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Commentary by Ivan M. Granger
This is more than a poem in the common sense; it is an evocation, a summoning. Taliesin's words are chant-like, a driving, building rhythm of attributes. As he names these qualities, notice that he is also taking us through a series of transformations that lead to an awareness of unity.
Like a shaman in the great primal traditions, the bard is calling forth the presence of the Eternal within our awareness, using the wind as a metaphor.
Why the wind? The wind, like "the Great God" who created it, is powerful, covering everything, yet it is formless and intangible. It is "without flesh, without bone..." It is ancient before time, "Created before the Flood," and it is eternal, "It will not be older, it will not be younger, / than it was in the beginning."
To some readers, the following lines may seem like a fierce vision of the Divine:
He is bad, he is good.
He is yonder, he is here,
he will disorder.
He will not repair what he does
We must understand that these words do not proclaim a god or force of arbitrary actions, one that is alternately "bad" and "good." Instead, this is the great vision of the Divine beyond the duality of opposites. "He is bad, he is good." Everything flows from this all-pervading force, and it is only the limited vision of the mind that defines it as sometimes "good" or sometimes "bad." This is a vision of grand wholeness that shatters our limited notions of morality and opposites. This is shown by the many other lines where contrasts are brought into unity: "He is yonder, he is here... He is wet, he is dry... He is loud-voiced, he is mute."
The "disorder" is the overturning of our limited perception that divides reality into separate units of beings/objects/meaning, to be replaced by a living, fluid Oneness. To one still entranced by the illusion of duality, that sounds like chaos, "disorder." But, when that nondual awareness reveals itself, "He will not repair what he does," for it is already complete. It is the false order created in the mind that must be repaired.
Bold, primal, a soul confronting the great adventure...
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