The Wheel Spins
The wheel spins, but the hub goes nowhere. In the middle of the hub is another hub and inside that, another yet. It too, spins, but too slowly for anyone to notice.
I'll meet you there after the world shuts down.
Sometime later in that silence, tea brewing, cat curled up in the corner of forever, one of us will speak the poetry God longs to hear. Everything will stop. A moment later neither of us will remember a single word of what was said nor will we need to.November 24, 2010
Thanks to Ellen Kirschner for the heads up
The Art of Living
"The master of the art of living makes little distinction between his work and his play, his labor and his leisure, his mind and his body, his education and his recreation, his love and his religion. He hardly knows which is which; he simply pursues his vision of excellence in whatever he does, leaving others to decide whether he is working or playing. To him he is always doing both."
Water to Wine
Pour each glass of water
like a glass of wine.
more like cabernet than tap.
before raising your glass.
toast to all that is
on your lips.
The Beautiful Diamond
There is a beautiful diamond
For years it was covered
with dust and dirt
and my own wild thoughts
about what the diamond was.
Then the Master entered my life.
He blew the dust and dirt away.
He invited me
to polish the gem
and watch it shine,
Now I am
the richest person in the world
and so are you.
Yin, Yang, and Jung
universe.November 17, 2010
At a Loss for Words
A few weeks ago, I flew from Newark to Miami to attend a one-day event with Maharaji. As always, it was a memorable adventure. Energizing. Inspiring. Enjoyable. And totally worth the effort -- me being once again reminded of how simple it was to experience the joy of life.
What wasn't simple was describing my experience when I got home.
"What did he say?" my friends asked. "What was it like?"
Two understandable questions, for sure -- ones that deserved an understandable response. But that's where I became totally cro-magnon.
Despite my love for the English language and the fact that I've been trying to answer those same two questions since 1972, I found myself at a complete loss for words.
Let's start with the first question: "What did he say?"
I tried to remember what Maharaji said in Miami and actually managed to recall a few soundbytes, but my retelling sounded too much like a 11:00 news report.
Efficient? Yes. Comprehensible? Sure. But something was definitely lost in translation. I was conveying the words, but not the mojo that animated the words -- which is something that Maharaji has in spades.
Mojo. Major mojo.
I know my friends' request was a simple one. But simple isn't always easy.
Then of course, there was their second question: "What was it like?"
What was it like?
What... was... it... like? Hmmm...I could feel my mind dutifully trying to access its hard disk of metaphors, but the little "clock" icon, on my desktop, just kept spinning.
What's being with Maharaji like?
Well, it's like nothing else I know. It's in a league of its own. It's unique, singular, incomparable.
Try as I might, I can't compare it to anything else and, even if I could, I'd only be feeding people words too easily misunderstood. False impressions. Idols. Fool's gold to the treasure hunter.
And so, out popped the only thing left for me to say: a phrase that left a lot to be desired: "You had to be there."
As they say in the old country,"oy!"
For me, the whole thing with Maharaji and Knowledge is all about being. Being and feeling. Feeling and appreciating. Appreciating and enjoying. And even more than that, savoring. Savoring what? This! The present moment! As if it were my last.
Or my first.
Maharaji, quite simply, has a way of making it easy for people to access the experience of fulfillment -- a way to take people to a place where the past is gone... where the future is pure fiction and the only thing that remains is the present -- the sweet, sweet moment of remembrance -- the kind of present, like a rose, that keeps opening and opening and opening the more he speaks... and the more I listen... and the more he pauses and just sits there beaming.
It's a moment I find impossible to describe with anything but a smile... or a nod... or a few laughable pirouettes around my living room when no one is watching.November 16, 2010
There's a great new service now available at Words of Peace Global. It's called Peacecards -- a collection of 23 beautifully designed virtual postcards you can personalize and email. Quotes from Prem Rawat, Rumi, Kabir, Einstein, Thomas Merton and others. Check it out.November 12, 2010
What's in a Name?
Words of Peace Global
has just published a
third in a series
of weekly blogs --
this one a light-hearted
look at the phenomenon
of attempting to name
Take a look.
See if you can relate.
If you want to comment,
go right ahead.
Speak your truth,
share your feeling,
let it rip.
Videos of Maharaji
A big thank you to Julian West, Sara Shaffer, and Jossi Fresco for all the work they're doing to bring the WOPG blog alive!The Big Distinction
25 Awesome Quotes on Creativity
"The things we fear most in organizations -- fluctuations, disturbances, imbalances -- are the primary sources of creativity." - Alfred North Whitehead
"The chief enemy of creativity is 'good" sense.'" - Pablo Picasso
"Everyone who's ever taken a shower has had an idea. It's the person who gets out of the shower, dries off and does something about it who makes a difference." - Nolan Bushnell
"As competition intensifies, the need for creative thinking increases. It is no longer enough to do the same thing better . . . no longer enough to be efficient and solve problems." - Edward de Bono
"I make more mistakes than anyone else I know, and sooner or later, I patent most of them." - Thomas Edison
"Creativity is thinking up new things. Innovation is doing new things." - Theodore Levitt
"The secret to creativity is knowing how to hide your sources." - Albert Einstein
"Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to keep." - Scott Adams
"Don't think. Thinking is the enemy of creativity. It's self-conscious, and anything self-conscious is lousy. You can't try to do things. You simply must do things." - Ray Bradbury
"Creativity is the sudden cessation of stupidity." - Edwin Land
"There's room for everybody on the planet to be creative and conscious if you are your own person. If you're trying to be like somebody else, then there isn't." - Tori Amos
"The key question isn't 'What fosters creativity?' But it is why in God's name isn't everyone creative? Where was the human potential lost? How was it crippled? I think therefore a good question might be not why do people create, but why do people not create." - Abraham Maslow
"To live a creative life, we must lose our fear of being wrong." - Joseph Chilton Pierce
"You can't use up creativity. The more you use, the more you have." - Maya Angelou
"By believing passionately in something that still does not exist, we create it. The non-existent is whatever we have not sufficiently desired." - Nikos Kazantzakis
"Creativity is discontent translated into arts." - Eric Hoffer
"A truly creative person rids him or herself of all self-imposed limitations." - Gerald Jampolsky
"Things are only impossible until they're not." - Jean-Luc Picard
"Anxiety is the hand maiden of creativity." - T.S. Eliot
"Creativity is piercing the mundane to find the marvelous." - Bill Moyers
"The new meaning of soul is creativity and mysticism. These will become the foundation of the new psychological type and with him or her will come the new civilization." - Otto Rank
"The more original a discovery, the more obvious it seems afterwards."
- Arthur Koestler
"It's not what you look at that matters, it's what you see."
- Henry David Thoreau
"If you have nothing at all to create, then perhaps you create yourself." - Carl Jung
"I can't understand why people are frightened of new ideas. I'm frightened of the old ones." - John CageNovember 07, 2010
for the second
in a series
of weekly blog postings
- this one by Joel Metzger -
Words of Peace Global,
the always evolving website
all about the message
of Prem Rawat (aka Maharaji).
Take a look.
Joel deftly describes
the phenomenon of
how what we're looking for
is right in front of us.
Illustration: Sara Shaffer
(Can you find the parrot)
"Trust yourself. You know more than you think you do." - Benjamin Spock
"Systems die; instincts remain." - Oliver Wendell Holmes
"It is through science that we prove, but through intuition that we discover." - Henri Poincare
"Intuition becomes increasingly valuable in the new information society precisely because there is so much data." - John Naisbitt
"A hunch is creativity trying to tell you something." - Frank Capra
"Trust your own instinct. Your mistakes might as well be your own, instead of someone else's. - Billy Wilder
"It is always with excitement that I wake up in the morning wondering what my intuition will toss up to me, like gifts from the sea. I work with it and rely on it. It's my partner." - Jonas Salk
"All human knowledge thus begins with intuitions, proceeds thence to concepts, and ends with ideas." - Immanuel Kant
"Your time is limited, don't waste it living someone else's life. Don't be trapped by dogma, which is living the result of other people's thinking. Don't let the noise of other's opinion drown your own inner voice. Everything else is secondary." - Steve Jobs
"The more and more each is impelled by that which is intuitive, or the relying upon the soul force within, the greater, the farther, the deeper, the broader, the more constructive may be the result." - Edgar Cayce
"I feel there are two people inside me -- me and my intuition. If I go along against her, she'll screw me every time, and if I follow her, we get along quite nicely." - Kim Basinger
"Intuition is the supra-logic that cuts out all the routine processes of thought and leaps straight from the problem to the answer." - Robert Graves
"The intuitive mind is a sacred gift and the rational mind is a faithful servant. We have created a society that honors the servant
and has forgotten the gift." - Albert Einstein
"You must train your intuition. Uou must trust the small voice inside which tells you exactly what to say, what to decide." - Ingrid Bergman
"The power of intuitive understanding will protect you from harm until the end of your days." - Lao Tzu
"People who lean on logic and philosophy and rational exposition end by starving the best part of the mind." - William Butler Yeats
"Conclusions arrived at through reasoning have very little or no influence in altering the course of our lives."- Carlos Casteneda
"Intuition will tell the thinking mind where to look next." - Jonas Salk
"Trust your hunches. They're usually based on facts filed away
just below the conscious level." - Dr. Joyce Brothers
"Follow your instincts. That's where true wisdom manifests itself."
- Oprah Winfrey
Outside, On a Break
On October 22nd, I had the great good fortune to see and listen to Maharaji (AKA Prem Rawat) at an all-day event, at the Jackie Gleason Theater, in Miami Beach.
As always, being with him had great impact on me. Kind of like I was a car being recalled to the factory, not because anything was wrong with the car, but because -- somehow -- I forgot the car could fly.
During the first break, I walked outside to get some air. Everything seemed a bit different than before. The sky seemed bluer. The air seemed sweeter. The breezes, seemed, well... breezier.
Standing there, free of anything to do, I liked how I felt -- buoyant, refreshed, alive -- a moment that could have easily gone on forever and never exhausted its momentousness.
People came and went. Some of them, who knew me from the past, smiled. All of them, including those whose names I couldn't quite remember, were quite happy -- as if they'd just danced at the wedding of their best friend.
Agents of delight they were -- champagne bubbles popping -- and everybody was thirsty for more.
Two old friends approach me and speak of their unshakable desire to serve -- to express the love they feel so thousands of others, around the world, might have easier access to the experience the three of us were now enjoying.
To my left, I see people beginning to re-enter the hall. The second movement of the morning's symphony is upon us.
I reach into my pocket and find my ticket. There it is! Row PP, seat 28 -- the last row in the theater on this, the first day of the rest of my life.
By the way, in case you're wondering, the photo on the first screen is from an old American tv show, called the Honeymooners -- staring comedian, Jackie Gleason, the man for whom the Miami theater was named.
But I Already Know This!
This just in! Words of Peace Global has just added a blog to it's already superfine website.
The first posting is all about the phenomenon of people thinking "but I already know this" upon first hearing the words of a great teacher.
The kickoff entry was written by someone my two teenagers keep telling me embarrasses them, no end. If I ever meet this guy, I'm going to give him a piece of what's left of my mind.
Check it out -- and please feel free to forward it to friends or family who may be familiar with the "I already know this" phenomenon.
Illustration: Sara Shaffer