Thursday, December 30, 2010

. . . You Must Become as a Little Child

In his "Intimations of Immortality from Recollections of Early Childhood." William Wordsworth penned the famous lines that describe the "knowing" of childhood which we lose as we grow older:
" . . . Our birth is but a sleep and a forgetting.
The soul that rises with us, our life's Star,
Hath had elsewhere its setting,
And cometh from afar.
Not in entire forgetfulness,
And not in utter nakedness,
But trailing clouds of glory do we come,
From God who is our home. "
In the Gospels, J, said that you have to become as a little child before you can enter into the Kingdom of Heaven; the Kingdom of Heaven that "is within you." (John 17:21). We cannot bring the adult "ego" with us when we go within.

Poetic Words on Our Expansive Universe

This poem was inspired by a selection (appended to the bottom of this post ) from Tzvi Freeman's "Bringing Heaven Down to Earth," a compendium of the teachings of the Seventh Lubavitcher Rebbe:

                As Earth to Sun,
and Sun to Milky Way,
so galaxies in clusters
spin outward from their origin,
from that primordial Word
of which all heavenly threads are spun.
                 And from these filaments,
these matted skeins of stars,
even planes of  Light shine forth,
uniform and translucent,
that are God' thoughts and Mind.
It is in this Light we live, and move,
and have our being.

                 And when the Sun shines full upon the Earth,
to light both eyes and consciousness,
we clearly see the power of G_d
and feel His touch upon our skin.

                 With the passage of the Sun 'cross the heavens
the illusion of Time is born,
for now we can only know in part.
                 But when the Sun's light wanes
to reveal the night's panoply
of slowly wheeling stellar arms
that sweep across its sky,
our minds perceive the Depth of G_d
in which our Being merely is.
               - Bhuddini -
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Here (as promised) is the passage from Tzvi Freeman (as inspired by the Seventh Lubavitcher Rebbe) which sparked the composition of the poem, above:

"Einstein received acclaim for demonstrating that energy and matter are one. The scientist who demonstrates how all forces are one in a unified theory will receive even greater acclaim. So, since we all agree that someone will eventually establish this, why not accept it right now and call it G_d?"