A vision for a shared and lasting prosperity. Redefining prosperity to something that is more meaningful, less materialistic and less reliant on growth. Tim Jackson
“I am of the opinion that my life belongs to the community, and as long as I live, it is my privilege to do for it whatever I can. I want to be thoroughly used up when I die, for the harder I work, the more I live. Life is no 'brief candle' to me. It ia a sort of splendid torch which I have got hold of for a moment, and I want to make it burn as brightly as possible before handing it on to the future generations.” George Bernard Shaw
Dear Lorca, These letters are to be as temporary as our poetry is to be permanent... We will use up our rhetoric here so that it will not appear in our poems. Let it be consumed paragraph by paragraph, day by day, until nothing of it is left in our poetry and nothing of our poetry is left in it. It is precisely because these letters are unnecessary that they must be written. Love, Jack: Jack Spicer, My Vocabulary Did This to Me: The Collected Poetry of Jack Spicer
You might imagine a letter being sent to a physical person but addressed to a phantom constructed by the writer and describes them as the letters ‘one poet writes to another not in any effort to communicate with him, but rather as a young man whispers his secrets to a scarecrow, knowing that his young lady is in the distance listening. . . . The reader, who is not a party to this singular tryst, may be amused by what he overhears’. This ‘overhearing’ represents an attempt to construct a poetic community as textual mediations whose ideal is always unattainable: 'Things do not connect; they correspond' - David Hull: Picture This: Letters and Postcards Beyond Text
A moment comes like a thunderbolt in which a flash of the undisclosed rends our dark apathy asunder. The ineffable has shuddered itself into the soul. It has entered our consciousness like a ray of light passing into a lake Our goal should be to live life in radical amazement. Get up in the morning and look at the world in a way that takes nothing for granted. Everything is phenomenal; everything is incredible; never treat life casually. To be spiritual is to be amazed. Wonder, or radical amazement, is a way of going beyond what is given in thing and thought, refusing to take anything for granted, to regard anything as final. It is our honest response to the grandeur and mystery of reality our confrontation with that which transcends the given. To pray is to take notice of the wonder, to regain a sense of the mystery that animates all beings, the divine margin in all attainments. Prayer is our humble answer to the inconceivable surprise of living. It is all we can offer in return for the mystery by which we live. Abraham Joshua Heschel
This being human is a guest house. Every morning a new arrival. A joy, a depression, a meanness, some momentary awareness comes as an unexpected visitor. Welcome and entertain them all! Even if they're a crowd of sorrows, who violently sweep your house empty of its furniture, still, treat each guest honorably. He may be clearing you out for some new delight. The dark thought, the shame, the malice, meet them at the door laughing, and invite them in. Be grateful for whoever comes, because each has been sent as a guide from beyond. Rumi
Women are the manifestation of the primal creative force of the universe. We are "The Adi Shakti."
The Adi Shakti Mantra tunes one into the frequency of the Divine Mother, and to the primal protective, generating energy. It is said that chanting it eliminates fears and fulfills desires. First force of all creation, to You I bow. Divine force, everywhere, to You I bow. Creative force, primal force, to You I bow. Rising up, Divine Mother, to You I bow. “Our prime purpose in this life is to help others. And if you can't help them, at least don't hurt them.”
The goal of meditation is to attain a thoughtless state. Mantra are energy-based vibration and sounds that facilitates one to attain this state. One such mantra is Ganesh Maha Mantra - Om Gam Ganapataye Namaha. Ganesh is the master of wisdom and knowledge. He is the remover of obstacles (blocked energy), and guardian of beauty, prosperity, grace and compassion. According to Kundalini yoga, Ganesha resides in the first chakra, called Muladhara. Mula means "original, main"; adhara means "base, foundation". The muladhara chakra is the principle on which the manifestation or outward expansion of primordial Divine Force rests. Mantra when chanted with the proper pranayama (rhythmic breathing) and sincere devotion, will yield good results.
The Absence - So we meet again: Melody Gardot follows the teachings of Buddhism, is a macrobiotic cook and humanitarian who often speaks about the benefits of music therapy to help reconnect neural pathways in the brain, improve speech ability, manage pain and lift general spirits
Sri Ganesha was the scribe for the Vedic Texts, which he did using his tusks instead of a pen.
Spring smiled- and redbud flourished. In the backyard, the aged lilac drowned- in thousands of blossoms, chanting: “Have Faith, Faith! Break away from the cursed hands of Death! Being, opt for Being! And refuge not- in the naught! Surely not- in this green spring!” Nazeli, proud, departed in silence, quenching her flaming rage-with the shower of her sorrow. Nazeli, Speak! Speak a word! Or the Bird of Silence will hatch-the egg of an invincible demise! Nazeli spoke not. And Sun rose-from the bed of darkness-to the bath of blood, and then, vanished again. Nazeli spoke not a word. Nazeli was a Falling Star, Shining at once-traversing the night, and fading away. Nazeli spoke not a word: Nazeli was a Transient Violet, Flowering at once, heralding the warmth: “The Reign of Winter is Over!” then, fleeing away-from the sight. Nazeli is gone. Death of Nazeli By Ahmad Shamlou
Persian Poetry in English
THE WATER’S FOOTSTEPS by Sohrab Sepheri
And be born again when the sun rises in the mornings; Let’s allow our excitement to fly; Let’s pour water upon the perception of space, color, sound and the window of flowers; Let’s set heaven between two syllables of existence; Let’s is fill and empty our lungs with eternity; Let’s lift down the burden of knowledge from the shoulders of the swallow; Let’s take back our name from the cloud; From the plane tree, mosquito, summer; Let’s mount to the height of kindness of the wet feet of rain; Let’s open the door open the door to mankind, light, plants and inspects. THE WATER’S FOOTSTEPS by Sohrab Sepheri
I think about the life: I live a figure made of clay and think about the things I lost the things I gave away. And when I'm in a certain mood I search the house and look; one night I found these magic words in a magic book: Throw it away, Throw it away, Give your love, live your life each and every day. And keep your hand wide open let the sun shine through 'Cause you can never lose a thing if it belongs to you. There's a hand to rock the cradle and a hand to help us stand with a gentle kind of motion as it moves across the land. And the hand's unclenched and open gifts of life and love it brings so keep your hand wide open if you're needing anything.
Symphonic suite is a series of movements gathered around a central theme (telling a story through music) In Scheherazade Rimsky-Korsakov tells the story of of the Thousand and One Nights not in a linear fashion as we read in books. The work sounds as if we had dreamed about the characters, and in this dream world and exotic, all stories were mingled, and merged characters lose their chronological order.
This is the most challenging activity that humans get into, which is love. You know, where we have the sense that we can't live without love. That life has very little meaning without love. So we're invited into this arena which is a very dangerous arena, where the possibilities of humiliation and failure are ample. So there's no fixed lesson that one can learn, because the heart is always opening and closing, it's always softening and hardening. We're always experiencing joy or sadness. But there are lots of people who've closed down. And there are times in one's life when one has to close down just to regroup. Leonard Cohen
AUM is the music of all atoms and the cosmic melody of love vibrating in the superconsciousness. When one communes with AUM, he enters into, and flows with, the stream of God’s love. Aum is the omniscient pulse that beats at the heart of every molecule in the universe and the primordial hum from which all sounds and forms arise and return. The annunciation, of aum, by a human voice is intended to convey the multiplicity of existence that is encountered, by the individual, in this realm, by emphasising a singular God.
Loneliness resides in the innermost being of the self and is a way of being in the world, a way of grasping for and confronting one's own subjective truth. The quest for authentic existence and the search for meaning intrinsic to the existential mode of being certainly seem at odds with an American view of the pursuit of happiness, wealth, and leisure as the highest good. Loneliness, on this view, is an experience to be welcomed rather than banished, for it brings us face to face with two of life's most important questions: What is life really all about, and how should I use my freedom to define myself? So loneliness isn't something to be shunned or afraid of: it is, rather, a possible catalyst for a more purposeful and engaging life, and an avenue for heightened self-awareness.
AUM is the music of all atoms and the cosmic melody of love vibrating in the superconsciousness.
Stefan Sagmeister: Happy Show
“I have found that the more we care for the happiness of others, the greater is our own sense of well-being. Cultivating a close, warmhearted feeling for others automatically puts the mind at ease. It helps remove whatever fears or insecuri...ties we may have and gives us the strength to cope with any obstacles we encounter. It is the principle source of success in life.” Dalai Lama
I lived for art, I lived for love, I never did harm to a living soul! With a secret hand I relieved as many misfortunes as I knew of. Ever in true faith, my prayer rose to the holy shrines. Ever in true faith I gave flowers to the altar. In the hour of grief Why, why, Lord, Why do you reward me thus? I gave jewels for the Madonna's mantle, and songs for the stars, in heaven, that shone forth with greater radiance. In the hour of grief Why, why, Lord, ah, why do you reward me thus?
Vissi d'arte is a soprano aria from act II of the opera Tosca by Giacomo Puccini. It is sung by Tosca as she thinks of her fate and how the life of her beloved, Mario Cavaradossi, a painter on the revolutionary activities that, by not reporting the hideout of a friend who had escaped from prison, was arrested by the Baron Scarpia.
J S Bach Toccata and Fugue BWV 565
Vissi d'arte is a soprano aria from act II of the opera Tosca by Giacomo Puccini.
So what are you doing Brahman? You're playing on and off with yourself, hide and seek with yourself.,, And so that You can feel really you, that outside world has to feel really strange, different, weird. You old trickster ... deep down in, You know the whole bit. And therefore, what You want is a surprise...You play the thing out by inventing lusts and loves, fears and terrors, gnawing anxieties and screaming meemees...By making life as a whopping great split between what You do and what happens to You. And this is what we call Maya, the great illusion,,, All of us are rays from One center, teats on One sow, sounds on One flute, forever and ever. But it doesn't get monotonous, boring, because we keep forgetting IT. We keep the on's on by putting off's between them. Alan Watts
'Oh my God.' The 'oh' means it caught your attention, it makes you present, it makes you mindful. The 'my' means it connects with something deep inside your soul, it creates a gateway for your inner voice to rise up and be heard. And God, 'God' is that personal journey we all want to be on, to be inspired, to feel like we are connected to a universe that celebrates life.
When you really start to see things, and you look at an old paper cup, and you go into the nature of what it is to see what vision is, or what smell is, or what touch is, you realize that that vision of the paper cup is the brilliant light of the cosmos. The Real You - Alan Watts
"Having been brought up, programmed, conditioned, to be individuals, then our consciousness is all this activity of thought. Fear and the pursuit of pleasure are the movement of thought. The suffering, anxiety, uncertainty and the deep regrets, wounds, the burden of centuries of sorrow, are all part of thought. Thought is responsible for what we call love, which has become sensual pleasure, something to be desired." Jiddu Krishnamurti who claimed allegiance to no nationality, caste, religion, or philosophy stressed the need for a revolution in the psyche of every human being
Leonard Susskind discusses the indestructability of information and the nature of black holes in a lecture entitled The World As Hologram.
Guanyin or Kwanyin “Divine Voice.”, is the Goddess of mercy,love and compassion who can look in every direction and see the voice of the world and the cries of suffering beings. She cannot become a Buddha because she remains devoted to the world. Her vow is: “If a single tear is still being shed in this world, I will not become a Buddha.” The image of the Thousand-hand Guanyin is symbolic of maternal love and infinite compassion.
China Disabled People's Performing Art Troupe are also creators of both material and spiritual wealth. Such a spirit of perseverance in pursuing and creating a better life in the face of adversity should be followed by all of us.