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Phil Collins – En Concert Complet a (Paris 2004)


Philip David Charles Collins (Londra, 30 gennaio 1951) è un cantautore, polistrumentista e musicista britannico, noto sia come solista sia come componente dello storico gruppo dei Genesis.

Collins è uno dei tre artisti (insieme a Paul McCartney e Michael Jackson), ad aver venduto oltre 150 milioni di album in tutto il mondo sia come solisti che come membri principali di una band[1].

https://it.wikipedia.org/wiki/Phil_Collins

Philip David Charles “Phil” Collins, LVO (born 30 January 1951),[6] is an English singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, music producer and actor. He gained fame as both the drummer and lead singer for the rock group Genesis, and he also gained worldwide fame as a solo artist.

Collins is one of the most successful songwriters and performers of all time, singing the lead vocals on dozens of hit albums and singles in the UK and the US between 1976 and 2010, either as a solo artist or with Genesis. His solo singles, sometimes dealing with lost love and often featuring his distinctive gated reverb drum sound, ranged from the atmospheric “In the Air Tonight“, dance-rock of “Sussudio“, piano-driven power balladAgainst All Odds“, to the political and religious connotations of “Another Day in Paradise“. Collins has been described by AllMusic as “one of the most successful pop and adult contemporary singers of the ’80s and beyond”.[1]

Collins joined Genesis in 1970 as the group’s drummer and became their lead vocalist in 1975 following the departure of the original lead singer Peter Gabriel. His solo career, which was launched in 1981 and was heavily influenced by his personal life and soul music, brought both himself and Genesis greater commercial success. Collins’s total worldwide sales as a solo artist are 150 million.[7] Collins has won numerous music awards throughout his career, including seven Grammy Awards, six Brit Awards—winning Best British Male three times, three American Music Awards, an Academy Award, two Golden Globe Awards and a Disney Legend Award in 2002 for his solo work.[8][9][10] He received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 1999, was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2003, and into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a member of Genesis in 2010.[11][12] Collins was listed at number 22 in Rolling Stone magazine’s list of the “100 Greatest Drummers of All Time”.[13]

Collins is one of only three recording artists (along with Paul McCartney and Michael Jackson) who have sold over 100 million albums worldwide both as solo artists and (separately) as principal members of a band.[14] During his most successful period as a solo artist between 1981 and 1990, Collins had three UK number-one singles and seven number-one singles on the Billboard Hot 100 in the United States, as well as a U.S. number one with Genesis in 1986. When his work with Genesis, his work with other artists, as well as his solo career is totalled, Collins had more top 40 hits on the Billboard Hot 100 chart during the 1980s than any other artist.[15] In 2008, Collins was ranked the 22nd most successful artist on the “Billboard Hot 100 All-Time Top Artists”.[16] Although one of the world’s best-selling recording artists and a highly respected drummer, Collins has garnered significant criticism over the years from music journalists and fellow artists. He announced his retirement in 2011 to focus on his family life,[17][18] though he continued to write songs and in 2013 he said he was considering a return to the music industry.[19]

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Phil_Collins

Senza voce mille parole


Senza voce mille parole 


La fiamma arde sempre e lo sai
nel silenzio mille parole senza voce
ma capaci di non ingannare mai
Nella mutata atmosfera del tuo sentire
tutto è luce perchè non ci siano inciampi
tutto è vita senza frenare mai le corse
Sei tu moto del cuore e d’universo
il vero e più grande respiro
Sei tu gioia che s’estende
senza conoscere confini
…Ed allora lo sai
– tu sei luogo mai lontano –
Fratello del fuoco
che ti arde in petto
per la tua voglia di essere
Figlio d’Amore che vibra
oltre ogni sentire
Sposo di causa eletta
che per te è vita
in ogni respiro
Bene che ricolmi
con la tua presenza
nel sorriso che accendi
in chi in te cerca parola
Vivi ancora quel che sei
perchè l’Universo è forza
che in te confida

01.01.2004 Poetyca

Voiceless thousand words

The flame is always burning and you know
thousand words in silence without a voice
but not able to fool never
In the changed atmosphere of your hearing
everything is light because there are no stumbling
all is life without ever braking races
Are you the motion of the heart and universe
the real and most far-reaching
Are you the joy that extends
without knowing borders
And then you know …
– You’re never far away place –
Brother of fire
you burns in my chest
for your desire to be
Son of Love that is vibrating
beyond feeling
Because the husband of elected
that is life for you
in every breath
Well that filled
with your presence
the smile you light
in those in you search word
That you’re still alive
because the strength is Universe
who trusts in you

01.01.2004 Poetyca

Deus


I dEUS sono un gruppo musicale indie rock di Anversa (Belgio), nato all’inizio degli anni novanta e tuttora attivo.
Il loro stile è caratterizzato da una eclettica combinazione di elementi tratti da diversi generi musicali, in particolare rock, punk, blues e jazz, in cui si
riconoscono l’influenza di artisti eterogenei quali Velvet Underground, Captain Beefheart, Charles Mingus e Leonard Cohen.
Il nucleo originale dei dEUS, formato da Tom Barman, Stef Kamil Carlens, Klaas Janzoons e Jules De Borgher, si formò nel 1991 ma pubblicò il primo album in studio nel 1994.

Il loro lavoro di debutto, Worst Case Scenario, viene talvolta considerato uno degli album più influenti degli anni ’90, e rivela già completamente
l’eclettismo stilistico di questa band. Vi si trovano elementi che ricordano Sonic Youth, Yo La Tengo e Pixies, composti in un art rock arricchito di soluzioni jazz e sperimentali.

Nel 1993 si unisce a loro l’eclettico chitarrista e pittore Rudy Trouvé, artefice delle copertine dei primi lavori, che lascerà la band due anni dopo.

Nel 1995 i dEUS pubblicarono un EP intitolato My Sister Is My Clock composto da una sola traccia della durata di 25 minuti e composta a sua volta da 13 brevi tracce.

Nel 1996 il loro secondo album In a Bar, Under the Sea, rispetto al precedente più orientato a soluzioni melodiche e pop, pur interpretate in uno spirito arty.

Dopo l’abbandono di Carlens (che decide di formare una band tutta sua, i Moondog Jr.), il gruppo pubblicò The Ideal Crash (1999), il loro disco più conosciuto, nel quale il gruppo riuscì a fondere l’anima psichedelica e alla continua ricerca di nuove sonorità, con quella più intima e pacata. In questo album infatti sono presenti canzoni che ricordano lo stile di Worst Case Scenario, come ad esempio la traccia d’apertura Put the freaks up front e la title track The Ideal Crash, ma anche canzoni più melodiche come Sister Dew e Instant Street, per finire al lo-fi di Dream sequence #1.

Barman nel 2003 scrive e dirige il film Any Way the Wind Blows.

Nel 2004 Barman ruppe il silenzio, collaborando con C.J. Bolland alla creazione del progetto di musica elettronica chiamato Magnus. Diversi cambiamenti di organico portarono più volte la band sul punto dello scioglimento. Nel 2005, tuttavia, Barman ha pubblicato (insieme a una formazione rinnovata e inedita:
Klaas Janzoons, Stéphane Misseghers, Alan Gevaert e Mauro Pawlowski) il quarto album dei dEUS, Pocket Revolution.

Nel 2007 il gruppo è tornato in studio per registrare il quinto lavoro dal titolo Vantage Point uscito il 21 aprile del 2008. A questo lavoro collabora Karin Dreijer Andersson dei Knife (in Slow). La protagonista del videoclip del singolo Eternal Woman è l’attrice toscana Martina Stella.

Il frontman Tom Barman nel gennaio 2011 aveva dichiarato che ad aprile 2011 sarebbe uscito il nuovo album dal titolo Keep You Close, uscita poi posticipata per il settembre dello stesso anno. Il 19 luglio 2011 esce il primo singolo, dal titolo Constant Now, mentre il nuovo album è uscito il 20 settembre dello stesso anno. Ospite della band, in due tracce, Greg Dulli (Afghan Whigs).

Poche settimane dopo la pubblicazione di Keep You Close, la band ritorna in sala di registrazione e attraverso il suo sito ufficiale la band annuncia l’uscita di un nuovo album, pubblicato l’8 giugno 2012 ed intitolato Following Sea.

Alla fine del 2014 la band pubblica, in occasione del ventennale dalla sua formazione, l’antologia doppia “Selected Songs 1994-2014” che raccoglie gli episodi più significativi tratti dalla loro discografia.

https://it.wikipedia.org/wiki/DEUS

Deus (styled as dEUS) is a rock band based in Antwerp, Belgium, whose only continuous members up to the present day are Tom Barman (vocals, guitars) and Klaas Janzoons (keyboards, violin). The rest of the band’s line-up currently consists of drummer Stéphane Misseghers, bassist Alan Gevaert and guitarist/backing vocalist Mauro Pawlowski.

Formed in 1991, Deus began their career as a covers band, but soon began writing their own material Their musical influences range from folk and punk to jazz and progressive rock. They first came to attention in Humo’s Rock Rally of 1992, and after the release of the four-track EP “Zea”, they were offered a recording contract with Island Records. They became the first Belgian indie act ever to sign to a major international label

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Deus_(band)

Lama – Blade


💮Lama💮

Il cuore una lama
che taglia paure
di un’ansia
che incerta proiettava
ombre d’indecisione

Sospiri della notte
hanno accarezzato amore
sul filo sospeso
della ragione

Ed è sogno
o superata prova
di essere certezza
in passi d’aurora

05.10.2004 Poetyca
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💮Blade

The heart is a blade
that cuts fears
of an anxiety
that uncertain he projected
shadows of indecision

Sighs of the night
they caressed love
on the suspended wire
of reason

And it’s a dream
or passed test
to be certainty
in aurora steps

05.10.2004 Poetyca

Antony & The Johnsons


Gli Antony and the Johnsons sono un gruppo musicale di New York.
Nato in Inghilterra, a Chichester, West Sussex nel 1971, Antony Hegarty si trasferì ad Amsterdam nel 1977 per 18 mesi prima di sistemarsi a San José
(California) nel 1981. Negli Stati Uniti frequenta una scuola cattolica dove fa parte del coro. Al suo 11º compleanno gli viene regalata una tastiera Casio e si cimenta con le canzoni dei Soft Cell, Kate Bush e Yazoo. Da adolescente fu influenzato dal synth pop britannico, in particolare da cantanti come Marc Almond e Boy George. Attratto dal palcoscenico, frequenta la School for the Performing Arts di San José e l’Università della California a Santa Cruz. All’età di 18 anni mette in scena le prime performance, ispirate a John Waters e all’icona-guru Divine. Attratto dal mondo newyorchese degli anni ottanta, ispirato anche da personaggi come Joey Arias che cantava A Hard Day’s Night vestito da Billie Holiday, si trasferisce nella grande mela. Il “Mondo di New York” risulta essere più consono alla sua sensibilità artistica e alla sua ricerca espressiva incentrata sul tema dell’identità.

Nel 1990 Antony entra nella dimensione che più sente appartenergli, impersonando una drag queen ed esibendosi al Pyramid Club in guêpière, testa rasata e sigaretta fra le dita. Antony (con gli altri componenti del gruppo, i Blacklips) scrive scenari, canzoni, arrangiamenti ed entra in scena in tarda notte come Fiona Blue, drag queen e archetipo androgino ispirato da Klaus Nomi, Leigh Bowery e Diamanda Galas. Nello stesso periodo Antony si laurea in Teatro Sperimentale.

Nel 1995 Antony decide di dedicarsi completamente alla musica, dai Blacklips appena sciolti chiama il batterista Todd Cohen, che insieme a Joan Wasser e Maxim Moston ai violini, Jeff Langston al basso elettrico, Jason Hart al piano e Michele Schifferle ospite al violoncello, formano l’orchestra artefice dei raffinati arrangiamenti delle sue composizioni. Nascono così Antony and the Johnsons, nome ispirato a Marsha P. Johnson, il travestito newyorchese che nel 1970 fondò la casa di accoglienza per travestiti STAR, la cui tragica fine nel fiume Hudson sarà evocata in River Of Sorrow.

https://it.wikipedia.org/wiki/Antony_and_the_Johnsons
Antony and the Johnsons is a music group presenting the work of Antony Hegarty and her collaborators.

British experimental musician David Tibet of Current 93 heard a demo and offered to release Antony’s music through his Durtro label. Antony started the band, its name inspired by the transgender rights activist Marsha P. Johnson.[3] The debut album, Antony and the Johnsons, was released in 1998. In 2001, Hegarty released a short follow-up EP, I Fell in Love with a Dead Boy, which, in addition to the title track, included a cover of “Mysteries of Love”, a David Lynch/Angelo Badalamenti song and “Soft Black Stars”, a Current 93 cover.

Producer Hal Willner heard the EP and played it to Lou Reed, who immediately recruited Hegarty for his project The Raven. Now gaining more attention, Hegarty signed to US-based record label Secretly Canadian, and released another EP, The Lake, with Lou Reed guest-performing on one of the tracks. Secretly Canadian also re-released Hegarty’s debut album in the United States to wider distribution in 2004.

Antony’s second full-length album, 2005’s I Am a Bird Now, was greeted with positive reviews and significantly more mainstream attention. The album featured guest appearances by Lou Reed, Rufus Wainwright, Boy George and Devendra Banhart, and circled themes of duality and transformation. I Am a Bird Now featured arrangements by Maxim Moston and Julia Kent and was mixed by Doug Henderson. In September 2005 Antony and the Johnsons were awarded the Mercury Prize or the best UK album of 2005. Rival Mercury nominees, and favorites for the prize, the Kaiser Chiefs suggested that Antony got in on a technicality; despite the fact she was born in the United Kingdom she spent much of her time in the US – although they later apologized for the suggestion that she wasn’t a deserving winner.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Antony_and_the_Johnsons

Affanno – breathlessness


Affanno

A che serve tanto affanno,
la ricerca dell’effimero e delle differenze:
chi in alto al potere e chi in basso a soffrire.
Unica possibile capacità
di trovare abbattimento ai confini – volutida quest’umanità – pare essere l’unica cosa
che non conosca differenze.

Triste e vera considerazione,
eppure…proprio per quel tempo
che conosce in noi vita,
che percorriamo,invece di renderla peggiore, di accanirsi per quello che non lascia nulla
e che non insegna, meglio sarebbe considerare che la solidarietà,
la capacità di porgere ad altri
anche un solo sorriso è motivo
per cercare di lasciare una traccia
che non sia solo sapore di effimero.

05/08/2004 Poetyca

Breathlessness

What is so much trouble,
the search for the ephemeral and the differences:
who above in power and who below to suffer.
Only possible capacity
to find demolition at the borders – volutida this humanity – seems to be the only thing
that knows no difference.

Sad and true consideration,
yet … just for that time
who knows in us life,
that we go, instead of making it worse, of furying for what leaves nothing
and that does not teach, it would be better to consider that solidarity,
the ability to give to others
even a single smile is a reason
to try and leave a trace
that it is not just an ephemeral taste.

05/08/2004 Poetyca

Soft Cell


Soft Cell è un duo britannico di musica elettronica dei primi anni ottanta che riscosse un buon successo di pubblico e di critica, composto da: Marc Almond (voce) e David Ball (sintetizzatore) e riformatosi poi nel 2003.

Le loro canzoni, di orientamento musicale synth-pop, oltre che raccontare storie d’amore, si focalizzano spesso su tematiche controverse quali il sesso estremo, il travestitismo, l’uso di droghe e persino l’omicidio.

https://it.wikipedia.org/wiki/Soft_Cell

Soft Cell are an English synthpop duo who came to prominence in the early 1980s, consisting of vocalist Marc Almond and instrumentalist David Ball. The duo are principally known for their 1981 hit version of “Tainted Love” (#8 US) and 1981 debut album entitled Non-Stop Erotic Cabaret.

In the United Kingdom, they had ten Top 40 hits including “Tainted Love” (#1 UK), “Torch” (#2 UK), “Say Hello, Wave Goodbye” (#3 UK), “What!” (#3 UK), and “Bedsitter” (#4 UK), and also had four Top 20 albums between 1981 and 1984. In 1984, the duo split but reformed from 2001 to 2004 to tour and record new material, releasing their fifth studio album, Cruelty Without Beauty in 2002.

Soft Cell’s songs have been covered by various artists including Nine Inch Nails, David Gray, Nouvelle Vague, Marilyn Manson, and A-ha.[4] Their track, “Memorabilia”, earned recognition for the band as pioneers of the synth-oriented techno genre.[5] The duo have sold 10 million records worldwide.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Soft_Cell

Radice e chioma


Radice e chioma

Sei radice
che cerca mistero
di uno sconosciuto percorso
e desidera linfa
che scorra
verso il cielo
per essere forza
oltre ogni confine
– stelle della notte –
regalano luce
al buio del cuore

Sei forza
che asseconda la vita
e respiri nel silenzio
l’attesa di giorni
verso l’alito lieve
di nuovi percorsi

– Nulla è vano –
se raccogli il senso
di attimi infiniti
che non separano mai
perché nessuno è solo
se trova accanto
chi conduca alla vita

02.03.2004 Poetyca

Root and crown

You  are root
seeking mystery
an unknown path
and want to sap
which flows
skyward
for strength
beyond borders
– Star of the night –
give light
the dark heart

You force
that supports life
and breathe in the silence
Waiting for the day
to breath slightly
new paths

– Nothing is in vain –
if you collect the way
infinite number of moments
that never separates
because nobody is
if it is next
who leads the life

02.03.2004 Poetyca

Oscillazione


Oscillazione

Ed è oscillazione
tra salita e risalita
con qualche immagine
sul baratro che chiama:
vibrazione occulta
che non ha timore
di quel che racconta
il percorso di vita
– a volte bugia
che vuole ingannare –
Il percorso si sgretola
ma è anche questa vita
che affascina e declina
tra titubanze e certezze

20.03.2004 Poetyca

Oscillation


And is oscillating
between slope and slope
some image
calling on the brink:
vibration occult
that is not afraid
of what he says
the path of life
– Sometimes lie
who wants to deceive –
The path crumbles
but this is life
that fascinates and declines
between certainties and hesitations

20.03.2004 Poetyca

Fammi


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Dammi

Dammi la mano
noi illumineremo
di forza nuova
ogni passo futuro

Dammi fiducia
saremo capaci
di essere forti
contro il vento
della vita

Speranza è chiave
per ogni percorso
sarà colore
oltre i confini
di tempo e spazio

 23.03.2004 Poetyca

Give me

Give me your hand
we can illuminate
of new force
every step of the future

Give me confidence
we will be able
to be strong
against the wind
of life

Hope is key
for each path
it will be color
beyond the boundaries
of time and space

23.03.2004 Poetyca

Morrissey


Steven Patrick Morrissey, meglio conosciuto solo come Morrissey (Manchester, 22 maggio 1959), è un cantante britannico, di origini irlandesi. Giunto al successo, negli anni ottanta, come voce principale della band inglese The Smiths, nel 1987, dopo la separazione del gruppo, si avviò a una carriera solista durante la quale ha pubblicato diversi album, incrementando ulteriormente la propria popolarità a livello internazionale.

Considerato tra i più importanti precursori e innovatori della musica indie, nel 2007, il quotidiano inglese Daily Telegraph l’ha inserito nella classifica dei cento geni viventi. Nel 2008, è stato invece annoverato tra i cento grandi cantanti di tutti i tempi, in una classifica stilata dalla rivista Rolling Stone.

Il 7 ottobre 2014 ha dichiarato che lotta contro un cancro da 18 mesi e per quattro volte è stato operato per l’asportazione di tessuti neoplastici.

https://it.wikipedia.org/wiki/Morrissey

Steven Patrick Morrissey (born 22 May 1959), commonly known by his last name, Morrissey, or by his nickname, Moz, is an English singer, lyricist, and novelist. He rose to prominence in the 1980s as the lyricist and vocalist of the rock band The Smiths. The band was highly successful in the United Kingdom but broke up in 1987, and Morrissey began a solo career, making the top ten of the UK Singles Chart on ten occasions. His first solo album, 1988’s Viva Hate, entered the UK Albums Chart at number one.

Morrissey is widely regarded as an important innovator in the indie music scene; music magazine NME considers Morrissey to be “one of the most influential artists ever”, while The Independent says, “Most pop stars have to be dead before they reach the iconic status he has reached in his lifetime.” In 2004, Pitchfork Media called him “one of the most singular figures in Western popular culture from the last 20 years.”

Morrissey’s lyrics have been described as “dramatic, bleak, funny vignettes about doomed relationships, lonely nightclubs, the burden of the past and the prison of the home”. He is also noted for his unusual baritone vocal style (though he sometimes uses falsetto), his quiff hairstyle and his dynamic live performances. In the media, Morrissey’s forthright and often contrarian opinions have caused many controversies; he has attracted media attention for his strong advocacy of vegetarianism and animal rights. He describes himself in his autobiography as an animal protectionist.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Morrissey

Gang Of Four


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I Gang of Four sono un gruppo post punk britannico, formatosi a Leeds nel 1977.

I membri originari erano il cantante Jon King, il chitarrista Andy Gill, il bassista Dave Allen e il batterista Hugo Burnham. In attività dal 1977 al 1984, si sono riformati due volte negli anni novanta con King e Gill. Nel 2004 sono tornati anche Allen e Burnham.

Il gruppo suona punk rock fortemente influenzato da funk e dub reggae, e si dedica a temi incentrati sulle difficoltà della società moderna. Il loro primo disco, Entertainment!, arrivò al numero 490 della lista dei 500 migliori album secondo Rolling Stone. Gli ultimi lavori dei Gang of Four (Songs of the Free ed Hard) li hanno visti più alle prese con sonorità più contemporanee e quasi vicine alla disco music.

https://it.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gang_of_Four_(gruppo_musicale)

Gang of Four are an English post-punk group, formed in 1977 in Leeds.[1] The original members were singer Jon King, guitarist Andy Gill, bass guitarist Dave Allen and drummer Hugo Burnham. There have been many different line-ups including, among other notable musicians, Sara Lee and Gail Ann Dorsey. After a brief lull in the 1980s, different constellations of the band recorded two studio albums in the 1990s. Between 2004 and 2006 the original line-up was reunited; as of 2013, Gill is the sole original member.

The band plays a stripped-down mix of punk rock, funk and dub, with an emphasis on the social and political ills of society. Gang of Four are widely considered one of the leading bands of the late 1970s/early 1980s post-punk movement. Their later albums (Songs of the Free and Hard) found them softening some of their more jarring qualities, and drifting towards dance-punk and disco. Their debut album, Entertainment!, ranked at Number 483 in Rolling Stone’s 500 Greatest Albums of All Time, and is listed by Pitchfork Media as the 8th best album of the 1970s.[3] David Fricke of Rolling Stone described Gang of Four as “probably the best politically motivated band in rock & roll

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gang_of_Four_(band)

Quel che hai cercato


Quel che hai cercato

E siamo noi
a tracciar percorso
nel respiro di un sogno

Si
siamo noi
a raccogliere colori
tra velate atmosfere

Scosta il velo
e sorprendi
la rugiada che nutre

vivide attese
per raccontare
quel che hai cercato

24.03.2004 Poetyca

What you’ve tried

we are
to track path
in the breath of a dream

so
we are
to pick colors
between veiled atmosphere

Departs the veil
and surprise
the dew that nourishes

vivid expectations
to tell
that you tried

24.03.2004 Poetyca

Spunta il sole


Spunta il sole

Aquila che sorride
e spunta il sole
dietro le nubi del tempo
lasciato alle spalle
Sei tu dono che conosce
il percorso che amore
ora ravviva e spande

16.01.2004 Poetyca

Check the sun

Eagle smiles
and check the sun
behind the clouds of time
left behind
Are you familiar with gift
the way that love
revives and expands hours

16.01.2004 Poetyca

Legami


Legami

Filo sottile
argenteo nastro
unisce pensieri

Srotolato animo
in sensibile vibrare
oltre ogni confine

Riconosciuto
percorso
che lega

Parole
senza voce
in aliti del tempo

07.03.2004 Poetyca

Links

Thin wire
silver tape
combines thoughts

Unrolled mind
sensitive to vibration
beyond borders

Recognized
route
that binds

Words
voiceless
breaths in time

07.03.2004 Poetyca

La tenerezza del cuore


La tenerezza del cuore

Ed è un attimo
un attimo soltanto
con il suo carico d’oro:
memorie mai perse
tempo che scioglie
ogni percorso
– andato
fuggito
ed ora trovato –

Sono ali del tempo
colori d’iride
che sprigionano sogno
e sgorgano perle
diamanti di luce
per la tenerezza del cuore

04.03.2004 Poetyca

The tenderness of heart

It is a moment
just one moment
with its cargo of gold
never lost memories
time melts
each path
– Gone
fled
and now found –

Are the wings of time
iris color
giving off dream
flow and pearls
Diamond Light
for tenderness of the heart

04.03.2004 Poetyca

Sei tu


Sei tu

Risposte che trovi
nel sentire l’emozione
che si srotola e congiunge
ogni attimo che vive
Sei tu che proietti il sogno
che si tramuta in percorso
oltre parole e immagini
e tocca l’infinito
per ogni respiro di cielo

29.02.2004 Poetyca

You are

Responses are
to hear the emotion
that unfolds and joins
living every moment
Are you projecting the dream
that result in path
beyond words and images
and touching the infinite
for every breath of heaven

29.02.2004 Poetyca

Nell’anima resta


Nell’anima resta

Resta nell’anima
l’incisa traccia
d’un percorso
nessun vento strappa
e nessuna fiamma brucia
il valore che sfida
ogni ricordo

25.02.2004 Poetyca

Soul remains

Remains in the soul
the recorded track
of a path
no wind ripping
and no flame burns
the value that challenge
every memory

25.02.2004 Poetyca

Gocce di luna


Gocce di luna

Sciogli le gocce di luna
dal cuor tuo che sussurra
parole ed emozioni
oltre i silenzi ed i confini

Raccogli attimi
mai lontani
per portare la vita
ed il suo ascolto
tra palpiti argentei
tesoro sottile
oltre le stelle

Sia leggero il passo
che incide
semplicemente
la vita che si proietta
per essere istante ancora
che di immanente vive

Sia paradiso ed estasi
che vibra con nastri spiegati
oltre le nuvole
che portano storie
da isole lontane
e tutto prenderà colore
per noi
31.07.2004 Poetyca

Drops of the moon

Melt drops of moon
from your heart that whispers
words and emotions
beyond the silences and the boundaries

Collect moments
never far
to bring life
and his audience
between heartbeats silver
treasury thin
beyond the stars

Both light up
which affects
just
life that is projected
to be more instant
that of immanent lives

Both heaven and ecstasy
that vibrates with expanded metal
beyond the clouds
that lead stories
from remote islands
and all take color
for us
31.07.2004 Poetyca

Wire


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Gli Wire sono un gruppo musicale inglese formatosi a Londra nell’ottobre 1976.

Il gruppo è sorto durante l’epoca del punk rock britannico e fin dall’inizio si è emancipato da questa scena musicale per porsi come inauguratore della new wave post-punk.

La band ha attraversato fasi molto alterne, tra brusche rotture, ricongiungimenti e altre rotture, e attualmente è di nuovo in “reunion” dopo l’abbandono del 2004.

https://it.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wire_(gruppo_musicale)

 

Wire are an English rock band, formed in London in October 1976  by Colin Newman (vocals, guitar), Graham Lewis (bass, vocals), Bruce Gilbert (guitar), and Robert Gotobed (drums). They were originally associated with the punk rock scene, appearing on The Roxy London WC2 album – a key early document of the scene – and were later central to the development of post-punk.

Inspired by the burgeoning UK punk scene, Wire are often cited as one of the more important rock groups of the 1970s and 1980s. Critic Stewart Mason wrote, “Over their brilliant first three albums, Wire expanded the sonic boundaries of not just punk, but rock music in general.”[2]

Wire are a definitive art punk and post-punk ensemble, mostly due to their richly detailed and atmospheric sound, often obscure lyrical themes, and, to a lesser extent, their Situationist political stance[citation needed]. The group exhibited a steady development from an early raucous punk style (1977’s Pink Flag) to a more complex, structured sound involving increased use of guitar effects and synthesizers (1978’s Chairs Missing and 1979’s 154). The band gained a reputation for experimenting with song arrangements throughout its career.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wire_(band)

Best songs of The Cure || The Cure’s Greatest Hits


The Cure è un gruppo musicale post-punk inglese, i cui esordi risalgono al 1976, in piena esplosione new wave (in compagnia di gruppi come Siouxsie and the Banshees, Joy Division, Echo and the Bunnymen). La band, la cui formazione è variata più o meno regolarmente nel corso degli anni, comprendendo da un minimo di due fino ad un massimo di sei membri, ha raggiunto l’apice del successo tra la metà e la fine degli anni ottanta (soprattutto con i singoli Close to Me e Lullaby, tratti, rispettivamente, dai due album The Head on the Door del 1985 e Disintegration del 1989). Robert Smith, il cantante, chitarrista, autore dei testi e compositore di quasi tutte le musiche, nonché fondatore del gruppo, è l’unico membro ad averne sempre fatto parte dagli esordi ad oggi.

Al luglio 2008, i Cure avevano venduto circa 28 milioni di dischi. L’album più venduto è la raccolta di successi Standing on a Beach – The Singles 1978-1985[3] del 1986, che solo in America ha venduto più di due milioni di copie.[4] Tra Regno Unito, Stati Uniti d’America e Italia, i Cure hanno avuto nella Top Ten 12 album (posizioni più alte: UK: Wish, numero 1; USA: Wish, numero 2; Italia: The Cure, numero 2) e 11 singoli (posizioni più alte: UK: Lullaby, numero 5; USA: Lovesong, numero 2, Italia: High, numero 2).[5]

https://it.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Cure
The Cure are an English rock band formed in Crawley, West Sussex, in 1976. The band has experienced several line-up changes, with vocalist, guitarist and principal songwriter Robert Smith being the only constant member. The Cure first began releasing music in the late 1970s with their debut album Three Imaginary Boys. Their second single, “Boys Don’t Cry”, became a hit; this, along with several early singles, placed the band as part of the post-punk and new wave movements that had sprung up in the wake of the punk rock revolution in the United Kingdom. During the early 1980s, the band’s increasingly dark and tormented music was a staple of the emerging gothic rock genre.

After the release of 1982’s Pornography, the band’s future was uncertain and Smith was keen to move past the gloomy reputation his band had acquired. With the single “Let’s Go to Bed” released the same year, Smith began to place a pop sensibility into the band’s music and their popularity increased as the decade wore on, with songs like “Just Like Heaven”, “Lovesong” and “Friday I’m in Love”. The band is estimated to have sold 27 million albums as of 2004 and have released thirteen studio albums, ten EPs and over thirty singles during their career.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Cure

U2 The Best of 1980-1990: New Year’s Day



Gli U2 sono un gruppo musicale irlandese formatosi a Dublino nel 1976. Il gruppo è composto da Paul David Hewson in arte Bono (cantante), David Howell Evans in arte The Edge (chitarrista), Adam Clayton (bassista) e Larry Mullen Jr. (batterista).

Nella loro carriera hanno venduto 150 milioni di dischi[7] e ricevuto il maggior numero di Grammy Awards per un gruppo, con 22 premi[8].

Nel 2005, appena raggiunto il termine minimo dei 25 anni di carriera, sono stati introdotti nella Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

Fin dagli esordi, gli U2 si sono occupati della questione irlandese e del rispetto per i diritti civili, improntando su questi temi anche buona parte della loro attività artistica. Inoltre gli U2 sono tra i pochi gruppi internazionali a potersi vantare di aver sempre mantenuto la propria formazione originale.

https://it.wikipedia.org/wiki/U2

U2 are an Irish rock band from Dublin. Formed in 1976, the group consists of Bono (vocals and guitar), The Edge (guitar, keyboards, and vocals), Adam Clayton (bass guitar), and Larry Mullen Jr. (drums and percussion). U2’s early sound was rooted in post-punk but eventually grew to incorporate influences from many genres of popular music. Throughout the group’s musical pursuits, they have maintained a sound built on melodic instrumentals. Their lyrics, often embellished with spiritual imagery, focus on personal themes and sociopolitical concerns.

The band formed at Mount Temple Comprehensive School in 1976 when the members were teenagers with limited musical proficiency. Within four years, they signed with Island Records and released their debut album Boy. By the mid-1980s, U2 had become a top international act. They were more successful as a touring act than they were at selling records until their 1987 album The Joshua Tree which, according to Rolling Stone, elevated the band’s stature “from heroes to superstars”.[1] Reacting to musical stagnation and criticism of their earnest image and musical direction in the late-1980s, U2 reinvented themselves with their 1991 album, Achtung Baby, and the accompanying Zoo TV Tour; they integrated dance, industrial, and alternative rock influences into their sound, and embraced a more ironic and self-deprecating image. They embraced similar experimentation for the remainder of the 1990s with varying levels of success. U2 regained critical and commercial favour in the 2000s with the records All That You Can’t Leave Behind (2000) and How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb (2004), which established a more conventional, mainstream sound for the group. Their U2 360° Tour from 2009–2011 was the highest-attended and highest-grossing concert tour in history.

U2 have released 13 studio albums and are one of the world’s best-selling music artists of all time, having sold more than 170 million records worldwide.[2] They have won 22 Grammy Awards, more than any other band; and, in 2005, were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in their first year of eligibility. Rolling Stone ranked U2 at number 22 in its list of the “100 Greatest Artists of All Time”, and labelled them the “Biggest Band in the World”.[3] Throughout their career, as a band and as individuals, they have campaigned for human rights and philanthropic causes, including Amnesty International, the ONE/DATA campaigns, Product Red, and The Edge’s Music Rising.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/U2

Allmand Brothers Band.- a Decade of hits (1969-1979)


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La Allman Brothers Band è un gruppo statunitense formatosi a Jacksonville, Florida, tra il 23 e il 26 marzo 1969[3] attorno ai due fratelli Duane e Gregg Allman. Sono considerati i principali inventori del southern rock[4], genere nato dalla miscela di elementi del blues, del rock, del country e del jazz in generale.[5]

La discografia ufficiale comprende dodici album studio, quattordici album live e sedici raccolte.

Nel 1995 la Allman Brothers Band è entrata a far parte della Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

http://it.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Allman_Brothers_Band

The Allman Brothers Band was an American rock band formed in Jacksonville, Florida in 1969 by brothers Duane Allman (slide guitar and lead guitar) and Gregg Allman (vocals, keyboards, songwriting), as well as Dickey Betts (lead guitar, vocals, songwriting), Berry Oakley (bass guitar), Butch Trucks (drums), and Jai Johanny “Jaimoe” Johanson (drums). While the band has been called the principal architects of southern rock, they also incorporate elements of blues, jazz, and country music, and their live shows have jam band-style improvisation and instrumentals.

The group’s first two studio releases stalled commercially, but their 1971 live release, At Fillmore East, represented an artistic and commercial breakthrough. The album features extended renderings of their songs “In Memory of Elizabeth Reed” and “Whipping Post“, and is often considered among the best live albums. Group leader Duane Allman was killed in a motorcycle accident not long afterward, and the band completed Eat a Peach (1972) in his memory, a dual studio/live album that cemented the band’s popularity. Following the death of bassist Berry Oakley later that year, the group recruited keyboardist Chuck Leavell and bassist Lamar Williams for 1973’sBrothers and Sisters, which, combined with the hit single, “Ramblin’ Man“, placed the group at the forefront of 1970s rock music. Internal turmoil overtook the band soon after; the group dissolved in 1976, reformed briefly at the end of the decade with additional personnel changes, and dissolved again in 1982.

The band reformed once more in 1989, releasing a string of new albums and touring heavily. A series of personnel changes in the late 1990s was capped by the departure of Betts. The group found stability during the 2000s with bassist Oteil Burbridge and guitarists Warren Haynes and Derek Trucks (the nephew of their drummer), and became renowned for their month-long string of shows at New York City‘s Beacon Theater each spring. The band retired in 2014 with the departure of the aforementioned members. The band has been awarded eleven gold and five platinum albums,[2] and was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1995. Rolling Stone ranked them 52nd on their list of the 100 Greatest Artists of All Time in 2004.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Allman_Brothers_Band

Preghiera


Preghiera

 

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La preghiera è una delle pratiche comuni a tutte le religioni. Essa consiste nel rivolgersi alla dimensione del sacro con la parola o con il pensiero; gli scopi della preghiera possono essere molteplici: invocare, chiedere un aiuto, lodare, ringraziare, santificare, o esprimere devozione o abbandono. La preghiera è solitamente considerata come il momento in cui l’uomo ‘parla’ al sacro, mentre la fase inversa è la meditazione, durante la quale è il sacro che ‘parla’ all’uomo.
La preghiera può essere personale, oppure liturgica; solitamente questa seconda forma si ritrova come preghiera scritta (o comunque tramandata in qualche modo). Una delle forme di preghiera più diffuse è il canto devozionale.
Secondo la dottrina cattolica, quando l’uomo prega si eleva a Dio in modo cosciente. Il “tappeto di preghiera” è un piccolo tappeto che i musulmani usano per inginocchiarsi durante le preghiere giornaliere.

Forme di preghiera pubblica

Nell’ebraismo sono previsti per gli uomini tre preghiere nei giorni feriali, in ricordo dei sacrifici di animali e vegetali che venivano praticati nel Santuario: l’Arvith, Shachrith e Minchah. Le preghiere sono quattro il sabato e altri giorni particolari (5 volte per Yom Kippur). L’ordine delle preghiere si trova nel Siddur, il tradizionale libro delle preghiere ebraico. Sebbene la preghiera individuale sia valida, pregare con un minyan (numero minimo di dieci maschi adulti) è considerato ideale. Molte sinagoghe hanno un hazzan, cioè un cantore che guida la preghiera della comunità.
Nel Cristianesimo la forma classica e più antica di preghiera pubblica sono le ore canoniche, cioè momenti fissi durante la giornata in cui vengono recitati (o cantati) dei salmi più altre preghiere, dalla bibbia o composte dalle Chiese, oltre a inni e intercessioni. Di origine antichissima (la struttura è stata ereditata dalla preghiera ebraica sinagogale e del Tempio di Gerusalemme), le ore canoniche ebbero particolare rilievo nelle comunità monastiche come ufficio corale.
Nell’Islam la preghiera canonica è chiamata ṣalāt, prescritta 5 volte al giorno, in forma singola o collettiva, anche se sono previste e consigliate altre preghiere volontarie.

Forme di preghiera privata

Nelle devozioni private esistono vari tipi di preghiere, che hanno un unico fine: elevare l’anima a Dio. Elevare l’anima a Dio è infatti la definizione ufficiale della preghiera così come riportato dal Catechismo della Chiesa Cattolica.
In realtà, come dice la Bibbia (Sap 1,7 e At 17,28), noi già viviamo ed esistiamo dentro Dio; come pure affermano alcune tradizioni religiose antiche dei popoli asiatici e americani. Essendo però Dio di natura trascendente e spirituale, la sua presenza non appare sempre immediatamente percepibile ed evidente. Ecco perché è necessario elevare l’anima a Dio, cioè compiere un atto di volontà (la volontà è una delle tre potenze dell’anima insieme alla memoria e all’intelletto) che ci rende più attenti, più sensibili, più partecipi di questa presenza che è sempre e ovunque. I modi di muovere la volontà e dunque l’anima a questa consapevolezza e a questa comunione sono molti e diversi. La tradizione cattolica ne enumera svariate decine che sono state ispirate dai santi nel corso dei secoli passati e che hanno trovato una eco più o meno duratura e diffusa, in funzione della semplicità, della praticità e della bellezza delle stesse modalità di preghiera.
Tra le forme private di preghiera più diffuse dalla tradizione cristiana troviamo:
la preghiera biblica (che utilizza direttamente le parole della Sacra Scrittura oppure che parte dalla lettura della Bibbia per poi aprirsi al colloquio personale con Dio, come fa la lectio divina);
il colloquio personale con Dio (che l’uomo può vivere in qualunque tempo e luogo);
il Santo Rosario (una forma devozionale nata nel Medioevo e diffusa oggi in tutti i popoli cattolici);
il culto delle immagini (fondato sul fatto che l’immagine sacra subito richiama alla mente la persona divina rappresentata e diffuso, oltre che nelle chiese, specialmente nei luoghi dove le chiese e i luoghi di culto pubblico sono lontani); tale culto non è accettato dal Protestantesimo;
la via crucis (devozione nata nel Medioevo e diffusa nel XVII secolo da san Leonardo da Porto Maurizio);
la vigilanza (cioè l’atteggiamento interiore dell’uomo che vigila sui suoi pensieri, discernendo quelli buoni da quelli malvagi per coltivare quelli buoni e rinnegare, dissolvere, dimenticare quelli malvagi);
la ripetizione (cioè l’atto della volontà che dà inizio ad un ciclo ripetitivo di brevi invocazioni o preghiere ben conosciute, che l’uomo ripete dentro di sé fino a formare un tappeto morbido e robusto sul quale l’anima si stende e si rilassa per poi entrare nella contemplazione);
la contemplazione (è la forma di preghiera considerata più santa, in quanto comunione stessa con il Santo, essendo stata definita dall’uomo la santità come la natura stessa di Dio; la contemplazione è la presenza viva di Dio nell’uomo che ispira direttamente pensieri, parole, immagini, azioni, per cui nella contemplazione l’uomo vede ciò che Dio vede, sente ciò che Dio sente, fa ciò che Dio fa);
la meditazione (è il fluire o il sorgere di pensieri che vengono suggeriti, stimolati, ispirati dalle fonti più diverse: ricordi, incontri, discorsi, letture, fatti, immagini, simboli, etc. Essendo immenso il bacino di spunti per la meditazione, essa è probabilmente la forma di orazione più praticata di ogni tempo).

Bibliografia

Jörg Zink, Come pregare, Claudiana, Torino 1988.
Giordano Berti, Preghiere di tutto il mondo, Vallardi, Milano 1999.
Gérald Messadié (a cura di), Il piccolo libro delle preghiere, Armenia, Milano 2003.
Catechismo della Chiesa Cattolica (di cui la Parte Quarta è interamente dedicata alla preghiera)

Prayer

Prayer is a form of religious practice that seeks to activate a volitional rapport to God or spirit through deliberate practice. Prayer may be either individual or communal and take place in public or in private. It may involve the use of words or song. When language is used, prayer may take the form of a hymn, incantation, formal creed, or a spontaneous utterance in the praying person. There are different forms of prayer such as petitionary prayer, prayers of supplication, thanksgiving, and worship/praise. Prayer may be directed towards a deity, spirit, deceased person, or lofty idea, for the purpose of worshipping, requesting guidance, requesting assistance, confessing sins or to express one’s thoughts and emotions. Thus, people pray for many reasons such as personal benefit or for the sake of others.
Most major religions involve prayer in one way or another. Some ritualize the act of prayer, requiring a strict sequence of actions or placing a restriction on who is permitted to pray, while others teach that prayer may be practiced spontaneously by anyone at any time.
Scientific studies regarding the use of prayer have mostly concentrated on its effect on the healing of sick or injured people. The efficacy of petition in prayer for physical healing to a deity has been evaluated in numerous studies, with contradictory results There has been some criticism of the way the studies were conducted

Forms of prayer

Various spiritual traditions offer a wide variety of devotional acts. There are morning and evening prayers, graces said over meals, and reverent physical gestures. Some Christians bow their heads and fold their hands. Some Native Americans regard dancing as a form of prayer. Some Sufis whirl. Hindus chant mantras. Orthodox Jews sway their bodies back and forth[10] and Salah for Muslims (“kneel and prostrate as seen on the right”). Quakers keep silent. Some pray according to standardized rituals and liturgies, while others prefer extemporaneous prayers. Still others combine the two.
These methods show a variety of understandings to prayer, which are led by underlying beliefs.
These beliefs may be that
the finite can communicate with the infinite
the infinite is interested in communicating with the finite
prayer is intended to inculcate certain attitudes in the one who prays, rather than to influence the recipient
prayer is intended to train a person to focus on the recipient through philosophy and intellectual contemplation
prayer is intended to enable a person to gain a direct experience of the recipient
prayer is intended to affect the very fabric of reality as we perceive it
prayer is a catalyst for change in oneself and/or one’s circumstances, or likewise those of third party beneficiaries
the recipient desires and appreciates prayer
or any combination of these.[citation needed]
The act of prayer is attested in written sources as early as 5000 years ago. Some anthropologists, such as Sir Edward Burnett Tylor and Sir James George Frazer, believed that the earliest intelligent modern humans practiced something that we would recognize today as prayer.
Friedrich Heiler is often cited in Christian circles for his systematic Typology of Prayer which lists six types of prayer: primitive, ritual, Greek cultural, philosophical, mystical, and prophetic

The act of worship

Prayer has many different forms. Prayer may be done privately and individually, or it may be done corporately in the presence of fellow believers. Prayer can be incorporated into a daily “thought life”, in which one is in constant communication with a god. Some people pray throughout all that is happening during the day and seek guidance as the day progresses. This is actually regarded as a requirement in several Christian denominations,[15] although enforcement is not possible nor desirable. There can be many different answers to prayer, just as there are many ways to interpret an answer to a question, if there in fact comes an answer.[15] Some may experience audible, physical, or mental epiphanies. If indeed an answer comes, the time and place it comes is considered random. Some outward acts that sometimes accompany prayer are: anointing with oil;[16] ringing a bell;[17] burning incense or paper;[18] lighting a candle or candles;[19] facing a specific direction (i.e. towards Mecca[20] or the East); making the sign of the cross. One less noticeable act related to prayer is fasting.
A variety of body postures may be assumed, often with specific meaning (mainly respect or adoration) associated with them: standing; sitting; kneeling; prostrate on the floor; eyes opened; eyes closed; hands folded or clasped; hands upraised; holding hands with others; a laying on of hands and others. Prayers may be recited from memory, read from a book of prayers, or composed spontaneously as they are prayed. They may be said, chanted, or sung. They may be with musical accompaniment or not. There may be a time of outward silence while prayers are offered mentally. Often, there are prayers to fit specific occasions, such as the blessing of a meal, the birth or death of a loved one, other significant events in the life of a believer, or days of the year that have special religious significance. Details corresponding to specific traditions are outlined below.


Pre-Christian Europe

Etruscan, Greek, and Roman paganism
In the pre-Christian religions of Greeks and Romans (Ancient Greek religion, Roman religion), ceremonial prayer was highly formulaic and ritualized.[21][22] The Iguvine Tables contain a supplication that can be translated, “If anything was said improperly, if anything was done improperly, let it be as if it were done correctly.”
The formalism and formulaic nature of these prayers led them to be written down in language that may have only been partially understood by the writer, and our texts of these prayers may in fact be garbled. Prayers in Etruscan were used in the Roman world by augurs and other oracles long after Etruscan became a dead language. The Carmen Arvale and the Carmen Saliare are two specimens of partially preserved prayers that seem to have been unintelligible to their scribes, and whose language is full of archaisms and difficult passages.
Roman prayers and sacrifices were often envisioned as legal bargains between deity and worshipper. The Roman principle was expressed as do ut des: “I give, so that you may give.” Cato the Elder’s treatise on agriculture contains many examples of preserved traditional prayers; in one, a farmer addresses the unknown deity of a possibly sacred grove, and sacrifices a pig in order to placate the god or goddess of the place and beseech his or her permission to cut down some trees from the grove

Germanic paganism

An amount of accounts of prayers to the gods in Germanic paganism survived the process of Christianization, though only a single prayer has survived without the interjection of Christian references. This prayer is recorded in stanzas 2 and 3 of the poem Sigrdrífumál, compiled in the 13th century Poetic Edda from earlier traditional sources, where the valkyrie Sigrdrífa prays to the gods and the earth after being woken by the hero Sigurd.
A prayer to the bigger god Odin is mentioned in chapter 2 of the Völsunga saga where King Rerir prays for a child. His prayer is answered by Frigg, wife of Odin, who sends him an apple, which is dropped on his lap by Frigg’s servant in the form of a crow while Rerir is sitting on a mound. Rerir’s wife eats the apple and is then pregnant with the hero Völsung. In stanza 9 of the poem Oddrúnargrátr, a prayer is made to “kind wights, Frigg and Freyja, and many gods,” although since the poem is often considered one of the youngest poems in the Poetic Edda, the passage has been the matter of some debate.[26]
In chapter 21 of Jómsvíkinga saga, wishing to turn the tide of the Battle of Hjörungavágr, Haakon Sigurdsson eventually finds his prayers answered by the goddesses Þorgerðr Hölgabrúðr and Irpa (the first of the two described as Haakon’s patron goddess) who appear in the battle, kill many of the opposing fleet, and cause the remnants of their forces to flee. However, this depiction of a pagan prayer has been criticized as inaccurate due to the description of Haakon dropping to his knees.
The 11th century manuscript for the Anglo-Saxon charm Æcerbot presents what is thought to be an originally pagan prayer for the fertility of the speaker’s crops and land, though Christianization is apparent throughout the charm.[28] The 8th century Wessobrunn Prayer has been proposed as a Christianized pagan prayer and compared to the pagan Völuspá[29] and the Merseburg Incantations, the latter recorded in the 9th or 10th century but of much older traditional origins

Abrahamic religions

Bible
In the common Bible of the Abrahamic religions, various forms of prayer appear; the most common forms being petition, thanksgiving, and worship. The longest book in the Bible is the Book of Psalms, 150 religious songs which are often regarded as prayers. Other well-known Biblical prayers include the Song of Moses (Exodus 15:1-18), the Song of Hannah (1 Samuel 2:1-10), and the Magnificat (Luke 1:46-55). But perhaps the best-known prayer in the Christian Bible is the Lord’s Prayer (Matthew 6:9–13; Luke 11:2-4).
See also: Tanakh, New Testament, Prayer in the Hebrew Bible, and Prayer in the New Testament

Judaism

Jews pray three times a day, with lengthier prayers on special days, such as the Shabbat and Jewish holidays. The siddur is the prayerbook used by Jews all over the world, containing a set order of daily prayers. Jewish prayer is usually described as having two aspects: kavanah (intention) and keva (the ritualistic, structured elements).
The most important Jewish prayers are the Shema Yisrael (“Hear O Israel”) and the Amidah (“the standing prayer”).
Communal prayer is preferred over solitary prayer, and a quorum of 10 adult males (a minyan) is considered by Orthodox Judaism a prerequisite for several communal prayers.

Rationalist approach to prayer

In this view, ultimate goal of prayer is to help train a person to focus on divinity through philosophy and intellectual contemplation. This approach was taken by Maimonides and the other medieval rationalists. One example of this approach to prayer is noted by Rabbi Steven Weil, who was appointed the Orthodox Union’s Executive-Vice President in 2009. He notes that the word “prayer” is a derivative of the Latin “precari”, which means “to beg”. The Hebrew equivalent “tefilah”, however, along with its root “pelel” or its reflexive “l’hitpallel”, means the act of self-analysis or self-evaluation. This approach is sometimes described as the person praying having a dialogue or conversation with God.

Educational approach to prayer

In this view, prayer is not a conversation. Rather, it is meant to inculcate certain attitudes in the one who prays, but not to influence. This has been the approach of Rabbenu Bachya, Yehuda Halevy, Joseph Albo, Samson Raphael Hirsch, and Joseph Dov Soloveitchik. This view is expressed by Rabbi Nosson Scherman in the overview to the Artscroll Siddur (p. XIII); note that Scherman goes on to also affirm the Kabbalistic view (see below).

Kabbalistic approach to prayer

Kabbalah (Jewish mysticism) uses a series of kavanot, directions of intent, to specify the path the prayer ascends in the dialog with God, to increase its chances of being answered favorably. Kabbalists ascribe a higher meaning to the purpose of prayer, which is no less than affecting the very fabric of reality itself, restructuring and repairing the universe in a real fashion. In this view, every word of every prayer, and indeed, even every letter of every word, has a precise meaning and a precise effect. Prayers thus literally affect the mystical forces of the universe, and repair the fabric of creation.
Among Jews, this approach has been taken by the Chassidei Ashkenaz (German pietists of the Middle-Ages), the Arizal’s Kabbalist tradition, Ramchal, most of Hassidism, the Vilna Gaon, and Jacob Emden.

Christianity

Main articles: Prayer in Christianity and Christian worship

Christian prayers are quite varied. They can be completely spontaneous, or read entirely from a text, like the Anglican Book of Common Prayer. Probably the most common and universal prayer among Christians is the Lord’s Prayer, which according to the gospel accounts is how Jesus taught his disciples to pray. Some Protestant denominations choose not to recite the Lord’s Prayer or other rote prayers.
Christians generally pray to God or to the Father. Some Christians (e.g., Catholics, Orthodox) will also ask the righteous in heaven and “in Christ,” such as Virgin Mary or other saints to intercede by praying on their behalf (intercession of saints). Formulaic closures include “through our Lord Jesus Christ, Your Son, who lives and reigns with You, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, God, through all the ages of ages,” and “in the name of the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit.”
It is customary among Protestants to end prayers with “In Jesus’ name, Amen” or “In the name of Christ, Amen”[34] However, the most commonly used closure in Christianity is simply “Amen” (from a Hebrew adverb used as a statement of affirmation or agreement, usually translated as so be it).
There is also the form of prayer called hesychast which is a repetitious type of prayer for the purpose of meditation. In the Western or Latin Rite of Catholic Church, probably the most common is the Rosary; In the Eastern Church (the Eastern rites of the Catholic Church and Orthodox Church), the Jesus Prayer.
Roman Catholic tradition includes specific prayers and devotions as acts of reparation which do not involve a petition for a living or deceased beneficiary, but aim to repair the sins of others, e.g. for the repair of the sin of blasphemy performed by others

Pentecostalism

In Pentecostal congregations, prayer is often done by speaking in a foreign tongue, a practice now known as glossolalia.[36] Practitioners of Pentecostal glossolalia may claim that the languages they speak in prayer are real foreign languages, and that the ability to speak those languages spontaneously is a gift of the Holy Spirit;[37][38] however, many people outside the movement have offered alternative views. George Barton Cutten suggested that glossolalia was a sign of mental illness.[39] Felicitas Goodman suggested that tongue speakers were under a form of hypnosis.[40] Others suggest that it is a learned behaviour. Some of these views have allegedly been refuted

Christian Science

Christian Science teaches that prayer is a spiritualization of thought or an understanding of God and of the nature of the underlying spiritual creation. Adherents believe that this can result in healing, by bringing spiritual reality (the “Kingdom of Heaven” in Biblical terms) into clearer focus in the human scene. The world as it appears to the senses is regarded as a distorted version of the world of spiritual ideas. Prayer can heal the distortion. Christian Scientists believe that prayer does not change the spiritual creation but gives a clearer view of it, and the result appears in the human scene as healing: the human picture adjusts to coincide more nearly with the divine reality. Christian Scientists do not practice intercessory prayer as it is commonly understood, and they generally avoid combining prayer with medical treatment in the belief that the two practices tend to work against each other. (However, the choice of healing method is regarded as a matter for the individual, and the Christian Science Church exerts no pressure on members to avoid medical treatment if they wish to avail of it as an alternative to Christian Science healing.) Prayer works through love: the recognition of God’s creation as spiritual, intact, and inherently lovable

Prevalence of prayer for health

Some modalities of alternative medicine employ prayer. A survey released in May 2004 by the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine, part of the National Institutes of Health in the United States, found that in 2002, 43% of Americans pray for their own health, 24% pray for others’ health, and 10% participate in a prayer group for their own healt

Islam

Muslims pray a ritualistic prayer called salah or salat in Arabic, facing the Kaaba in Mecca, five times a day. The command to pray is in the Quran in several chapters. The prophet Muhammed showed each Muslim the true method of offering prayers thus the same method is observed till date. There is the “call for prayer” (adhan or azaan), where the muezzin calls for all the followers to stand together for the prayer. The prayer consists of standing, by mentioning -àllàh o -àqbàr (God is great) followed by recitation of the first chapter of the Quran. After the person bends and praises god, then prostrates and again praises god. The prayer ends with the following words “peace and blessings be upon you”. During the prayer a Muslim cannot talk or do anything else besides praying. Once the prayer is complete one can offer voluntary prayers or supplicate -àllàh for his needs. There are also many standard duas or supplications, also in Arabic, to be recited at various times, e.g. for one’s parents, after salah, before eating. Muslims may also say dua in their own words and languages for any issue they wish to communicate with God in the hope that God will answer their prayers.[20] Certain Shia fiqhs pray 3 times a day.

Bahá’í

Main article: Prayer in the Bahá’í Faith
Bahá’u’lláh, the Báb, and `Abdu’l-Bahá have revealed many prayers for general use, and some for specific occasions, including for unity, detachment, spiritual upliftment, and healing among others. Bahá’ís are also required to recite each day one of three obligatory prayers revealed by Bahá’u’lláh. The believers have been enjoined to face in the direction of the Qiblih when reciting their Obligatory Prayer. The longest obligatory prayer may be recited at any time during the day; another, of medium length, is recited once in the morning, once at midday, and once in the evening; and the shortest can be recited anytime between noon and sunset. Bahá’ís also read from and meditate on the scriptures every morning and evening.

Eastern religions

In contrast with Western religion, Eastern religion for the most part discards worship and places devotional emphasis on the practice of meditation alongside scriptural study. Consequently, prayer is seen as a form of meditation or an adjunct practice to meditation

Buddhism

n certain Buddhist sects, prayer accompanies meditation. Buddhism for the most part sees prayer as a secondary, supportive practice to meditation and scriptural study. Gautama Buddha claimed that human beings possess the capacity and potential to be liberated, or enlightened, through contemplation, leading to insight. Prayer is seen mainly as a powerful psycho-physical practice that can enhance meditation.[48]
In the earliest Buddhist tradition, the Theravada, and in the later Mahayana tradition of Zen (or Chán), prayer plays only an ancillary role. It is largely a ritual expression of wishes for success in the practice and in helping all beings.[49][50][51][52]
The skillful means (Sanskrit: upaya) of the transfer of merit (Sanskrit: parinamana) is an evocation and prayer. Moreover, indeterminate buddhas are available for intercession as they reside in awoken-fields (Sanskrit: buddha-kshetra).
The nirmanakaya of a awoken-field is what is generally known and understood as mandala. The opening and closing of the ring (Sanskrit: mandala) is an active prayer. An active prayer is a mindful activity, an activity in which mindfulness is not just cultivated but is.[53] A common prayer is “May the merit of my practice, adorn Buddhas’ Pure Lands, requite the fourfold kindness from above, and relieve the suffering of the three life-journeys below. Universally wishing sentient beings, Friends, foes, and karmic creditors, all to activate the bodhi mind, and all to be reborn in the Pure Land of Ultimate Bliss.” (願以此功德 莊嚴佛淨土 上報四重恩 下濟三途苦 普願諸眾生 冤親諸債主 悉發菩提心 同生極樂國)[54]
The Generation Stage (Sanskrit: utpatti-krama) of Vajrayana involves prayer elements.[55]
The Tibetan Buddhism tradition emphasizes an instructive and devotional relationship to a guru; this may involve devotional practices known as guru yoga which are congruent with prayer. It also appears that Tibetan Buddhism posits the existence of various deities, but the peak view of the tradition is that the deities or yidam are no more existent or real than the continuity (Sanskrit: santana; refer mindstream) of the practitioner, environment and activity. But how practitioners engage yidam or tutelary deities will depend upon the level or more appropriately yana at which they are practicing. At one level, one may pray to a deity for protection or assistance, taking a more subordinate role. At another level, one may invoke the deity, on a more equal footing. And at a higher level one may deliberately cultivate the idea that one has become the deity, whilst remaining aware that its ultimate nature is shunyata. The views of the more esoteric yana are impenetrable for those without direct experience and empowerment.
Pure Land Buddhism emphasizes the recitation by devotees of prayer-like mantras, a practice often called Nembutsu.[56]:190 On one level it is said that reciting these mantras can ensure rebirth into a sambhogakaya land (Sanskrit: buddha-kshetra) after bodily dissolution, a sheer ball spontaneously co-emergent to a buddha’s enlightened intention. According to Shinran, the founder of the Pure Land Buddhism tradition that is most prevalent in the US[56]:193[57] “for the long haul nothing is as efficacious as the Nembutsu.”[56]:197[58] On another, the practice is a form of meditation aimed at achieving realization.[citation needed]
But beyond all these practices the Buddha emphasized the primacy of individual practice and experience. He said that supplication to gods or deities was not necessary. Nevertheless, today many lay people in East Asian countries pray to the Buddha in ways that resemble Western prayer—asking for intervention and offering devotion.

Hinduism

Hinduism has incorporated many kinds of prayer (Sanskrit: prārthanā), from fire-based rituals to philosophical musings. While chanting involves ‘by dictum’ recitation of timeless verses or verses with timings and notations, dhyanam involves deep meditation (however short or long) on the preferred deity/God. Again the object to which prayers are offered could be a persons referred as devtas, trinity or incarnation of either devtas or trinity or simply plain formless meditation as practiced by the ancient sages. All of these are directed to fulfilling personal needs or deep spiritual enlightenment. Ritual invocation was part and parcel of the Vedic religion and as such permeated their sacred texts. Indeed, the highest sacred texts of the Hindus, the Vedas, are a large collection of mantras and prayer rituals. Classical Hinduism came to focus on extolling a single supreme force, Brahman, that is made manifest in several lower forms as the familiar gods of the Hindu pantheon[dubious – discuss]. Hindus in India have numerous devotional movements. Hindus may pray to the highest absolute God Brahman, or more commonly to Its three manifestations namely creator god called Brahma, preserver god called Vishnu and destroyer god (so that the creation cycle can start afresh) Shiva, and at the next level to Vishnu’s avatars (earthly appearances) Rama and Krishna or to many other male or female deities. Typically, Hindus pray with their hands (the palms) joined together in pranam. The hand gesture is similar to the popular Indian greeting namaste.

Jainism

Although Jains believe that no spirit or divine being can assist them on their path, they do hold some influence, and on special occasions, Jains will pray for right knowledge to the twenty-four Tirthankaras (saintly teachers) or sometimes to Hindu deities such as Ganesha.

Shinto

The practices involved in Shinto prayer are heavily influenced by Buddhism; Japanese Buddhism has also been strongly influenced by Shinto in turn. The most common and basic form of devotion involves throwing a coin, or several, into a collection box, ringing a bell, clapping one’s hands, and contemplating one’s wish or prayer silently. The bell and hand clapping are meant to wake up or attract the attention of the kami of the shrine, so that one’s prayer may be heard.
Shinto prayers quite frequently consist of wishes or favors asked of the kami, rather than lengthy praises or devotions. Unlike in certain other faiths, it is not considered irregular or inappropriate to ask favors of the kami in this way, and indeed many shrines are associated with particular favors, such as success on exams.
In addition, one may write one’s wish on a small wooden tablet, called an ema, and leave it hanging at the shrine, where the kami can read it. If the wish is granted, one may return to the shrine to leave another ema as an act of thanksgiving.

Sikhism

The Ardās (Punjabi: ਅਰਦਾਸ) is a Sikh prayer that is done before performing or after undertaking any significant task; after reciting the daily Banis (prayers); or completion of a service like the Paath (scripture reading/recitation), kirtan (hymn-singing) program or any other religious program. In Sikhism, these prayers are also said before and after eating. The prayer is a plea to God to support and help the devotee with whatever he or she is about to undertake or has done.
The Ardas is usually always done standing up with folded hands. The beginning of the Ardas is strictly set by the tenth Sikh Guru, Guru Gobind Singh. When it comes to conclusion of this prayer, the devotee uses word like “Waheguru please bless me in the task that I am about to undertake” when starting a new task or “Akal Purakh, having completed the hymn-singing, we ask for your continued blessings so that we can continue with your memory and remember you at all times”, etc. The word “Ardās” is derived from Persian word ‘Arazdashat’, meaning a request, supplication, prayer, petition or an address to a superior authority.
Ardās is a unique prayer based on the fact that it is one of the few well-known prayers in the Sikh religion that was not written in its entirety by the Gurus. The Ardās cannot be found within the pages of the Guru Granth Sahib because it is a continually changing devotional text that has evolved over time in order for it to encompass the feats, accomplishments, and feelings of all generations of Sikhs within its lines. Taking the various derivation of the word Ardās into account, the basic purpose of this prayer is an appeal to Waheguru for his protection and care, as well as being a plea for the welfare and prosperity of all mankind, and a means for the Sikhs to thank Waheguru for all that he has done

Taoism

Prayer in Taoism is less common than Fulu, which is the drawing and writing of supernatural talismans

Animism

Although prayer in its literal sense is not used in animism, communication with the spirit world is vital to the animist way of life. This is usually accomplished through a shaman who, through a trance, gains access to the spirit world and then shows the spirits’ thoughts to the people. Other ways to receive messages from the spirits include using astrology or contemplating fortune tellers and healers. The native religions in some parts of North, East and South Asia, America, Africa, and Oceania are often animistic.

America

The Aztec religion was not strictly animist. It had an ever increasing pantheon of deities, and the shamans performed ritual prayer to these deities in their respective temples. These shamans made petitions to the proper deities in exchange for a sacrifice offering: food, flowers, effigies, and animals, usually quail. But the larger the thing required from the God the larger the sacrifice had to be, and for the most important rites one would offer one’s own blood; by cutting his ears, arms, tongue, thighs, chest or genitals, and often a human life; either warrior, slave, or even self-sacrifice.[63]
The Pueblo Indians are known to have used prayer sticks, that is, sticks with feathers attached as supplicatory offerings. The Hopi Indians used prayer sticks as well, but they attached to it a small bag of sacred meat

Australia

In Australia, prayers to the “Great Wit” are performed by the “clever wapmen” and “clever women”, or kadji. These Aboriginal shamans use maban or mabain, the material that is believed to give them their purported magical powers

Neopaganism

Adherents to forms of modern Neopaganism pray to various gods. The most commonly worshiped and prayed to gods are those of Pre-Christian Europe, such as Celtic, Norse, or Graeco-Roman gods. Prayer can vary from sect to sect, and with some (such as Wicca) prayer may also be associated with ritual magick.

Theurgy and Western Esotericism

Practitioners of theurgy and western esotericism may practice a form of ritual which utilizes both pre-sanctioned prayers and names of God, and prayers “from the heart” that, when combined, allows the participant to ascend spiritually, and in some instances, induce a trance in which God or other spiritual beings may be realized. Very similar to hermetic qabala, and orthodox qabala, it is believed that prayer can influence both the physical and non-physical worlds. The use of ritualistic signs and names are believed to be archetypes in which the subconscious may take form as the Inner God, or another spiritual being, and the “prayer from the heart” to be that spiritual force speaking through the participant.

Meher Baba

The Indian spiritual teacher Meher Baba emphasized both the beauty of prayer as praise and the power of prayer as petition:
“The ideal prayer to the Lord is nothing more than spontaneous praise of His being. You praise Him, not in the spirit of bargain but in the spirit of self-forgetful appreciation of what He really is. You praise Him because He is praiseworthy. Your praise is a spontaneous appreciative response to his true being, as infinite light, infinite power and infinite bliss.”[66]
“Through repeated sincere prayers it is possible to effect an exit from the otherwise inexorable working out of the law of karma. The forgiveness asked from God evokes from Him His inscrutable grace, which alone can give new direction to the inexorable karmic determination

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Kabir


Kabir

I suoi Canti sono una delle massime espressioni della poesia indiana di ispirazione religiosa. Il loro messaggio è universale: travalica i limiti di spazio e tempo.

Kabir nacque nel 1440 nell’ India settenrionale in un’ umile famiglia di tessitori musulmani, pur da poco convertiti. Secondo la tradizione seguì come discepolo il Guru Ramananda, un saggio vishnuita devoto a Rama. Fu quindi educato a concepire l’Islam e l’Induismo come due vie convergenti verso un’unica verità.
Divenne mistico, poeta e musicista celebre per il disprezzo che manifestava vigorosamente verso le rigorose affiliazioni religiose; sono numerose le sue esortazioni a ignorare tanto il Corano quanto i Veda per seguire semplicemente la via Sahaj, ossia la naturale unità in Dio. Pur credendo in concetti vedantici quale l’Atman, Kabir rifiutò l’ortodossia della società castale indù e l’adorazione di idoli.

La sua opera principale è Bijak, Seme. Questa raccolta di poemi mostra la personale visione di spiritualità universale di Kabir. In questi, spuntano chiarissime idee sufi e della Bhakti indù sulla comprensione di Dio. Kabir si esprimeva in un hindi molto popolare, semplice e chiaro, come il suo pensiero filosofico. La maggior parte dei suoi canti venne raccolta da Guru Nanak, fondatore della religione Sikh, ed inserita nel Guru Granth Sahib, libro sacro dei Sikh che raccoglie il pensiero di uomini santi di varie religioni a cui questo credo offre stesso rispetto e devozione. Si crede che Kabir fosse analfabeta.

Alla sua morte, nel 1518, indù e musulmani si contesero il corpo per i riti funebri. La leggenda vuole che, quando sollevarono il sudario che lo ricopriva, trovarono al suo posto solo fiori. I musulmani ne seppellirono metà e gli indù cremarono l’altra parte. A Maghar, nei pressi di Gorakhpur nell’ Uttar Pradesh, la tomba e il memoriale della cremazione sorgono fianco a fianco.

Kabir è anche considerato la figura chiave della tradizione Sants. Fu un movimento di maestri indiani la cui origine in realtà risale al XIII secolo e che si inserisce nel movimento Bhakti. I loro insegnamenti vertevano verso la devozione per un unico principio divino e verso un egualitarismo sociale opposto alle distinzioni castali e religiose della società indiana dell’epoca. Il termine Sant deriva dal sanscrito Sat ( verità, realtà) e possiede molti significati a seconda del contesto, ma in origine significava colui che conosce la verità, la realtà ultima. Questo termine ha assunto il significato generale di “brava persona” ma si assegna specificamente ai poeti – santi del medioevo indiano. Alcuni dei nomi più noti di questo movimento furono Namdev (1350), Kabir, Nanak, Mirabai, Surdas e Tulsidas(1623). Formalmente solo una piccola minoranza di indù seguì questo movimento mistico – religioso, ma la sua tradizione ha considerevolmente influenzato la cultura indiana, attraversando sette e caste.

La tradizione Sant è l’ unica della storia che abbia con successo attraversato le barriere religiose tra indù e musulmani.

Nel nostro secolo fu Rabindranath Tagore a riscoprire la validità perenne degli insegnamenti di Kabir e l’altezza della sua poesia.
E fu ancora Tagore a diffondere in Occidente la conoscenza di Kabir attraverso una magistrale traduzione in inglese dei suoi Canti, che diventarono ben presto un vero e proprio libro di culto.

Trafitti dalla Parola

“Shabd ki chot” o ‘la ferita della Parola’ è un’espressione Hindi nata nell’ambiente dei cantori e seguaci di Kabir, il poeta mistico vissuto seicento anni fa in India. È un modo di descrivere l’esperienza che la ‘parola’ di Kabir può produrre nella mente e nella vita di chi l’ascolta (si tratta infatti di una tradizione prevalentemente orale, tenuta in vita per secoli da cantori itineranti). È una cosa molto più intensa e profonda dell’essere semplicemente ‘toccati’, e coloro che sperimentano questa particolarissima ‘ferita’ non sentono dolore, ma un’immensa felicità e gratitudine.

La poesia spirituale di Kabir non si fonda sul tema devozionale o bhakti come si potrebbe immaginare, non si sofferma in modo particolare sulla separazione dal Signore visto come Persona e come Amante, e sulla gioia di incontrarlo. Al contrario, va direttamente all’aspetto nirgun o assoluto del Brahman, del Divino, normalmente considerato di ardua comprensione e per sua natura ineffabile, ma che attraverso le canzoni di Kabir diventa come per magia concreto e percepibile.

I canti di Kabir

a cura di R.Tagore

ed. Boroli Editore 2004

pp. 96

Euro: 7,00

Il flauto dell’infinito

Ed Passigli, 2008

Euro: 10,00

Canzoni dell’amore infinito

Ed.Sellerio, 1996

Pgg. 160

Euro:8,00

I cento canti di Kabir

Ed. SEAR, 1988

Pg.114

Euro: 8,00

CIELO D’AMORE

Cadono le ombre della sera
lunghe, serrate,
di buio avvolgono il corpo e la mente.
Tu apri la finestra che dà a ponente
perditi nel cielo d’amore.
Bevi il miele stillato dai petali
del loto che hai in cuore.
Lascia che ti penetrino
le onde del mare, le onde
di splendore.
Ascolta, un suono di conchiglie, di campanelli
si leva dalle acque.
Kabir dice: “Fratelli,
è Dio in questo vaso, in questo mio corpo”

Kabir

Kabir

His songs are the best expression of Indian poetry of religious inspiration. Their message is universal: it transcends boundaries of space and time.

Kabir was born in 1440 in ‘India settenrionale in a’ humble Muslim weaver family, but recently converted. According to tradition as a disciple followed the Guru Ramananda, a wise Vaishnava devotee of Rama. He was so polite to conceive Islam and Hinduism as two streets converge on a single truth.
He became a mystic, poet and musician known for vigorously expressed contempt towards the strict religious affiliations, are a number of his exhortations to ignore both the Quran as the Vedas for Sahaj simply follow the path, ie the natural unity in God while believing in concepts which Vedantic Atman, Kabir rejected the orthodoxy of the Hindu caste society and the worship of idols.

His principal work is Bijak, Seed. This collection of poems shows his personal vision of universal spirituality of Kabir. In these, appear very clear ideas of the Sufi and Bhakti Hindu understanding of God expressed in a Hindi Kabir very popular, simple and clear, as his philosophical thought. Most of her songs was picked up by Guru Nanak, founder of the Sikh religion, and included in Guru Granth Sahib, the Sikh holy book that collects the thoughts of holy men of various religions believe that this offers the same respect and devotion. It is believed that Kabir was illiterate.

At his death in 1518, Hindus and Muslims fought over the body for funeral rites. Legend has it that, when lifted the cloth that covered it, and found only flowers in its place. Muslims and Hindus half of it buried the cremated elsewhere. In Maghar, near Gorakhpur in ‘Uttar Pradesh, the tomb and the memorial cremation stand side by side.

Kabir is also considered the key figure in the tradition of Sants. It was a movement of Indian teachers whose origins actually dates from the thirteenth century and is part of the Bhakti movement. Their devotion to the teachings focused on a single divine principle and from a social egalitarianism opposed to the caste and religious distinctions of Indian society of that time. The term derives from the Sanskrit Sant Sat (truth, reality) and has many meanings depending on context, but originally meant one who knows the truth, the ultimate reality. This term has taken the general meaning of “good person” but he specifically assigns to the poet – saints of medieval India. Some of the biggest names of this movement were Namdev (1350), Kabir, Nanak, Mirabai, Surdas and Tulsidas (1623). Formally, only a small minority of Hindus followed this mystical movement – religious, but its tradition has greatly influenced Indian culture, through seven castes.

The Sant tradition is the ‘unique history that has successfully crossed religious barriers between Hindus and Muslims.

In our century, Rabindranath Tagore was to rediscover the enduring validity of the teachings of Kabir and the height of his poetry.
And it was Tagore in the West to spread the knowledge of Kabir through a masterful English translation of his songs, which soon became a true cult book.

Pierced by the Word

“Shabd Ki Chot ‘or’ the wound of the Word ‘is an expression of the singers in the Hindi born and followers of Kabir, the mystic poet who lived six hundred years ago in India. It’s a way to describe the experience that the ‘word’ of Kabir can produce in the mind and life of the hearer (because it is a predominantly oral tradition, kept alive for centuries by itinerant singers). It’s much more intense and profound just being ‘touched’, and those who experience this very special ‘hit’ do not feel pain, but an immense happiness and gratitude.

Spiritual poetry of Kabir is not based on devotional or bhakti as you might imagine, it focuses in particular on the separation from the Lord seen as a person and as a lover, and the joy of meeting him. Instead, go directly Nirgun or absolute aspect of Brahman, the Divine, normally considered difficult to understand its nature and the ineffable, but that through the songs of Kabir becomes magically real and perceived.

The songs of Kabir

edited by R. Tagore

ed. Boroli Publisher 2004

pp. 96

Euro: 7.00

The flute of the infinite

And Passigli, 2008

Euro: 10.00

Songs of the infinite

Ed.Sellerio, 1996

Pgg. 160

Euro: 8.00

The hundred songs of Kabir

Ed SEAR, 1988

Pg.114

Euro: 8.00

SKY OF LOVE

The evening shadows fall
long, tight,
darkness envelop the body and mind.
You open the window overlooking the west
lose yourself in the sky of love.
Drink honey dripped from the petals
you have in the heart of the lotus.
Let me enter
the waves of the sea, the waves
of splendor.
Listen, the sound of shells, bells
rises from the waters.
Kabir says: “Brothers,
God is in this vessel, in this my body “

Kabir

Senza gabbie


Senza gabbie

Apostema
apostata
apostasia
lasciando la via
ortodossa e concettuale
di un recinto
dal quale
non puoi fuggire

Tutto è vita
La Vita è tutto
da qualunque parte
la si guardi
e nell’oltre
potrai volare
ad ali aperte
senza gabbie

05.03.2004 Poetyca

Without cages

Apostema
apostate
apostasy
leaving the way
Orthodox and conceptual
a fence
from which
you can not escape

Everything is life
Life is all
from anywhere
you look
and nell’oltre
You can fly
open wings
without cages

05.03.2004 Poetyca

Vivo l’attimo


Vivo l’attimo

Solo sogni di una notte
che stanca ricerca percorsi
– parallelismi perlacei –
che si proiettano su ombre

Fuggono le pagine sbiadite
e oltre confini si rincorrono
per essere sconosciuta al domani
soffio la polvere e vivo l’attimo

27.02.2004 Poetyca

Live the moment

Only one night of dreams
tired research path that
– Parallels pearls –
that project on shadows

Fleeing faded pages
and beyond borders chase
to be known until tomorrow
blowing dust and live the moment

27.02.2004 Poetyca

Un sogno


Un sogno

Tra le piume di un cigno
s’è assopito
un sogno

La luna
accarezza le attese
tra varchi di cielo

Gocce di vita
scorrono
come linfa silente

Perlacei riflessi
sul lago della quiete
mentre tutto si colora

20.01.2004 Poetyca

A dream

Among the feathers of a swan
He’s asleep
a dream

The moon
Shakes expectations
between gates of heaven

Drops of life
flow
silent as lymph

Pearly reflections
Lake of the peace
while everything is colored

20.01.2004 Poetyca

Roma mia lunga radice


Roma mia lunga radice

Nel candore di una lacrima
che s’offre in dono
per la bellezza del tempo
che resta immobile
– Citta Eterna –
quante cose scolpiscono
le tue mura che restituiscono
il senso di una lunga Storia

Raccontano i passi
e gli occhi al cielo
di chi – animo sensibile –
si trova in volo
a dipingere contorni
della vita che sfiora
anche dove…
io non vedo
ma sento vivere
oltre confine

Roma
mia lunga radice
che non ho vissuto
ed abbraccia
il ricordo
che tacito sfiora
anche il presente
– tu lo sai –
la tenerezza
è anche in una perla

24.02.2004 Poetyca

Rome my long root

In the whiteness of a tear
that yields itself as a gift
for the beauty of time
that stands still
– Eternal City –
how much sculpt
your walls that return
the sense of a long history

Recount the steps
and eyes to heaven
who – a sensitive soul –
is in flight
painting outline
of life that touches
also where …
I do not see
but I feel live
abroad

Rome
My long root
I have not lived
and embraces
the memory
implied that touches
also present
– You know –
tenderness
is also a pearl

24.02.2004 Poetyca

Incanto spezzato


Incanto spezzato

Scissi ellissi
nel fragoroso
infrangere
d’un sogno

Spuma di pensieri
accarezzava
la luna
m e n t r e
inquieta la ragione
s’nterrogava

Senza scie
senza rimpianto
torno indietro
nel mio bozzolo
d’incanto

Riprendo la mia perla
– la custodisco –
e nella sua conchiglia
la ripongo

14.01.2004 Poetyca

Spell broken

Split ellipses
in noisy
break
a dream

Foam thoughts
stroked
the moon
w h e n
restless reason
is asking

Without trails
No regrets
I go back
in my cocoon
Enchanted

I take my pearl
– The Custody –
and in its shell
I put in

14.01.2004 Poetyca