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Re: Divine poetry and thoughts
« Reply #3960 on: November 10, 2017, 10:04:14 PM »

Keep Searching

Even though you're not equipped,
keep searching:
equipment isn't necessary on the way to the Lord.
Whoever you see engaged in search,
become her friend and cast your head in front of her,
for choosing to be a neighbor of seekers,
you become one yourself;
protected by conquerors,
you will yourself learn to conquer.
If an ant seeks the rank of Solomon,
don't smile contemptuously upon its quest.
Everything you possess of skill, and wealth and handicraft,
wasn't it first merely a thought and a guest?

Mathnawi  III: 1445-1449
Version by Camille and Kabir Helminski
Rumi: Jewels of Remembrance
Threshold Books, 1996

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« Reply #3961 on: November 10, 2017, 10:31:03 PM »

Then of the THEE IN ME who works behind
The Veil, I lifted up my hands to find
  A lamp amid the Darkness; and I heard,
As from Without?"THE ME WITHIN THEE BLIND!"

Omar Khayyam
The Rubaiyat
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« Reply #3962 on: November 10, 2017, 10:42:35 PM »

As flowing waters disappear into the mist
We lose all track of their passage.
Every heart is its own Buddha.
Ease off ...  become immortal.

Wake up!   The world's a mote of dust.
Behold heaven's round mirror.
Turn loose!  Slip past shape and shadow,
Sit side by side with nothing, save Tao.

Shih-shu, 1703
        Stones and Trees; The Poetry of Shih-Shu
        Translation by James H. Sanford
        The Clouds Should Know Me By Now, 1998, p. 153


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« Reply #3963 on: November 10, 2017, 11:12:31 PM »

Tell this bewildered eye, once you've seen the Beloved's lightness,
why bother with mortals, why spend your time with Darkness?
 
Burn everything I have except my heart, because
your splendor keeps turning it into a rose garden.

Rumi

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« Reply #3964 on: November 11, 2017, 10:31:43 PM »

I always see the remedy in the pain.
I see the subtle gift and fidelity
in angry quarrels and betrayals.
When i look down,i don't see the earth.
And when i look up,
i don't see the vault of the sky.
Whatever i glance at
I see You.

Rumi
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Re: Divine poetry and thoughts
« Reply #3965 on: November 11, 2017, 10:42:06 PM »

Always check your inner state
with the lord of your heart.

Copper doesn't know it's copper,
until it's changing to gold.
Your loving doesn't know its majesty,
until it knows its helplessness.

Rumi
by Coleman Barks
Rumi: The Book of Love:
Poems of Ecstacy and Longing

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Re: Divine poetry and thoughts
« Reply #3966 on: November 11, 2017, 10:56:42 PM »

I am hopelessly in love with you, no point
giving me advice.
I have drunk love's poison, no point
taking any remedy.
They want to chain my feet but
what's the point
when it is my heart that's gone mad!

Rumi
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« Reply #3967 on: November 11, 2017, 11:03:44 PM »

One day I feel confused and down,
the next I can reach the sky
without you I am never calm.
In your absence people ridicule me,
but when you come
I don't mind what they think or say.
I refuse to feast or be merry without my Beloved.
However he appears, I will follow.
If he comes as a cupbearer, I'll become one too
if he comes as an ascetic, I'll become a pious pilgrim.
If he pretends to be a madman, I'll become a perfect fool
if he tries to escape, I will become a mighty hunter.
Yet when I complain about my sleepless nights
he mocks me and says I do not pray enough,
when I ask him for a favor he sends me off.
What am I to do but surrender
to the will of my Beloved.

Rumi
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« Reply #3968 on: November 11, 2017, 11:55:34 PM »

Maharaj's sayings were priceless pearls. "Liberation is never of the person. It is always from the person. Discard every self-seeking motive. Do not search for truth will find you."

Such were the teachings of the great saint Nisargadatta Maharaj, who lived in a crowded lane in Bombay, in a humble abode, wearing the dress of a common man. It is difficult to make him out in a crowd unless you have already known him. He was found of his grandchildren who called him "Bappa", i.e. God in Marathi, and they used to scramble for a place in his lap. They used to tease him by snatching the cigarette lighter or sometimes spilling the water kept for him while he was in a serious discussion with Maurice Frydman, the Polish engineer. On his birthdays and other festive days, he faithfully used to go to the samadhi [tomb] of his Guru situated at Banganga burial ground in Bombay to offer prayers. One could easily find him travelling in a bus along with others.

It is said that Maharaj would not forget to vote and exercise his franchise as a voter in the elections. As is well known, one has got to stand in a queue. Maharaj untiringly sometimes even in the hot Sun would wait in the queue for long hours and exercise his franchise. The simplicity of his nature baffles all analysis. Oftentimes when he needed a haircut he would quietly go to a hair cutting saloon, either for a shave or a hair cut without any discomfiture. It was an interesting sight to see Maharaj taking his grandchildren along with him and buy them a lassi [milkshake] in a wayside shop and teach them how to drink it properly.

Maharaj loved some of his disciples very dearly, and even in pouring rain he would walk with them to Chowpathy seashore and discuss with them about the easy path to Self-realisation. Unmindful of the great stature he occupied as a Gnani, he would sit on the benches on the seashore in the pouring rain holding an umbrella and enjoying his beedis.

A  GREAT  MAHARASHTRIAN  JNANI
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Re: Divine poetry and thoughts
« Reply #3969 on: November 12, 2017, 12:05:06 AM »

How fortunate is the one who can devote his life and body to the One worthy of it.
Everybody is devoted to something,lives for something,and dies for the sake of that thing.
A fortunate man devotes himself to such a blessed cause,
that even his death is a means of life for hundreds of others.

Masnawi
Rumi

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Re: Divine poetry and thoughts
« Reply #3970 on: November 13, 2017, 01:24:01 AM »
Ramakrishna was a living embodiment of godliness.
His sayings are not those of a mere learned man but they are pages from the Book of Life.
They are revelations of his own experiences.
They therefore leave on the reader an impression which he cannot resist.
In this age of skepticism Ramakrishna presents an example of a bright and living faith
which gives solace to thousands of men and women
who would otherwise have remained without spiritual light.
Ramakrishna's life was an object-lesson in Ahimsa.
His love knew no limits, geographical or otherwise.
May his divine love be an inspiration to all.

  Mahatma Gandhi


Sri Ramakrishna was like an innocent and unsuspecting child.

Swami Shantatmananda

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« Reply #3971 on: November 13, 2017, 01:54:50 AM »

To try and describe my reactions when I first came,
into the presence of Bhagavan is difficult.
I felt the tremendous peace of his presence, his graciousness.
It was not as though I were meeting him for the first time.
It seemed that I had always known him.
It was not even like the renewal of an old acquaintanceship.
It had always been there though I had not been conscious of it at the time.
Now I knew.

SADHU ARUNACHALA
(Major A. W. Chadwick)
 A Sadhu's Reminiscences of Ramana Maharshi

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« Reply #3972 on: November 13, 2017, 02:20:42 AM »

His peircing look, his elegance and splendor,
his kindness and exquisite words
captured my heart.
Where is your love, he asked me,
what holds you back, where is your glory?
Why are you still absorbed by earthly concerns
when the hour of truth has arrived?

Rumi
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Re: Divine poetry and thoughts
« Reply #3973 on: November 13, 2017, 02:29:47 AM »

It is the essence of the rose
that pulls me to the rose garden.
Only Love gives value to abundance and power.

Rumi

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Re: Divine poetry and thoughts
« Reply #3974 on: November 13, 2017, 02:52:25 AM »

Beloved, you are my salvation
my only companion, my retreat and guide,
but you are also the one who breaks my heart.
You are my Noah, my soul
the conquered and the conquerer.
Open my heart and sweep it clean
from all my secrets.
You are Grace enveloped in light,
kindness and wrath,
I,the drop in the vast ocean.
How long will you torment me?
My Sun, my flicker of hope,
do not let me die of thirst
for you are the water and the cup
you are my pain and my cure.
Release me from the web of the body
and keep my heart by your side.

Rumi