Ma Jaya Bhagavati
When you let goof all thingsthen you will knowthe fur of the monkey.
Darshan, April 14, 1995
For the Electrical fire is the spiritual substance, which God sends from heaven to sustain the bodies ofman and beast.
Jubilate Agno (ca. 1760)
Sunlight made visiblethe whole length of a sky,movement of wind,leaf, flower, all six colorson tree, bush and creeper:all thisis the day's worship.The light of moon, star, and fire,lightnings and all thingsthat go by the name of lightare the night's worship.Night and dayin your worshipI forget myselfO lord white as jasmine.
Translated by A. K. Ramanujan. Mahadevi was a 12th Century Virashaiva saint who died while in her twenties. A king had married her, but she left him to wander naked in search of God. Leaves, flowers, and lights are traditional offerings in formal Hindu religious ceremonies. Mahadevi sees the natural world practicing the same worship.
Birds make their nests in circles,for theirs is the same religion as ours.
Community is sharing a particular physical place, an environment, not only with other people but the otherbeings of the place and fully realizing that the needs of all the beings of that place affect how you live yourlife.Living and skiing at Alta all those years showed me that living on this earth is its own intrinsic rewardwhen one decides to live in one place and cultivate a lasting relationship to the other beings of that place:soil, animals, plants, beings in the sky; clouds, rain, snow, thunder, and the gods of the place....this is the way humans have lived for most of our existence on earth -- living fully with total attention toone's place -- and truly that's what it means to be alive.When one finds oneself being skied by the snow and gravity, being played by the wind, being moved bythe very air as in T'ai Chi, a breakthrough occurs 'and the distinction between subject and object becomescompletely obliterated, and the mind and
[the pattern of the universe] are realized to be one' [JosephNeedham] ... This is when the wilderness within meets the wilderness without.Powder snow skiing is not
. It's life, fully lived, life lived in a
blaze of reality
. What we experience inpowder is the original human self, which lies deeply inside each of us, still undamaged in spite of what ourpresent culture tries to do to us. Once experienced, this kind of living is recognized as the only way to live-- fully aware of the earth and the sky and the gods and you, the mortal, playing among them.