Saturday, January 28, 2023

Birthday Notes 2023

We have the experience of seeing a flower - it is sensual, beautiful, evokes memory and desire in us. It moves us to a language suitable to such an experience.

Tara Singh called this "verticality." It is an expression that moves out of the earth, into the human body, into the language the body uses to communicate, to share what it knows, to ask questions and build a world in which answers are not constrained to turf and stone, river and sky, but to Mind itself, in the form of the ideal and the abstract. 

On this view, knowing the biological (and chemical etc) origin of the flower is horizontal. It is good - truly! - to explain the origin of the flower, but this in no way exhausts our attempts to describe our intimate local experience of the flower, and to follow those attempts as they lead us into the Cosmos, into radical Love, which is our own self.


If holiness surrounds us then reverence, joy and humility are the modes by which we relate with the Cosmos, both in its unimaginable vastness and in the intimate and highly meaningful ways in which it appears to us as our life. Holiness and happiness are intimately connected. 


When I use the word "radical" I mean something like: "opposite to, or orthanagonal to, conventional and traditional thinking." To be radical is to be care-filled and discerning, and to make one's choices based on Love, which is neutral and impartial, and always seeks to extend itself more inclusively and intensely. What else could Love possibly be?

By "radical" I do not mean: more intense or more extreme. 

"Radical" is the measure is the effectiveness of our shared goal of maximizing (natural serious) happiness for all Creation. To be radical is to be clear and simple. To be radical is to be devoted (that is the verb) to coherence by seeking the extension of coherence in all the apparent domains of our being - sexual, psychological, social, agricultural et cetera. All of it without exception. 

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