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Published 8-09-10


Antonio Machado, Bede Griffiths, Book of Isaiah, Lama Surya Das


Dear Readers,

I imagine that as I pray, little angels are busy scrubbing clean the insides of my
heart and rearranging my molecular structure so my thoughts can tune in more
precisely to God's heavenly vibrations. That's probably why I fell in love with
Antonio Machado's metaphor of golden bees making sweet honey out of his old
failures. He sees the process inside a dream and calls his visions marvelous errors,
and there, I disagree with him. They are not erroneous. If our hearts are on fire
with God's love, as he envisions, then we truly are being lifted from our old lives,
our failures turned into good, our old thirsts quenched. Our life is made new.
No matter what our lives have been up to that point, we are transformed.
It is our destiny.

- Lisa

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hills above St. Mary's college, Moraga, CA
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Last night as I was sleeping,
I dreamt--marvelous error!--
that a spring was breaking
out in my heart.
I said: Along which secret aqueduct,
Oh water, are you coming to me,
water of a new life
that I have never drunk?

Last night as I was sleeping,
I dreamt--marvelous error!--
that I had a beehive
here inside my heart.
And the golden bees
were making white combs
and sweet honey
from my old failures.

Last night as I was sleeping,
I dreamt--marvelous error!--
that a fiery sun was giving
light inside my heart.
It was fiery because I felt
warmth as from a hearth,
and sun because it gave light
and brought tears to my eyes.

Last night as I slept,
I dreamt--marvelous error!--
that it was God I had
here inside my heart.

Antonio Machado (1875-1939)
One of Spain's most esteemed poets



Every human being is...not merely an isolated individual
carried along on the flux of time and doomed to extinction,
but a member of a divine society, working out its destiny in
space and time...destined to transcend the limitations of
time and space and mortality, and to enter into that
fullness of life where there shall be "neither
mourning nor weeping nor pain any more."

Bede Griffiths (1906-1993)
British-born Benedictine monk and Hindu monastic


Do not recall former occurances and do not contemplate
earlier events. (For) behold, I am bringing forth a new
(miracle)! Now it will sprout, and you will surely know it;
I will make a road in the desert and in the wilderness rivers.

Isaiah 43:18-19
The Stone Edition Tanach

The Last Word:

Everything is fuel for the bonfire of awareness.

Lama Surya Das (1950 -  )
American-born lama in Tibetan Buddhist tradition






























































Utterly Random Bonus Quote:

Anger can be an expensive luxury.

Italian proverb


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