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Nirmala: Let The Seeker Rest

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I love listening to the sound of a flute .... it brings me pause ... which lets me sink deeper and deeper into what is here ... lets me appreciate the now ... just as it is ... no assessment ... no qualifications ... just pure and simple acceptance of this ordinary yet magnificent moment.

Reading or listening to mystical poetry is like listening to the flute ... it brings a gentle pause ... a resting of the mind ... reminds me of the simple inescapable truths ... of that which really counts in life ... its like smelling the sweet fragrance of flowers; when on a walk. In this resting the mind has the space to see and acknowledge its source ... That which is always here ...

Hope, faith, beliefs, dreams, destiny, purpose ... seeking ... all can be seen for what they are in these precious pauses ...

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Here’s the original text for the poem:

the obvious signs

a playful smile

absence of pretense

disregard for convention

respect for truth

listen when they speak

look where they point

follow where they lead

abandon hope and faith and dreams

accept nothing less than all they have to give

your share in the infinite is infinite

come claim your birthright

return to the place never left
return and let the seeker rest

subside in the unending peace

let the seeker rest

let that which you seek find you

let the seeker rest

the task is finished

let the seeker rest

let the seeker rest


This poem is from Gifts with No Giver, a love affair with truth, Poems by Nirmala. This book is available for free download from Nirmala's website: endless-satsang.com. Nirmala also offers several of his other books for free download.

As usual, the emphases and the repetitions in the poem reading are my literary liberties.

 

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You may also enjoy our other channel: JoyChats re dialogs and monologues in Consciousness, Self Discovery, Silence, The Mystery.

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Craig Barnes: Bill Frej

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Three months ago Bill Frej was the point man for all of USAID development programs in Afghanistan. Now at the Santa Fe Institute Bill reports that under the Taliban only 300,000 students  (none were women) were in school but that today under US programs there are 8 million and 40% of these are girls. USAID has, in addition, trained over 10,000 school teachers and built over 800 schools; supplied over 68 million text books for math and geography in Pashtu and Dari languages. The secret of the program’s successes has been a change in the last 14 months to  “Afghanization” of the efforts, employing over 40,000 Afghan farmers and teachers. It is therefore Afghans who at great risk to themselves are taking education and agricultural changes to their villages.  This is a great untold story and is worth listening to.

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A Canadian gold mining corporation is suing the government of El Salvador in a World Bank tribunal alleging $100 million in damages because that country will not permit mining in the lands that they have leased. The El Salvadorean government fears pollution of rivers that supply as much as 15% of the country's water. Under the Central American Free Trade Agreement (CAFTA) the World Bank has authority to decide this case and require a devastating payment in damages. The Committee in Solidarity with the People of El Salvador (CISPES) has brought together organizations throughout Latin America and the United States to support the government and people in their opposition to this modern form of corporate colonialism.

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Voice of Your Own Heart

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Today's Rumi gem is from "A Garden Beyond Paradise, The Mystical Poetry of Rumi, Translated by Jonathan Star and Shahram Shiva."

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Craig Barnes: Richard D. Lamm

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Dick Lamm began in politics in the 1970s as a civil rights lawyer, champion of a local campaign in Colorado to reject Denver's bid to host the Olympics and advocate with his wife, Dottie of a woman's right to choose. He went on to be elected governor of Colorado three times. That was almost 25 years ago. Today he is concerned about the future of democracy, the questions of American consumption and the sustainability of our life style. He discusses here sustainability, health care, immigration and other of the hottest topics of our times.

 

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Craig Barnes: Theater Grottesco

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Ever since Euripides stirred the consciences of the citizens of ancient Athens, theater has been a means for confrontation of any society's morals, behavior and politics. Theater Grottesco of Santa Fe carries on this tradition with an original new show entitled OM: Ten Tiny Epics in an Outlet Mall and in this conversation three of its performers explore the depth of the art form, their own collaborative processes and the stunning effects that theater can have on live audiences.

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Nirmala: It is Here

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In my journey I’ve discovered that the simple truth of “here and now” has been made into a cliche’ ... unfortunately that just seems to be the nature of things.

The reality is that the simple act of sinking or resting into the “here and now” allows a shining of the light on the Mystery ... A glimpse maybe ? ...

Its no wonder that my eye landed on
Nirmala’s poem that reminds one that  indeed “It is here ...”

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Here’s the original text for the poem:

it is here

in the breath

it is here

in the stillness between breaths

it is here

in the active mind

it is here

in the resting mind

it is here

in the dream’s panorama

it is here

in each moment of awakening

it is here

when all is well

it is here

when fear has nothing left to fear

even then

there is pure noticing

even then

there is no need for doing

no frantic searching

can find the obvious

no seeking needed

to find that which seeks

it is here

where it can never be lost

or found

This poem is from Gifts with No Giver, a love affair with truth, Poems by Nirmala. This book is available for free download from Nirmala's website: endless-satsang.com. Nirmala also offers several of his other books for free download from his website.

 

And, as usual, the emphases and the repetitions are mine. Also I would add this stanza

It is here when all is well ...

It is here when all is not well ...

It is here in sorrow ... it is here in joy ...

It is here when fear has nothing left to fear ...

 

RumiTime is your podcasting channel for mystical poetry readings  from Rumi, Kabir, Nirmala, Hafez (Hafiz), and others.

You may also enjoy our other channel: JoyChats re dialogs and monologues in Consciousness, Self Discovery, Silence, The Mystery.

 

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The Sweetest of All Things

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This Rumi gem is from "A Garden Beyond Paradise, The Mystical Poetry of Rumi, Translated by Jonathan Star and Shahram Shiva."

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Craig Barnes: Charles Eisenstein

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Charles Eisenstein's The Ascent of Humanity is intended to turn Charles Darwin, Adam Smith and Karl Marx all upside down. Eisenstein offers an alternative paradigm of symbiosis and collaboration as the explanation of the success of all species. Competition is overrated and random selection is much less likely the explanation for species success than combinations of new species with the purpose of improvement.  A new consciousness is inevitable because the age of technology has reached its zenith with probable catastrophic consequences unless we change.

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The Secret we keep from Ourselves

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You are listening to JoyChats ... your podcasting channel for  ... explorations in Consciousness, ... Silence, ... Self Realization, ... Self Discovery, ... The Mystery ...

Prior to 1997 I had lived a successful and jet setting life  with homes in Seattle, WA and Melbourne, Australia ... no financial worries ... a seemingly good marriage ...  and many material comforts  ... a life deeply immersed in the highly creative and lucrative world of hi-tech business ...  so at one level all seemed to be going great ... however, there was an undeniable sense of "something missing" or life being "somewhat hollow" ...

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This feeling had been with me since 1987 ... at times it was dormant but gradually it increased in intensity and ultimately demanded my full attention. Not surprisingly '87 is when I started exploring various Eastern and Western wisdom sources for example ... The Bhagavada Gita, The Vedas, Mystical poets like Rumi, various realized beings with their teachings ... Psychology, particularly Carl Jung's work, ... Stan Grof the founder of Transpersonal Psychology, ... and the eminent mythologist Joseph Campbell. And over the years I participated in various workshops, seminars, and retreats ... My journey also led me to the Amazon and some other intriguing, fascinating, and sacred places.


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