August 14th, 2016

In Rumi's Garden



                                In the world of common sense,
                                                yes is yes,
                                              and no is no.
                                          To the Taoist sage,
                                     yes and no are identical.

                                                                -- Jos Stabbert

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"The Little Duck" by Donald Babcock!

Now we are ready to look at something pretty special.

It is a duck riding the ocean a hundred feet beyond the surf,

And he cuddles in the swells.

There is a big heaving in the Atlantic.

And he is part of it.

He can rest while the Atlantic heaves, because he rests in the Atlantic.

Probably he doesn’t know how large the ocean is.

And neither do you.

But he realizes it.

And what does he do, I ask you.

He sits down in it.

He reposes in the immediate as if it were infinity – which it is.

That is religion, and the duck has it.

I like the little duck.

He doesn’t know much.

But he has religion.

Donald Babcock, The Lyfe Poems of Donald Babcock

Much thanks to cathy_edgett for posting this.

Freedom of Belief and Speech

  "...Love comes before ... power in the divine nature...
God cannot prevent evil because God's love is always uncontrolling."

               -- Thomas Jay Oord, whose teaching position at Northwest Nazarine University
              will be terminated in 2018. possibly because his employers do not like his