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The Spirit of the Season

Last post 12-27-2006, 1:09 PM by pattye. 41 replies.
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  •  12-21-2006, 5:20 AM 16945 in reply to 16159

    Re: The Spirit of the Season

    Paramahansa Yogananda, Founder "May the Christmas spirit you feel not end with today; rather may it be with you every night as you meditate. Then in the silence of your own mind, as you drive away all restless thoughts, Christ Consciousness will come." Yogananda for December 25th From his Spiritual Diary. We both share the same birth date: January 5.
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  •  12-22-2006, 3:48 PM 17021 in reply to 16945

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    Dear jwcargile"  Happy Birthday Early!!!  I thought I would wait but may forget.  My birthday is today and is easily forgotten.  I have had some great birthdays tho.

    So, in case you have suffered from the same problem or people giving you a gift that says, "Merry Christmas and Happy Birthday" from,  I wanted to say have a wonderful Birthday on January 5, 2007      Pattye

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  •  12-22-2006, 5:53 PM 17025 in reply to 17021

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    Attachment: Lotus-Chinese.jpg
    Pattye, I hope it's not too late to say Happy Birthday to you. Four people I know have been born on this day - and they're all exceptional beings, each in their own way.

    And here is a lotus flower, especially for you:

    ______click on pic_______
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  •  12-23-2006, 3:34 AM 17063 in reply to 17021

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    Capricorns both...Great!Big Smile [:D] I bow to your presence in life. Merry Christmas and Happy belated Birthday, Pattye
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  •  12-23-2006, 7:15 PM 17098 in reply to 17063

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    Re: The Spirit of the Season

    Pattye Dearest,

    I lit a candle for you! Happy Belated Birthday!!!

    Smile [:)] Cool [H] Angel [A] Party!!! [<:o)] Beer [B] Music [8] Pizza [pi] Drinks [D] Gift [G] Cake [^] Right Hug [}]

     

     


    Nomali


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  •  12-23-2006, 7:28 PM 17099 in reply to 17098

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    Re: The Spirit of the Season

    Attachment: christmas.jpg
    I think you might have to click on image because it is showing up squished ! 

    Nomali


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  •  12-23-2006, 7:38 PM 17102 in reply to 17099

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    Re: The Spirit of the Season

    In the Spirit of the Season, I wish we could all get together and watch the old 1986 movie The Mission, Starring: Robert De Niro and Jeremy Irons. Well, it is terribly sad but oh, it is so beautiful.

    I am right now listening to its sound track. It has been a while. Stunning!

     

     


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  •  12-23-2006, 11:32 PM 17111 in reply to 17102

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    Re: The Spirit of the Season

    I love that movie, Nomali. Perhaps it's time to rent it again!

     


    Let the beauty we love be what we do.
    There are hundreds of ways to kneel and kiss the ground.

    ~Rumi
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  •  12-24-2006, 1:27 AM 17113 in reply to 17102

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    The movie, The Mission, happens to have a cameo appearence of Fr. Dan Berrigan, who Br. David mentioned in one of the released sessions of the '06 ISC Contemplative Christianity event. The best close-up took place in a conoe, if i recall. 
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  •  12-24-2006, 1:39 PM 17134 in reply to 17113

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    Two Merton poems in the spirit of the season...

    A Christmas Card - Written in 1947

    When the white stars talk together like sisters
    And when the winter hills
    Raise their grand semblance in the freezing night,
    Somewhere one window
    Bleeds like the brown eye of an open force.

    Hills, stars,
    White stars that stand above the eastern stable.

    Look down and offer Him.
    The dim adoring light of your belief.
    Whose small Heart bleeds with infinite fire.

    Shall not this Child
    (When we shall hear the bells of His amazing voice)
    Conquer the winter of our hateful century?

    And when His Lady Mother leans upon the crib,
    Lo, with what rapiers
    Those two loves fence and flame their brillancy!

    Here in this straw lie planned the fires
    That will melt all our sufferings:
    He is our Lamb, our holocaust!

    And one by one the shepherds, with their snowy feet,
    Stamp and shake out their hats upon the stable dirt,
    And one by one kneel down to look upon their Life.

     

    The Holy Child's Song - Written in 1944

    When midnight occupied the porches of the Poet's reason
    Sweeter than any bird
    He heard the Holy Child.

    Song
    "When My kind Father, kinder than the sun,
    With looks and smiles bends down
    And utters My bodily life,
    My flesh, obeying, praises Heaven like a smiling cloud.
    Then I become the laughter of the watercourses.
    I am the gay wheat fields, the serious hills:
    I fill the sky with words of light, and My incarnate songs
    Fly in and out the branches of My childish voice
    Like thrushes in a tree.

    And when My Mother, pretty as a church,
    Takes Me upon her lap, I laugh with love,
    Loving to live in her flesh, which is My house-and full of
    light!
    (Because the sky My Spirit enters in at all the windows)
    O, then what songs and what incarnate joys
    Dance in the brightest rays of My childish voice!

    In winter when the birds put down their flutes
    And wind plays sharper than a fife upon the icy rain,
    I sit in this crib,
    And laugh like fire, and clap My golden hands:
    To view my friends the timid beasts-
    Their great brown flanks, muzzles and milky breath!

    Therefore come, shepherds, from your rocky hill,
    And bend about My crib in wonder and adore My joy.
    My glances are as good as wine.
    The little rivers of My smile
    Will wash away all ruins from your eyes,
    As I lift up My hands,
    As white as blackthorn blossoms,
    And charm and kiss you with My seven sacraments.

    This seeming winter is your spring
    When skies put off their armor:
    Because My Heart already holds
    The secret mortal wound,
    By which I shall transform all deserts into garden-ground:
    And there the peaceful trees,
    All day say credos, being full of leaves -
    And I will come and be your noon-day sun,
    And make your shadows palaces of moving light:
    And you will show Me your flowers."

    When the midnight occupied the porches of the Poet's reason
    Sweeter than any bird
    He heard the Holy Child.

     


    May the boundless knowledge that time presents and space allows illuminate the native perspectives of your original face.

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  •  12-27-2006, 12:56 PM 17264 in reply to 17102

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    Nomali:   Meant to tell you.  The "Mission" is on my favorites list.  I tried to get it some time ago and it was not available and I think the Blockbuster guy told me he could not get it.  So many images stay in my mind.  The violin floating in the water at the end.  Climbing that hill with tin cans and junk in a bag for pennance.  I thought how we all maybe just see what that is like.  Or at least take our garbage out and dump it somewhere without toxifying everything.  New word.  I am going to check on line and see if I can find a copy.  I doubt my kids and grands have seen it. Watched "Crash" with oldest grandson before Christmas and what a movie that was.

    Later Pattye

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  •  12-27-2006, 1:09 PM 17265 in reply to 17102

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    Big Smile [:D]Dear Mascha, JW and Nomali:  Thank You so very much for the lovely pictures and thoughts for my birthday.  It meant so much as this just happens to be one of those years when we are all having different problems getting things together.  I understand that and treat myself nice but I was not prepared for how much I needed those thoughts and love coming through cyberspace.

    Most of us are into caretaking of some kind and I am slow to know when I need .

    I had an eye operation last year and the doc kept saying. "don't move sweetheart- now darlin stay still - look at the light  I will do the moving.  OK darlin you are doing good.  Yes, sweetheart that is fine."  He was not being cute like some of the rednecks (tho they are usually OK).  It was real sincerity.  And I just melted and my body was so relaxed.  Later I gushed all over him about his bedside manners.  The next time, I tried to make up for the gushing and said, "I know why you were so good with the bs manners.  It would not be too good if you said, "OOPS]smile. Don' know how to get that.

    And so I melted once again when I got your good wishes.

    I was thrilled.   Much Love    Pattye.

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