Musical Milliner

October 31, 2010

Pace e Tranquillità

My Homeland
~~~The Lake of Beauty~~~
Let your mind be quiet, realising the beauty of the world,
and the immense, the boundless treasures that it holds in store.
All that you have within you, all that your heart desires,
all that your Nature so specially fits you for – that or the
counterpart of it waits embedded in the great Whole, for you.
It will surely come to you.

Yet equally surely not one moment before its appointed time
will it come. All your crying and fever and reaching out of hands will make no difference.
Therefore do not begin that game at all.
Do not recklessly spill the waters of your mind
in this direction and in that,
lest you become like a spring lost and
dissipated in the desert.

But draw them together into a little compass, and hold them still, so still;
And let them become clear, so clear – so limpid, so mirror-like;
at last the mountains and the sky shall glass themselves in
peaceful beauty,
and the antelope shall descend to drink and to gaze at her reflected image, and the lion to quench his thirst,
and Love himself shall come and bend over and catch his own likeness in you.

From the liturgy for midday Prayer, New Zealand Prayer Book

4 Comments »

  1. oh my. i think you just summed up everything i needed to hear (read).

    “All that you have within you, all that your heart desires,
    all that your Nature so specially fits you for – that or the
    counterpart of it waits embedded in the great Whole, for you.
    It will surely come to you.

    Yet equally surely not one moment before its appointed time
    will it come. All your crying and fever and reaching out of hands will make no difference.”

    that’s just brilliant. thank you. i like this new zealand prayer book. 🙂 i just posted too: http://clairekaroly.wordpress.com/2010/10/31/meow/

    have you ever read rumi at all? i included one of his poems in my post.

    *hug*

    Comment by claire karoly — October 31, 2010 @ 10:22 pm

  2. SO beautiful, thanks for posting.

    Comment by Ruth — October 31, 2010 @ 11:12 pm

  3. You are so welcome Ruth. I love you.

    And dear Claire, yes. Rumi and I are old friends. Perhaps you would enjoy the poems of Mirabai. More ecstatic expression of the lover and the beloved as a metaphor for the Divine. Hers is a fascinating story as well.

    Comment by Musical Milliner — October 31, 2010 @ 11:53 pm

  4. Had never heard of Mirabai – I’ll have to check her out!

    Comment by claire karoly — November 12, 2010 @ 9:23 am


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