Imbibing the Glorious Sun
“A mountain keeps an echo deep inside. That’s how I hold your voice.” -Rumi
“In spite of knowing,
Yet still believing.
Though no god above,
Yet god within.” – Lao Tzu
We need faith, not because there are beings who will punish us or reward us, but because gods are wonderful ways of describing things that happen to us. They embody the highest aspects of human aspiration. Gods on the altars are essential metaphors for the human spiritual experience. If we become better people then our faith has results. -Deng Ming-Dao
“Every song the heart should cry with magnificent dignity to know itself as God:
for all other knowledge will leave us again in want and aching – only imbibing the glorious Sun will complete us.” – Hafiz
For me, the common thread to the Hafiz, Rumi, and Ming-Dao quotes have to do with touching the God within. When you touch the endless beauty of the God within, she lights up the sky. She warms the heart. Boundaries disappear. You are the infinite when you are connected with this power within. That’s great. Then what? The only thing left to do with this endless love is to share it. “A mountain keeps an echo deep inside. That’s how I hold your voice.” You share the voice of your loved ones. They share yours. We celebrate the God within together. There is no other path that is as wonderful as this one.
About the location of the picture: Chiang Mai Thailand
Located among the rolling foothills of the Himalayan Mountains 700 km north of Bangkok, it could only be reached by an arduous river journey or an elephant back trip until the 1920s. This isolation helped keep Chiang Mai’s distinctive charm intact to this day.
Wat Phrathat Doi Suthep, a beautiful Chiang Mai temple. Legend has it that the temples site was selected by an elephant sent to roam the mountain side, where upon reaching a suitable spot, it trumpeted, circled three times, knelt down and promptly died – which was interpreted as a sign indicating an auspicious site.