Angels and other beings – What do stories reveal?

angels

Review of “The Sacred History: How angels, mystics and higher intelligence made our world” by Jonathan Black. Quercus Editions 2013. This book is about angels, demons, gods, magic, giants, fairies, miracles and other such things. These appear in many folk stories, fables and myths, some found in sacred writing, others passed on by word-of-mouth. Jonathan … Continue reading Angels and other beings – What do stories reveal?

Effect of music on us – Why so big?

effect of music

Listening to music is an extremely popular activity. Whether we favour classical or rock music, jazz or popular bands and soloists, we spend good money buying CDs, attending concerts and downloading music files to listen to our favourite pieces and artists. But why is the effect of music so significant if it consists of a … Continue reading Effect of music on us – Why so big?

Things desired as essential

Spiritual Questions

Go placidly amid the noise and the haste, and remember what peace there may be in silence. As far as possible, without surrender, be on good terms with all persons. Speak your truth quietly and clearly, and listen to others, even to the dull and ignorant; they too have their story. Avoid loud and aggressive … Continue reading Things desired as essential

“No Cancer” he said

“Well” the consultant said, “There is no sign of cancer”, Just like that out of the blue, no one had said any thing. For scans and tests to someone with a bad chest Are normal things. No one said “Now Worry” I am glad now that I did not know, I was spared the Scary … Continue reading “No Cancer” he said

What’s it all about, Alfie?

What

Dionne Warwick sings What’s it all about, Alfie? The song asks : “What’s it all about, Alfie? Is it just for the moment we live? What’s it all about when you sort it out, Alfie?” Why the words of resonate The music has a great melody but the words also resonate if you happen to … Continue reading What’s it all about, Alfie?

Son of Man by Dennis Potter

Son of Man

In this controversial play, Son of Man, Jesus is portrayed as a hearty, fiery, well-meaning carpenter who believes that people should try to love their enemies rather than fight all the time, but who is afraid of the consequences of his ministry. It was broadcast by the BBC in 1969 starring Colin Blakely as Jesus, … Continue reading Son of Man by Dennis Potter

Poem for Christmas

incarnation

Incarnation When the source of everything chose to dwell within one fragile body of a nobody, greater than the universe, yet barely traversing more than a double span; God became a man. Omnipotent, now impotent, dependent, vulnerable to all life’s troubles; no cheating here nor chance of unfair advantage, but just life at its harshest. … Continue reading Poem for Christmas

Are you looking for me?

Are you looking for me? I am in the next seat. My shoulder is against yours. You will not find me in the stupas, not in Indian shrine rooms, nor in synagogues, nor in cathedrals: not in masses, nor kirtans, not in legs winding around your own neck, nor in eating nothing but vegetables. When … Continue reading Are you looking for me?