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A Madcap Baul

  That is why, brother, I became a madcap Baul. No master I obey, nor injunctions, canons or custom. Now no men-made distinctions have any hold on me, and I revel only in the gladness of…

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Poem by Fernando Pessoa

By Fernando Pessoa (writing under the heteronym Alberto Caeiro) The astonishing reality of things Is my discovery every day. Each thing is what it is. It’s hard to explain to someone How happy this makes me,…

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The Two Selves Within Us

By Rajeev Kurupati The 13th century Persian mystic, Rumi, expresses a distinction between the two selves within us in the poem “Two Kinds of Intelligence.” There are two kinds of intelligence: one acquired, as a child…

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Happy are those who know

Happy are those who know: Behind all words, the Unsayable stands; And from that source alone, the Infinite Crosses over to gladness, and us – Free of our bridges Built with the stone of distinctions; So…

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From Spiralling Ecstatically This

proud nowhere of earth’s most prodigious night blossoms a newborn babe:around him,eyes – gifted with every keener appetite than mere unmiracle can quite appease – humbly in their imagined bodies kneel (over time space doom dream…

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The Sayings of Old Man Tcheng

French paraphrase of the original Buddhist text by J. Garillot (1974), translated by Else van den Muyzenberg. The sayings of old man Tcheng convey a Sense which is dependent neither on time nor place, nor on…

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I Witnessed My Maker

I witnessed my Maker with my heart’s eye. I asked, ‘Who are You?’ He answered, ‘You!’ For You one cannot ask, Where? Because where is Where for You? You do not pass through the imagination Or…

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You Reading This, Be Ready

by William Stafford Starting here, what do you want to remember? How sunlight creeps along a shining floor? What scent of old wood hovers, what softened sound from outside fills the air? Will you ever bring…

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