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Commentary by Ivan M. Granger
No end, no end to the journey
That line becomes a rhythmic chant on Ramananda's wonderful CD "Secret Language."
no end, no end never
And, my favorite--
how can the heart in love
ever stop opening
A full life, a complete spiritual practice can be found in that question.
But why all this death imagery?
Into this new love, die
your way begins
on the other side
Why does every spiritual tradition speak of dying and death in such a favorable light? Do all mystics have some secret death wish?
In deep ecstasy, the sense of individuality, the sense of "I" thins and can completely disappear. Though you still walk and breathe and talk, there is no "you" performing these actions. The separate identity, the ego, disappears, to be replaced by a vast, borderless sense of Self.
It is this experience, this complete loss of the limited sense of self, that is the death so eagerly sought by mystics throughout time. This is the death that leads to new life...
in every moment
you will die into me
to be reborn
That limited sense of self is the prison we must break free from.
take an axe to the prison wall,
Suddenly, the walls that kept you contained and carefully defined drop to the ground -- and there you stand a radiant being whose boundaries are no longer perceived in terms of flesh or memory. In this new freedom, you are alive in a way you never imagined before, and everything you perceive is part of that life.
walk out like someone
suddenly born into color
do it now
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