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June 24th, 2012

Daily Tao - 43

The softest force in the universe
can overcome the hardest of objects.
Something without substance
can pass through the space between atoms.

That's how I know
about the power of doing nothing.

The silent teachings
and the power of doing nothing
can only be understood
by a few people.
-

 the Beatrice Tao.

Daily Tao - 43   

wu wei, deliberate non-action, conscious non-action and spontaneous action
Daniel Berrigan had the Buddha say: "Don't just do something, stand there."

Mandaeism - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

N
umbering about 70,000 before the Iraq - Iran War, the remnant of the followers of John the Baptist still exist at the confluence of the Tigris and Euphrates rivers and in diaspora elsewhere, reminding us that not everyone gets the same message, even from the same words.  Was John the "forerunner" or the final word?
When one knows thee, then alien there is none, then no door is shut. Oh, grant me my prayer that I may never lose the bliss of the touch of the one in the play of the many.


-- from Gitanjali, by Rabindranath Tagore

Poetry Chaikhana | Rabindranath Tagore - (63) Thou hast made me known to friends whom I knew not (from Gitanjali)
Thy gifts to us mortals fulfill all our needs and yet run back to thee undiminished.
     The river has its everyday work to do and hastens through fields and hamlets; yet its incessant stream winds towards the washing of thy feet.
     The flower sweetens the air with its perfume; yet its last service is to offer itself to thee.
     Thy worship does not impoverish the world.
     From the words of the poet men take what meanings please them; yet their last meaning points to thee.


-- from Gitanjali, by Rabindranath Tagore

Poetry Chaikhana | Rabindranath Tagore - (75) Thy gifts to us mortals fulfil all our needs (from Gitanjali)
It is the pang of separation that spreads throughout the world and gives birth to shapes innumerable in the infinite sky.
     It is this sorrow of separation that gazes in silence all night from star to star and becomes lyric among rustling leaves in rainy darkness of July.
     It is this overspreading pain that deepens into loves and desires, into sufferings and joys in human homes; and this it is that ever melts and flows in songs through my poet's heart.


-- from Gitanjali, by Rabindranath Tagore

Poetry Chaikhana | Rabindranath Tagore - (84) It is the pang of separation that spreads throughout the world (from Gitanjali)

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