Words to Live By

I subscribe to daily quotes from Inspiration Peak, because they always seem to send the right words at the right time. Considering the recent fires around here that have stolen homes from thousands of people, I thought today’s quote was perfect:

Everything you see has its roots in the unseen world. The forms may change, yet the essence remains the same. Every wonderful sight will vanish; every sweet word will fade, But do not be disheartened, The source they come from is eternal, growing, Branching out, giving new life and new joy. Why do you weep? The source is within you And this whole world is springing up from it. – Jelaluddin Rumi 13th Century Persian Poet

On a similar note, last week Tom and I were walking past our favorite restaurant, Jyoti Bihanga, and there was this note taped to the door:

It made us very sad, and not just because we wouldn’t be eating vegetarian meatloaf for a whole week. Sri Chinmoy seemed, well, like a super guy, full of love and compassion and great recipe ideas. His followers make really, really good food.

It is sad that he “passed behind the curtain of Eternity,” but the sari-clad servers at Jyoti Bihanga need not be disheartened – he merely went back to the “eternal, growing source from which the whole world springs.”

When everything seems lost, I will try to remember that.

1 comment:

KleoPatra said...

tHey Rachel,

Oh no, this is such tragic news... as if we didn't already have enough on our proverbial plates (no pun intended... their Sunday brunch is the best in the world)... with those Hellacious fires. i am SO sick of this terrifying nightmare, Rachel.

Thank you for stopping by my blog. Always grateful for your visits.

i'm back proofreading the SDJJ, go FIGURE... whattaya know...


Call me if you need anything. Deb's got my number if you don't.

Hugs from me & Mattie

P.S. Peter and i saw/heard Sri Chinmoy in a concert at the Scottish Rite Center two years ago. He played about 50 instruments. So inspring. Ravi Shankar was in the audience as was, i believe, Annoushka (Norah Jones' stepsister or half sis, one of those). Truly an amazing individual... i even love his VW Bugs picture that hangs in the back of Jyoti-Bihanga...