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The Forked Stick


Dec 22, 2015

Show 16 – ‘Sacrifice of Divine Love’

 

In this show, Jeff Stockton, Nikiah Seeds and John-Luke Edwards explore and try to define the notion of love and it’s call to the unexpected and sacrifice.

What is the longing and yearning of the human soul to reach beyond itself and how and why does the ‘beyond’ reach for that soul?

We consider Rumi “

“Both light and shadow are the dance of Love.

Love has no cause, it is the astrolabe of God's secrets.

Lover and loving are inseparable and timeless.

Although I may try to describe love,

when I experience it, I am speechless.

Although I may try to write about love, I am rendered helpless.

My pen breaks, and the paper slips away

at the ineffable place where lover loving and loved are one.

Every moment is made glorious by the light of Love.”

 

The sacrifice of love requires, intention, trust, selflessness

We empty so we can be ready to be full for others

We give away all so that as love, the loveless and lovelorn may fall into us

That improbable, impossible space of nothing that is everything, which draws all to it making something from all that nothing, powerful in its fragility, a fragility that exists in the wake of opposing forces held in balance and harmony – is this love?

This tiny fragile possible space at the centre of the whirlpool, that quantum neither this nor that yet both, this tension between opposing forces, this is love.

Not a grand explosive externalizing force, rather a focused minute gathering invitation.

It is the seed that grows into a great tree and in that action dies and gives up identity as seed; the tree is not the seed nor the seed the tree. The seed was the force of impossible invitation for a tree to become possible. From the Aramaic Bible 1 Corinthians 13:13, it says, For there are these three things that endure: Faith, Hope and Love, but the greatest of these is Love……” Scholars will go onto say that ‘Love’ is great because it is the seed of the other two, not that it is in any way larger or grander; love is the potential and possible, the invitation for action.

Love, Flight, Magic is that which happens in the immediate, the here and now. Mother Teresa said that there were so many hungry that all she could do was to offer a piece of bread to the hand in front of her… small, tiny, immediate.

Often humans get caught in the explosive forces of one the four rivers, which in the short term appears to be a solution, an ‘act before we think’ bravado!

Love is tiny, fragile, sacrificing; it always will be that first cry of birth that sings to the last sigh of death.

And it is not a passive space, it is a vacuum that draws to itself.

Love is not something we do, it is something we are, created out of the chaos that surrounds us

In the 1968 film Barbarella, the lead character asks the angel, “Do angels make love?”

Perplexed the angel replies, “Angels do not make love, they are love.”

When the rivers rage and we focus on them individually, we forget so easily that we are angels.

 

“You came to me” by Sami Yusef from the album ‘Wherever you are’ on ETM International 2010. Wherever You Are is the third official album by the British singer/songwriter Sami Yusuf. The album includes eleven tracks composed, produced and written by Yusuf. Recording took place in the UK, Egypt, South Africa and the UAE. Sami Yusuf born 29 July 1980 with the real name Siamak Baranjan (Radmanesh) is a British singer-songwriter, composer, producer and multi-instrumentalist musician of Iranian descent, who was born in Tehran, Iran. In 2003 Yusuf released his first album "Al-Mu`allim" at the age of 23. He released his second album "My Ummah" in 2005. In October 2010, Yusuf’s third official album "Wherever You Are" was launched. Sami calls his genre of music "Spiritique". "Salaam" is his fourth album, which was released on 22 December 2012. On 12 September 2014, Yusuf's fifth official album "The Center" was released. In January 2015, Sami Yusuf's sixth official album "Songs of the Way" was released

“She Carries me” A song offering by Friends of Sravasti Abbey Singapore and Bodhicitta Productions with the kind blessing and permission from Jennifer Berezan in conjunction with the celebration and consecration of Chenrezig Hall at Sravasti Abbey. Jennifer Berezan is a unique blend of singer/ songwriter, producer, and activist. Over the course of ten albums, she has developed and explored recurring themes with a rare wisdom. Her lifelong involvement in environmental, women’s, and other justice movements as well as an interest in Buddhism and earth-based spirituality are at the heart of her writing.

“I will follow him” from Sister Act with Whoopi Goldberg, was first recorded by Paola Neri. It was covered by Little Peggy March in 1963. The music was written by Franck Pourcel (using the pseudonym J.W. Stole) and Paul Mauriat (using the pseudonym Del Roma). It was adapted by Arthur Altman. The English lyrics were translated by Norman Gimbel. Sister Act is a 1992 American comedy film released by Touchstone Pictures. Directed by Emile Ardolino, it features musical arrangements by Marc Shaiman and stars Whoopi Goldberg as a Reno lounge singer who has been put under protective custody in a San Francisco convent of Poor Clares and has to pretend to be a nun when a mob boss puts her on his hit list. Also in the cast are Maggie Smith, Kathy Najimy, Wendy Makkena, Mary Wickes, and Harvey Keitel.

The film was followed by a 1993 sequel, Sister Act 2: Back in the Habit. It also inspired the musical Sister Act that premiered at the Pasadena Playhouse in Pasadena, California in 2006, and opened at the West End's London Palladium with previews from May 7, 2009. The musical then opened on Broadway at the Broadway Theatre in April 2011, with previews beginning March 24, 2011.

 

 

"Agony And Ecstasy Of Divine Discontent" by Sonja Sohn, is from Gift Of Love Vol.1" http://www.allmusic.com/album/release/a-gift-of-love-music-inspired-by-the-love-poems-of-rumi-mr0000005585 ; Deepak Chopra, which is a recitation of the love poems of Rumi by Dr. Chopra and celebrity friends, including Madonna, Goldie Hawn, and Robert A.F. Thurman. Sensual Middle Eastern-influenced music backs the reading and provides breaks between sections such as "Love Drunk" and "The Light of Love." The Gift of Love is sincere and potent stuff, unafraid of the deep physical, spiritual, and mental hunger that Rumi's words not only taste, but roll about the tongue and swallow whole.

 

“This Love” from the album ‘This Love’ by Asha Quinn. Asher released 13 new-age albums containing both instrumental and vocal tracks, before moving more towards the singer-songwriter genre. This Love is a compilation of original vocal new-age classics from those albums, including the very popular title track, Asher's version of the traditional 'Greensleeves' and the sublime 'Gloria'. This Love is the first in a trilogy of compilations drawn from Asher's ever-popular and timeless new-age material. The fully orchestrated, beautifully produced songs are gentle, melodic, intense and profound, full of longing and a tinge of melancholy, but also hope. Released 2013 by Singing Stone Music