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“Heart of the universe” by Snatam Kaur and Peter Kater

I was listening to this inspirational music I came across yesterday while googling about the heart of the universe. I was pleasantly surprised to find a song bearing this phrase as its title, and it was aptly sung by Snatam Kaur, who is notable for singing spiritual, moving songs such as this.

“There is a space that exists with us ~ and around us ~ where angels sing on rays of light ~ and love pours forth, love pours forth, love pours forth ~ from the heart of the Universe”

I like what Snatam Kaur said about her music album “Heart of the Universe” in this interview:

“For me, this album represents a soul’s journey and experience on this planet. For the soul there is always a longing to merge with the Divine, with that which we are all connected to, which is in essence the Heart of the Universe. In our day to day lives most of us do not allow space for this connection, or even believe that it exists. I feel that the songs on this album are simply a pure experience of that connection. It is as if to say through music and song that yes, the voice of the soul is important, and the connection to the Divine is real. It calibrates our relationship to the Universe, reminding us that we in fact have an Infinite Source from which to draw upon and relate to.”

(From an interview with Snatam Kaur on “Heart of the universe“)

It reminds me of my reflection on Peter Rollins’ blog on this line “The confidence that comes from love has no necessary connection with ones rational reflection… To paraphrase Pascal, it is a reason of the heart that reason cannot know”, and this love is the heart of the universe, the love that knows pains and sufferings and yet lives through them, the love that embraces our doubts and weaknesses.

I learnt that her album is also well received by a number of listeners. One reviewer wrote:

“Peter Kater and Snatam Kaur have teamed to create a magical & beautiful CD! The set opens with the lovely “The Song of Your Heart” with Kater’s piano and synthesizer supporting Kaur’s gorgeous voice and the affirming lyric, “Rise before the morning light; Let your soul take its flight; God is with you listening.” “Sanctuary” follows with a glorious devotional melody, “The light of my soul, with every breath I bow to you, with love in my heart, I offer my life to you.” “Heart of the Universe” is a lovely mantra that is an almost nine-minute spiritual processional. “Carry Me” uses the writing of the Sikhs that marries a lovely melody and stunning vocal performance by Snatuam Kaur to create musical ambrosia, “Welling up, waves of emotion, guide my soul through this storm, show me the way with your mercy, guide me back home.” Other tracks like “Soft Like Wax” and “Just to Know You” are also glorious gems. This is music as unhurried as a meditation, as lovely as that connection when mind meets spirit, and as beautiful as the realization that this sublime joy will never end. “Heart of the Universe” is a tonic for the soul. Bravo! “

I also came across this article that talks about “The Path to the Heart of the Universe”, and I like its description of the mystical nature of the universe in which we live and move and have our being, and experience our oneness with the universe.

“Man is an inseparable part of the universe in which he lives and moves and has his being. There is no separation whatsoever between his roots and the roots of the universe, there is no distance between them. The same universal life flows through all things that are. The same stream of consciousness which flows in the mighty Whole and through the mighty Whole of the universe, flows therefore through man, an inseparable portion of that universe. This means that there is a pathway by which you may come into intimate relation with the heart of the universe itself; and that pathway is you, your own inner being, your own inner nature, your spiritual self. Not the self of ordinary physical man, which self is just a poor reflection of the spiritual brilliance within, but that inner self of pure consciousness, pure love for all that is, unstained by any earthly taint — your spiritual being.

When you turn to your greater self, which is the higher part of your own constitution; when you become the inner Buddha, when you become the Christ within you, although you give up the physical personality and the mental personality and the crippling things which distract you and worry you and cause you to fret and give you pain and sorrow, you enter into the sublime light of the spirit, and exchange the personality for divinity. It is worth giving up everything to attain it, for when a man gives up his life for the sake of the Christ within him he shall find it, because in so doing he finds the life universal.”

(From “The path to the heart of the universe“)

The last part of the above excerpt reminds me of the narrow path Jesus spoke about, which could be referring to the path we take as we take up our own cross and follow him, and leave behind the societal system and mindset of the world, and we will experience the zoe life he came to give us, and we also find solidarity and love in the kingdom of God with one another.

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We Are Stars – Kenley Kristofferson

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Choral sheet music available at cypresschoral.com

“Most stars are made of the three lightest elements in the universe: Hydrogen, Helium and Lithium. Upon their death, some smaller stars simply burn out and fade away, but the elder and more massive stars do something entirely different. These cosmic titans cave into their core, creating enormous heat, light and energy not seen since the Big Bang almost fourteen billion years ago.

But, as these stars collapse, the new heat and density enables their lighter elements to be forged into larger, heavier and stronger ones like Nitrogen, Carbon, Oxygen, Iron and so forth. This process is call nuclear fusion and, in short, it fills the universe with a veritable something rather than nothing.

As this fertile star gives way, it gets heavier and denser until it compresses to a point where it can be compressed no further and is brimming with energy. Unable to sustain that form, it explodes through space and seeds the universe with heavy elements. These elements go on to attract to one another through space and gravity to form asteroids, planetoids and sometimes planets.

Earth is one of these planets. From the calcium in our bones to cobalt in our mountains, all things are connected through a common solar origin. The stellar nursery in the night sky reminds us that all stars, all flowers, all mountains and all life are all just threads in a cosmic tapestry — each thread is important in itself, but when woven together, the picture is not only more clear, but also more beautiful.”

… isn’t that just amazing?

My name is Kenley Kristofferson and I’m a composer, teacher, writer and voice actor who uses the ARTS to teach the SCIENCES.

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Symphony of Science – ‘We Are All Connected’

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MP3 available at http://www.symphonyofscience.com.

“We Are All Connected” was made from sampling Carl Sagan’s Cosmos, The History Channel’s Universe series, Richard Feynman’s 1983 interviews, Neil deGrasse Tyson’s cosmic sermon, and Bill Nye’s Eyes of Nye Series, plus added visuals from The Elegant Universe (NOVA), Stephen Hawking’s Universe, Cosmos, the Powers of 10, and more. It is a tribute to great minds of science, intended to spread scientific knowledge and philosophy through the medium of music.

Check out “A Glorious Dawn” by Carl Sagan, another Symphony of Science project!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zSgiXGELjbc

And my website for more original music:
http://www.colorpulsemusic.com

Click HQ to watch in better quality.

Enjoy!

John
john@symphonyofscience.com

Lyrics:

[deGrasse Tyson]
We are all connected;
To each other, biologically
To the earth, chemically
To the rest of the universe atomically

[Feynman]
I think nature’s imagination
Is so much greater than man’s
She’s never going to let us relax

[Sagan]
We live in an in-between universe
Where things change all right
But according to patterns, rules,
Or as we call them, laws of nature

[Nye]
I’m this guy standing on a planet
Really I’m just a speck
Compared with a star, the planet is just another speck
To think about all of this
To think about the vast emptiness of space
There’s billions and billions of stars
Billions and billions of specks

[Sagan]
The beauty of a living thing is not the atoms that go into it
But the way those atoms are put together
The cosmos is also within us
We’re made of star stuff
We are a way for the cosmos to know itself

Across the sea of space
The stars are other suns
We have traveled this way before
And there is much to be learned

I find it elevating and exhilarating
To discover that we live in a universe
Which permits the evolution of molecular machines
As intricate and subtle as we

[deGrasse Tyson]
I know that the molecules in my body are traceable
To phenomena in the cosmos
That makes me want to grab people in the street
And say, have you heard this??

(Richard Feynman on hand drums and chanting)

[Feynman]
There’s this tremendous mess
Of waves all over in space
Which is the light bouncing around the room
And going from one thing to the other

And it’s all really there
But you gotta stop and think about it
About the complexity to really get the pleasure
And it’s all really there
The inconceivable nature of nature

The Gentle and Forgotten Art of Blessings

Video commentary:

To bless, says Pierre, means to wish, unconditionally and from the deepest chamber of your heart,
unrestricted good for others and events.
To bless is to acknowledge the omnipresent, universal beauty hidden from material eyes;

I enjoyed listening to the evocative song and reading the meaningful messages. Yes I agree the Universe wants to shower us with blessings, and the more we appreciate life, the more life appreciates and bestows us with more goodness. I think this is a secret and mystery of the Universe.

Sunday’s ZEN TIP: “Acknowledging the good that you already have in your life is the foundation for all abundance.” ~Eckhart Tolle

BREATHE IN, BREATHE OUT

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Take action: http://www.greenpeace.org/international/en/campaigns/oceans/marine-reserves/roadmap-to-recovery/

The Campaign for a World We Can Breathe In. As a campaign like this should, the video speaks for itself.

The rising and ebbing of the ocean tides does resemble the regular pattern of our breathing in and breathing out. Maybe that’s why spending time in Nature places or looking at Nature pictures or videos calm our mind because it helps to retune the rhythm of our soul to align with the rhythm of the Universe, and our heart beats as one.

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