When I look in your eyes/ Leslie Bricusse (Sung by Diana Krall)
"When I look in your eyes, I see the wisdom of the world in your eyes I see the sadness of a thousand goodbyes When I look in your eyes And it is no surprise, to see the softness of the moon in your eyes The gentle sparkle of the stars in your eyes When I look in your eyes In your eyes, I see the deepness of the sea I see the deepness of the love The love I feel you feel for me Autumn comes, summer dies I see the passing of the years in your eyes And when we part there will be no tears no goodbyes I'll just look into your eyes Those eyes, so wise So warm, so real How I love the world, your eyes reveal."
I am the gold/ By Lawrence Fleming
I am the gold in your mind
The sign of life
When only there is time
The new, our old
Blue backed starlings
Into the twilight
Beneath your eyes
Across arm and neck
I am the gold in your mind
The sign over water and air.
Easwaran’s translation of the Bhagavad Gita
“I am the true Self in the heart of every creature, Arjuna, and the beginning, middle, and end of their existence. Among the shining gods I am Vishnu; of luminaries I am the sun...” (11:20-21).
Invictus/ By William Ernest Henley
Out of the night that covers me,
Black as the pit from pole to pole,
I thank whatever gods may be
For my unconquerable soul.
In the fell clutch of circumstance
I have not winced nor cried aloud.
Under the bludgeonings of chance
My head is bloody, but unbowed.
Beyond this place of wrath and tears
Looms but the Horror of the shade,
And yet the menace of the years
Finds and shall find me unafraid.
It matters not how strait the gate,
How charged with punishments the scroll,
I am the master of my fate,
I am the captain of my soul.
Stay With Us/ by Hafiz
Our company when you speak
And this makes
Everyone in the Tavern sad.
Stay with us
As we do the hardest work of rarely
That pick and
That will keep
Revealing our deeper kinship
That will keep revealing
Out own divine
You leave the company of the Beloved's frie ds
Whenever you speak of
Everyone in the Tavern
Stay with us tonight
As we weave love
And reveal ourselves
As His precious
A Great Need/ by Hafiz
Of a great need
We are all holding hands
Not loving is a letting go.
The terrain around here
Is Far too
I Sing the Body Electric/ excerpt by Walt Whitman.
"The expression of the face balks account, But the expression of a well-made man appears not only in his face, It is in his limbs and joints also, it is curiously in the joints of his hips and wrists, It is in his walk, the carriage of his neck, the flex of his waist and knees, dress does not hide him, The strong sweet quality he has strikes through the cotton and broadcloth, To see him pass conveys as much as the best poem, perhaps more, You linger to see his back, and the back of his neck and shoulder-side.“
The Deities of the Tantra/ extract from Vessantara (From Chapter 4, ‘A Guide to the Deities of The Tantra’, 2008, p. 57)
‘With the realisation of the emptiness of self and others, a revolution takes place in our experience. The forces of desire, which caused us so much restlessness and pain, now give us bliss. The problem with pleasure is that we usually experience it within the framework of subject and object. It reinforces our feeling of being an ‘I’, ‘in here’, trying to incorporate a pleasurable stimulus ‘out there’. The result is craving and frustration. When self and other dissolve away, there is just enjoyment, with no attempt to nail it down, or strangle it by repetition. William Blake well sums up the difference:
“He who binds himself to a Joy
Doth the wingéd life destroy;
But he who kisses the Joy as it flies
Lives in Eternity’s sunrise”
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