Published 3-21-11 - The Religion Network publishes every Monday
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Nan C. Merrill, Rumi, Book of Psalms
How do we name the One who is so vast He is unnameable;
how to contain the Lord of All that Is, inside a single utterance?
We are speechless before Him because He is the Word, yet we
need to try and describe Him as the beginning of our under-
standing of Him. To converse with the Divine we must rise
above our intellect by descending into our hearts. There
alone are we able to translate the Word into something
we nearly are able to comprehend.
While man cannot completely name God, we can and do use
language to describe bits and pieces of the Holy Nature.
When we put the pieces together and stand back, we
see some of the Artistry that is He. What joy!
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Sistine Chapel ceiling - Creation: God gives life to Adam - by Michelangelo Buonarotti
NAMES FOR GOD IN DIFFERENT RELIGIOUS TRADITIONS
Maker of Heaven and Earth ... The Omnipotent
... Shepherd of Israel
Lord God of Hosts ... The Most High
... The King
Beloved ... Mighty One
Gracious One ... Spirit of Truth
Living Presence ... All Knowing
The Light ... The Holy One
God of All Comfort ... Father of All Mercies
Timeless Being ... The First Person
Cosmic Controller ... Supreme Lord
One ... The Formless One
"Your Names are so many and Your Forms are endless.
No one can tell how many Glorious Virtues You have."
The Irresistible ...
The Fashioner of Forms
The Guardian ...
(All collected from many sources, including the Holy Bible)
Sistine Chapel ceiling - Creation detail
I abandon myself to You,
O Living Presence, my strength.
You are my stronghold,
Almighty One, the rock and
foundation of my life,
Just One, tower of strength,
the source of truth and light,
I call upon You, Heart of my heart,
singing praises to your Name,
and fear no longer holds me ...
Yes, You are the Light of my life;
You shine through my darkness.
Yes, with You I can do all things;
and my spirit soars like an eagle.
Your ways lead to wholeness,
O Loving Presence;
Your Word in me is life;
How tenderly You live in my heart!
Nan C. Merrill
The Alchemy of Love
You come to us
from another world
From beyond the stars
and void of space.
Of unimaginable beauty,
Bringing with you
the essence of love...
You are the master alchemist.
You light the fire of love
in earth and sky
in heart and soul
of every being.
Through your loving
existence and nonexistence merge.
All opposites unite.
All that is profane
becomes sacred again.
Excerpts of the poem, "The Alchemy of Love,"
by Rumi (1207-1273)
From "The Love Poems of Rumi,"
Translated by Deepak Chopra & Fereydoun Kia
Harmony Books, 1998
The Last Word:
Therefore, I shall give thanks to You
among the nations, Hashem, and to
Your Name I will sing.
The Stone Edition Tanach
Utterly Random Bonus Quote:
I must see new things
and investigate them.
I want to taste dark water
and see crackling
trees and wild winds.
Egon Schiele (1890-1918)
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