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The Dancing Cry Of The Soul

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Again And Again, However We Know The Landscape Of Love

Again and again, however we know the landscape of love
and the little churchyard there, with its sorrowing names,
and the frighteningly silent abyss into which the others
fall: again and again the two of us walk out together
under the ancient trees, lie down again and again
among the flowers, face to face with the sky.

~ Rainer Maria Rilke

Dance on Water

Come to the orchard in Spring.
There is light and wine, and sweethearts
in the pomegranate flowers.
If you do not come, these do not matter.
If you do come, these do not matter.

Let the lover be disgraceful, crazy,
absentminded. Someone sober
will worry about things going badly.
Let the lover be.

Let yourself be silently drawn
by the stronger pull of what you really love.

Pale sunlight,
pale the wall.
Love moves away.
The light changes.
I need more grace
than I thought.

The wine we really drink is our own blood.
Our bodies ferment in these barrels.
We give everything for a glass of this.
We give our minds for a sip.

Thirst drove me down to the water
where I drank the moon’s reflection.

This is the seam of slavery and mastery
dancing together. This is not being.
Neither words, nor any natural fact
can express this.

Be melting snow.
Wash yourself of yourself.

You kiss a beautiful mouth,
and a key turns the lock of your fear.

The friend comes into my body
looking for the center, unable
to find it, draws a blade,
strikes anywhere.

I have a thirsty fish in me
that can never find enough
of what it’s thirsty for!

A night full of talking that hurts,
my worst held-back secrets.
Everything has to do with loving and not loving.
This night will pass.
Then we have work to do.

Just because you can’t drink all that falls
doesn’t mean you give up taking sips
of rainwater. If the nut
of the mystery can’t be held,
at least let me touch the shell.

Do you pay regular visits to yourself?
Don’t argue or answer rationally.
Let us die,
and dying, reply.

Most people guard against going into the fire,
and so end up in it.

I saw you and became empty.
This emptiness, more beautiful than existence,
it obliterates existence, and yet when it comes,
existence thrives and creates more existence!

To praise is to praise
how one surrenders
to the emptiness.

We rarely hear the inward music,
but we’re all dancing to it nevertheless,

When the ocean surges,
don’t let me just hear it.
Let it splash inside my chest!

Friends are enemies sometimes,
and enemies friends.

But knowing depends
on the time spent looking!

Nightingales are put in cages
because their songs give pleasure.
Whoever heard of keeping a crow?

A secret turning in us
makes the universe turn.
Head unaware of feet,
and feet head. Neither cares.
They keep turning.

Dance, when you’re broken open.
Dance, if you’ve torn the bandage off.
Dance in the middle of the fighting.
Dance in your blood.
Dance, when you’re perfectly free.

~Rumi

The Dancing Cry Of The Soul

Love is the dancing cry of the soul, calling the body to worship
Like a shining whirlpool, or a spinning mayfly
So is love among the skies.
I leap across the mountaintops, madly singing the song of all songs
I float through the ether, intoxicated, thrilled
I think only of your love, your calling to me
And I dance the thousand dances of love, all returning to you.

It is not the play of children, nor the detached unity of wise sages
Unreal! Unnecessary!
Where is the beauty?

When I, like a glowing comet, may flash around your sun
Laughing, singing, with the joy of loving you!

Wine makes drunk the mind and body
But it is love which thrills the soul
When I approach you, I feel the mad pounding of love
The singing wonder
The joy which opens blossoms on the trees of the world.

Come to me, and I shall dance with you
In the temples, on the beaches, through the crowded streets
Be you man or woman, plant or animal, slave or free
I shall show you the brilliant crystal fires, shining within
I shall show you the beauty deep within your soul
I shall show the path beyond Heaven.

Only dance, and your illusions will blow in the wind
Dance, and make joyous the love around you
Dance, and your veils which hide the Light
Shall swirl in a heap at your feet.

~ Rumi

 

 

 

 

 

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“This was filmed during August 2011. This is my interpretation of the fjord landscape in western Norway. Having spent countless days here, I really enjoy even the smallest parts of this landscape. Like hidden streams or dwarfish waterfalls outside of the beaten track that offer a great deal of solitude.

This movie was editing “on the road” and uploaded over 3G network from southeast asia. I have decided to spend the next two years creating a 60min blu-ray/dvd. As a landscape photographer, I have visited some really amazing places over the years, and now I will be revisiting many of them for this movie. It is a full-on project, and as a result I have now sold my apartment, print-studio, car and other belongings.

I thought Beethoven´s Moonlight Sonata would be appropriate, and asked my friend Marika Takeuchi if she could record it in a studio. She made a fantastic version which I love very much. Thank you!”

~ TSO Photography

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Music: “Moonlight Sonata” by Beethoven performed by Marika Takeuchi
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1 Comment

  1. The combination of Rumi’s The Dancing Cry Of The Soul and Beethoven’s Moonlight Sonata are extremely powerful. Don’t you think?

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