Friday, November 18, 2016

Answer Births Question


Answer births question,
 As water births thirst.

Had the cosmos lacked water,
 It would lack thirst too.

So the presence of questions,
 Is evidence of answers.

As soul is to body,
 So is answer to question.

The birth of body,
 Is in separation from soul.

The birth of question,
 Is in separation from answer.

Why’s birth in separation,
 Just to reunite what was?

What’s gained by ripping,
 Only to repaste what was?

Along the seams of torn,
 Buds a new relationship.

It’s for this preciousness,
 That all seams are born.

In struggling with question,
 The answer comes so alive;

Not as passive information,
 But as fresh vivid awareness,

That tingles the spine,
 Rouses celebration in heart,

With flute, guitar n’ drums,
 As the singer does her part.

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Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Big Question


Welcome “Big Question”,
 Surprised I yearn for you;

Though not pretty,
 But hard, black n’ rough?

Yes, you're an ugly coal,
 So difficult to set alight.

My soul struggles n’ sweats,
 Bit by bit to consume you.

You resist her efforts so,
 Arousing her with appetites.

Finally ... her flame catches,
 Making her far more luminous;

As what was once coal,
 Slowly transforms into soul.

She becomes bigger, brighter,
 Illuminating ever farther reaches.

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Wednesday, November 9, 2016

Global Love Fire


The world is on fire,
  Only it doesn’t yet know.

It is burning with love,
  Yet secret recesses obscure.

There’s love in the air,
  I feel it, but can’t explain it.

I smell it in my soul,
 Yet know not its source.

This fire doesn’t destroy,
  It’s a fire of healing n’ warmth.

As you conflagrate,
  You’ll become more alive.

You’ll burn others too,
  As your aura radiates theirs.

Don’t be afraid of fire,
 When it’s the kind we all want.

We all want a world,
  Filled with love and kindness.

Bask in the fire n’ share,
  Spread it around n’ care.


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Sunday, October 30, 2016

R U @ Home?


Are you at home ...

... On planet earth,
... On your continent,
... In your country,
... In your neighborhood,
... In your community,
... In your living space,
... In your friendship circle,
... In your family,
... In your faith n' beliefs,
... In your skin,
... In your heart?

Home is multi-layered,
Zones where you feel safe.

It's where you ...

... Can let down your hair,
... N' let out your identity.

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Saturday, October 29, 2016

Home


I thought I hired a domestic help professional. But when I entered my front door the other evening, I discovered that I actually hired a domestic artist.  She reimagined my living space and that inspires me to do so as well.  In small ways, I find myself almost automatically tidying up along the pattern she set, taking it baby steps to advance her vision for my living space even further.  

In the beginning of Genesis we read about how the Creator spent six days building a home for humanity. He imagined and implemented a beautiful living space for us called the Garden of Eden. He simply requested that Adam and Eve tidy up a small remaining corner of their home along the pattern He already set by not eating of the fruit of the Tree of Knowledge; thereby, making their home into even more of a home. Of course the first couple did not obey and their home suddenly turned very messy - into even less of a home, which is the world we see around us.

Since the dawn of humanity, we have been charged with the mission of making the world into our home along the patterns already set by our Creator. Paradise is already such a home. It has no untidy patches. However, being earthlings means that our work is to turn planet earth into such a home.

The conclusion of a certain significant phase of our work will usher in the beginning of the messianic era. Since the messianic era itself is multi-phased, as we will travel further along its timeline, earth will turn more and more into home. Quite possibly, it will one day turn into a home for its animal population as well; as seems indicated by the Prophet Isaiah.    

There is a mystical teaching that our real efforts entail transforming the earth into a home for the Creator. However, what better way is there to make the earth into His home than to make it into our home? The Creator is beyond the need for a home. He rejoices in giving! His happiness is the happiness He gives His creations. When His creations are at home in His world, so is He. Yes, He rejoices in how we feel.

Shabbat is a small taste of this upcoming era. Shabbat is all about settling into a zone we call, "Home". We work six days to prepare our homes, becoming domestic artists, so that one day a week we can experience our home in a more ideal state; enjoying home life as it is meant to be. In this sacred space, people focus on each other and easily bond without outside distractions - yes, heart to heart. Each can make a home in his/her own heart for the other. It’s safe space and sacred space for relationships to form and grow. Here people love and feel loved.

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Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Simchat Torah


Earlier today in a Borough Park Chabad Synagogue, Rabbi Yitzchak Reitport delivered an address which reached to the core of what the festival of Simchat Torah is all about.

Since Simchat Torah is about rejoicing and dancing with the Torah scrolls, he began with a question, "Why don't we celebrate this festival in late Spring on the anniversary of the day when God's revelation descended on Mount Sinai and He uttered the Ten Commandments?"

Rabbi Reitport continued by quoting well established Jewish tradition that after the Ten Commandments were uttered, Moses stayed up on the mountain another 40 days to receive the Tablets. He descended to the unfortunate incident of the golden calf and shattered the Tablets. Then he spent the next 40 days in prayer to reconcile God and the Jewish people. Next, he ascended for another 40 days to receive the second set of Tablets and descended with them on Yom Kippur (yes, that was our very first Yom Kippur).

Since Yom Kippur is a day of tremendous awe, lighthearted celebration is out of character. Our lighthearted celebration begins soon after Yom Kippur, with the festival of Succot, which culminates in Simchat Torah. So essentially, on Simchat Torah we celebrate the completion of the whole process of receiving the Ten Commandments.

There was a fundamental difference between the first and second set of Tablets. Had the golden calf not been built, reality would have been fundamentally different and we would have only needed the written Torah scroll for guidance, without the aid of an oral explanatory tradition. Hence, the first Tablets only came with the written part of our tradition.

The second Tablets came with both written Torah and an accompanying oral explanatory tradition. The nature of the oral explanatory tradition is that it requires a lot of mental effort; ponderous study, discussion and interpretation. Here the mind of flesh and soul meets the Divine Mind in sublime union.

Had we just had the first Tablets, we would have been missing out on the part of the Torah which lends itself to this special union with the Creator's Mind; as everything would have simply been clear procedure without any need to resort to ponderous efforts. So what we truly celebrate on Simchat Torah is that special union with the Divine Mind which only an oral explanatory tradition allows for.

Rabbi Reitport added that the sixth Lubavitcher Rebbe stated that the reason for why we recite the "Shecheyanu" blessing on Simchat Torah (a blessing normally reserved for new joyous events) is because of this special union with the Divine Mind which is renewed at this time of the year.

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From Soul to Sole


There was a woman,
 I loved from soul to sole.

Her spirit shined,
As the high noon sun.

Her hair radiated,
Reddish golden rays.

As the sun's orbit,
She traveled the world.

She could speak of,
Cultures beneath her gaze.

She understood,
Language within language;

Utterances of mind,
 Shadowed by mouth.

She moved me with,
Her song within songs.

I yearned for my days,
To be spent by her fire;

Being endlessly warmed,
In full spectrumed joyous exchange.

Alas, she didn't want me,
I still don't fully know why.

I implored n' begged,
"Who will love you soul to sole?"

Silence...
Businesslike silence.

I still know not her answer,
Even if I did, it can't satisfy me.

I only take satisfaction,
That this was God's kind plan;

Along the forested path,
To discover my destined one.

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