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#3265 - Friday, August 22, 2008 - Editor: Gloria Lee

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This is a repeat of issue #3265. By mistake, YahooGroups sent out the same issue twice. In order to keep the numbering system on the same as the numbering system on YahooGroups, this issue has to be assigned a separate issue number, namely 3266.


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
  "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
is IT!"
"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-
Being IS,
Who can comprehend it?"

posted to Allspirit Inspiration


  When my Beloved appears,

By Muhyiddin Ibn 'Arabi
(1165 - 1240)

English version by Reynold A. Nicholson

When my Beloved appears,
With what eye do I see Him?

With His eye, not with mine,
For none sees Him except Himself.

-- from The Mystics of Islam, by Reynold A. Nicholson

/ Photo by tanakawho /

A Poem for the Sefirot as a Wheel of Light

By Naftali Bacharach
(17th Century)

English version by Jerome Rothenberg and Harris Lenowitz

(the rim)

& going 'round
the ten
the ball
& orbit
of the world
of first space
. . . . . . . . .

(the spokes)


light from light
extreme light


splendor from splendor
hidden light


sparkle from sparkle
sparkling light


splendor from splendor
pure light


light from splendor
of light pure


sparkle from light
light shining


light from sparkle
light refined


splendor from sparkle
light bright


sparkle from splendor
purer light
pure pure


most precious precious
shining light is

-- 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
The Uniter of Worlds

The Tree of Life is an important symbol in nearly every culture.

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