Only one heart had to find its true position and travel on from there and all the rest would follow, for no matter how isolated the one felt itself to be, in the deeps of all life all were united and no one could move accurately without all ultimately moving with it...There are many wonderful bits in this book, and I highly recommend it.
~ A Far-Off Place, p.304, Laurens van der Post
Sunday, 15 June 2008
Friday, 13 June 2008
You are Christ's Hands
By Teresa of Avila
(1515 - 1582)
Christ has no body now on earth but yours,
no hands but yours,
no feet but yours,
Yours are the eyes through which to look out
Christ's compassion to the world
Yours are the feet with which he is to go about
Yours are the hands with which he is to bless men now.
-- from The Essential Mystics: Selections from the World's Great Wisdom Traditions, Edited by Andrew Harvey
As Ivan (the editor of Poetry Chaikhana) remarks:
It is a prayer of supreme spiritual maturity. It is not someone imploring Christ to come and fix everything in the external way imagined by so many fundamentalist sects; rather, it recognizes the presence of the Divine within each of us and our sacred responsibility to embody that compassion and service to the world. Each one of us is the vehicle through which Christ (or Ishwara, or however you name the personal form of the Divine) sends blessings. Our job is to get out of the way and let that sacred current flow through us unhindered.