The Curtain Breathes
The curtain breathes and billows high like the skirt of a woman turning away, scorned (she would say) for my being seized by nothing more than air. Released by a breeze even leaves do not bend to, I cannot speak. I have become, unmoving, the breath of my child asleep at the feet of the Lord.
April 24, 2011
Here is an inspiring 7-minute music video that provides some historical footage of Maharaji's appearance on the scene going all the way back to when he was six. The older man featured in the video is his father, Shri Maharaji, who was also his Teacher. Vocals by Daya Rawat, Maharaji's very talented daughter. PS: It's all about love...
Thanks to Rita Rubin Long for the link
Standing in the Back of the Bus
I am standing in the back of a bus in San Miguel de Allende, just beginning to exit, when I notice a short, heavy-set woman behind me, her long grey hair tied in a bun and a smile that explained a thousand years of Mexican fiestas. How could I not let her pass?
So I take a step to the side and, with a downward sweep of my hand, indicate she should pass me -- that indeed, it would be my pleasure if she did. And so she does, her eyes opening wider, the many laugh lines around her dark eyes, deepening.
I have the impulse to follow, to exit next, especially since I had just given up my place in line, but the boy behind her is obviously on his way somewhere and his need to exit seems to be greater than mine and since I am already standing off to the side, I let the young muchacho do his young muchacho thing.
A man with a guitar passes me, as do two small children.
I look to my left and see a lot of people standing up and starting to make their way to the back of the bus, me now feeling like an usher, perfectly placed to make their exit just a little happier today.
A dark-skinned man with fringes on his jacket passes by, as does a woman behind him whom I imagine to be his wife. She looks tired, like there are many chores waiting for her at the end of the day -- the same chores her mother and her grandmother still perform daily as an act of worship to a Jesus whose image hangs from the rearview mirror of her husband's 1973 Chevy, along with the rosary beads and dice.
Each of these people pass me and, as they do, I notice that more people are getting on the bus -- the same number, mas o menos, as those who have just gotten off.
So I continue standing there, making way, and bowing to those who seem to be open to more than just a smile or nod.
And then, it dawns on me.
This is my work. This is what I was born for -- what my Buddhist friends like to refer to as "right livelihood" -- though I, in this moment, could not figure out how the universe could possibly compensate me for my service.
I didn't need to think about it for long.
Thirty minutes later, a woman with a turquoise barrette in her hair, brings me a grilled chicken in a plastic bag. Hot. Crispy. And ready to eat. And a 7-Up too, perfectly chilled.April 17, 2011
Every Breath Is a Prayer
Here's a little secret:
Every breath you take
is a prayer.
22,000 times a day
it rises, unannounced,
to who knows where.
The God of everyone,
listens and laughs.
You do not need to kneel,
You do not need to speak,
And the only pilgrimage necessary,
Is the one from head to heart --
the one all people seek.
It's Never Too Late to Create
I sometimes run into people who tell me that their best creative days are behind them -- that they could have accomplished great things if only they had started sooner and that they are "too old" to take on a big, hairy project.
If you have any doubt, click on the link below to get a whiff of what some extraordinary people accomplished late in life.
You may not be a Michelangelo or Stradivarius, but so what? You can still accomplish miracles. All you need to do is begin (and let go of the bogus thought that "it's too late.")
1. Grandma Moses started painting when she was 64.
2. Michelangelo designed the dome in St. Peter's Basilica between the ages of 72-88.
3. Stradivarius fashioned his two most famous violins when he was in his early 90's.
4. Mary Baker Eddy established the Christian Science Monitor when she was 87.
5. Frank Lloyd Wright designed the Guggenheim Museum when he was 91.
6. Mahatma Ghandi successfully completed negotiations for Britain to grant India's independence at the age of 77.
7. Golda Meir serviced as Prime Minister of Israel from the ages of 70-76.
8. Peter Drucker wrote "Management Changes for Turbulent Times" when he was 89.
9. P.T. Barnum joined forces with his arch rival, James Baily, when he was 71.
10. Nelson Mandela was inaugerated as the President of South Africa at the age of 75.
11. Noah Webster published "An America Dictionary of the English Language" at the age of 70.
12. Giuseppe Verdi composed his operatic masterpiece, Falstaff, at the age of 80.
13. Pablo Picasso produced a remarkable sereis of 347 etchings at the age of 86.
All examples excerpted from The Creative Age by Gene Cohen. Great book.April 12, 2011
Having a Ball April 11, 2011
The Power of Words The Real Speed of Life
April 08, 2011
A Message of Hope
Four people sent this to me in the past three days. Only now did I watch. Beautiful! Whether you meditate or not, there is a powerful message of love embedded in this video. If you disagree with some of it, so what? Watch the whole thing anyway. Don't bail out. Let the message sink in...April 05, 2011
Inspired Quotes of Prem Rawat
"Who are we
We look up
to the sky,
to come down
and fix all of
are the angel
fix your problems."
- Prem Rawat
Click & scroll all the way down
George Bernard Shaw on Life
April 02, 2011
"This is the true
joy in life,
the being used for a purpose
recognized by yourself
as a mighty one;
the being thoroughly
before you are
thrown on the scrap heap;
the being a force of Nature
instead of a
feverish selfish little clod
of ailments and grievances
that the world will not
to making you happy."
- George Bernard Shaw
All Is Well
I woke up this morning, clicked on this link, and found myself crying tears of joy. (I'm not falling apart. I'm falling together.)
Thanks to Peter Whitaker for the heads up.