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Sacred Poetry Commentary by Ivan M. Granger

Commentary on the commentary --
My observations on these poems should not be read as the single, absolute meaning. A poem, like a dream, has layers of meaning -- and that meaning can shift over time and from differing perspectives. My commentary is offered in order to suggest a starting point for you to begin your own exploration into the poem's meaning. Even if my explanation feels right on the mark, please don't stop there. We must discover each poem's meaning for ourselves; otherwise the poem and its explanation remain largely trapped in the intellect. Sacred poetry is transformative poetry. Until we feel a poem working its alchemy on our own awareness, we haven't discovered its heart... -- Ivan


Abil-Kheir, Abu-Said A pious one with a hundred beads on your rosary
Abil-Kheir, Abu-Said Detached You are, even from your being
Abil-Kheir, Abu-Said If you do not give up the crowds
Abil-Kheir, Abu-Said Love came
Abil-Kheir, Abu-Said Piousness and the path of love
Abil-Kheir, Abu-Said Sorrow looted this heart
Abil-Kheir, Abu-Said Though burning has become an old habit for this heart
Abil-Kheir, Abu-Said When the desire for the Friend became real
Abulafia, Rabbi Abraham A Holy Tabernacle in the Heart (from Life of the Future World)
Abulafia, Rabbi Abraham Circles 4 (from Life of the Future World)
Abulafia, Rabbi Abraham Their mystery is (from Life of the Future World)
Adyashanti So Cheap
AE (Russell, George William) The Place of Rest
Akhmatova, Anna A land not mine, still
al-Alawi, Ahmad Layla
Alighieri, Dante The love of God, unutterable and perfect
Allama Prabhu Light
Allama Prabhu Looking for your light
Ammons, A. R. Eyesight
Ammons, A. R. Poetics
Ammons, A. R. Still
Angelou, Maya A Brave and Startling Truth
Angelou, Maya On the Pulse of Morning
Angelou, Maya Phenomenal Woman
Arabi, Muhyiddin ibn My heart has become able
Arabi, Muhyiddin ibn When my Beloved appears
Arabi, Muhyiddin ibn While the sun's eye rules my sight
Arapaho (Anonymous) Arapaho Ghost Dance Songs
Attar, Farid ud-Din Invocation
Attar, Farid ud-Din Looking for your own face
Attar, Farid ud-Din Mysticism
Attar, Farid ud-Din The angels have bowed down to you and drowned
Attar, Farid ud-Din The Dullard Sage
Attar, Farid ud-Din The Lover
Attar, Farid ud-Din The Nightingale
Attar, Farid ud-Din The Simurgh
Aurobindo The Word of The Silence
Bacharach, Naftali A Poem for the Sefirot as a Wheel of Light
Badakhshani, Binavi Clear Wine
Basava The eating bowl is not one bronze
Basava The pot is a God
Basava The Temple and the Body
Basava The waters of joy
Basava Where they feed the fire
Basho, Matsuo A banana plant in the autumn gale
Basho, Matsuo Come, let's go
Basho, Matsuo Crow's
Basho, Matsuo Skylark
Basho, Matsuo Year's end
Battacharya, Mahendranath Screening its face amongst lotus stalks
Battacharya, Mahendranath Tell me, what are you doing now, Mind
Bays, Hogen In this passing moment
Bedil, Abdul-Qader Creation's Witness
Bedil, Abdul-Qader His Living Proof
Berry, Wendell Sabbaths 1985, V
Berry, Wendell Sabbaths 1999, VII
Berry, Wendell Testament
Berry, Wendell The Real Work
Berry, Wendell The Wild Geese
Blake, William Awake! awake O sleeper of the land of shadows (from Jerusalem)
Blake, William The Divine Image
Brabazon, Francis Dawn is a Friend
Broughton, James Not dawdling
Bulleh Shah Bulleh! to me, I am not known
Bulleh Shah One Thread Only
Bulleh Shah Repeating the name of the Beloved
Buson Clinging to the bell
Buson On these southern roads
Buson This cold winter night
Catherine of Siena We were enclosed (from Prayer 20)
Cavafy, Constantine P. Ithaca
Chikako, Jusammi On this summer night
Ching-Yuen, Loy No use fretting over gold, beauty or fame;
Chinmoy Flames
Civivakkiyar In bricks and in granite
Clare of Assisi Draw me after You!
Clare of Assisi Place your mind before the mirror of eternity!
Clare of Assisi What you hold, may you always hold
Clare of Assisi When You have loved, You shall be chaste
Coleridge, Samuel Taylor Kubla Khan
Coleridge, Samuel Taylor Reason
cummings, e. e. i thank You God for most this amazing
cummings, e. e. love is a place
Dasimayya, Devara Suppose you cut a tall bamboo
Dasimayya, Devara The Hovering One
Dasimayya, Devara To the utterly at-one with Siva
Dasimayya, Devara What can I hurt now
Dasimayya, Devara Whatever It was
Dickinson, Emily I'm ceded--I've stopped being Theirs
Dickinson, Emily Me from Myself -- to banish
Dickinson, Emily Some keep the Sabbath going to the Church
Dickinson, Emily Take Your Heaven further on
Dickinson, Emily There came a Day at Summer's full
Dickinson, Emily 'Tis so much joy! 'Tis so much joy!
Dickinson, Emily Who has not found the Heaven--below
Dionysius the Areopagite from The Doctrine of Infinite Growth
Dogen, Eihei Above all, don't wish to become a future Buddha;
Dogen, Eihei Ching-ch'ing's raindrop sound
Dogen, Eihei Impermanence
Dogen, Eihei In the stream
Dogen, Eihei One of six verses on snow:
Dogen, Eihei True person manifest throughout the ten quarters of the world
Dogen, Eihei Wondrous nirvana-mind
Dogen, Eihei Worship
Eldar Edda (Anonymous) Odin's Shaman Song (from Eldar Edda)
Eliot, T. S. I said to my soul, be still, and let the dark come upon you (from Four Quartets)
Emre, Yunus Knowledge should mean a full grasp of knowledge:
Emre, Yunus True speech is the fruit of not speaking
Emre, Yunus We encountered the house of realization
Farid, Baba Sheikh I thought I was alone who suffered
Feng-kan (Big Stick) Actually there isn't a thing
Feuerstein, Georg Odin's Ordeal
Francis of Assisi Let the whole of mankind tremble
Francis of Assisi The Canticle of Brother Sun
Francis of Assisi The Praises of God
Francis of Assisi The Prayer Before the Crucifix
Galib, Seyh Love is a lamp of God, I am its moth;
Ganjavi, Mahsati The Pathway Finally Opened
Gascoigne, Dame Catherine One thing alone I crave / Unum sit mihi totum
Ghalib, Mirza Let the ascetics sing of the garden of Paradise
Ghalib, Mirza The drop dies in the river
Ghalib, Mirza The Footprint
Gibran, Kahlil Bewildered
Gibran, Kahlil Good and Evil
Gibran, Kahlil Reason and Passion

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