A spire of blue-violet delphinium
like a temple
ascending towards the heavens
Like a candle with a violet flame
of the highest devotion
aspiring towards Mother Mary
“The teacher is like the candle which lights others in consuming itself.”—Giovanni Ruffini
“You should pray with love and devotion. Your hearts should melt as you pray. Tears are sometimes considered to be a weakness. But shedding tears for the vision of God is not a weakness at all. The brilliance of the candle increases as it melts down. Tears are an easy way to make the mind more expansive. Our tears wash away the impurities of the mind, and we gain strength from this.”—Amma, “Lead Us to Purity”, p. 12
It seems Light calls upon light
“Once the soul awakens, the search begins and you can never go back.
From then on, you are inflamed with a special longing that will never
again let you linger in the lowlands of complacency and partial
fulfillment. The eternal makes you urgent. You are loath to let
compromise or the threat of danger hold you back from striving
toward the summit of fulfillment.”
—John O’Donohue, “Anam Cara: A Book of Celtic Wisdom”
“The place God calls you to is the place where your deep gladness and the world’s deep hunger meet.”—Frederick Buechner
winter longing for the Light
it became so poor, empty of self
that the winter roots sprouted wings
“When Jesus saw the crowds, he went up the mountain; and after he sat down, his disciples came to him. Then he began to speak, and taught them, saying: “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.”
This was a video taken on New Year’s Eve a few years ago. Halved lemons were scooped and replaced with oil and a wick. We placed the lit oil lamps into the pond with prayers for peace and happiness.
“There is a light that shines beyond all things on earth, beyond us all, beyond the heavens, beyond the highest, the very highest heavens. This is the light that shines in our heart.”
“We can be mirrors that brightly reflect the glory of the Lord.”
—2 Corinthians 3:18, The Living Bible
“Swift As A Star Flicker
Prayer, it does ascend
Up from the mind into the air
Through the highest cumulus
In an orange dusky sky
And higher still, like a tailed comet
Out of earth’s realm of spiraling starlights
And into the black of space,
And higher still
Past a rare jeweled galaxy
With stars like sapphires, rubies, emeralds and diamonds
Where a nebulous cloud, a violet mountain births
Explodes new stars forth
A factory place, a sandcastle of space
And higher still,
To the top of the highest universe-
That second sky
Swift as a star flicker
To God’s ear
An ear pressed close to the keyhole
Of that other Kingdom’s door
An ear so fine
That it can hear
Unspoken prayer clear
As a trumpet’s mighty blare
And God’s spirit reaches forth
To companion the soul
—Zellie M. Quinn
“I weave your name on the loom of my mind.
To make my garment when you come to me.
My loom has ten thousand threads
To make my garment when you come to me.
The sun and moon watch while I weave your name.
These are the wages I get by day and night
To deposit in the lotus bank of my heart.
I weave your name on the loom of my mind
To clean and soften ten thousand threads
And to comb the twists and knots of my thoughts.
No more shall I weave a garment of pain.
For you have come to me, drawn by my weaving,
Ceaselessly weaving your name on the loom of my mind.”
-Kabir in “God Makes the Rivers to Flow” edited by Eknath Easwaran
“True love in every moment praises God. Longing love brings a sorrow sweet to the pure. Seeking love belongs to itself alone. Understanding love gives itself equally to all. Enlightened love is mingled with the sadness of the world. But selfless love bears an effortless fruit, Working so quietly even the body cannot say how it comes and goes.”—Mechtild of Magdeburg, from “Women in Praise of the Sacred”, edited by Jane Hirshfield, p. 95
one rose offered to Divine Mother
made more fragrant by the sun,
and loving care-tending hands