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“The realization that every act, every word, every thought of ours not only influences our environment but for some mysterious reason forms an integral and important part of the Universe, fits into it as if by necessity so to say, in the very moment we do, or say, or think it – is an overwhelming and even shattering experience. The tremendous responsibility of it is terrifying. If all of us only knew that the smallest act of ours, or a tiny thought, has such far-reaching effects as to set in motion forces which perhaps could shatter a galaxy…If we know it deeply and absolutely, if this realization becomes engraved permanently on our hearts, on our minds, how careful we would act and speak and think. How precious life would become in its integral oneness.”

(via http://workingwithoneness.org/about-oneness/)

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Question: How do we see the love of God in the book of nature? We see all around
us fruits and plants and animal life brought to fruition and then to destruction, and
among men cruelty, misery, tragedies and enmities everywhere.

Hazrat Inayat Khan: It is a difference of focus. If we focus our mind upon
all that is good and beautiful we shall see – in spite of all the ugliness that exists
in nature and is especially more pronounced in human nature – that the ugliness will
cover itself. We will spread a cover over it and see all that is beautiful, and to
whatever lacks beauty we will be able to add, taking from all that is beautiful
in our heart where beauty has sufficiently been collected. But if we focus our
mind on all the ugliness that exists in nature – and in human nature – there
will be much of it. It will take up all of our attention and there will come
a time when we shall not be able to see any good anywhere.
We shall see only cruelty, ugliness, wickedness and unkindness everywhere.

Question: In focusing our mind on beauty alone, is there not a danger
of shutting our eyes to the uglinessand suffering which we might alleviate?

Hazrat Inayat Khan: In order to help the poor we ought to be rich, and
in order to take away the badness of a person we ought to be so much more good.
This goodness must be earned, as money is earned. Goodness is earned by
collecting goodness wherever we find it, and if we do not focus on goodness
we will not be able to collect it sufficiently. What happens is that a man
becomes agitated by the absence of goodness he sees, being himself poor
he cannot add to it, and unconsciously he develops in his
own nature what he sees. He thinks, ‘Oh poor person! I should so much
like you to be good’, but that does not help that person. His looking
at badness, his agitation, only adds one more wicked person to the lot.
When one has focused one’s eyes on goodness one will add to beauty, but
when a man’s eyes are focused on what is bad he will collect
enough wickedness for he himself to be added to the number of the wicked
in the end, for he receives the same impression. Besides, by criticizing,
by judging, by looking at wickedness with contempt, one does not help
the wicked or the stupid person. The one who helps is he who is ready to
overlook, who is ready to forgive, to tolerate, to accept the disadvantages
he meets patiently. It is he who can help.

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I feel that all the stars shine in me.

The world breaks into my life like a flood.

The flowers blossom in my body.

All the youthfulness of land and water smokes like an incense in my heart; and the breath of all things plays on my thoughts as on a flute.

II

When the world sleeps I come to your door.

The stars are silent, and I am afraid to sing.

I wait and watch, till your shadow passes by the balcony of night and I return with a full heart.

Then in the morning I sing by the roadside;

The flowers in the hedge give me answer and the morning air listens,

The travelers suddenly stop and look in my face, thinking I have called them by their names.

III

Keep me at your door ever attending to your wishes, and let me go about in your Kingdom accepting your call.

Let me not sink and disappear in the depth of langour.

Let not my life be worn out to tatters by penury of waste.

Let not those doubts encompass me,-the dust of distractions.

Let me not pursue many paths to gather many things.

Let me not bend my heart to the yoke of the many.

Let me hold my head high in the courage and pride of being your servant.

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The Jewel – James Wright

The Jewel

There is this cave
In the air behind my body
That nobody is going to touch:
A cloister, a silence
Closing around a blossom of fire.
When I stand upright in the wind,
My bones turn to dark emeralds.
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Jaan Kaplinski – To write more

To write more. To speak more. To whom?
How? Why? What sense does it make? Soon
we may be forced into silence. Soon
we may be forced to speak more
and more loudly. Who knows. But what
remains unspoken is always the most important:
this little man, this child, this
word, thought, and look of a child
deep inside you, you must guard,
you must defend and cherish.
And with it you will learn to speak,
and with it you will learn to be silent
if you must,
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(From “The Wandering Border” – translated from Estonian by the author
with Sam Hamill and Riina Tamm)

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God speaks to each of us as he makes us,
then walks with us silently out of the night.

These are the words we dimly hear:

You, sent out beyond your recall,
go to the limits of your longing.
Embody me.

Flare up like flame
and make big shadows I can move in.

Let everything happen to you: beauty and terror.
Just keep going. No feeling is final.
Don’t let yourself lose me.

Nearby is the country they call life.
You will know it by its seriousness.

Give me your hand.
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(translation by Joanna Macy and Anita Barrows)
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Being Peace – Thich Nhat Hanh

If we are peaceful.
If we are happy.
We can smile and blossom
Like a flower.

And everyone
In our family,
Our entire society
Will benefit
From our peace.
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