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Commentary by Ivan M. Granger
Notice the imagery of light (a constant theme in Symeon's poetry)--
for you have flooded my heart
with the light of your way...
--and the Tree of Life--
and you have raised up in me
the Tree of Life.
These lead us to recognize God's Presence within:
Now am I joined soul and spirit
present in your Presence --
your Presence that has waited long in me...
Knowing the sacred Presence, our blindness is removed and we finally see through the surface of things.
You have shown me a new heaven
upon the earth.
You have shown me a secret Garden,
unseen within the seen.
We discover the heaven that has always been hidden within the earth, shining beneath the gauze of the seen.
That leads to a startling realization: All of creation, the living earth itself, is a sacred, living garden, waiting for our eyes to open:
your Presence all at once revealing your Paradise
alive with every good green thing:
grasses and trees and the fruiting bounty,
a world of flowers!
People are always looking for their paradise somewhere else, somewhere "out there," but it is always and ever right here, within, in the present moment, present in the Presence. The problem is in how we see the living planet and our own selves -- or, rather, how we don't see them.
your Presence, the true Tree of Life,
planted in whatever this earth is,
planted in whatever it is that men are,
planted, and rooted in the heart...
The Tree of Life is the center of the Garden, yet it is rooted in the heart. When we finally see it within, we see it everywhere, for it fills our awareness. As we find our hearts and discover the real life within, then we naturally interact with each other and the planet in awe and reverence. And in this way we steadily reveal paradise to one another.
Each little flower speaks a truth:
humility and joy,
peace, oh peace!
the turning of the soul,
and the flood of tears
and the strange ecstasy
of those bathed in your light.
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