We find out the heart only by dismantling what the heart knows. By redefining the morning, we find a morning that comes just after darkness. We can break through marriage into marriage. By insisting on love we spoil it, get beyond affection & wade mouth-deep into love. We must unlearn the constellations to see the stars. But going back toward childhood will not help. The village is not better than Pittsburgh. Only Pittsburgh in more than Pittsburgh. Rome is better than Rome in the same way the sound of raccoon tongues licking the inside walls of the garbage tub is more than the stir of them in the muck of the garbage. Love is not enough. We die & are put into the earth forever. We should insist while there is still time. We must eat through the wildness of her sweet body already in our bed to reach the body within the body….Jack Gilbert
the deep grind of spiritual transformation is strengthened & identified with a subtle & undefined detachment to the surface of life….this is a stunningly powerful & beautiful resistance which allows space for a new well of compassion…..a direct experience of living….a stepping stone to spiritual integration….to a real, embodied & gritty life….
Student, do the simple purification.
You know that the seed is inside
the horse-chestnut tree;
& inside the seed there are
the blossoms of the tree,
& the chestnuts, & the shade.
So inside the human body there is
the seed, & inside the seed
there is the human body again.
Fire, air, earth, water, & space-
if you don’t want the secret one,
you can’t have these either.
Thinkers, listen, tell me
what you know of
that is not inside the soul?
Take a pitcher of water & set it down
on the water-
now it has water inside & water outside.
We mustn’t give it a name,
lest silly people start talking again
about the body & the soul.
If you want the truth, I’ll tell you the truth:
Listen to the secret sound, the real sound,
which is inside you.
The one no one talks of speaks
the secret sound to himself,
& he is the one who has made it all.
Cosmic love is absolutely ruthless & highly indifferent:
it teaches its lessons
whether you like/dislike them or not.