Jan 27 2008

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About the Poetry Chaikhana Website

The Poetry Chaikhana joyfully shares the sacred poetry of cultures, religions, and spiritual traditions from around the world.

There is, however, a definite Middle Eastern theme to the Poetry Chaikhana. This is partly to honor of the centuries of vibrant, ecstatic, devotional, irreverant, and truly profound sacred poetry the region has given to the world. But another important reason for the Middle Eastern flavor of the site is in order to counter the miserably limited portrayal of Middle Eastern cultures and religion we are given in the West.

Although I am not a Muslim or Sufi, it is desperately important to remind the Western world of the rich spirituality the Middle East has given to the world. Perhaps even more important is that we in the West must remember how strongly European Christian traditions, particularly Christian mysticism, has been influenced by the sacred (and poetic!) traditions of the Middle East through centuries of cultural interaction.

As you explore the Poetry Chaikhana, notice the similarity of experience and unity of heart described by Christian saints, Sufi shaikhs, and Hindu mahatmas. While we must cherish the differences within each tradition, those who believe that there is something fundamentally irreconcilable between the spiritual traditions of the world are trapped in misunderstanding and have not yet touched the heart of their own tradition.

It is my sincere hope that the Poetry Chaikhana will open your heart, inspire your mind, and elevate your spirit. May we all fall into the embrace of the Eternal One with ecstatic songs upon our lips!

Ivan M. Granger

Ivan M. Granger

About Me

I grew up in Oregon and Southern California. I have also lived on the island of Maui. I now live in Colorado with my wife, Michele.

I wrote this about why poetry means so much to me: “Poetry has an immediate effect on the mind. The simple act of reading poetry alters thought patterns and the shuttle of the breath. Poetry induces trance. Its words are chant. Its rhythms are drum beats. Its images become the icons of the inner eye. Poetry is more than a description of the sacred experience; it carries the experience itself.”


You can read some of my poetry here.


27 responses so far

27 Responses to “About”

  1. violeton 31 Mar 2008 at 8:32 am

    :) Thank you for sharing your daily thoughts and poems gathered around the world here. They are very much appreciated and loved.

  2. Joy Kon 13 May 2008 at 10:35 am

    Dear Ivan,

    Reading your last paragraph in “About” explains exactly what it is that I am experiencing. I did not know how to tell you or even myself, and here it is: “it carries the experience itself” each time I reread the thoughts. And being a drummer, I love the metaphor. I enter the space shared and feel for myself.

    Oh, as a former weaver (and potter spinning clay) the meditative “shuttle” back and forth created the “patterns” and brought my breath to silence and awe in the weaving of the textures, dimensions, colors, pictures, excitement and joy. I guess my weavings were my poems. Now I use a pen. ‘Still’ it is my fingers tapping keys, forming creation of experience and love and gratitude.

    “Poetry has an immediate effect on the mind. The simple act of reading poetry alters thought patterns and the shuttle of the breath. Poetry induces trance. Its words are chant. Its rhythms are drum beats. Its images become the icons of the inner eye. Poetry is more than a description of the sacred experience; it carries the experience itself.”

    Thank you for you.
    BlesSings of joy and love and reception,
    Joy

  3. DevilPoeton 22 Jul 2008 at 8:46 am

    Dear Ivan,thanks a lot for maintaining this poetry blog.I invite readers and writers to visit this site.

  4. Bill Jacksonon 23 Jul 2008 at 8:03 pm

    Hello Ivan,

    I just found your site and am warmed by your personnal touch. It’s the mother load. We have an interest in exactly the same kind of poetry. I was looking for audio performances preferably with some kind of musical accompaniment on CD’s or that can be downloaded.

    Do you offer any performance work like this? I have a few CD’s. One by Daniel Ladinsky and a few by Coleman Barks. I like Robert Bly too. I’ll probably be visiting you site a lot. Thanks for any information you might have.

    Kind Regards,

    Bill Jackson

  5. ko shinon 30 Dec 2008 at 10:41 am

    Good Morning! Happy New Year!
    I signed on again to see if your emails will start coming again.

    Have you heard of Thirukkural from Hinduism http://acharya.iitm.ac.in/tamil/kural/kural_browse.php is an interesting web site I am beginning to look at today.

    Say, can you help? I am beginning a research project that might end up as a long essay or some prose poetry someday, never know what the muses have in store for you, right? The project is to look at the teachings of the Buddhist movement in the 4-6 century, and its influence on what happened with that radical Jewish Palestine man named Jesus cam on the scene. I cannot read in the real texts but want to see about this. I also wonder, after meeting people who work on lost religions at the last Parliament of worldm Religions about the influence of Hinduism, I call the mother of all spiritual paths on Xianity and its beginnings, or how it took practices of other spiritual paths as its own. Just a thought.

    My wife and I just registered for the next PWR in Australia in Dec. 2009. It’s a place and event you might want to think about.
    http://www.parliamentofreligions.org/

    peace ko shin

  6. Graeme Mcleanon 05 Oct 2009 at 1:30 am

    Hi Ivan

    I came across your website by chance or maybe it was meant to be!

    Anyway many thanks for the wonderful peorty it always illuminates my day with joy, gratitude and hope.

    I’ve left a donation.

    Graeme Mclean

  7. KDon 13 Jan 2010 at 11:41 am

    Hey Ivan,

    Fantastic poetry blog!

    I’m writing to inform you Poetry Chaikhana is in my company’s 30 Best Poetry Blogs of 2009. I manage Online Colleges and Universities, an education database, and we have the entire write up hosted over at http://www.onlinecollegesanduniversities.com/2009/12/31/30-awesome-poetry-blogs-you-arent-reading-yet/

    Keep up the good work Ivan!

  8. mahaon 27 May 2010 at 9:30 am

    I love your website and blog! Awesome! :)

  9. Taufiq (or Milky Tea)on 06 Jul 2010 at 10:48 am

    Dear Ivan,

    Muslim, Sufi, Christian, Jew, Hindu, or VISA cardholder, who cares? Or more importantly, who knows?

    My name is Taufiq. I write what I guess some people would call poems. I like the poetic process because to me, its the shortest medium to convey a lot of information.

    I am trawling across cyberverse looking for kindred spirits. I humbly invite your attention to visit my blog. It is super new, and i would love your opinion…

    I am planning to blog 1 poem a day, and i have recorded enough to last about 7 years. Hehehe.

    We come from different shores, you and I. But the further we swim, the more we realise it is but just one ocean. I hope you will visit my beach.

    Thank you for inhabiting one small corner of the internet with your poetry and thoughts.

  10. Shail Raghuvanshion 15 Oct 2010 at 11:27 pm

    Hi Ivan,

    Your site is lovely. Is there any way can contribute here.

    Keep up the great venture.

    Best,
    Shail

  11. Ivan M. Grangeron 16 Oct 2010 at 7:57 am

    Shail,
    Donations are always welcome. The easiest way to donate online is through PayPal. Just click on one of the “Donate” buttons on the Poetry Chaikhana homepage http://www.poetry-chaikhana.com That will take you to the PayPal donations page. Whatever amount you want to contribute is appreciated — thank you!
    Ivan

  12. Omaron 09 Dec 2010 at 11:52 am

    Hi Ivan,

    I’m impressed by your blog

    I would like to stay in touch with you and ask recommendations every now and then on what to read. Would that be ok?

  13. Ivan M. Grangeron 09 Dec 2010 at 12:00 pm

    Omar, you’re welcome to contact me any time… -Ivan

  14. Aparrnaon 10 Dec 2010 at 11:04 pm

    No, why not one of your meandering commentaries?? You have no clue how much this poem makes sense to me today…. You don’t have any idea how much i need to understand this today….. Please…..please keep writing your meandering commentaries….You don’t know what weeds in the by-lanes a meandering river may water.
    Love and light Ivan.

  15. Marinaon 13 Apr 2011 at 1:53 pm

    Dear Ivan,

    I am so pleased to have come across your website!
    I am writing a thesis on D. H. Lawrence’s works. I was so lucky to find his poem “I am like a rose” here. Thank you!
    Here in Russia we are really short of DHL’s original writings. I’ve been looking for his poems “Eloi! Eloi! Lama Sbachthani?” and “Resurrection”. Could you possibly help me?

    Thanks in advance!

  16. Ivan M. Grangeron 14 Apr 2011 at 7:46 am

    Dear Marina,
    I’ve been looking around to see if I could find those poems for you. I don’t have a copy of the Complete Poems of D. H. Lawrence immediately available, though both are listed in the contents (according to Amazon.com). I’ve checked elsewhere on the web, but without luck. I’m sorry. I would have thought it would be easier to find them out there. Perhaps someone else out there reading this can post them for you…? Otherwise, it may require getting a copy of the Complete Poems. Good luck! -Ivan

  17. Marinaon 15 Apr 2011 at 12:15 am

    Thank you, Ivan! I’ll see what they have on Amazon.com. Still there are many interesting things here, thank you!

  18. Monicaon 19 Jun 2011 at 8:54 am

    Hi Ivan –

    Thought maybe some folks would like to know that your poetry-chaikhana forum has reincarnated :

    http://www.delightedteahouse.com/

    Myself – I love the new format. Hope to see you there and that you are feeling better.

    Monica

  19. Saraon 01 Feb 2012 at 4:30 am

    Thanks Ivan, this is really interesting!
    If I may, I would like to share a very special poetry book that I just got as a gift over the holidays called ‘Lovesong’, its by a poet and artist called Zurayk. I have yet to see a book like it. It has such an intimate feel because it not only feels like its hand made, its printed on cotton based paper, I think.
    I highly recommend it, it was a true find. At first I could not find it easily online, but then I decided to visit the publisher’s website and there I found quite a bit of information and some beautiful photos of the book. Its very much worth checking out: the site is http://www.rimalbooks.com Thanks again and good luck!

  20. Dorri Joneson 26 Mar 2012 at 3:47 pm

    Hi Ivan,

    This is a lovely site. Poetry is so often the heart’s language. In gratitude to my teacher, here’s one of mine for you.

    With love…

    “The fish is thirsty in the water, and every time I hear this, it makes me laugh.” Kabir

    The fish breathes, drinks, dances
    Her being all
    In your boundless ocean of mercy,
    Knowing

    The fish drinks, drinks and drinks
    Is so fulfilled
    In quenching; so grateful is for thirst,
    Feeling

    Knowing the nature of water,
    Her Master gives;
    Feeling the nature of thirst,
    This is true kindness;
    Knowing the nature of quenching,
    Purest compassion;
    Feeling the nature of fish,
    Her Master gives

    The fish languishes in Heaven
    For want of how to thank him,
    Finding no words

    And he says:
    ‘Breathe; drink; dance!
    Enjoy! Just enjoy…’

  21. Joe Breunigon 04 Apr 2012 at 7:10 am

    Hello Ivan,

    Do you accept submissions of poetry? Below is an example of my work; Happy Easter / Resurrection Sunday to you and yours! -Joe

    Poem: Passover Lamb

    Give praise to the Passover Lamb,
    the only begotten Son of the Great I Am.

    For He willingly humbled Himself
    and served as the propitiation for our sins;
    His Truth will be revealed at Earth’s end,
    from having laid down His life as our Friend.

    Give praise to the Passover Lamb,
    the holy begotten Son of the Great I Am.

    Our Lord made the ultimate sacrifice,
    donating Himself as the World’s sin offering.
    Although temporarily buried in death’s tomb,
    He exited triumphantly from that cryptal womb.

    Give praise to the Passover Lamb,
    the eternal begotten Son of the Great I Am.

    Today He sits at the right hand of the Father,
    humbly interceding on our behalf daily!
    Now is still the acceptable day of Salvation,
    for He paid the cost for our soul’s preservation.

    Give praise to the Passover Lamb,
    the blessed begotten Son of the Great I Am.

    Entertaining thoughts of a spiritual breakthrough?
    Know that it is not too late to save your soul.
    For those who dare, Victory is available to everyone
    that receives the sacred gift of the firstborn Son.

    Give praise to the Passover Lamb,
    the divine begotten Son of the Great I Am.

    Author Notes:

    Loosely based on:
    Heb 1:1-3, 12:2; Phil 2:8-9; Rom 3:19-26, 6:4; 2 Cor 6:2;
    Eph 3:9; John 1:18, 3:16; Jam 2:14-26; 1 Cor 15

    Learn more about me and my poetry at:
    http://www.squidoo.com/book-isbn-1419650513

    By Joseph J. Breunig 3rd, © 2012, All rights reserved.

  22. Chitra Divakarunion 02 Aug 2012 at 9:14 pm

    Hi Ivan, Thanks for this lovely site. I love the image on top (a monastery?)
    Where is it? I am deeply attracted to it.

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  24. cherylon 06 May 2013 at 12:04 pm

    Lovely site and wonderful words of light and inspiration.

    Third eye to the ground
    Heart lifted towards the heavens
    Yoga is my Church
    ~c~

    Namaste

    Cheryl

  25. ShaBazon 15 Nov 2013 at 12:17 pm

    Dear Ivan,

    How lovely and
    how true.

    This was sent to me from mt
    Sufi teacher Taj.

  26. Janeon 03 Feb 2014 at 8:35 pm

    Hello Ivan! I’ve just now discovered your page and now follow you on FB. I’d like to follow you through wordpress, too, but , alas, I am new, and can’t figure out how!
    If you’d like, please let me know.
    Respectfully,
    Jane Weiss, LCSW

  27. Ivan M. Grangeron 05 Feb 2014 at 1:37 pm

    Hi Jane,

    There are two good ways to follow my blog posts on the Poetry Chaikhana: You can follow the blog’s RSS feed directly, but to someone who is new to it, the steps to do that can feel unnecessarily technical. The other option is to sign up for the Poetry Chaikhana emails, which are usually identical to the blog posts. Why don’t I add your email address to the mailing list? You should start receiving poem emails with the next post.

    I hope that helps.

    Ivan

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