i mean to say there lives within me the most wonderful light and the most wonderful peace. so long as i live i will do everything i can to stay with it. however i perceive both body and thoughts to be temporary and changeable. that is the part of me that is of the dust and rust.. the lines that follow should make more sense of it.. 'to sing and dance and rejoice is a must
i am allowed to witness the feeling that is
that is making everything just
just possible to know Peace
and the joy of complete and utter trust..' Does it make sense Now?
Dear Rosmarie, Thanks for your comment. I agree that God/Spirit is beyond gender. I like the way that when you look at a picture of Krishna you can't tell if you're looking at a he or a she.
I too love nature. It rains a lot here on the coast of northern California but I'd still rather ride my bicycle than drive a car. I'd rather be in the midst of the elements rather than behind plexiglass in a metal container.
Here's a nice piece by philosopher Alan Watts...
I was about fourteen when I saw my first landscape painting from China. It was called Mountain After Rain and it showed the mist and clouds drifting away after a night of rain. It somehow pulled me into it and made me feel a part of that mountain scene.
When the mind of traditional China expresses its religious feeling, it finds appropriate imagery in the objects of Nature, and in this very important respect the feeling for Nature is different from ours. The contrast arises as a result of the sensation that, for the traditional Chinese, the human being is not someone who stands apart from Nature, looking at it as if from the outside, but instead is an integral part of it. Instead of dominating Nature, humans fit right into it and feel perfectly at home.
In the West, our attitude is strangely different, as evidenced by such phrases as “the conquest of nature,” “the conquest of space,” and the “conquest” of great mountains like Everest. One might very well ask,
“What on Earth is the matter with you?
Why must you feel as if you are in a fight with your environment all the time?
Aren’t you grateful to the mountain for lifting you up as you climbed to the top?
Aren’t you grateful to space that it opens itself up to you so you can travel right through it?
Why do you even think of getting into a fight with it?”
Instead of a devotional attitude towards Mother Earth and Her enveloping ocean of air, a domineering attitude underlies our use of technology. We use the powers of electricity and the strength of steel to carry on a battle with our external world. Instead of trying to live in harmony with the curvature of the land, for example, we flatten it with bulldozers and constantly try to beat our surroundings into submission.
The problem is that we have been brought up in a religious and philosophical tradition that to a great extent has taught us to mistrust the Nature that penetrates us, and we end up mistrusting ourselves as well.