APRIL 2013

* the reed bed

aulos

"Listen to the story told by the reed, of being separated. Since I was cut from the reedbed, I have made this crying sound. Anyone apart from someone he loves understands what I say. Anyone pulled from a source longs to go back. At any gathering I am there, mingling in the laughing and grieving, a friend to each, but few will hear the secrets hidden within the notes. No ears for that. Body flowing out of spirit, spirit up from body: no concealing that mixing. But it's not given us to see the soul. The reed flute is fire, not wind. Be that empty. Hear the love-fire tangled in the reed notes, as bewilderment melts into wine. The reed is a friend to all who want the fabric torn and drawn away. The reed is hurt and salve combining. Intimacy and longing for intimacy, one song.

A disastrous surrender, and a fine love, together."

(Mevlana Rumi, 1207 - 1273)


water spider
Marsyas plays
clockwork
lucky realms
carnies
bemused
agape
joyous woe

by PATRICK WATTS

Zeus


"You are what your deep, driving desire is As your desire is, so is your will. As your will is, so is your deed. As your deed is, so is your destiny."
(Sanskrit)



"Advice given to fools, makes them angry and not calm them down. Just like feeding a snake with milk, increases its venom."
(Sanskrit)



"On bearing fruits, trees bend (become humble), with recently gathered water, clouds hang very low, wealthy good men maintain non-arrogant nature, this is the nature of benevolent persons."
(Sanskrit)



"Full of pious nectar in mind, words and body Pleasing the Three Worlds by successive obligations Always making a mountain of smallest of others virtue By developing it in one's own heart, how many good people of such kind are there?"
(Sanskrit)



"With virtuous persons, virtues remain virtues. On reaching a non-virtuous person, they become faults. (Just like) a river flowing with sweet water, becomes salty on reaching ocean."
(Sanskrit)



"The effect of disasters should be thought of beforehand (i.e. before they actually occur.) It is not appropriate to start digging a well when the house is ablaze with fire."
(Sanskrit)



"Work gets completed by efforts, not by thinking only. Deer do not enter into the mouth of sleeping lion. He has to actively hunt them."
(Sanskrit)

Hermes


"If man is to survive, he will have learned to take a delight in the essential differences between men and between cultures. He will learn that differences in ideas and attitudes are a delight, part of life's exciting variety, not something to fear."
(Gene Roddenberry)



"I didn't know what to call it. I don't believe in devils, but demons I do because everyone at one time or another has some kind of a demon, even if you call it by another name, that drives them."
(Gene Wilder)



"In fact, Cannonball Run II. I used to pick that as the worst movie ever made."
(Gene Siskel )



"Prediction in a complex world is a chancy business. Every decision that a survival machine takes is a gamble, and it is the business of Genes to program brains in advance so that on average they take decisions that pay off. The currency used in the casino of evolution is survival, strictly Gene survival, but for many purposes individual survival is a reasonable approximation.”
(Richard Dawkins, The Selfish Gene)