“If now, alas! It is cold winter, with short days and long night, bold simmer speedily walks in to set us free from distress in a short time: that is plainly seen from this New Year; the hazelnut tree offers us fair blooms, the season’s public token–Ya, Vale, Vale, Millies–All who in the New Spring–si dixerononstatis est–Wishing to be joyful for love’s sake.” (Hardewijck, A Flemish Beguine, Poems in Stanzas-Vale Millies). Let us begin this New Year and meditate on being joyful for love’s sake.
“I have spoken these things to you that my joy may remain in you, and that your joy may be made full. This is my commandment, that you love one another, even as I have love you. Greater love has no one than this: that they lay down their life for a friend. You are my friends if you do what I have commanded you. No longer do I call you students, for the student does not know what the teacher does. But I have called you my friends, for everything that I heard from the spirit, I have made known to you.” (Gospel of the Beloved Companion-Mary Magdalene, p. 67) Let us meditate on the joy of friendship expanding in oneself and throughout the universe.
“Ah, Divine Spirit, how Nature is subtle in many ways, in demanding in the form of goodness and in the guise of her necessity what is not hers to have…And this Divine Knowledge and that hiding of mine impeded me in the way of the homeland by covering me with matter in which I had to take on humility in order to attain what is mine. Thus in this case, I lost what was mine, because it was not ever mine.” (Marguerite Porete-Mirror of Simple Souls, p. 220) Let us meditate in gratefulness on the transient condition of our lives and all living things.
“I spoke: Holy One, blessed are the eyes that shall forever gaze upon this surging love and grasp this wonder. I can never describe it. The Mountain spoke: They eyes that are to see me thus must be graced by these seven things, otherwise, they can never experience it. These are: 1) Slow to borrow, 2) Quick to pay back, 3) To hold back nothing for yourself, 4)To be kind in the face of hatred, 5) To be loving in the face of cruelty, 6) To be pure as to guilt, and 7) Ready for all one might receive.” (Mechtild de Magdeburg-The Flowering Light of the Godhead, p. 86) Let us meditate on these 7 ideas and the surging love that rise up in all reality.
May Pure Wine bring you infinite blessings for this New Year.
A symbol is not an artificially constructed sign; if flowers in the soul spontaneously to announce something that cannot be expressed otherwise; it is the unique expression of the thing symbolized as of a reality that thus becomes transparent to the soul, but which in itself transcends all expression (Avicenna). Let us meditate on symbolizing beautiful images in our imagination that offers peace and healing to oneself and all beings.
Ordinary people hate solitude, but a Master makes use of it, embracing her/his aloneness, realizing she/he is one with the whole universe. (Tao Te Ching). Let us meditate on being One with the whole universe.
Keenness of observation is a phenomenon of itself. The person whose sight is not steady cannot observe fully, and in the same way, the mind that is not steady does not have the capacity of observing fully. Therefore the self-mastered person develops full control over body and mind, thereby having balance in all things. (Hazrat Inayat Khan). Let us meditate on calming the body and mind so our observation increases toward relaxed expansion of consciousness.
To know the Tao, meditate and still the mind. Knowledge comes with perseverance…When enlightenment arrives don’t talk too much about it; just live it in your own way. (Tao Te Ching, translated by Loy Ching Yuen). Let us meditate on using our own light and returning to the source of light by letting go of discursive reasoning so that the full mind can develop.
May you be the refuge of your friends, as the ocean is the refuge of the rivers, the sun of the planets, the pious of the truth, fertile soil of the seeds, and Parjannya of created beings. (Parajannya means Protector). (Drona Parva, Mahabharata, Bk. VII). Let us meditate on being a refuge, an ocean, a sun, the pious, the fertile soil, and the protector of all created beings.
May you be a traveller and realize the Divine Source manifested in all things, in all places, in all states and can therefore never be reached. Then…Jerusalem and Medina show an ascended point of view–either perfect holiness or infinite journeying. (Sufi Writings of Abu Yazid al-Bistami, Ocean without a Shore). Let us meditate on perfect holiness or infinite journeying.
Just as there are rails on which the train travels, in the same way tracks are traced in our lives, along which the wheels of our actions roll either smoothly or chaotically, according to our will power. While traveling along the track of life, one gradually discovers, that there are two basic guiding rails in our lives: the unknown ‘Karma’ or destiny, and the known ‘Dharma,’ or duty. (Hazrat Inayat Khan, Philosophy, Psychology and Mysticism Vo. XI). Let us meditate on our sacred Dharma for this life.
In a real sense all life is interrelated. We are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly. I can never be what I ought to be until you are what you ought to be, and you can never be what you ought to be until I am what I ought to be. This is the interrelated structure of reality. (Martin Luther King. Notes from Birmingham Jail).Let us meditate on all beings being everything they ought to be.
Oct. 28-Nov. 3rd:
What difference is there between the human body and the body of a tree? In truth, there is none: the consciousness which animates them is identically the same. (The Mother-Mirra Alfassa). Let us meditate on that consciousness which animates all life.
“The Prophet said, “There are some who see me by the same light in which I am seeing them. Our natures are one. Without reference to any strands of lineage, without reference to texts or traditions, we drink the life-water together.” (Rumi) Let us meditate on drinking the “life-water together.”
“I honor those who try to rid themselves of any lying, who empty the self and have only clear being there.”(Rumi) Let us meditate on being as clear as a diamond shining in the sun.
“This being human is a guest house, every morning a new arrival. A joy, a depression, a meanness, some momentary awareness comes as an unexpected visitor. Welcome and entertain them all! Even if they’re a crowd of sorrows, who violently sweep your house empty of its furniture, still treat each guest honorably. He may be clearing you out for some new delight. The dark thought, the shame, the malice, meet them at the door laughing, and invite them in. Be greatful for whoever, because each has been sent as a guide from beyond. (Rumi). Let us meditate on calmness and develop the welcoming spirit for all experiences to arrive as blessings..
“There is a way between voice and presence where information flows. In disciplined silence it opens. With wandering talk it closes.” (Rumi) Let us meditate on the deep silence that is only heard from within our hearts and let that silence connect us to the collective heart of humanity.
July 29-Aug. 4:
“When you are with everyone but me, you’re with no one. When you are with one one but me, you’re with everyone. Instead of being so bound up with everyone, be everyone. When you become that many, you’re nothing. Empty. (Rumi) Let us meditate on being everyone.
April 1-7: The cosmic waters glow. I am Light. The Light glows. I am Brahman (Vedas). Let us meditate on wrapping the whole globe of earth in Healing Light.
April 8-14: There is a lucky dark, none to observe me, darkness far and wide; no sign for me to mark, no other light, no guide except my heart–the fire, the fire inside! That leads me on true as the very noon is–truer too!–to where there waited one I knew–how well I knew!–in a place where no one was in view. (St. John of the Cross). Let us meditate on the deep fire in our hearts to bring us courage for the awakening of all of humanity especially in the darkest hours.
April 15-21: The Divine Source is the Light of the Heavens and the earth. The likeness of the light is as a niche within a lamp, the lamp is a glass, the glass as it were a glittering star, kindled from a Blessed Tree, an olive that is neither of the East nor of the West, whole oil well nigh would shine, even if no fire touched it: Light upon Light; the Divine Source guides all to the Light. (Holy Qur’an) Let us meditate on brightening the path so all beings find their way.
April 22-28: Be a lamp unto yourselves. The Buddha is always shining, always enlightening trees, grasses, birds, human beings and galaxies, always emitting Light. (Thich Nhat Hanh). Let us meditate on seeing the luminous Light of Truth, Wisdom, Compassion and Kindness increase through this world and in all worlds.
May infinite blessings surround and illuminate your life
“The true sword of Mohammed was the charm of his personality.” (Hazrat Inayat Khan). Let us meditate on sharpening our personalities so they cut through egotistic pride by enhancing compassion and respect for all beings.
March 11-17 LOVE
“This I am. This I am. I am what you love. I am what you enjoy. I am what you serve. I am what you long for. I am what you desire. I am what you intend. I am what all that is.” (Julian of Norwich). Let us meditate on the inner state of love, enjoyment, service, longing, desire and our beneficial intentions for the world and ourselves.
March 18-24 BREATH
“Breath, the healing power that is your breath is the shining One, the Queen, the breath is the Directress. She who directs the breath is the Life of all Creatures. When you breathe you quicken the Atman (Divine in you) and this is born again. This is the source of the unwearied ones O breath, I bind you to myself like a child of the waters that I may live.” (Artharva Veda). Let us meditate on binding ourselves to our conscious breath.
March 25-31 STILLNESS
“We meet in the stillness of significance…the relationship of human beings to ultimate meaning can never be conceived as a possession…Our words do not describe it, our tools do so wield it. But sometimes it seems as if our very being were its description, its secret tool.” (Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel). Let us meditate on the silence and letting go as a requisite of the ineffable.