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Re: Divine poetry and thoughts
« Reply #3795 on: April 18, 2017, 01:07:03 AM »
Anandamayi Ma On the Death of Gandhi

One day, speaking about the ways of God, she said, "Frequently, you lament over the unkindness of God, when you are merged in sorrow; but the point is that He dispels danger only by creating danger. No one would move towards Him unless one passes through sufferings". At the end of the festival in Calcutta, Ma moved towards Allahabad. She attended several functions at Kashi, Allahabad, Vindhyachal and Jhusi. She returned to Allahabad from Jhusi, when the shocking news of Mahatma Gandhi being shot dead was received in the evening.

Ma's immediate reaction was "It is like Jesus Christ".

Speaking about Gandhi, Ma said "Jesus Christ absorbed the entire violence within his own body before laying it down. He did not have any animosity even towards violence. Similarly, Gandhiji also vanquished violence with his force of Ahimsa. He fell down calmly taking the name of Ram, with his palms joined together in prayer".



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Re: Divine poetry and thoughts
« Reply #3796 on: April 18, 2017, 01:13:17 AM »

In answer to Paramahamsa Yoganada's question to her,
"Ma, tell me a little of your life", Anandamayi Ma replied:

Father, there is little to tell.
My consciousness has never associated itself with this temporary body.
Before I came on this earth. Father, "I was the same."
I grew into womanhood, but still "I was the same."
When the family in which I had been born made arrangements to have this body married,
"I was the same."
And, Father, in front of you now, "I am the same."
Even afterwards, though the dance of creation changes around me in the hall of eternity,
"I shall be the same".

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Re: Divine poetry and thoughts
« Reply #3797 on: April 18, 2017, 01:34:09 AM »

Let the whole of mankind tremble


Let the whole of mankind tremble
     the whole world shake
     and the heavens exult
when Christ, the Son of the living God,
     is on the altar
     in the hands of a priest.
O admirable heights and sublime lowliness!
O sublime humility!
O humble sublimity!
That the Lord of the universe,
     God and the Son of God,
so humbles Himself
that for our salvation
He hides Himself under the little form of bread!
Look, brothers, at the humility of God
and pour out your hearts before Him!
Humble yourselves, as well,
     that you may be exalted by Him.
Therefore,
     hold back nothing of yourselves for yourselves
so that
He Who gives Himself totally to you
     may receive you totally.

Saint Francis of Assisi
by Regis J. Armstrong, OFM CAP & Ignatius C. Brady, OFM


Happy Easter!
Hristos Voskrese!

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Re: Divine poetry and thoughts
« Reply #3798 on: April 22, 2017, 02:13:53 AM »

Everyone has eaten and fallen asleep.
The house is empty.
We walk out to the garden to let the apple meet the peach,
to carry messages between rose and jasmine.

Spring is Christ,
Raising martyred plants from their shrouds.
Their mouths open in gratitude, wanting to be kissed.
The glow of the rose and the tulip means a lamp is inside.
A leaf trembles. I tremble in the wind-beauty like silk from Turkestan.
The censer fans into flame.

This wind is the Holy Spirit.
The trees are Mary.
Watch how husband and wife play subtle games with their hands.
Cloudy pearls from Aden are thrown across the lovers,
as is the marriage custom.

The scent of Joseph?s shirt comes to Jacob.
A red carnelian of Yemeni laughter is heard
by Muhammad in Mecca.

We talk about this and that.
There?s no rest except on these branching moments.

? Jalaluddin Rumi (from The Essential Rumi by Coleman Barks)


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Re: Divine poetry and thoughts
« Reply #3799 on: April 22, 2017, 02:17:57 AM »

Brother, I've seen some

Brother, I've seen some
     Astonishing sights:
A lion keeping watch
     Over pasturing cows;
A mother delivered
     After her son was;
A guru prostrated
     Before his disciple;
Fish spawning
     On treetops;               
A cat carrying away
     A dog;
A gunny-sack
     Driving a bullock-cart;
A buffalo going out to graze,
     Sitting on a horse;
A tree with its branches in the earth,
     Its roots in the sky;
A tree with flowering roots.

This verse, says Kabir,
     Is your key to the universe.
If you can figure it out.

Kabir


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Re: Divine poetry and thoughts
« Reply #3800 on: April 22, 2017, 02:25:54 AM »

Says Kabeer:
Brother,he alone is poor
who does not have the Naam,
the Name of the Lord
in his heart.

Kabir

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« Reply #3801 on: April 22, 2017, 02:44:04 AM »

Q:   My mind is weak and vacillating. I have neither the strength nor the tenacity for sadhana. My case, is hopeless.

M:  In a way yours is a most hopeful case. There is an alternative to sadhana, which is trust. If you cannot have the conviction born from fruitful search, then take advantage of my discovery, which I am so eager to share with you. I can see with the utmost clarity that you have never been, nor are, nor will be estranged from realty, that you are the fullness of perfection here and now and that nothing can deprive you of your heritage, of what you are. You are in no way different from me, only you do not know it. You do not know what you are and therefore you imagine your self to be what you are not. Hence desires and fear and overwhelming despair. And meaningless activity in order to escape.

Just trust me and live by trusting me. I shall not mislead you. You are the Supreme Reality beyond the world and its creator, beyond consciousness and its witness, beyond all assertions and denials. Remember it, think of it, act on it. Abandon all sense of separation, see yourself in all and act accordingly. With action bliss will come and, with bliss, conviction. After all, you doubt yourself because you are in sorrow. Happiness, natural, spontaneous and lasting cannot be imagined. Either it is there, or it is not. Once you begin to experience the peace, love and happiness which need no outer causes, all your doubts will dissolve. Just catch hold of what I told you and live by it.

Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj

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Re: Divine poetry and thoughts
« Reply #3802 on: May 24, 2017, 08:54:54 PM »
'Then there was the supremely auspicious hour that, with the constellation of Rohini rising, was endowed with all qualities. All the stars and planets stood in a favorable position. There was peace all around, all the stars twinkled in the sky and the cities, towns, pasturing grounds and mines were at their best. With the rivers crystal clear and the lakes beautiful with lotuses, with the flocks of birds and the swarms of bees sweetly singing their praise in the blooming forests, the breezes fragrant and free from dust blew with a gentle touch while the fires of the brahmins burned steadily and undisturbed. The minds of the virtuous ones who were oppressed by the Asura [Kamsa and his men], cleared up when in that situation the kettledrums resounded together to celebrate the birth of the Unborn One.
The Kinnaras and Gandharvas [the excellent ones and the singers of heaven] sang, the Siddhas and Caranas [the perfected ones and the demigods] offered prayers and the Vidyadhara women [Vidyadhara-the one of knowledge,science...] danced in great jubilation together with the Apsaras [the dancing girls of heaven]. The sages and the demigods joyously showered the finest flowers and the clouds rumbled silently like the ocean waves when at the darkest hour of the night Janardana, the World's Well-wisher, appeared from the divine form of Devaki. Lord Vishnu, the One residing in the heart of everyone manifested Himself in full, like the full moon rising in the east. That wonderful child with His lotus-like eyes and His four arms that held different weapons [and other attributes like] a conch, a club and so on, was decorated with the Srivatsa mark, with the shining Kaustubha jewel around His neck, with yellow garments and with a beautiful hue like that of rain clouds. Vasudeva saw Him beautifully decorated sparkling with a  vaidurya (tiger's eye) studded helmet, with rings in His ears, with luxuriant scattered locks of hair, with an exquisite belt around His waist and with armlets and bracelets on His arms. Anakadundubhi was amazed to see the beautiful appearance of the Lord as his son.

The birth of the Lord Krishna
Srimad Bhagavatam 10;3


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Re: Divine poetry and thoughts
« Reply #3803 on: May 24, 2017, 09:09:02 PM »

There is the steady impulse of your determination
that sets you on your feet again after every downfall and breakdown.
Gradually all the obstacles are all overcome
and your current becomes stronger.
Everything comes right in the end.
Steady determination is what is required.

Bhagavan Sri Ramana Maharshi

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Re: Divine poetry and thoughts
« Reply #3804 on: May 24, 2017, 09:26:35 PM »

As far as space extends,this is how far the space within one's heart extends.
Within it indeed are both heaven and earth,both fire and air,
both the Sun and the Moon,lightening and the stars.
Whatever there is in this world and whatever there is not,
all of this is contained within it.

Chandogya Upanishad 8.I.3

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Re: Divine poetry and thoughts
« Reply #3805 on: June 30, 2017, 03:14:17 PM »

On Behalf of Love

Every truth without exception-no matter
who makes it-is from God.

If a bird got accused of singing too early
in the morning,

if a lute began to magically play on its own
in the square
and the enchanting sounds it made drove a pair of young lovers
into a wild, public display of
passion,

if this lute and bird then got called before the inquisition
and their lives were literally at stake,

could not God walk up and say before the court,

"All acts of beauty are mine, all happen on the behalf of love"?

And while God was there, testifying for our heart's desires,
hopefully the judge would be astute enough
to brave a question,
that could go,

"Dear God, you say all acts of beauty are yours,
surely we can believe that. But what of all actions
we see in this world,
for is there any force in existence greater than the power
of your omnipresent hand?"

And God might have responded, "I like that question,"
adding, "May I ask you one as well?"

And then God would say,

"Have you ever been in a conversation when children entered
the room, and you then ceased speaking because your
wisdom knew they were not old enough to benefit-to understand?

As exquisite is your world, most everyone in it
is spiritually young.

Spirituality is love, and love never wars with the minute, the day,
one?s self and others. Love would rather die
than maim a limb,
a wing.

Dear, anything that divides man from man,
earth from sky, light and dark, one religion from another. . .
O, I best keep silent, I see a child
just entered the
room."

Saint Thomas Aquinas


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Re: Divine poetry and thoughts
« Reply #3806 on: June 30, 2017, 03:25:52 PM »
Every Foot a Shrine

Every creature has a religion. Every
foot is a shrine where
a secret candle
burns.

Every cell in us worships
God.

Every arrow in the bow of desire
has rushed out in hope

of nearing
Him.

Saint Thomas Aquinas


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Re: Divine poetry and thoughts
« Reply #3807 on: June 30, 2017, 03:32:52 PM »

Clear the dust from the eyes.
Then it can be seen that
The entire world is merely
The Totality appearing as the particular.

Wu Hsin

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« Reply #3808 on: June 30, 2017, 03:49:38 PM »

You and I have spoken all these words,
but for the way we have to go,words are no preparation.
I have one small drop of knowing in my soul.
Let it dissolve in your ocean.

Rumi

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Re: Divine poetry and thoughts
« Reply #3809 on: June 30, 2017, 03:58:57 PM »

Here is a relationship booster
That is guaranteed to
Work:

Every time your spouse or lover says something stupid
Make your eyes light up as if you
Just heard something
Brilliant.

Rumi