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March 31st, 2012

Thou Art One, We Should Be One Also

Thou art One

by Solomon ibn Gabirol

English version by Bernard Lewis
Original Language Hebrew

Thou art One, the beginning of all computation, the base of all construction.
Thou art One, and in the mystery of Thy Oneness the wise of heart are astonished, for they know not what it is.
Thou art One, and Thy Oneness neither diminishes nor increases, neither lacks nor exceeds.
Thou art One, but not as the One that is counted or owned, for number and change cannot reach Thee, nor attribute, nor form.
Thou art One, but my mind is too feeble to set Thee a law or a limit, and therefore I say: "I will take heed to my ways, that I sin not with my tongue."
Thou art One, and Thou art exalted high above abasement and falling -- not like a man, who falls when he is alone.


-- from The Heart and the Fountain: An Anthology of Jewish Mystical Experience
Poetry Chaikhana | Solomon ibn Gabirol - Thou art One

"
Thou art One, but
not as the One that is counted or owned,
for number and change cannot reach Thee,
nor attribute, nor form

Thou art One, but
my mind is too feeble 
to set Thee a law or a limit,
and therefore i say:
'I will take heed to my ways,
that i sin not with my tongue.

  Solomon ibn Gabirol

Ethics?, Yes!, theology? No
Is the Mantra of both Jew and Muslim
Both seek the "kingdom" of God
in the Just and Equal human community.

Jews have found the just and equal community
problematic since Cain killed Abel;
Their "god" tried to solve the problem with a flood, but failed..
Muslims thought they had solved the problem of Cain and Abel 
until they began to expand over the face of Western Asia and Northern Africa
Then the Ummah, the "kingdom" of God, the equal society, fell apart.
and it has never been restored.

We imagine that we have created such a society,
"equal," "free," and chasing happiness; but we have not.
We arrogantly think we can adjudicate between Muslim and Jew
both our elders and superiors in life and  thought.

We must take heed of our ways
That we sin not with our tongues.

Knowing Wilderness

If you know wilderness
in the way that you know love,
you would be unwilling to let it go...
This is the story of our past
and it will be the story of our future.

--Terry Tempest Williams
(Much thanks toliveonearth)
INTERESTING TIMES - QotD: Wilderness

I
f you knew wilderness
in the way you know love
you would never leave it.
and you would want all those who come after you
to have the choice of never leaving it.
Medieval people found God in the structure of the city
and the devil in the apparent chaos of wilderness.
Little did they know, the reverse was more nearly true.

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