when i see the cool wind whirling leaves from the trees in the brisk autumn noontime, i don't say, "oh, how tragic! what a sad destiny!" instead, i delight in the bright colors of the crisp leaves & love to see them dancing in the wind as they pirouette & play in the warm sunshine. everything is coming & going, moving & changing, being born & dying. it is the nature of things. beyond the domain of the physical plane, other frequencies are calling me, for i do not want to live as if this realm alone is it, as if there is no Source. i see the sun reflected in a glass of water, but when the glass tips over & the sun in the water is gone, i don't cry out, "how tragic! what a sad destiny!" this would be like looking at one square inch of a huge mural. i don't see the whole picture & i don't know the whole story: it's being continually refreshed & renewed. in this world of duality, every blessing holds its challenge & every challenge also holds its blessing. thus i am simply grateful for all my experience, regardless of its outer form. gifts are delivered in various wrappings & i don't know what is inside. i do know that somehow, somewhere, a gift from my divine Beloved is contained within it, & i am grateful for the unknown blessing. this is what You teach me, Shiva. You open up my vision to the pure celestial shining within the terrestrial. You show me the lotus rising from the mud & water, reaching upwards to the sun. my heart is now doing just this as i chant Your mantra, Shiva. i rise free from the thick cold dark into the radiant light of You.
we are at work in the mines of maya, clearing & refining, opening space for light to shine. we need that light in this mine. that which is dark & jagged, we polish, smooth & purify. we ourselves are being refined in this manner by the gods who, in their turn, are also being refined & clarified for the refulgence of light, the renewal we want to feel. oh how we fly when we can & how we crawl when we must! the dense events of life can weigh us down with added gravity & subsequent immobility. we are at work in the mines of maya, cleaning, digging out the darkness to find the subtle veins of light concealed in all things, yet accessible. light is hidden everywhere, Shiva, for You gave us this gift: the light that calls us home, the yearning in our hearts for Your grace.
sometimes You are bright like a diamond in sun & i can be dark like night, deep & moist. this is what the dance now appears to present, yet always there is new life coming forward through the union, untold possibilities awaiting their time to come upon the stage. "welcome, my children," we greet them together.