Thursday, June 24, 2010

The desert has many teachings


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In the desert,
Turn toward emptiness,
Fleeing the self.
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Stand alone
Ask no one's help,
And your being will quiet,
Free from the bondage of things.
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Those who cling to the world,
endeavor to free them;
Those who are free, praise.
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Care for the sick,
But live alone,
Happy to drink from the waters of sorrow,
To kindle Love's fire
With the twigs of a simple life.
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Thus you will live in the desert.
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Mechtild of Magdeburg (1207?-1282? or 1297?)
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