A Poem for the Sefirot as a Wheel of Light
English version by Jerome Rothenberg and Harris Lenowitz
-- from A Big Jewish Book: Poems and Other Visions of the Jews from Tribal Times to the Present, Edited by Jerome Rothenberg
This is not really a poem in the normal sense. It is actually a translation into verse form of a Kabbalistic meditation image, the Kabbalistic Tree of Life envisioned as a circle. It is a mandala of Hebrew characters drawn in the shape of a wheel with the writing forming spokes and a rim.
|The Tree of Life|
Uniter of Worlds
The Tree of Life is an important symbol in nearly every culture.
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