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Lui Chi [Mar. 22nd, 2009|11:40 am]
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The rain is due to fall,
The wind blows softly.

The branches of the cinnamon are moving,
The begonias stir on the green mounds.

Bright are the flying leaves,
The falling flowers are many.

The wind lifted the dry dust,
And he is lifting the wet dust;
Here and there the wind moves everything.

He passes under light gauze
And touches me.

I am alone with the beating of my heart.

There are leagues of sky,
And the water is flowing very fast.

Why do the birds let their feathers
Fall among the clouds?

I would have them carry my letters,
But the sky is long.

The stream flows east
And not one wave comes back with news.

The scented magnolias are shining still,
But always a few are falling.

I close his box on my guitar of jasper
And lay aside my jade flute.

I am alone with the beating of my heart.

Stay with me to-night,
Old songs.

- Lui Chi
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T'ao Ch'ien [Mar. 22nd, 2009|11:39 am]
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I built my hut in a zone of human habitation,
Yet near me there sounds no noise of horse or coach.
   Would you know how that his possible?
A heart that is distant creates a wilderness round it.
I pluck crysanthemums under the eastern hedge,
Then gaze long at the distant summer hills.
The mountain air is fresh at the dusk of day:
The flying birds two by two return.
In these things there lies a deep meaning;
Yet when we would express it, words suddenly fail us.

- T'ao Ch'ien
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The Great Summons [Mar. 22nd, 2009|11:38 am]
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...
And round the house a covered way should run
Where horses might be trained.
And sometimes riding, sometimes going afoot
You shall explore, O Soul, the parks of spring;
Your jewelled axles gleaming in the sun
And your yoke inlaid with gold;
Or amid orchises and sandal-trees
Shall walk in the dark woods
O Soul come back and live for these delights!

Peacocks shall fill your gardens; you shall rear
The roc and phœnix, and red jungle-fowl,
Whose cry at dawn assembles river storks
To join the play of cranes and ibises;
Where the wild-swan all day
Pursues the glint of idle kingfishers.
O Soul come back to watch the birds in flight!
...

- From The Great Summons of Ch'ü Yüan.

When ch'ü Yüan had been exiled from the Court for nine years, he became so despondent that he feared his soul would part from his body, and he would die. It was then that he made the poem called "The Great Summons," calling upon his soul not to leave him. Arthur Waley, the poem's translator.
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By and by... [Mar. 22nd, 2009|11:37 am]
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You have coats and robes,
But you do not trail them;
You have chariots and horses,
But you will not ride them.
By and by you will die,
And another will enjoy them.

You have courtyards and halls,
But they are not sprinkled and swept;
You have bells and drums,
But they are not struck.
By and by you will die,
And another will possess them.

You have wine and food;
Why not play daily on your lute,
That you may enjoy yourself now
And lengthen your days?
By and by you will die,
And another will take your place.

- From the Shi King (Book of Odes)
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Far in the wilds... [Mar. 22nd, 2009|11:35 am]
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Deep in the grass there lies a dead gazelle,
The tall white grass enwraps her where she fell.
     With sweet thoughts natural to spring,
     A pretty girl goes wandering
     With lover that would lead astray.

The little dwarf oaks hide a leafy dell,
Far in the wilds there lies a dead gazelle;
The tall white grass enwraps her where she fell,
     And beauty, like a gem, doth fling
     Bright radiance through the blinds of spring.
     "Ah, gently! do not disarray
     My kercheif! gently, pray!
     Nor make the watch-dog bark
     Under my lattice dark."

From the Shi King (Book of Odes)
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A poem from the heart of nowhere... [Jan. 22nd, 2007|06:37 pm]
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THE MOTHER ROOT

"Agoa da mañán anterga
trema no meu corazón.
"
- Lorca

A mingling of time and space
a body transplaced
mist and shadow to remain
Density of summer vibe
each cubic inch of air alive
with heady richness
with invisible glow
Each thing connected
solid matter and space
by the night-time's warm embrace
A consistent flow of milky energy
permeating everything
invigorating the fragile
weakening the impenetrable
The eternal under the tongue
the indefinable in living pools of water
the energy that enters every atom
is the mother of wombs
the seed that grows and blooms into
the flower that drinks the moon
Rumors of light shine
from dew that settles
shafts of moon
pillars on petals
Dew drawn into droplets falls
into currents are pulled as
the moon beholds from between
illuminated specters of the sky
drifting bands
thick ribbons high
the valley hums with the water's song
echoes in the night eternally
forever on.
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Heschel [Aug. 27th, 2006|06:01 am]
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"A religious man is a person who holds God and man in one thought at one time, at all times, who suffers no harm done to others, whose greatest passion is compassion, whose greatest strength is love and defiance of despair." ... "Self-respect is the fruit of discipline, the sense of dignity grows with the ability to say no to oneself." ... "In regard to cruelties committed in the name of a free society, some are guilty, while all are responsible." ... "Just to be is a blessing. Just to live is holy." ... "The goal is not to have but to be, not to own but to give, not to control but to share, not to subdue but to be in accord."

[Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel]
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For everyone... [Aug. 18th, 2006|08:27 pm]
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"Holy lamb, see the world we started, is it so low again? Like a light that's lost upon the stage, so the more it shines, it goes away. Surely then, see the curtain rising to show us once again all the magic of the earth and the skies. See the more we find, the more we realize that every time... see the laws of nature keep telling us like a friend. It's the spirit of emotion dancing to the wind, high above, high above, so sure inspired again. I can tell a new story now. Can we see through this mask of uncertainty? Surely now. How can it be so hard when all there is to know, don't be afraid of letting go. It takes a loving heart to see and show this love for our own ecology. Hold the light, hold the light! Out of love we'll come a long long glorious way. At the start of every day, a child begins to play. And all we need to know is that the future is a friend of yours and mine."

[Jon Anderson/Yes]
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I object... [Aug. 10th, 2006|08:14 pm]
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Perhaps the reason Huxley didn't attempt to seduce readers into the concept of paradise engineering with Brave New World is because he knew all too keenly (as a well-known user of hallucinogens, mind you) what the implications were of human-kind being either temporarily (through drugs) semi-permanently (through social/emotional conditioning) or permanently (through genetic engineering) altered in a way that would supposedly benefit the individual and/or society/world. There is so much logical inconsistency and idealistic over-reaching in the concept of paradise engineering that I prefer to look at it only as science fiction-and to keep my life as far away from it as possible, which is why I won't even buy into genetically modified plants. The obvious benefits of genetically modifying plants are analogous to the theoretical benefits of genetically modifying human beings: that they will live healthier and/or longer, produce more fruit (be it literal or metaphorical,) and all-in-all maximize their capabilities/potentials physically, emotionally, mentally, psychically perhaps. There is some terrible reality that proponents of an engineered paradise are overlooking. In the case of plants, the benefactor is not the plant, or is only partly the plant, and it is the lesser of the benefactors. Though its life, as it were, is bettered or extended in a way that could be argued to be benefiting the plant directly, that benefit is minimal in comparison to the benefit of human kind, a "higher" life-form with needs that are anthropocentrically considered to be more or all-important in comparison to that of the plant.

It's no wonder why the Alpha's and Controllers of Brave New World existed. Because human-kind has never before hesitated to divide itself into sub-classes created by the self-proclaimed higher/highest class. It has existed throughout history and is clearly in existence right now. Caste systems, racial and sexual oppression, religious persecution, indentured servitude, genocide, even petty bullying. They exist because man's desire to control is a cannibalistic desire. Proponents of paradise engineering likely disregard this fact because they believe these tendencies and aspects could be genetically erased, but they fail to speculate (and I at once congratulate them and chastise them for their lack of cynicism within their thought-processes) who the progenitors of a "brave new world" would be, how a small, let alone global population could be coerced peacefully into compliance, how people who refused to partake would be regarded or dealt with, and how it could be made absolutely sure that no persons, religious or political bodies would attempt to control such a society. How even would it be determined whether one was engineered or faking it? A branding, a secret handshake embedded in their DNA? Believe me, if it seemed in the least bit possible for a group of humans to volunteer themselves without any manipulation, deception, or external control to be self-governed in a state of constant bliss and happiness, I would consider it as an interesting theory. But some part of me would still protest, and I cannot help but feel that anyone who would put forth the notion that we should be altered to always be perfect, to always feel a certain way or a certain limited set of ways, is doing little more than sacrificing a great portion of their innate human divinity for little more than the most elaborate of idols, the molded-in-gold idol of supposed human experiential perfection.

I imagine we are too imperfect to claim to know what would be perfect for us or anything else, other than by brainwashing ourselves to believe without doubt in mock-perfection. We are also far too ignorant of our selves to claim to know what our 'perfect' self should/would be.
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And so god created... and so we destroy... [Mar. 7th, 2006|08:26 am]
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"To my mind the life of the lamb is no less precious than that of a human being. I should be unwilling to take the life of the lamb for the sake of the human body. I hold that, the more helpless the creature, the more entitled it is to protection by man from the cruelty of man." ~ "I do feel that spiritual progress does demand at some stage that we should cease to kill our fellow creatures for the satisfaction of our bodily wants." Mohandas K. Gandhi

"No humane being, past the thoughtless age of boyhood, will wantonly murder any creature which holds its life by the same tenure that he does." ~ "I have no doubt that it is part of the destiny of the human race in its gradual development to leave off the eating of animals, as surely as the savage tribes have left off eating each other when they came into contact with the more civilized." - Henry David Thoreau

"You have just dined, and however scrupulously the slaughterhouse is concealed in the graceful distance of miles, there is complicity." - Ralph Waldo Emerson

"My refusing to eat flesh occasioned an inconveniency, and I was frequently chided for my singularity, but, with this lighter repast, I made the greater progress, for greater clearness of head and quicker comprehension." - Ben Franklin

"The earth affords a lavish supply of riches, of innocent foods, and offers you banquets that involve no bloodshed or slaughter; only beasts satisfy their hunger with flesh, and not even all of those, because horses, cattle, and sheep live on grass. As long as men massacre animals, they will kill each other. Indeed, he who sows the seeds of murder and pain cannot reap joy and love." - Pythagoras

"Can you really ask what reason Pythagoras had for abstaining from flesh? For my part I rather wonder both by what accident and in what state of soul or mind the first man did so, touched his mouth to gore and brought his lips to the flesh of a dead creature, he who set forth tables of dead, stale bodies and ventured to call food and nourishment the parts that had a little before bellowed and cried, moved and lived. How could his eyes endure the slaughter when throats were slit and hides flayed and limbs torn from limb? How could his nose endure the stench? How was it that the pollution did not turn away his taste, which made contact with the sores of others and sucked juices and serums from mortal wounds?" - Plutarch

"Vegetarian food leaves a deep impression on our nature. If the whole world adopts vegetarianism, it can change the destiny of humankind." ~ "If a man aspires towards a righteous life, his first act of abstinence is from injury to animals." - Albert Einstein

"If man wants freedom why keep birds and animals in cages? Truly man is the king of beasts, for his brutality exceeds them. We live by the death of others. We are burial places! I have since an early age abjured the use of meat, and the time will come when men such as I look upon the murder of animals as they now look upon the murder of men." - Leonardo da Vinci

"I am in favor of animal rights as well as human rights. That is the way of a whole human being." - Abraham Lincoln

"We can judge the heart of a man by his treatment of animals." - Immanuel Kant

"There is something so very dreadful, so satanic in tormenting those who have never harmed us, and who cannot defend themselves, who are utterly in our power, who have weapons neither of offense nor defense, that none but very hardened persons can endure the thought of it" - Cardinal Newman

"We are all God's creatures; that we pray to God for mercy and justice while we continue to eat the flesh of animals that are slaughtered on our account is not consistent." - Isaac Bashevis Singer

"While we ourselves are the living graves of murdered beasts, how can we expect any ideal conditions on this earth?" - George Bernard Shaw

"Vegetarianism serves as the criterion by which we know that the pursuit of moral perfection on the part of humanity is genuine and sincere." - Leo Tolstoy

"It is good neither to eat flesh, nor to drink wine, nor anything whereby thy brother stumble, or is offended, or made weak." - Romans 14:21

"To become vegetarian is to step into the stream which leads to nirvana." - Buddha
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