Wednesday, 30 January 2008

lors d'un départ: before you are gone...

Normally, it will be an earful chatter about almost everything under the sun, and even sometimes above it.
It was always on things insignificant but had a great significance for  us.
All of a sudden, there was silence, creeping in bit by bit.... i knew it. 
It is neither holy nor profane. Its we, the people who mould it either way.
I knew the growing silence was dense. When the words do not suffice, 
we grow silent.

Sometimes we change even the continents and do not feel any thing,
But sometimes we shift from a  chair and feel the universe go upside down.
I know  you are having  such a change, which forces new priorities and possibilities, 
While closing down many present ones.
But, it is change that makes people grow wide and deep.
I pray you grow wide as the heavens and as deep as the oceans.

now, i sit back and watch the snowflakes cover my window glass.
What it was all meant for us, not just for me alone, but for us, i dare to ask.
we contributed, contradicted, confirmed, and even at times confused many little, fragile  things.
Those little and insignificant things that always grow in significance,
As it always happen in good friendships.

now, before you are gone,
i want to tell you this, that ``You Are Significant``
and i will not say `thank you,
because i know sometimes it is a parting word, so hauntingly final.
see you,
God Bless!

photo credit: black.saturn

Monday, 28 January 2008

Down To The River To Pray:Alison Krauss

Yesterday, i visited Sainte-Anne-de-la-Pérade ( Portneuf, Québec, Canada) ,
a place so famous for ice-fishing.
It was a new experience for me to drive on the river.
But another wonder co-occured.
As we were on the river,riding slow on the ice bed,
the car radio sang a beautiful melody.
Its verses grew upon me so quick... even without my notice.
it`s two lines reverbed in my mind....

`Let's go down, come on down,
Down in the river to pray.`

...and i was on the river, in all reality.

Later back at home, i heard an elder férer singing the same tune in his magestic french intonation.
So i hit the keybord and found out the song and here it is......

It`s Alison Krauss`s ``Down To The River To Pray``


As I went down in the river to pray
Studying about that good old way
And who shall wear the starry crown
Good Lord, show me the way !

O sisters let's go down,
Let's go down, come on down,
O sisters let's go down,
Down in the river to pray.

As I went down in the river to pray
Studying about that good old way
And who shall wear the robe and crown
Good Lord, show me the way !

O brothers let's go down,
Let's go down, come on down,
Come on brothers let's go down,
Down in the river to pray.

(- O fathers, O mothers, O sinners-)

(photo credit: EL ROSARINO)

Thursday, 24 January 2008

Inner peacemakers

Thousands of computers around the world, lost data yesterday due to a virus infection.
Now they say we need `e-peacemakers`.
Actually what we need is not `e-peacemakers` but INNER PEACEMAKERS
The world needs more and more individulas who can initiate and inspire peace.....

Monday, 14 January 2008

God in the wind...

We often speak of finding God in the unexpected places….
It is true, we know it with not a single doubt.
Mount Horeb and Mount Sinai for Moses,
Mild breeze for Isaiah
oaks of Mambre for Abraham
A stone for Jacob at Bethel

But the gospel also teaches us that we should anticipate the devil in the unexpected places too. The Narrative of the exorcism in the synagogue is a symbol of that.( Mk 1:21-28)
Devil in the abode of the Divine.
to find the unexpected at the least expected places…….

Wednesday, 9 January 2008

Telling a lie

Whether you agree with or not, we often tell lies…
Sometimes we tell it to others.
But growing up has taught and refined us to restrain that habit to a greater extent.
But many times we lie to ourselves…
We hardly notice it.
Telling a lie to oneself is as grave as telling it to others.
We often lie in most delicate and intimate things of our life.
We lie about our feelings and expectations.
When I am asked ‘Do I hurt you?’, I should learn to be truthful.
I often fear that saying a candid ‘Yes’ may risk my reputation.
I should learn to value my ‘true self’ over the ‘expected self’.

Monday, 7 January 2008

The centurion and the Servant

He could understand that Jesus could command the sickness away. He understood Jesus as having genuine authority, just as he had it on his band of servants. That tremendous realization was lacking in Israel. That’s the reason why we still remember that gentle gentile and pray in the words he prayed.

Friday, 4 January 2008

Reading the spaces between...

We read what we like to read...
that much fine..but,
Most of the time, we make the mistake of reading what is not written.
sometimes we even go to the fearful extent of reading the empty spaces between the words...

The skill to read 'the spaces between' should never cripple our straight reading skills..
Because it is also a grace to read what is written and intended...