Favorite Spiritual Poems

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    The grapes of my body can only become wine
    After the winemaker tramples me.
    I surrender my spirit like grapes to his trampling
    So my inmost heart can blaze and dance with joy.
    Although the grapes go on weeping blood and sobbing
    "I cannot bear any more anguish, any more cruelty"
    The trampler stuffs cotton in his ears: "I am not working in ignorance
    You can deny me if you want, you have every excuse,
    But it is I who am the Master of this Work.
    And when through my Passion you reach Perfection,
    You will never be done praising my name."

    Rumi, Sufi Mystic, Islam
     
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    Silence
    A day of Silence

    Can be a pilgrimage in itself.



    A day of Silence

    Can help you listen

    To the Soul play

    Its marvellous lute and drum.



    Is not most talking

    A crazed defence of a crumbling fort?



    I thought we came here

    To surrender in Silence,



    To yield to Light and Happiness,



    To Dance within

    In celebration of Love’s Victory!

    Hafiz, Sufi Poet, Islam
     
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    Rub-a-dub-dub
    Thanks for the grub
    YAAAAY god !
     
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    Dive deep O mind,dive deep in the ocean of God's Beauty;

    If you descend to the uttermost depths,

    There you will find the gem of Love...."

    Ramakrishna, Hindu
     
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    Where I wander - You!
    Where I ponder - You!
    Only You everywhere, You, always, You.
    You, You, You.
    When I am gladdened - You!
    And when I am saddened - You!
    Only You, everywhere You!
    You, You, You.
    Sky is You!
    Earth is You!
    You above! You below!
    In every trend, at every end,
    Only You, everywhere You!



    Levi Yitzchak of Berditchov, Jewish Mystic
    Translated by: Harry Rabinowicz
     
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    Gone, Gone

    Gone beyond,

    Gone completely beyond,

    Awake!

    So be it.

    Prajnaparamita, the Heart of Perfect Wisdom, Buddhist
     
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    PLEASE CALL ME BY MY TRUE NAMES

    Don’t say that I will depart tomorrow—
    even today I am still arriving.
    Look deeply: every second I am arriving
    to be a bud on a Spring branch,
    to be a tiny bird, with still-fragile wings,
    learning to sing in my new nest,
    to be a caterpillar in the heart of a flower,
    to be a jewel hiding itself in a stone.
    I still arrive, in order to laugh and to cry,
    to fear and to hope.
    The rhythm of my heart is the birth and
    death
    of all that are alive.
    I am the mayfly metamorphosing
    on the surface of the river.
    And I am the bird
    that swoops down to swallow the mayfly.
    I am the frog swimming happily
    in the clear water of pond.
    And I am also the grass-snake
    that silently feeds itself on the frog.
    I am the child in Uganda, all skin and
    bones,
    my legs as thin as bamboo sticks.
    And I am the arms merchant
    selling deadly weapons to Uganda.
    I am the twelve-year-old girl,
    refugee on a small boat.
    who throws herself into the ocean
    after being raped by a sea pirate.
    And I am the pirate,
    my heart not yet capable
    of seeing and loving.
    I am a member of the politburo,
    with plenty of power in my hands,
    And I am the man who has to pay
    his “debt of blood” to my people
    dying slowly in a forced-labor camp.
    My joy is like Spring, so warm
    it makes flowers bloom all over the Earth.
    My pain is like a river of tears,
    so vast it fills the four oceans.
    Please call me by my true names,
    so I can hear all my cries and laughs at
    once,
    so I can see that my joy and pain are one.
    Please call me by my true names,
    so I can wake up,
    and the door of my heart
    could be left open,
    the door of compassion.


    —Thich Nhat Hanh, Buddhist
    This poem was written in 1978, during the time of
    helping the boat people. It was first read at a retreat
    in Kosmos Center in Amsterdam, Holland, organized
    by Niko Tideman. Daniel Berrigan was there.
     
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    Not to hurt our humble brethren (the animals)
    Is our first duty to them, but to stop there is not enough.
    We have a higher mission:
    To be of service to them whenever they require it.




    St Francis of Assisi
     
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    The Divine Mother

    Hear me child, and know Me for who I am.

    I have been with you since you were born, and I will stay with you until you return to Me at the final dusk.

    I am the passionate and seductive lover who inspires the poet to dream.

    I am the One who calls to you at the end of your journey. After the day is done, My children find their blessed rest in my embrace.

    I am the womb from which all things are born.

    I am the shadowy, still tomb; all things must come to Me and bare their breasts to die and be reborn to the Whole.

    I am the Sorceress that will not be ruled, the Weaver of Time, the Teacher of Mysteries. I snip the threads that bring my children home to me. I slit the throats of the cruel and drink the blood of the heartless.

    Swallow your fear and come to me, and you will discover true beauty, strength, and courage.

    I am the fury which rips the flesh from injustice.

    I am the glowing forge that transforms your inner demons into tools of power. Open yourself to my embrace and overcome.

    I am the glinting sword that protects you from harm.

    I am the crucible in which all the aspects of yourself merge together in a rainbow of union.

    I am the velvet depths of the night sky, the swirling mists of midnight, shrouded in mystery.

    I am the chrysalis in which you will face that which terrifies you and from which you will blossom forth, vibrant and renewed. Seek me at the crossroads, and you shall be transformed, for once you look upon my face, there is no return.

    I am the fire that kisses the shackles away. I am the cauldron in which all opposites grow to know each other in Truth. I am the web which connects all things.

    I am the Healer of all wounds, the Warrior who rights all wrongs in their Time.

    I make the weak strong. I make the arrogant humble. I raise up the oppressed and empower the disenfranchised. I am Justice tempered with Mercy.

    Most importantly, child, I am you. I am part of you, and I am within you. Seek me within and without, and you will be strong. Know me. Venture into the dark so that you may awaken to Balance, Illumination, and Wholeness. Take my Love with you everywhere and find the Power within to be who you wish.

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    Oh! I have slipped the surly bonds of earth
    And danced the skies on laughter-silvered wings;
    Sunward I've climbed, and joined the tumbling mirth
    Of sun-split clouds - and done a hundred things
    You have not dreamed of - wheeled and soared and swung
    High in the sunlit silence. Hov'ring there
    I've chased the shouting wind along, and flung
    My eager craft through footless halls of air.
    Up, up the long delirious, burning blue,
    I've topped the windswept heights with easy grace
    Where never lark, or even eagle flew -
    And, while with silent lifting mind I've trod
    The high untresspassed sanctity of space,
    Put out my hand and touched the face of God.
     

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