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Heavenliness

sparrow in the dogwoodsparrow in the dogwood

“Real Spring weather—these are the precise days when everything changes.  All the trees are fast beginning to be in leaf, and the first green freshness of a new summer is all over the hills.  Irreplaceable purity of these days chosen by God as His sign! Mixture of heavenliness and anguish.  Seeing ‘heavenliness’ suddenly, for instance, in the pure white of mature dogwood blossoms against the dark evergreens in the cloudy garden.  ‘Heavenliness’ too of the song of the unknown bird that is perhaps here only for these days, passing through, a lovely, deep, simple song.  Seized by this ‘heavenliness’ as if I were a child—a child’s mind I have never done anything to deserve to have and which is my own part in the heavenly spring.  Not of this world, or of my making.  Born partly of physical anguish (which is really not there, though.  It goes quickly).  Sense that the ‘heavenliness’ is the real nature of things, not their nature, but the fact they are a gift of love and of freedom.”

A Year with Thomas Merton: Daily Meditations from His Journals by Thomas Merton, selected and  edited Jonathan Montaldo. HarperSanFrancisco, New York, NY, 2004, p 120.

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Sparrow and the monkey….

sparrow and monkey

“…..Indian fable of the monkey and the sparrows. When autumn seemed to be approaching the sparrows said, ‘We must have a nest. We must build it and it must be ready soon, for autumn is coming nearer.’ A little monkey overheard this and was very frightened because it was the first time this young monkey had had to face the winter. It went with great anxiety to its parents and said, ‘We must build a home, we must build a nest where we can be protected. I did not know the autumn was coming, but someone told me so.’ While they were discussing this the sparrows made their nest ready, but the monkeys put it off from one day to another until autumn was upon them.

And so it is in the world. We find people who say, ‘What does it matter? We shall wait and see what will come.’ But when they are faced by a difficulty, by a need, then they begin to realize that it would have been better if they had been prepared. ”

Inayat Khan

It is the same with global warming.

Not only the thirsty…

Rumi sparrows water

Not only the thirsty seek the water,

the water as well seeks the thirsty.

~ Rumi

 

on a winter’s night

 

sparrow through the hallway

 

“As if when on a winter’s night you sit feasting with your ealdormen and thegns, a single sparrow should fly swiftly into the hall, and coming in at one door should instantly fly out through another. In that time in which it is indoors it is indeed not touched by the fury of winter, but yet, this smallest space of calmness being passed almost in a flash, from winter going into winter again, it is lost to your eyes. Somewhat like this a[[ears the life of man; but of what follows or what went before, we are utterly ignorant.”   Bede

sparrow on a log

 

“Where can we find a worshiper who envy a sparrow or a swallow just because of their uninterrupted access to God’s altar (Psalm 84:3). Our Genuineness in worship is not revealed by our physical presence in the church but by our desire of being in His Presence always and behold Him (Psalm 84:10).”

Santosh Thankachan

sparrow on the window sil

” Before the sparrow arrived, you had almost stopped thinking about flight. Then, last winter, it soared through the sky and landed in front of you, or more precisely on the windowsill of the covered balcony adjoining your bedroom. You knew the grimy window panes were caked with dead ants and dust, and smelt as sour as the curtains. But the sparrow wasn’t put off. It jumped inside the covered balcony and ruffled its feathers, releasing a sweet smell of tree bark into the air. Then it flew into your bedroom, landed on your chest and stayed there like a cold egg.”

Ma Jain, Beinjing Coma

 

flying-bird16 sparrow at night

“This is love, to fly toward a secret sky, to cause a hundred veils to fall each moment.
First to let go of life finally to take a step without feet.”

Rumi

 

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