Only a blind one can enter this room
let it be curtainless
Only a naked one can dance in this dark
only a fearless one can embrace this light-ball
let her be speechless
let her be nameless
Light the fire on heart level my dear
— let it glow
we can’t do it otherwise
Go to that forest you feared
do not ask why just go
then come back to me
come back to me
I remember when I was curious and searched for the meaning of life…..
inquiry for today~ settle into the sunset and feel the awe of inner guidance through faith and trust…..
Enlightenment is overrated. Of course, I may be saying this because I’m not enlightened. Or I may be saying it because I am enlightened. Which is why enlightenment is overrated. What really matters is how you treat other beings. My advice: Forget enlightenment, and work on being loving, just, and kind instead.
As the recent upheaval in the United Methodist Church over strengthening the ban against gay and lesbian clergy and same-sex marriage demonstrates, affirming God as the source of morality doesn’t tell us much. If you support gay and lesbian clergy and same-sex marriage, your God will affirm gay and lesbian clergy and same-sex marriage. If you oppose gay and lesbian clergy and same-sex marriage, your God will oppose them as well. Ultimately, it is your morality that determines God’s values, not God who determines your morality.
People falsify religions all the time; it’s just that the religions they falsify are religions other than their own. I take religion seriously for the same reason I take Shakespeare’s King Lear seriously: There is great beauty and truth in it. Read Qur’an, New Testament, Bhagavad Gita, and Torah as great literature rather than infallible revelation, and you will discover much wisdom in them. If, however, you find yourself moved to jihad, crusade, civil war among cousins, or occupying your neighbor’s backyard, read Shakespeare instead.
~Rabbi Rami Shapiro