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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

 

Gibran, Kahlil Self-Knowledge
Gikatilla, Joseph The Nut Garden
Goethe, Johann Wolfgang von Ha! A rush of bliss (from Faust)
Govindasvami Holy sixth day
Granger, Ivan M. Adi Atman 4: stop pushing
Granger, Ivan M. Adi Atman 9: you you
Granger, Ivan M. City Fox
Granger, Ivan M. Every Shaped Thing
Granger, Ivan M. Holy Ground
Granger, Ivan M. How Can I Explain?
Granger, Ivan M. Lime
Granger, Ivan M. Medusa
Granger, Ivan M. Mountain Peaks
Granger, Ivan M. On the way
Granger, Ivan M. Parched
Granger, Ivan M. Prometheus
Granger, Ivan M. Rain Upcountry
Granger, Ivan M. Seeing
Granger, Ivan M. The Warbler Knows
Granger, Ivan M. Thief of hearts
Granger, Ivan M. Twelve Ways to Lose Your Head on Maui
Granger, Ivan M. white world
Granum Sinapis (Anonymous) Granum Sinapis
Gyatso, Kelsang Little Tiger
Hadewijch All things
Hadewijch Love has subjugated me:
Hadewijch The Queen of Sheba
Hafiz A New World
Hafiz Cupbearer, it is morning, fill my cup with wine
Hafiz If life remains, I shall go back to the tavern
Hafiz It Is Time to Wake Up!
Hafiz Sun Rays
Hafiz (Ladinsky, Daniel) A Still Cup
Hafiz (Ladinsky, Daniel) No Conflict
Hakuin Past, present, future: unattainable
Hakuin The monkey is reaching
Hallaj, Mansur al- I Witnessed My Maker
Hallaj, Mansur al- If They Only Knew
Hallaj, Mansur al- Kill me, my faithful friends
Hallaj, Mansur al- You glide between the heart and its casing
Hallaj, Mansur al- You Went Away but Remained in Me
Hallaj, Mansur al- Your spirit is mingled with mine
Hamadani, Ayn al-Qozat Nonexistence
Hamadani, Ayn al-Qozat Within the eye of the eye
Han-shan (Cold Mountain) Above Cold Mountain the moon shines alone
Han-shan (Cold Mountain) Children I implore you
Han-shan (Cold Mountain) Here's a message for the faithful
Han-shan (Cold Mountain) Someone lives in a mountain gorge
Han-shan (Cold Mountain) This rare and heavenly creature
Hanh, Thich Nhat Interrelationship
Hanh, Thich Nhat Please Call Me by My True Names
Hao-jan, Meng Master I's Chamber in the Ta-yu Temple
Hawaiian (Anonymous) Ho'opuka E Ka La (Rise, O Sun)
Hayati, Bibi Before there was a hint of civilization
Hayati, Bibi How can I see the splendor of the moon
Hayati, Bibi Is it the night of power
Hekhalot Hymns (Anonymous) The Face of God
Herbert, George Church Monuments
Herbert, George The Altar
Heschel, Rabbi Abraham Joshua The Word Most Precious
Hildegard von Bingen Ave generosa / Hymn to the Virgin
Hildegard von Bingen Laus Trinitati / Antiphon for the Trinity
Hildegard von Bingen O Euchari in leta via / Sequence for Saint Eucharius
Hildegard von Bingen O ignis Spiritus Paracliti / Sequence for the Holy Spirit
Hildegard von Bingen O nobilissima viriditas / Responsory for Virgins
Hildegard von Bingen O spectabiles viri / Antiphon for Patriarchs and Prophets
Hildegard von Bingen O virga mediatrix / Alleluia-verse for the Virgin
Hirshfield, Jane The Task
Hirshfield, Jane Tree
Hopkins, Gerard Manley God's Grandeur
Hsuan Chueh of Yung Chia / Yoka Genkaku [14] The best student goes directly to the ultimate (from The Shodoka)
Hsuan Chueh of Yung Chia / Yoka Genkaku [16] When I consider the virtue of abusive words (from The Shodoka)
Hsuan Chueh of Yung Chia / Yoka Genkaku [19] Walking is Zen, sitting is Zen; (from The Shodoka)
Hsuan Chueh of Yung Chia / Yoka Genkaku [25] Just take hold of the source (from The Shodoka)
Hsuan Chueh of Yung Chia / Yoka Genkaku [46] People hear the Buddha's doctrine of immediacy (from The Shodoka)
Hsuan Chueh of Yung Chia / Yoka Genkaku [48] In the sandalwood forest, there is no other tree (from The Shodoka)
Hsuan Chueh of Yung Chia / Yoka Genkaku [52] From my youth I piled studies upon studies (from The Shodoka)
Hsuan Chueh of Yung Chia / Yoka Genkaku [55] Not supposing something is the Tathagata (from The Shodoka)
Hsuan Chueh of Yung Chia / Yoka Genkaku [60] The remarkable power of emancipation (from The Shodoka)
Ibn al-Farid, Umar Compared to my dawn (from The Poem of the Sufi Way)
Ibn al-Farid, Umar I sought her from myself (from The Poem of the Sufi Way)
Ibn al-Farid, Umar In truth, I led my prayer leader in prayer (from The Poem of the Sufi Way)
Ibn al-Farid, Umar Resist the calls of wrangling talk (from The Poem of the Sufi Way)
Ibn al-Farid, Umar Unveiling herself revealed (from The Poem of the Sufi Way)
Ibn al-Farid, Umar Whispering, then listening close (from The Poem of the Sufi Way)
ibn Gabirol, Solomon "Rise and open the door that is shut
ibn Gabirol, Solomon Thou Livest
Ikkyu (Sojun, Ikkyu) A Fisherman
Ikkyu (Sojun, Ikkyu) Every day, priests minutely examine the Law
Iraqi, Fakhruddin As sunlight is attributed to the moon, so is the Beloved's form ascribed to the lover; but in truth
Iraqi, Fakhruddin Everywhere veiled
Iraqi, Fakhruddin Love plays its lute behind the screen
Iraqi, Fakhruddin My eyes so fix
Iraqi, Fakhruddin The world but seems to be
Iraqi, Fakhruddin These perfumes:
Iraqi, Fakhruddin Whether they know Thee or not
Issa, Kobayashi Autumn wind
Issa, Kobayashi Buddha's body
Issa, Kobayashi Don't weep, insects
Issa, Kobayashi From burweed
Issa, Kobayashi In my house
Issa, Kobayashi In the cherry blossom's shade
Issa, Kobayashi into morning-glories
Issa, Kobayashi Never forget
Issa, Kobayashi Reflected
Issa, Kobayashi Where there are humans
Izzet, Asik Ali The Path of the Beautiful
Jacobsen, Rolf Moon and Apple
Jacobsen, Rolf When They Sleep
Jacopone da Todi (Benedetti, Jacopone) Love beyond all telling (from Self-Annihilation and Charity Lead the Soul...)
Jacopone da Todi (Benedetti, Jacopone) Love, where did You enter the heart unseen? (from In Praise of Divine Love)
Jacopone da Todi (Benedetti, Jacopone) Now, a new creature
Jakushitsu Gathering Tea
Jakushitsu Sitting in the Mountains
Jan, Chiao To Be Shown to the Monks at a Certain Temple
Janabai You leave your greatness behind you
Jimenez, Juan Ramon I Am Not I
Jimenez, Juan Ramon Oceans
Jimenez, Juan Ramon Who Knows What is Going On
Jnanadev Knowledge and Ignorance (from Amritanubhav)
Jnanadev The Union of Shiva and Shakti (from Amritanubhav)
John of the Cross Dark Night
John of the Cross I Came Into the Unknown
John of the Cross On the Communion of the Three Persons (from Romance on the Gospel)
John of the Cross The Fountain

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