...Think of an oyster you fish out of the sea
That hasn't given birth to a pearl ---
What use is it? Who wants to buy it?
Its value will not appear to any eyes,
However experienced they may be.
You must, then, give birth to yourself a second time
Like silver and gold that are born from earth
And free yourself from all danger
And live in peace under God's protection...
When the soil of the mine is thrown in the furnace
It melts and transmutes and becomes precious.
You, too, if you are a real seeker; must melt away
Through the passion of the fire of love
In the furnace of absolute sincerity.
How else can you free yourself from the veils
Of your existence and become drunk on God?
...So you can know the secret of Union.
Dedicate your soul to the path of Reality
So you can receive the help and teaching of God.
Just a few notes:
The body everywhere sometimes seems to reign supreme.
Here in California there are the glamorous ones of every size, age and gender. Their build
and clothes dazzle every minute. I marvel that the young everywhere have a chance to find
out who they REALLY are with such temptation on every hand. I admire those who are able
to pursue a deeper path. The most beautiful persons who walk about appear pleasing without
seeking rather desperate attention -- even conventionally so.
Then there are the super-athletes here who's body astounds. In forested areas, there are the
mountain bikers. In California, there are the "spinners", cyclists and walkers. Their aloneness or comraderie feels quite healthy to a point. Of course, there is superb inspiration concerning health and discipline with much of this. Yet by itself this too is limited.
Of course the TV, FaceBook and other media are full of bodies all over the world.
Yet of what value and good is just the body by itself alone? All too soon there's not much
anyone can do to slow down time's mark. Or by some hard work and miracle, a few are
able to do so, of what good is a perfect body not only at the end or along the way home?
The body is a necessary and beautiful part of life. Yet it is only a part of the whole.
I love this poem of which part is above because just about anyone in their "right mind" can
do something about this secret -- no matter how limited their means nor how imperfect their body.
Finally, the pay off is huge: receiving help and teaching from the Divine. What could be more
important than that?