Interspiritual Meditation: Week 5 ~ Hindu Meditation
Loosen the load of sweetness I’m carrying,
The sling-knot is biting into my shoulder
This day has been so meaningless,
I feel I can’t go on.
When I was with my teacher, I heard a truth
That hurt my heart like a blister.
The tender pang of seeing
Something I loved as an illusion.
The flocks I tended are gone.
I am a shepherd without even a memory
Of what that means, climbing this mountain.
I feel so lost.
This was my inward way, until I came
Into the presence of the Moon, this new knowledge
Of how likenesses unite. Good friend,
Everything is you. I see only God.
Now the delightful forms and motions
Are transparent. I look through them
And see myself as the Absolute. And here’s the answer to the riddle of this dream:
You leave, so that we two
Can do One Dance.
-Lalla, tr. Coleman Barks
Interspiritual Meditation - Christian Meditation
Nada te turbe,
nada te espante
todo se pasa,
Dios no se muda,
todo lo alcanza,
quien a Dios tiene
nada le falta
solo Dios basta.
Let nothing disturb you,
Let nothing frighten you,
All things pass away:
God never changes.
Patience obtains all things.
He who has God
Finds he lacks nothing;
God alone suffices.
-St. Teresa of Ávila
Interspiritual Meditation - Taoist Meditation
Some say that my teaching is nonsense.
Others call it lofty but impractical.
But to those who have looked inside themselves,
this nonsense makes perfect sense.
And to those who put it into practice,
this loftiness has roots that go deep.
I have just three things to teach:
simplicity, patience, compassion.
These three are your greatest treasures.
Simple in actions and in thoughts,
you return to the source of being.
Patient with both friends and enemies,
you accord with the way things are.
Compassionate toward yourself,
you reconcile all beings in the world.
-Tao Te Ching, tr. Stephen Mitchell, chapter 67
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