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LET BEAUTY NOW BE So ...

Posted Jan 14 2009 7:41pm





LET BEAUTY NOW BE

Some mornings, we wake up on empty
To a day that's got nothing but need,
So we reach for a cup of strong coffee,
Or maybe the Good Book to read.

The words in the gospels are golden,
But they come from so high and so far,
That sometimes it's true the best thing to do,
Is pick up a good old guitar.

Let the beauty we love come and fill us.
Let the beauty all around get us through.
Let the beauty inside be our compass.
Let beauty now be what we do, what we do.


Cause all hearts do long for a beauty,
A secrety that's hid everywhere,
And a soft sweet old tune can remind us it shines
In the midst of the deepest despair.

There are hundreds of ways joy can find us,
Like the hundreds of ways children play.
There's hundreds of ways to kneel down on the ground,
Hundreds of ways we can pray.

Let the beauty we love come and fill us.
Let the beauty all around get us through.
Let the beauty inside be our compass.
Let beauty now be what we do, what we do.


Rumi

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The Vedas report that a true lover of God is artistic, musical, even an accomplished cook. I love the idea that aesthetic richness is innate in the human condition and needs only a lift of the spirit to be activated. Graceful life skills as the afterglow of grace. Sometimes beauty allows a glimpse of the Soul. Rumi says, Let music loosen our deafness to spirit. There's a yielding quality here. The masculine looks for comfort in ideas, the feminine would rather the heart be released in song.
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WE are witness today to the emergence of an ancient spiritual vitality into modern affairs. Gary Snyder calls it the River of Sanity, an underground current running through all history. It comes from the deepest wellsprings of our humanity, and it moves us into harmony with the natural world and with ourselves. It does not contradict scientific thought, but offers a profoundly wider way of engaging reality.

It is caught rather than taught. It balances masculine and feminine.

Rumi is a Rivervoice. The book, One Song, is part of an emerging art dedicated to illuminating the River. It scans the entire spread of human achievement for points of light, ancient or modern, sacred or scientific. Working with source material from Lascoux to internet downloads, it seeks energetic links and revelatory unions. A Koranic blessing meets the Dead Sea scrolls. Old-time Persion quatrain meets old-time slide guitar.

Praised as a sculptor once, Michelangelo objected. Not I, he said. Sometimes I look at a block of stone and see a figure imprisoned inside. All I do is remove what doesn't belong.

That's good direction for this process too: keep alert, follow Instructions, try and stay out of the way.

Michael Green, One Song: The New Illuminated Rumi

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