i understand that the sun is alive, a great sentient being, a dear teacher who is surrounded by students, whom we call planets. this earth, who gives substance for our bodies, is itself alive & in the midst of its own spiritual unfolding & deep sadhana. i see also that the human species comes from the quickening planetary sadhana & our lives reflect the earth's urge to give a grateful gift to our solar teacher who holds us safe in his body. he also evolves in his own service to the living galaxy, spinning in its sadhana like a great cosmic sufi in joyful fervor with the venerable divine local group of galaxies. they all gyre together in concert with the vaster galactic dancing divinities throughout the huge far-flung deep field of untold billions of galaxies visible to humans through our many instruments. these immense living congeries of starbeings themselves constitute a yet greater life unimaginable to flesh & bone lifeforms. these networks of transgalactic beings express the outpouring called "the big bang," a cosmic event that has got our full attention. here we are, human beings peering into the vastest unknown that we are capable of through our telescopes. we are created thus by our earth, who gives us these bodies & the burning urge to explore. oh Shiva! Your expression is vast & varied & the whole of it constitutes You, spinning in Your dance of creative transformation. You have given us a beginner's grasp of this immeasurable existence & i am grateful for the all-embracing overview. thank You, Shiva, for this immensity of interconnected lives: transgalactic, galactic, solar & planetary. thank You for the gods, devas, & unknown others who dance in this great creative ensemble. we ourselves are an iteration of this grand dancing cosmic life, kin to planets & stars. thank You, Shiva, for the guidance & instruction & for being my dance-partner in this brief vision of one little corner of this vast realm of metagalactic space. OM NAMAH SHIVAYA
it is the dark of the moon in january. crystalline stars arc radiant overhead. virgin snow at deep midnight folds over the hills & valleys of the mountain countryside. i am wrapped & layered well in a long down coat, my full winter cocoon for stargazing. i carry a folding lawn chair out to the winter-bare field & place it at the center of my known universe, open to the arcane communication of stars, open to the mysteries teasing at the edge of awareness. silence softly & thickly enfolds like an invitation to transcend the human story & its demands & exclusions. i am at the still-point of all that i can know of the embodied world, suspended beneath the witnessing sky in my reclining lawn chair. great shining beings cluster around me. some of them are stars drawn here by my beseeching heart: others but touch the edge of vision. all creation is breathing with me in the cold of the gleaming night as the stars reach down. the sky is alive & dancing. i am part of it, for only the body is of earth. i spread my fingers & stir the still, cold air. the stars stir something deep within, preparing me for You, Shiva, laying me open beyond all concern. an ageless destiny has called me forth into this night of shining snow crystals & stars to commune with these elders. the rolling silent land, the clustered trees & the old bones of the mountain hold me while the great glowing sky of stars enters me & fills me with quiet yearning. Shiva, You call me. i respond to Your call to go beyond the human realm, for this place is not my true home. i find my home in You, Shiva. this world is my domain of service & these words are one form it takes. they are like stars calling to be seen, alluring, shining forth even in the desolation of deep winter snow in the dark of the moon. they are the fixed stars of my inner space, spelling out Your holy name, emblazing "Shiva" to light the sky in blessing.
the field is open & bare, harvested to stubble, soaking up the streaming light of the sun, rejoicing. the sun, in sacred union with the whole rolling earth, blazes love & joy into the entire galaxy. the galaxy, in vast dance with other galaxies, spins in etheric quantum entanglement & love. love like dark matter. love like nebulae, like quasars. love like gravity, like magnetism, like lightning. love moving like the tides or like blood & lymph flowing. love like egg & sperm uniting. love like human birth. it's the same everywhere: this dance of energy, the holy harmonium sounding a sacred chord that echoes through the heart & bloodstream like music, pure! Shiva, the stars are shining in the sky of my eyes in the heavenly quantum entanglement called love where i am filled with the sound of Your sweet primal OM.