Blessings - Poetry
Birth and death are only doors
through which we pass,
sacred thresholds on our journey.
Birth and death are a game of hide and seek.
So laugh with me,
hold my hand,
let us say good-bye,
say good-bye to meet again soon.
Thich Nhat Hanh
All appearances are sheer art
Beautiful beyond all enduring
Appealing beyond all possibility of possession
It cannot be possessed
But it is entirely accessible
The treasure which our being preserves for us
Is like an ever-present nectar
It is like an inexhaustible kingdom
Which is always open to us
The earth is perfumed with scented waters
And strewn with flowers
Adorned with Mt Meru
And the four continents
The sun and the moon
Imagine this as the Buddha realm
I offer it
So that all beings enjoy this pure realm.
King of Tibet
Fearlessness means faith in God:
faith in his protection, His justice, His wisdom, His Mercy, His love, and His omnipresence.
To be fit for Self-realization, one must be fearless.
If you want something you never had, you have to do something you’ve never done.
Be a lamp, a lifeboat, a ladder. Help someone's soul heal.
Walk out of your house like a shepherd.
Keep your friend as your friend
Don’t trouble your friend with your egoism, so that you don’t make your friend your enemy.
Do good to people for God’s sake or for the peace of your own soul,
so they may always be friendly in your sight,
and that ulgy idea’s arising from hatred may not enter your heart.
If you dwell with the unaware, you become cold
But if you dwell with the aware, you become a human.
Make a sanctuary inside a furnace, as true gold does,
Knowing that if you leave, you will freeze
Oh you who study the world, you’re just a hired worker.
And you who want paradise, you’re far from the truth.
And you who are happy with the two worlds, but unaware,
Because you have not experienced the happiness of his Sorrow
You’re simply excused.
"My heart, sit only with those
who know and understand you.
Sit only under a tree
that is full of blossoms.
In the bazaar of herbs and potions
don’t wander aimlessly
find the shop with a potion that is sweet
If you don’t have a measure
people will rob you in no time.
You will take counterfeit coins
thinking they are real.
Don’t fill your bowl with food from
every boiling pot you see.
Not every joke is humorous, so don’t search
for meaning where there isn’t one.
Not every eye can see,
not every sea is full of pearls.
My hart, sing the song of longing
The sound of your voice casts a spell
on every stone, on every thorn.
First, lay down your head
then one by one
let go of all distractions.
Embrace the light and let it guide you
beyond the winds of desire.
There you will find a spring and nourished by its see waters
like a tree you will bear fruit forever".
And those who were seen dancing
Were thought to be insane
By those who could not hear the music.
We did not come to fear the future.
We came here to shape it.
"Life can only be understood backwards; but it must be lived forwards.”
“There are only two days in the year that nothing can be done.
One is called yesterday and the other is called tomorrow,
so today is the right day to love, believe, do and mostly live.”
HH the 14th Dalai Lama
“I want nothing to do, with this world or the next.
Yet I do not turn away.
My heart is filled with a million wonders, beholding the sight.
What madness keeps me from becoming totally mad”.
"Be Humble for you are made of Earth.
Be noble for you are made of stars."
"To truly know the world, look deeply within your own being;
to truly know yourself, take real interest in the world."
If it is not too dark
Go for a walk if it is not too dark.
Get some fresh air, try to smile.
Say something kind to a safe looking stranger,
If one happens by.
Always exercise your hearts knowing.
You might as well attempt something real
Along this path.
Take your spouse or lover into your arms
The way you did when you first met.
Let tenderness pour from your eyes
The way the sun gazes warmly on the earth.
Play a game with some children.
Extend yourself to a friend
Saing a few ribald songs to your pets and plants.
Why not let them get drunk and wild!
Every rung we have climbed on evolutions ladder.
Whisper, “I love you, I love you!”
To the whole mad world.
Let’s stop reading about God.
We will never understand him.
Jump to your feet, wave your fists,
Threaten and warn the whole universe
That your heart can no longer live
Without real love!!!
Everything that irritates us about others can lead us to a better understanding of ourselves.
“Tension is who you think you should be.
Relaxation is who you are."
Yesterday I was clever, so I wanted to change the world.
Today I am wise, so I am changing myself.
Don't surrender your loneliness
Let it cut more deep.
Let it ferment and season you
As few human
Or even divine ingredients can.
Something missing in my heart tonight
Has made my eyes so soft,
My need of God
"Be careful not to fall in love with your ego, in the name of loving and serving others.”
One who does what the Friend wants done
will never need a friend.
There is a bankruptcy that is pure gain.
The moon stays bright
when it does not avoid the night.
A rose’s rarest essence
lives in the thorn.
I pass around the ruins kissing this wall and that wall and the ground
It is not the love of the ruins that has captured my heart
It is the smell of the beloved ones who were here.
The whole world just got thick Again with God.
And everywhere I look Makes me feel very proud
That all the objects and creatures
Can remain looking so poised
And acting so cool while keeping the Great Secret so well
And not blissfully shout All day long the Reality
I Am – I Am the Wine!
The whole universe just got stoned
Out of its mind again On the Beauty Of God.
If this me is not I, then who am I?
If I am not the one who speaks, then who does?
If this me is only a robe then
who is the one I am covering?
don't demand -
If you relax, it comes.
If you relax, it is there.
If you relax,
you start vibrating with it.
"One does not discover new lands without consenting to lose sight of the shore for a very long time."
The difference between a good artist and a great one is:
The novice will often lay down his tool or brush.
Then pick up an invisible club on the mind’s table
And helplessly smash the easels and Jade.
Whereas the vintage man no longer hurts himself or anyone.
And keeps on sculpting Light. Hafiz
If you open yourself to the Tao,
you are one with the Tao
and you can embody it completely.
If you open yourself to insight,
you are one with insight
and you can use it completely.
If you open yourself to loss,
you are one with loss
and you can accept it completely.
Open yourself to the Tao,
then trust your natural responses;
and everything will fall into place.
From the highest spheres of existence, has descended upon you a dove,
She descended unwillingly,
and if she was given a choice she would have chosen to stay,
to be in the highest of spheres with the highest of companions.
Descended, she became acquainted and intimate with all that there is here.
And now it is difficult to separate and leave.”
From an Arabic poet
Out of my dust will grow a thousand of flowers
When in the shade of yonder Cypress in the gardens I shall die
And when you pour into my goblet the bitter drink of death
I’ll kiss the goblet, full of joy, my dear and drunken shall I die.
I may turn yellow in autumn when people speak of death
Thanks to your smiling lips like springtime
And smiling shall I die.
I have died many times but your breath makes me alive again
Should I die thus a thousand more times?
Happily shall I die.
A child that dies in the mother’s bosom
That’s how I am my friend
For in the bosom of his mercy and kindness I shall die.
Say, where would death be for the lovers?
Impossible is that
For in the fountain of the water of life there I shall die.
The Sacred Liquid
Are you jealous of the ocean’s generosity?
Why would you refuse to give
This gift to anyone?
Fish don’t hold the sacred liquid in cups
They swim the huge fluid freedom.
The value of script resides in gold
Stored somewhere else. The value of a
Body stems from the soul.
The value of the soul derives from Presence.
Soul cannot live without a connection there.
Stop wanting to heal yourself, wanting to fix yourself.
Even stop wanting to wake up.
Stop overtaking the movie of your life.
Stop wanting to "let go".
Healing is not a destiny.
Your pain, your sorrow, your doubts, your desires,
your thoughts full of fear... are not mistakes,
and they are not asking to be healed.
They are asking to be sustained.
Here, now, gently. In the loving arms,
healers, of the present consciousness.
Why not be polite?
Everyone Is God Speaking
Why not be polite and
Listen to Him
Pursue meditation, so that you learn not to desire.
Instead you will deserve.
Keep living in a way so that you catch the eye of the sages
After learning, comes practice, then assimilation and then direct experience.
When you learn to discriminate,
the mind gains a sense of balance and you are not overwhelmed by the temptations of life,
for you see them for what they are.
When you operate your life with discrimination,
then you view the world as it is, not expecting too much and enjoying what it offers.
Refrain from identifying with things of the world, but don’t refrain from the world.
“It is possible to become the lord of the entire universe.
You have that potential within you, but you must put in effort.
Actually, you are already the lord of the universe, but you are dreaming that you are a beggar.
The moment you stop dreaming, you will realise that truth and you will awaken to God-consciousness.” –
People are unreasonable, illogical, and self-centered,
LOVE THEM ANYWAY
If you do good, people will accuse you of selfish, ulterior motives,
DO GOOD ANYWAY
If you are successful, you win false friends and true enemies,
The good you do will be forgotten tomorrow,
DO GOOD ANYWAY
Honesty and frankness make you vulnerable,
BE HONEST AND FRANK ANYWAY
What you spent years building may be destroyed overnight,
People really need help but may attack you if you help them,
HELP PEOPLE ANYWAY
Give the world the best you have And you'll get kicked in the teeth,
GIVE THE WORLD THE BEST YOU'VE GOT ANYWAY.
by Kent M. Keith