THE CIRCLE AND THE SQUARE cntd. 1

THE CIRCLE AND THE SQUARE

On a personal level where do I stand in the circle of my life?

Can I see its evolutions? its slowly evolving spirals?

Am I awake to its changes? to the sudden insights that light up an entire life?

Or am I defending some acquired position, however small and devoid of joy, just because I got there?

Where am I in my circle of life? Not at the beginning with its uncertain steps, nor at the end with its slowly dwindling light, then I must be in the middle of it……

Yet too often I feel washed ashore, like Odysseus after the storm, useless, nameless and unknown to all in a foreign land.

In those moments I live in the square, which has a beginning and an end, a good and a bad, a right and a wrong, where I can win only if I am better than………

Finding a balance is possible…….

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To be continued…..

 

THE CIRCLE AND THE SQUARE

THE CIRCLE AND THE SQUARE

Once upon a time, in a far away galaxy…. oops

This  definitely sounds like something else…… perhaps the VIIth chapter of Star Wars has really struck a chord today.

Or perhaps, there is something else….since so many epic counts have to do with the majestic rise and fall of  ancient empires, the one still closest to our western imagination is the great Roman empire which is a perfect example of a square culture.

The circle includes, is permeable, it can  transform in an oval shape to accommodate more people, it gives place to everybody making them all equals. The circle is in harmony within the society it lives in and with the elements of nature, it is respectful of the seasons and the natural rhythms of life. It opens to non linear time and the capacity to envision ever-changing new futures.

The square has edges, boundaries, defenses, it needs doors to open, which oftentimes are armoured and defended by military strength. The square divides and separates, it needs a leader in constant control, an efficient chain of command.  The square squashes nature in order to achieve its goals, it has forgotten the natural way for the artificial way of  exclusively technical oriented progress.

Think of the well-organized Roman army camps, the models for many cities to come, with its perfectly orthogonal streets and avenues, with its designated main roads going north-south and east-west. Those camps=towns could have been anywhere in the known world of the time, they were still built in the same way, not just because they were well planned and easy to build, but also as symbols.

I believe they represented the square, patriarchal, highly hierarchical Roman society and its values, most importantly its law. The Pax Romana was the benefit of the high price paid by the conquered population in order to have a tranquil life.

Sometimes I wonder if we have ever changed, if a change is still possible.

The circle has not won so far, it has created islands of great beauty, but it has not conquered the world.

This is a good reason to learn from it and in it, not to battle for it…. or it becomes a square

……. to be continued

Our complete potential

Do we use our complete potential? I was reminded of this question when I completed the Italian version of my first novel.  Composing the story and its many developments was a huge endeavour for me, I never imagined that a year later I would be working on its Italian version. I am grateful for this opportunity of creative expression.

This quote is dedicated to the Bodhisattva Avalokitesvara who can embrace us all with his thousand arms and heals us with his thousand hands.

Our human awareness is so powerful that, even if we tap only a small part of it we may accomplish more than we ever dreamt possible. 

Using our complete potential,  we can soar to the height where our accomplishments have great and lasting value, for both ourselves and for future generations.

From Knowledge of Freedom    by  Tanthang Tulku

 

 

Celebrating friendship and pleasant life

A tinkling of glasses begins and ends a banquet.

Wishing joy and health for all the participants.

Long conversations continue into the night discussing light pleasantries or deep concerns.

What matters here is the shared delight in the company of good friends.

For your open time of vacation here is a great renaissance poem:

Trionfo di Bacco e Arianna (Lorenzo de’ Medici)

Quant’è bella giovinezza,
che si fugge tuttavia!
Chi vuol esser lieto, sia:
di doman non c’è certezza.

Quest’è Bacco e Arianna,
belli, e l’un dell’altro ardenti:
perchè ‘l tempo fugge e inganna,
sempre insieme stan contenti.
Queste ninfe ed altre genti
sono allegre tuttavia.
Chi vuol esser lieto, sia:
di doman non c’è certezza.

Questi lieti satiretti,
delle ninfe innamorati,
per caverne e per boschetti
han lor posto cento agguati;
or, da Bacco riscaldati,
ballon, salton tuttavia.
Chi vuol esser lieto, sia:
di doman non c’è certezza.

Queste ninfe anche hanno caro
da lor essere ingannate:
non può fare a Amor riparo
se non genti rozze e ingrate:
ora, insieme mescolate,
suonon, canton tuttavia.
Chi vuol esser lieto, sia:
di doman non c’è certezza.

Questa soma, che vien drieto
sopra l’asino, è Sileno:
così vecchio, è ebbro e lieto,
se non può star ritto, almeno
ride e gode tuttavia.
Chi vuol esser lieto, sia:
di doman non c’è certezza.

Mida vien drieto a costoro:
ciò che tocca, oro diventa.
E che giova aver tesoro,
s’altri poi non si contenta?
Che dolcezza vuoi che senta
chi ha sete tuttavia?
Chi vuol esser lieto, sia:
di doman non c’è certezza.

Ciascun apra ben gli orecchi,
di doman nessun si paschi;
oggi siàm, giovani e vecchi,
lieti ognun, femmine e maschi;
ogni tristo pensier caschi:
facciam festa tuttavia.
Chi vuol esser lieto, sia:
di doman non c’è certezza.

Donne e giovinetti amanti,
viva Bacco e viva Amore!
Ciascun suoni, balli e canti!
Arda di dolcezza il core!
Non fatica, non dolore!
Ciò c’ha esser, convien sia.
Chi vuol esser lieto, sia:
di doman non c’è certezza.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HdzXdtNIVfk

In the pleasant world of the renaissance courts the ancient mythological themes find new life and new meanings, I hope that you will enjoy the singing.