Announcement: The Mad Liberation by Moonlight radio program for this month is cancelled- pre-empted actually. Our radio station, KBOO (90.7 FM in Portland, OR, or at kboo.fm on your internet dial). The annual John Lennon Birthday Marathon is happening on Friday, 10/9/09; coinciding with John’s birthday. KBOO will be playing (and streaming) Lennon music from 9 pm Friday evening to 8 am Saturday morning, thereby taking our slot for October.
Sadly, this is the Harvest Moon, here in the US and it’s a doozy. Ah, but I don’t care. John L. deserves our respect if for no other reason than John Lennon – Working Class Hero. Or even this: John Lennon – Beatles Breakup Interview 1970.
We will be back on the air next month on the Friday night following the full-moon. Consult your looner calendar for showtimes (looks sorta like the dark night of November 6th at 1 am, or really the morning of 11/7 if you want to be picky; you don’t want to be picky do you??)
Lots of things are true. Maybe everything, depending on perspective. These are some sources of perspective I would like to share.
First from my own personal spiritual tradition- the Society of Friends. Following are excerpts from a pamphlet by Thomas S. Brown, what we would call a “weighty Friend”. After the short excerpt is a complete download of the publication, free to share. I had to convert from PDF because, well, WordPress doesn’t seem to like PDF and the formatting becomes a bit jerky. Thomas Brown:
To know the Truth is not to accept it by an act of the
intellect, as a man may know the Greek alphabet, or as a
man may know his neighbor across the street. To know
the Truth is, rather, like the way in which man and wife
know each other, a life of wholly shared commitment, of
utter trust, of freedom from fear. Indeed, there is no
knowledge of the Truth where there is no commitment
which results in significant action, for the living root
produces living fruit after its own kind. We know the
presence of love, not by sighs and simpers, nor even by
desire, but by its power to lift men and women outside
themselves and to live beyond themselves. Honor is known
by honorable actions. Beauty is known by its creation among
us. Truth is not a group of intellectual concepts to be
manipulated at will like the symbols in mathematics or
the notes in music: Truth is living and life-giving, and those
who have welcomed the Truth have life.
This is crucial: it is not that we discover the Truth
and make it our own for our own purposes as men might
harness a mountain stream to light their houses or run
their machines. We are, rather, discovered by the Truth,
and are given power by the Truth to light our souls. We are
besieged by the Truth, who stands knocking at the door,
the Hound of Heaven, our Imperious Lover and Tyrannical
Servant, who would give us our hearts’ desire if we would
only throw our selfish desires away, and who longs to release
us from the folly of the “freedom of choice” we seem to think
so important even on matters of life and death.
Not exactly on the same page but an interesting find: Words of Truth by HH Dalai Lama. This is more of a prayer for Tibet and all others who suffer. Excerpt follows:
O Buddhas, Bodhisattvas, and disciples
of the past, present, and future:
Having remarkable qualities
immeasurably vast as the ocean,
Who regard all helpless sentient beings
as your only child;
Please consider the truth of my anguished pleas.
Buddha's full teachings dispel the pain of worldly
existence and self-oriented peace;
May they flourish, spreading prosperity and happiness through-
out this spacious world.
O holders of the Dharma: scholars
and realized practitioners;
May your ten fold virtuous practice prevail.
Humble sentient beings, tormented
by sufferings without cease,
Completely suppressed by seemingly endless
and terribly intense, negative deeds,
May all their fears from unbearable war, famine,
and disease be pacified,
To freely breathe an ocean of happiness and well-being.
And particularly the pious people
of the Land of Snows who, through various means,
Are mercilessly destroyed by barbaric hordes
on the side of darkness,
Kindly let the power of your compassion arise,
To quickly stem the flow of blood and tears.
Download (with legal rights to share included): WORDS OF TRUTH
I apologize for the tiny font. Dagnabbit!
I can't get the post editor to make 'em bigger. Get out your spectacles.
Rumi chimes in here:
Christian, Jew, Muslim, shaman, Zoroastrian, stone, ground, mountain, river, each has a secret way of being with the mystery, unique and not to be judged.Everyone is so afraid of death, but the real sufis just laugh:
nothing tyrannizes their hearts. What strikes the oyster shell
does not damage the pearl. If in thirst you drink water from a cup, you see God in it.
Those who are not in love with God will see only their own faces in it. He is a letter to everyone. You open it. It says, 'Live!' In truth everything and everyone Is a shadow of the Beloved, And our seeking is His seeking And our words are His words... We search for Him here and there, while looking right at Him. Sitting by His side, we ask: 'O Beloved, where is the Beloved?' God turns you from one feeling to another and teaches you
by means of opposites, so that you will have two wings to fly - not one. Remember, the entrance door to the sanctuary is inside you.
For more Rumi, go here: http://www.scribd.com/doc/18791792/THE-MATHNAWI-Book-1-2-RUMI or look around my blog.
text of above: peace