Music and Dancing

Poems are the rough notation for the music we are ♫ ~Rumi


December 2012

Nirvana Shatakam

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“The great Adi Shankara (first Shankaracharya) of the eighth century summarized the entirety of Advaita Vedanta (non-dualistic philosophy) in six stanzas. When a young boy of eight, while wandering in the Himalayas, seeking to find his guru, he encountered a sage who asked him, “Who are you?” The boy answered with these stanzas, which are known as “Nirvana Shatakam” or “Atma Shatakam.” “Nirvana” is complete equanimity, peace, tranquility, freedom and joy. “Atma” is the True Self. The sage the boy was talking to was Swami Govindapada Acharya, who was, indeed, the teacher he was looking for.”

Rumi – The Meaning of Love

Both light and shadow are the dance of love
Love has no cause
It is the astrolabe of God’s secrets
Lover and loving are inseparable and timeless
Although I may try to describe Love
When I experience it, I am speechless
Although I may try to write about Love
I am rendered helpless
My pen breaks and the paper slips away
at the ineffable place
where Lover, Loving and Loved are one
Every moment is made glorious
by the light of Love

Change in the Wind by Beautiful Chorus

Here’s sharing this new song by Beautiful Chorus. I think it is timely and apt, especially in view of the global shift, as it is often known, during this time when many people around the world are awakening to love and unity among humankind more and more.

‘There’s a change in the wind,
and we send our love to you.
Like the pulsing of stars,
let your heart feel a bright and new love.

‘There’s a change in the wind,
and we send our love to you.
Like the pulsing of stars,
let your heart feel bright and new.

‘Change is in the wind,
we send our love to you.
Pulsing stars, let our hearts feel
bright and new love.’

Yes, may our hearts continue to feel the bright and new/everlasting/timeless love like the pulsing of stars.

Rumi – One Whisper of the Beloved

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Ode 442 translated by Jonathan Star and Shahram Shiva
A Garden Beyond Paradise: The Mystical Poetry of Rumi

~ dedicated to dear friend Phillip, in Rumi’s love ~

(photos and videos filmed by me)

“In truth, everyone is a shadow of the Beloved (or offshoot/branches of the Divine)
Our seeking is His seeking
Our words are His words”
~ Rumi

Love has No End.

“LOVE is permanent. Every love that ends is not True Love and Every Love that changes is not Love.”~ Ibn Al-Araby

“Love knows the beginning but does not know the end”

God’s Promises Fulfilled

I thought this preterist rap song is cool.

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A poem turned to a rap song – written by T.L. Mayle. Music by AlphaMelee.(Lyrics can be found at

Luke 21:20-22 “But when you see Jerusalem surrounded by armies, then recognize that her desolation is near. Then those who are in Judea must flee to the mountains, and those who are in the midst of the city must leave, and those who are in the country must not enter the city; because these are days of vengeance, so that all things which are written will be fulfilled.”

© T. L. Mayle

When they proposed the earth revolved around the sun,
And the earth wasn’t flat, and that Jesus had come,
It was common belief that those notions were false
And to prove them true, there is always a cost.

When I set out to prove preterism was wrong,
I came to believe it, and it didn’t take long.
I came across truth, that for years I had missed.
If you honestly want to know, don’t forget this:

If you study the culture, and history too,
If you see the Old as a shadow of the New,
When you look at the typology of the High Priest,
And the forty year Exodus, at the very least,

If you learn the figurative language they all knew,
Stop letting traditions speak louder than truth,
As you perceive passages in covenant light,
And audience relevance takes you out of the fight,

If you let the time statements speak for themselves
And remember the Bible interprets Itself,
If you take out your presuppositions of when,
All the Scriptures you thought were obscure now make sense.

Daniel was given prophecy for a time not near,
And its fulfillment took six hundred years.
When Revelation was written, Jesus stood ‘at the door.’
Can the time be ‘at hand’ two millennia or more?

The law wouldn’t pass until all was fulfilled,
And no more unblemished lambs are killed.
If He hasn’t returned, then we’re still under law
And the strength of the sting of death isn’t stalled.

The Gospel was preached to the whole world at that time,
They wouldn’t finish going through the cities in Palestine.
Jesus said John the Baptist was ‘Elijah to come’
And foretold that John would remain till it’s done

When Jesus said ‘Some standing here wouldn’t die,’
Is ‘this generation’ every one that goes by?
And ‘coming on clouds’ was a figure of speech
That meant judgment, and those who had pierced Him did see.

Do you think that the ones standing there were mistaken?
For thinking He was coming in their generation?
Or do you think we’re the ones who are misinformed?
Let me ask, do you want to know truth, or conform?

Is it not strange – most adopt the mindset
That now is the time of ‘already, but not yet’
It’s the only way that they can explain
Because they don’t understand the nature of the last things.

What’s the nature of the new heavens and new earth?
Perhaps we should see what the old ones were first.
If you understand the nature, you’ll understand the time
I know it’s a shift of the old paradigm.

It’s like telling the Jews who still await their King
That they’ve missed all the wonderful things God did bring.
Like them, we want something that we can observe,
A visible king on a throne, on the earth.

Remember His Kingdom is not seen with these eyes,
Nor is Living Water that’s been realized.
Perhaps you’ve been drinking with God, Face to face.
There’s so much more to discover, in this age of grace!

Elton John – Circle Of Life

To me, the message about the circle of life is similar to Rumi’s quote “Step out of the circle of time / And into the circle of love.” The first line also reminds me of the Australian Aborigine proverb about us being here on Earth to observe, learn, grow and love.

From the day we arrive on the planet
And blinking, step into the sun
There’s more to see than can ever be seen
More to do than can ever be done
There’s far too much to take in here
More to find than can ever be found

But the sun rolling high
Through the sapphire sky
Keeps great and small on the endless roundIt’s the Circle of Life
And it moves us all
Through despair and hope
Through faith and love
Till we find our place
On the path unwinding
In the Circle
The Circle of LifeIt’s the Circle of Life
And it moves us all
Through despair and hope
Through faith and love
Till we find our place
On the path unwinding
In the Circle
The Circle of Life

Grasshopper – 忘情桑巴舞 (Street Fighter II Music Remix)

For some reasons, this song by a Hong Kong Cantopop group that I used to listen to in the 1990s came back to my mind this morning, and I did a google search and managed to find it. 忘情桑巴舞 is translated by Google as “Immersed Samba”.

Chris Spheeris – Enchantment – Piano version

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