Saturday, July 28, 2007

I first got interested in Sanskrit when I was studying German. English and German both belong to the larger family of languages called Indo-European, sharing common roots in or with Sanskrit. I was really excited to find this out and even signed up for Urdu at one point.

Reading Rainer Maria Rilke's passionate and mystical Duino Elegies eventually led me to Rumi and Hafiz and other Sufi poets. Then I spent ten years in a band, devoted myself entirely to music, and the connection mostly languished until in January I stumbled onto a book by Inayat Khan, a Sufi musician and thinker who taught in the early 20th century.

Khan uses music as the basis for a whole cosmoglogy. And he refuses any dichotomy between material and intelligence, saying that spirit and matter are grosser or finer expressions of the same stuff--sound. Having been raised a deist and then spent my 20's as a philosophical materialist , I was fascinated to find a cosmology that didn't assume an unspannable gap between the two. And as a musician I already believed that music is capable of anything and at the center of everything anyway.

I mull over stuff like this in the background of my head most of the day. But there aren't often times when it seems appropriate to break it down with people. Most of the time I try to live out my questions and act on my hunches instead. Lately more so, that's definitely the case.

It all burbled up in that last post. I haven't fallen off the deep end. I was just kissing my own reflection on the water like Narcissus!--a little too in love with the sound of my own voice. Thus the quirky sudden Sanskrit/Hebrew/chant-y sign-off at the end of that blog post. Never fear, dear reader! For today we close quite simply

or just plain love
ps cousin Ashley just reminded me Siddhartha was the first book I ever read in German. heh

Sunday, July 22, 2007

My completely incredible sister Jennifer is running a marathon in the Redwoods of California in September to mark her 30th birthday. In support of our work as peacemakers she has decided to raise money through her run for the Rebulding Alliance, which rebuilds homes in regions of war and occupation.

Spend five minutes with her blog "The Good Long Road," and then give five dollars in support of her work. You can take a couple of nice walks instead of riding the bus and donate the money you saved while enjoying your neighborhood.

Until July 27th there are matching funds being donated for every gift.

Jenni taught me that peace exists in the Middle East even now - in the silence amidst the clamor, in the space in between the lines, and in the dark that follows every frame. When I quiet down and close my eyes, I hear it reverberating. It sounds like Om, Ah Um, I Am, Amen.