Life is true, every step of it is divine. Only the emptiness is false.
There are paths we wish we never traveled; decisions we wish we never took; actions that we wrestle to tear out of our memory, rip out of our hearts with agony and remorse.
But it is never life that we reject. Life has meaning, life is good—not a moment of it can exist without a spark of truth throbbing somewhere within. Including that moment you regret. And where are life’s most precious diamonds to be found? Hidden in the shadows, or even buried deep below the mud.
We reject a thing that never was. Not life, but its shadow. Not the jewel, but the mud. From its birth it was not a thing, but an absence—that G‑d was not there within your heart at that time. Wash away that void with tears and there remains only a precious moment, a spark of life rescued from the deep earth.❞
Do you think He created us because He wanted pristine, perfect beings?
He desired that a glimmer of Himself should descend into a creature who cries and laughs and dances and bleeds; who fails as much as he succeeds; who chases after fleeting moments and is torn by figments of his own mind.
He wanted to live in the petty world of such a being, and from within that place He will come to know His self that cannot be known.❞
Gifted souls enter this world and shine. All that surround them bathe in their light and their beauty. And when they are gone, their light is missed.
Challenged souls enter, stumble and fall. They pick themselves up and fall again. Eventually, they climb to a higher tier, where more stumbling blocks await them. Their accomplishments often go unnoticed—although their stumbling is obvious to all.
But by the time they leave, new paths have been forged, obstacles leveled, and life itself has gained a new clarity for all those yet to enter.
Both are pure souls, G‑dly in essence. But while the gifted shine their light from Above, the challenged meet the enemy on its own ground. Any real change in this world is only on their account.❞
Why not remain broken? When broken, you can achieve the highest heights. When you are nothing, you can receive everything.
Because you are not made only to receive. You must also face the real world and challenge its chutzpah over and over. To do that, you need supreme wholeness, as though you were Adam in the Garden before his fall.
And if you should say, “But it is impossible! It is beyond the capacity of a created being to be both something and nothing at once.”
You are right. It is impossible. That is precisely the advantage of the human being. That is why G‑d created you: To join heaven and earth, Nothingness and Being. To make the impossible a reality.❞
When you find the Infinite, where will you put it?
In your broken vessel?
It will not stay.
In a new whole one?
It will not fit.
Let the heart be broken in bitterness for its confines. Let it be whole in the joy of a boundless soul.
This is the secret that the human being holds over the angels: Only the human heart can be broken and whole at once.❞
Happy birthday, Vincent van Gogh (March 30, 1853—July 29, 1890)
"I hope to depart in no other way than looking back with love and wistfulness and thinking, oh paintings that I would have made."
Marcus Aurelius (via lazyyogi)
Albert Camus, A Happy Death
Eckhart Tolle (via ashramof1)
Cauliflower & Yellow Lentil CurryIngredients
- 1 onion, finely chopped
- 8 cloves garlic, minced
- 1-2 tablespoons fresh grated ginger
- 2 tablespoons oil
- ¼ cup curry paste (I used a red Thai curry paste)
- ½ teaspoon turmeric
- ½ teaspoon curry powder
- 3 cups vegetable broth + 3 cups water
- 2 cups dry yellow lentils or yellow split peas
- 1 or more heads cauliflower, chopped into bite sized pieces
- apricot or mango jam + cilantro for serving
- salt to taste
Soyen Shaku, the first Zen teacher to come to America, said: “My heart burns like fire but my eyes are as cold as dead ashes.” He made the following rules which he practiced every day of his life.
- In the morning before dressing, light incense and meditate.
- Retire at a regular hour….