“Spirit”

brown concrete statue of man

Raw

Unfiltered

Connection….

The kind you feel

On a long walk

Through a heavy fog

Rising above blue mountains….

A still presence

Uplifting hearts

Beating in tandem

To Mother Nature’s song

THIS ETERNAL MOMENT,

Marking a beginning’s end

And an end’s beginning….

A precious breath

Inhaling and exhaling

The exquisite wonders

Of God’s forms

And all which lies beyond the void

In that formless space

Where the seeds of our desires merge

With the infinite potential

Of an ancient wisdom graciously bestowing

Gifts of plenty

As polarities dissolve into a harmonic mist

Of one mind

Giving birth

To one soul….

Speak of this connection

And watch it fade

Like memories from a distant time and place

Corrupting what is pure

Whenever two may gather

In the name of love.

“A Miracle in the Town Square”

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One day an arrogant and wealthy politician encountered a monk at the center of the town square. The monk, clad in a flowing orange robe with a begging cup in hand, did not pay the politician any notice. He just strolled slowly by the prominent man with eyes staring straight ahead absorbed in a walking meditation.  Enraged at having not been acknowledged, the politician ran up behind the monk and aggressively grabbed him by the arm and said:

“Don’t you know who I am? Everyone bows down before me!”

The monk locked eyes with the politician for a few seconds and then suddenly began laughing hysterically out loud. Growing even more enraged, the powerful and famous man raised his fists in the air and threatened the monk with violence. He then demanded to know what was so funny. Still laughing, the monk pointed down at the politician’s feet. The politician looked embarrassingly down at his feet and saw that he was standing in a pile of fresh cow dung! As the politician bent down to clean the dung off his shoes, the monk stood over him and said:

“I think I remember who you are now. You are that former politician turned humble servant of his people. Now allow me to help you clean the cow dung off your shoes.”

 At that moment it has been said that a great miracle took place. An arrogant and wealthy politician was transformed into a kind and humble servant for the poorest and most oppressed among his people.

“Dig Deeper”

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You can study the key tenets of Hinduism

You can memorize the essential Sutras of Buddhism

And you can philosophize about Taoist practices

But can you grasp the incomprehensible reality of Brahman?

Can you discover the essence of your own Buddha Nature?

And can you learn how to harmonize your life with Tao?

The intellect only takes you so far….

Dig Deeper,

Like a ground hog burrowing into the Earth

To see who you really are

And what lies beneath this.

“The Heart Jewel”

pink lotus flower in bloom

In the lotus of the heart

There is a jewel

That is so precious and so rare

That not even the most seasoned gem hunter

Could find it….

Not of this world

But yet in it

This jewel vibrates to the beat of love

Like noble saints marching

To and From their temples

To serve all beings with boundless compassion….

This pure jewel

Living in your heart center

Can always be heard

Chanting it’s eternal song:

OM MANI PADME HUM.