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Preghiera – Prayer


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
http://it.wikipedia.org/wiki/Preghiera
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Prayer

Quando sarà – When will


Quando sarà

Nessuno conosce
il colore del tempo,
nessuno conosce
quale passo verrà
a portarmi via:
dove resta solo silenzio

Chiedo soltanto
di non ricordare
discorsi del passato
di non incidere nulla
perchè tutto quel che è stato
possa essere cancellato

Chiedo a te
che dopo avere asciugato
anche l’ultima lacrima
non si costruiscano strade
lastricate di parole,
di sospiri del vento

Perchè nulla va stretto in pugno
ma ogni cosa va lasciata andare
dove la notte sa dare spazio al sole

Dove solo un sorriso che sfiora
anche l’ultimo appiglio
possa renderti libero da quelle lacrime
che non avrei voluto lasciare impresse
come ultimo dono a chi non sa dimenticare

Quando sarà l’ultimo mio respiro
– fatemi morire in pace per piacere –
senza memoria e commemorazione
perchè in fondo nessuno sa davvero
contare i miei passi, e conoscere
oltre ogni tempo chi sono e chi ero
lasciami allora…
…solo silenzio!

03.05.2009 Poetyca

When will

Nobody knows
the color of time
nobody knows
step which will
take me away:
where it remains only silence

Just wonder
not to remember
speeches of the past
not to affect anything
because all that was
can be deleted

I ask you
that after drying
the last tear
do not build roads
paved with words
sighs of the wind

Because nothing is close at hand
but everything must be let go
where the night can give space to the sun

Where only a smile that touches
the last foothold
can make you free from tears
I would not leave imprinted
as the ultimate gift to those who do not forget

When will my last breath
– Let me die in peace for pleasure –
without memory and commemoration
Because in the end nobody knows
counting my steps, and know
over any time who I am and who I was
Let me then …
… Only silence!

03.05.2009 Poetyca

Big Star


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I Big Star sono un gruppo statunitense indicato come progenitore del power pop.[1] La formazione nasce a Memphis, nel 1971, da un’idea di Alex Chilton (19502010), già voce nei Box Tops, e Chris Bell (19511978).

Esordiscono nel 1972 con #1 Record, disco pubblicato dall’etichetta soul Stax. La loro musica univa le armonie vocali dei Beatles e dei Beach Boys con le melodie e gli arpeggi di chitarra dei Byrds, il tutto filtrato attraverso un’energia rock che, solo a posteriori, i critici e gli storici definiranno come power pop.[1][2]

L’ingombrante personalità creativa dei due leader porta Bell a lasciare la band nel 1973, subito prima di registrare il secondo disco, Radio City (1974) che, fondandosi sulla scrittura del solo Chilton, denota molte più influenze soul e r’n’b.

Lo scarso successo di pubblico crea un’inevitabile crisi che porta la band – ovvero, Chilton, il bassista Andy Hummell e il batterista Jody Stephens – allo scioglimento. Era il 1975 ed era appena stato registrato un disco che vedrà la luce solo tre anni più tardi, per onorare la prematura scomparsa di Chris Bell, morto nel 1978 in un incidente d’auto. Il disco sarà Third/Sister Lovers e chiude la prima fase della carriera dei Big Star.

Dalla fine degli anni settanta in poi, i Big Star diventano quello che si definisce un gruppo di culto. Moltissime formazioni citano Chilton e Bell tra le influenze della loro musica (ricordiamo i R.E.M., i Replacements, i Posies, i Teenage Fanclub, i Jesus and Mary Chain dei primi due dischi) e l’attenzione degli appassionati verso quei tre dischi dimenticati diventa spinta per un vero e proprio passaparola che fa conoscere – in un circuito pur sempre circoscritto – le canzoni del gruppo.

La band decide quindi di tornare sulle scene nel 1993. Chilton e Stephens decidono di suonare dal vivo accompagnati da Jon Auer e Ken Stringfellow dei Posies. I risultati di questa riunione si possono sentire nel live Columbia: Live at Missoury University. Ma per aspettare un nuovo disco di canzoni devono passare altri dodici anni. Tanti ne distano tra il sopracitato disco e il nuovo In Space. Pubblicato nel 2005 per la Rykodisc con la stessa formazione del 1993. Il 15 settembre 2009 esce la prima raccolta del gruppo Keep an Eye on the Sky, box set di quattro dischi pubblicato dalla Rhino Records.[3]

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

Big Star was an American power pop band formed in Memphis, Tennessee, in 1971 by Alex Chilton, Chris Bell, Jody Stephens, and Andy Hummel. Despite exceptional reviews from critics and widely acknowledged influence upon numerous notable musicians, Big Star attained only cult status, lacking commercial success. The group broke up in 1974, but reorganized with a new line-up nearly 20 years later. In its first era, the band’s musical style drew on the vocal harmonies of The Beatles, as well as the swaggering rhythms of The Rolling Stones and the jangling guitars of The Byrds. To the resulting power pop, Big Star added dark, existential themes, and produced a style that foreshadowed the alternative rock of the 1980s and 1990s. Before it broke up, Big Star created a “seminal body of work that never stopped inspiring succeeding generations” in the words of Rolling Stone,[1] as the “quintessential American power pop band” and “one of the most mythic and influential cult acts in all of rock & roll”.[2]

Big Star’s first album—1972’s #1 Record—was met by enthusiastic reviews, but ineffective marketing by Stax Records and limited distribution stunted its commercial success. Frustration took its toll on band relations: Bell left not long after the first record’s commercial progress stalled, and Hummel left to finish his college education after a second album, Radio City, was completed in December, 1973. Like #1 Record, Radio City received excellent reviews,[3] but label issues again thwarted sales—Columbia Records, which had assumed control of the Stax catalog, likewise effectively vetoed its distribution. After a third album was deemed non-commercially viable and shelved before receiving a title, the band broke up late in 1974. Four years later, the first two Big Star LPs were released together in the UK as a double album. The band’s third album was finally issued soon afterward; entitled Third/Sister Lovers, it found limited commercial success. Shortly thereafter, Chris Bell was killed in a car accident at the age of 27.

The Big Star discography drew renewed attention in the 1980s when R.E.M., and The Replacements as well as other popular bands cited the group as an influence. In 1992, interest was further stimulated by Rykodisc‘s reissues of the band’s albums, complemented by a collection of Bell’s solo work.[4] In 1993, Chilton and Stephens reformed Big Star with recruits Jon Auer and Ken Stringfellow of The Posies, and gave a concert at the University of Missouri.[5] The band remained active, performing tours in Europe and Japan,[6] and released a new studio album, In Space, in 2005. Chilton died on March 17, 2010, after being admitted to a New Orleans hospital with heart problems.[7] Hummel, who was diagnosed with cancer in 2008, died on July 19, 2010.[8] These deaths left Stephens as the sole surviving founding member.

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

Willy DeVille


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Willy DeVille nasce come William Borsay a Stamford, nel Connecticut (assumerà il nome di Willy DeVille nel 1975). Sua nonna materna era un’irochese; inoltre, è di discendenza basca e irlandese. Per dirla con le sue parole, “Un po’ di questo e un po’ di quello; un vero cane randagio”[2] Lascia la scuola al suo decimo anno di studi [3]e inizia a frequentare il Lower East Side e il West Village, a Manhattan. “Sembrava che non facessi altro che girare senza meta. Volevo suonare, ma non mi sembrava di trovare l’ambiente giusto. C’erano parecchie band di rock psichedelico, ma non erano fatte per me”[4] In questo periodo, gli interessi di DeVille erano indirizzati principalmente verso il blues, e in particolar modo verso John P. Hammond, Muddy Waters e John Lee Hooker.[5][6]

DeVille lascia allora la sua band “Billy and the Kids” e prova a raggiungere Londra, in cerca di musicisti con le sue stesse idee, ma non riesce a trovarne. Torna quindi a New York, dopo due anni di assenza.[7] La sua band successiva, i “Royal Pythons” (“una gang trasformata in gruppo musicale”[8]) rimase un altro tentativo senza successo.

Dopo alcuni pellegrinaggi si ferma a San Francisco, dove forma un gruppo con il bassista Ruben Siguenza e il batterista Tom “Manfred” Allen. Il gruppo suona sotto i nomi di “Billy DeSade & the Marquis” e “The Lazy Eights” prima di trovare il nome “Mink DeVille”. Dopo un po’ di tempo DeVille porta la band a New York, dove viene assunto il chitarrista Louis X. Erlanger, le cui abilità nel campo degli arrangiamenti aiutano ulteriormente il processo di perfezionamento del sound del gruppo. Nel 1981, quando esce il quarto album dei “Mink DeVille”, Coup de Grâce, tutti i componenti originali del gruppo, escludendo Willy, se ne sono già andati. Nel 1987 DeVille inizia a registrare sotto il proprio nome.

DeVille ha recitato in due film negli anni ottanta, rivestendo prima il ruolo di un truffatore in “Va Banque” (1986) e poi di una guardia del corpo in “Homeboy“, nel 1988. Nel corso della sua vita ha sofferto a lungo di dipendenza da droga, cosa che ha danneggiato seriamente la sua carriera. Possedeva abitazioni a New Orleans e nel Mississippi.

Una sua canzone, Demasiado corazón, è stata scelta come sigla della trasmissione televisiva italiana Zelig.

Il suo gruppo, inoltre, ha suonato a lungo al CBGB, lo storico nightclub newyorkese in cui ebbe origine il punk rock intorno agli anni settanta. A New Orleans, luogo in cui si trasferì nel 1988, diede un contributo importante al tentativo di dare nuova importanza al R&B locale. I suoi testi profondi e i legami con i ritmi tipici della musica latina hanno portato alla definizione di un nuovo genere di musica, chiamata Ispanico-americana.[9] Ha raggiunto la notorietà in Europa, mentre non fu particolarmente conosciuto negli Stati Uniti.

Nel 1994 è ospite musicale in una puntata della trasmissione satirica Tunnel con Serena Dandini (dove poco tempo prima lo avevano preceduto i Nirvana) ed esegue Cadillac Walk, prestandosi poi per qualche istante ai siparietti scherzosi di Corrado Guzzanti, Adolfo Margiotta, Maurizio Crozza e Carla Signoris.

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

Willy DeVille (August 25, 1950 – August 6, 2009) was an American singer and songwriter. During his thirty-five-year career, first with his band Mink DeVille (1974–1986) and later on his own, Deville created original songs rooted in traditional American musical styles. He worked with collaborators from across the spectrum of contemporary music, including Jack Nitzsche, Doc Pomus, Dr. John, Mark Knopfler, Allen Toussaint, and Eddie Bo. Latin rhythms, blues riffs, doo-wop, Cajun music, strains of Frenchcabaret, and echoes of early-1960s uptown soul can be heard in DeVille’s work.

Mink DeVille was a house band at CBGB, the historic New York City nightclub where punk rock was born in the mid-1970s. DeVille helped redefine the Brill Building sound. In 1987 his song “Storybook Love” was nominated for an Academy Award. After his move to New Orleans in 1988, he helped spark the roots revival of classic New Orleans R&B. His soulful lyrics and explorations in Latin rhythms and sounds helped define a new musical style sometimes called “Spanish-Americana”.[1]

DeVille died of pancreatic cancer on August 6, 2009 in a New York hospital. He was 58 years old.[2][3][4] Although his commercial success waxed and waned over the years, his legacy as a songwriter has influenced many other musicians such as Mark Knopfler and Peter Wolf.

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

Una perla al giorno – Bhradaranyaka Upanisad


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Come non si possono sentire
le singole note del suono d’un violino,
ma solo la totalità del suono
e l’azione del violinista,
così gli esseri individuali
non si possono capire
se non se ne conosce la fonte, l’Atman,
Dio che è il solo attore sulla scena del mondo.

Bhradaranyaka Upanisad, V, 10

As you can not hear
the individual notes of the sound of a violin,
but only the totality of the sound
and the action of the violinist,
so the living entities
you can not understand
if you do not know the source, the Atman,
God is the only actor on the world stage.

Bhradaranyaka Upanishads, V, 10

Gocce d’amore – Drops of love


Gocce d’amore

Noi siamo goccia d’amore
percorso del cuore
sorriso di un fiore
che apre al mondo
la sua bellezza
Tutto è unica sete
unica fame
unica manifestazione
di amore incondizionato

22.02.2011 Poetyca

 

Drops of love

We are drops of love
path of the heart
smile of a flower
that opens the world
its beauty
Everything is unique thirst
unique hunger
unique manifestation
unconditional love.

22.02.2011 Poetyca

 

Il nostro niente – Our nothing


Il nostro niente
Niente siamo noi e forse Tutto noi vorremmo,
perchè non è facile accogliere il nostro nulla,
distaccare gli occhi dal nostro senso di importanza.
Poi viene un soffio di vento, l’albero si scuote
e cade anche l’ultima foglia, una carezza lieve
prima di tornare alla terra da dove siamo nati.
31.01.2009 Poetyca
Our nothing
Nothing is us and maybe we all want,
because it is not easy to accept our nothingness,
detach his eyes from our sense of importance.
Then comes a puff of wind shakes the tree
and the last leaf falls, a slight caress
before returning to land from where we were born.
31.01.2009 Poetyca

In un pugno – In a punch


luce

In un pugno

Corazza di luce
avvolgi il mio respiro
proteggi e respingi
ogni ombra

Stretto come pugno
 il mio cuore è roccia
 forza viva
che mai abbandona

Resto in ascolto
conto i passi
ed assecondo
movimento ed attesa

Forza e dolcezza
sasso e acqua
piuma e roccia
leggera e costante

Custodisco
all’interno del pugno
verità e giustizia
per questo confuso mondo

Mi metto controvento
così tutta la polvere
delle altrui inquietudini
prende il largo a vola via

Avvolta come in un manto
nessuno può rubare
la vera essenza
di questo andare

19.09.2014 Poetyca

In a punch

Armor of light
wrap my breath
protect and repel
every shadow

Tight as fist
my heart is rock
living force
who never abandons

Rest in listening
account the distance
and seconded
movement and waiting

Strength and gentleness
stone and water
feather and rock
light and constant

I guard
within the fist
truth and justice
for this confused world

I’m going upwind
so all the dust
of others’ concerns
takes off to fly away

Wrapped in a blanket as
no one can steal
the true essence
of this going

19/09/2014 Poetyca

Neil Young – The Needle & The Damage Done


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Neil Percival Young (Toronto, 12 novembre 1945) è un cantautore e chitarrista canadese.

Dopo aver debuttato giovanissimo con la storica formazione dei Buffalo Springfield e aver raggiunto il successo nel supergruppo Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young,[1] Neil si è imposto come uno dei più carismatici e influenti cantautori degli anni settanta,[2] contribuendo a ridefinire la figura del songwriter con album come After the Gold Rush e il vendutissimo Harvest.[3]

Artista solitario e tormentato,[3] capace di passare con disinvoltura dalla quiete della ballata acustica alla brutalità della cavalcata rock, per l’approccio spesso volutamente “grezzo” che contraddistingue tanto i suoi dischi quanto i suoi concerti è stato considerato da alcuni un precursore del punk,[3] mentre la ruvida passione delle sue performance ha spinto tanto la critica quanto gli appassionati e gli stessi musicisti ad acclamarlo negli anni novanta padrino del grunge.[3][4] È stato inoltre un personaggio determinante per l’evoluzione di generi come l’alternative country[5] e l’alternative rock in generale.[6]

Tratti inconfondibili del suo stile sono la voce acuta e nasale, la chitarra “sporca” e cacofonica, i testi introspettivi e malinconici (specie nella cosiddetta Trilogia del dolore,[7] culminata nell’album Tonight’s the Night,[8] da molti ritenuto il primo concept album della storia del rock a misurarsi con temi quali il dolore e la perdita) nonché l’immancabile camicia di flanella, divenuta negli anni un autentico status symbol alternativo.

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

Neil Percival Young, OC OM[4][5] (born November 12, 1945) is a Canadian singer-songwriter and musician. He began performing in a group covering Shadowsinstrumentals in Canada in 1960, before moving to California in 1966, where he co-founded the band Buffalo Springfield together with Stephen Stills and Richie Furay, and later joined Crosby, Stills & Nash in 1969. He released his first album in 1968 and has since forged a successful and acclaimed solo career, spanning over 45 years and 35 studio albums, with a continuous and uncompromising exploration of musical styles.[6] The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame website describes Young as “one of rock and roll’s greatest songwriters and performers”.[7] He was inducted into the Hall of Fame twice, first as a solo artist in 1995, and second as a member of Buffalo Springfield in 1997.[8]

Young’s music is characterized by his distinctive guitar work, deeply personal lyrics[9][10][11] and characteristic alto or high tenor singing voice.[12][13] Although he accompanies himself on several different instruments, including piano and harmonica, his idiosyncratic electric and clawhammer acoustic guitar playing are the defining characteristics of a varyingly ragged and melodic sound.

While Young has experimented with differing music styles throughout a varied career, including swing and electronic music, most of his best known work is either acousticfolk-rock and country rock or electric, amplified hard rock (most often in collaboration with the band Crazy Horse). Musical styles such as alternative rock and grunge also adopted elements from Young. His influence has caused some to dub him the “Godfather of Grunge“.[14]

Young has directed (or co-directed) a number of films using the pseudonym Bernard Shakey, including Journey Through the Past (1973), Rust Never Sleeps (1979),Human Highway (1982), Greendale (2003), and CSNY/Déjà Vu (2008). He has also contributed to the soundtracks of films including Philadelphia (1993) and Dead Man(1995).

Young is an environmentalist[15] and outspoken advocate for the welfare of small farmers, having co-founded in 1985 the benefit concert Farm Aid. He is currently working on a documentary about electric car technology, tentatively titled LincVolt. The project involves his 1959 Lincoln Continental converted to hybrid technology as an environmentalist statement.[16][17] In 1986, Young helped found The Bridge School,[18] an educational organization for children with severe verbal and physical disabilities, and its annual supporting Bridge School Benefit concerts, together with his ex-wife Pegi Young (née Morton). Young has three children: sons Zeke (born during his relationship with actress Carrie Snodgress) and Ben, who were diagnosed with cerebral palsy, and daughter Amber Jean who, like Young, has epilepsy. Young lives on his ranch in La Honda, California.[19] Although he has lived in northern California since the 1970s and sings as frequently about U.S. themes and subjects as he does about his native country, he has retained his Canadian citizenship.[20] On July 14, 2006, Young was awarded the Order of Manitoba,[5] and on December 30, 2009, was made an Officer of the Order of Canada.[4]

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

 

Una perla al giorno – Mahâbhârata


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Se un forte,
ma disattento,
combatte contro un debole,
ma attento,
il forte ha la peggio
in conseguenza
della sua disattenzione.

Mahâbhârata

If a strong,
but inattentive,
fights against a weak,
but careful,
the fort has the worse
result
his carelessness.

Mahabharata

Opportunità – Opportunity – Rhonda Byrne


🌸Opportunità🌸

Ogni singolo momento
è un’opportunità
per cambiare la tua vita,
perché in ogni momento
puoi cambiare il modo
dove ti senti.

Rhonda Byrne
🌸🌿🌸#pensierieparole
Opportunity

Every single moment
it is an opportunity
to change your life,
because at all times
you can change the way
where do you feel.

Rhonda Byrne

Unico cuore – Single heart


Unico cuore

Un piccolo angelo
con la purezza nell’anima
un sorriso che porta luce
in un mondo che offre vuote parole

Un uomo grande
nei gesti e nella forza
in semplice offerta
di scaglie di cielo

Un attimo ancora caro amico
per disegnare nel mondo
la speranza nella quale
anche io credo

Una sicura presenza
dove il silenzio è gesto
che senza parole
sa condurre nel profondo

Una complice attesa
della stella del mattino
per portare nel mondo
un unico cuore

03.11.2009 Poetyca

Single heart

A little angel
with pure soul
a smile that brings light
in a world that offer empty words

A great man
gestures and strength
in simple offer
sky flakes

A moment yet my friend
to draw the world
the hope in which
I also believe

Definite presence
where silence gesture
without words
sa lead deep

An accomplice waiting
of the morning star
to bring the world
one heart

03.11.2009 Poetyca

Una perla al giorno – Kamil Ali


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Dal momento che non ci sono due giorni uguali,
dobbiamo entrare nell’aula della vita
  quando ci svegliamo ogni mattina “

  Kamil Ali

Since no two days are the same,
we must be entering life’s classroom
when we wake up each morning”

Kamil Ali

La strada – The road


La strada

Era quella la strada
che seguivi un tempo
e nell’ascolto sereno
era il cuore che aprivi

Passi tra fiori in un prato
dove raccoglievi radici
che t’insegnavano amore
senza ricerca di orpelli

Ma tra confusi ruoli
o rivendicate matrici
non sai più trovare
la voce che tace

Non era magia
il contatto profondo
della tua essenza
che conosceva il mondo

Era solo spontanea
e sicura accoglienza
di chi fragile ancora
attraverso te la vita donava

14.02.2003 Poetyca

The road

That was the way
which followed a time
and listening to peaceful
was the heart that opened

Walk among flowers in a meadow
where to gather roots
teach you that love
without looking for frills

But confusion between roles
claimed or Die
you can not find more
the voice that is silent

It was not magic
deep contact
your essence
who knew the world

It was just spontaneous
safe and welcoming
of those who still fragile
through the life you gave

14.02.2003 Poetyca

La Risalita – The slope



La risalita
Scuoto ora la polvere dai passi
e guardo indietro, a quel che è stato:

Luce che come sfera mi cerchi
– parli un linguaggio dimenticato –
d’ emanazione e potenza che d’Amore
è traccia oltre questo tempo,
mi hai aperto la via della consapevolezza
ed è con te che è iniziato il mio viaggio:

Mille ostacoli per la risalita
d’una montagna, che con compagni,
dai volti non messi in luce,
ma con la forte presenza di una guida,
dal capo incappucciato è benevolenza
ed emanazione di quella legge incisa,
nel rispetto della scelta – andare o tornare –
E senza indugio mi tuffo,
per ricacciarmi indietro dove mi conduce il cuore.
Ed avanzando resti accanto ad ogni passo.

Sorella e Fratello – Cuore e Ratio
opposti in ricerca d’unità
per proteggere ed amalgamare
il correre nel mondo
come anima indifesa che teme:
si conduce tra sensibilità e riflessione.
Ho cercato e compreso come fortificare
tutte le mie paure dove il cuore vacilla
ed è l’equidistanza a condurre la ragione.

Passero ferito;
io sono questa
nella provenienza, dei giorni
che ho vissuto.
Cuore antico come il mondo,
dove tutto passa dentro la ferita
che non s’è rimarginata ancora
e poi… malgrado tutto
quel vociare, sull’incapacità,
per bloccare la mia crescita.
Apro le ali al cielo:
casa da sempre riconosciuta
e poi…gabbiano tra gabbiani
e senza che sapessi nulla,
Aquila che mi cerca
e mi riporta a casa
– dove tutto riconosco –
ed Aquila anch’io,
tra potenza d’ali e pace
ma una la scelta, una soltanto:
ritornare tra passeri
a sollecitare la capacità di volo.
Scorreva la storia di quel che ero
nel comprendere il vivere l’istante.

Solitaria presenza,sono io,
anima che vaga nel bosco:
tra memoria di voci
che non seguiranno il mio passo
e scelte da loro fatte ed altre mie da fare,
tra chi è stato e chi deve arrivare.
Voce che fuoricampo indica
di non essere in pena perchè
c’è chi resta e chi devo incontrare,
che molti potrei perdere ancora
ma altri arriveranno,
mentre resto in silenzio con questa
nostalgia che indefinibile
comprende che qualcosa presto accade:
bivacco e fuoco spento,
cenere in un cerchio di pietra,
mentre la notte arriva ed è attesa
di chi non arriverà perchè teme.

Inquietudine e ricerca,
parole che corrono
e quel peso attaccato addosso:
brama,proiezione di altri e in me fatica
che rallentano il mio passo,
ed è ora Volontà da cercare;
dentro di me voce potente,
perchè si separi quel che non fa avanzare
da quel che si è compreso ed è valore.
Notte di fatica e lotta per ritrovare Luce
ed essere consapevole della Forza
che solo io posso guidare:

“Che le acque si separino dalla terra
che la tenebra rifugga da me
ora che so scegliere e capire
dove poggerò i passi da questo istante!”

Ed ora dal bosco dell’attesa,
della sera in nostalgia,
avanzo decisa alla radura
piena di brillanti colori,
prato in pieno sole tra fiori
che intensi offrono dono:
Compagni di viaggio ancora,
antiche figure ritrovate
– E’ festa per questo chiarore –
stessa Luce che accoglie,
tre occhi e non uno solo,
per vedere oltre quel che appare:
dove la forma cambia
ma è sempre stato Amore.

09.09.2007 Poetyca
The slope
I shake the dust from hour walk
and look back at what has been:

Light ball as I try
– Speak a forgotten language –
‘s adoption and power of Love
is no trace beyond this time,
I have opened the way to awareness
with you and that started my journey:

Thousand barriers for ascending
of a mountain, with companions,
faces is not highlighted,
but with the strong presence of a guide,
the head is hooded goodness
and enactment of the law engraved
in respect of the choice – or go back –
And immediately I dive,
drive back to where my heart leads me.
And advancing the ruins next to each step.

Sister and Brother – Heart and Ratio
opposites in search of unity
to protect and mix
the race in the world
as helpless soul who fears:
is conducted between sensitivity and reflection.
I tried and understood as strengthening
all my fears where the heart falters
and is equidistant to lead the right.

Wounded sparrow;
I have this
its provenance, days
I have lived.
Heart ancient as the world,
where everything goes into the wound
that he has not healed yet
and then … despite all
that shouting, inability,
to stop my growth.
I open the wings to the sky:
home has always recognized
and then … between gull gulls
and without that I knew nothing,
Aquila looking for me
and me home
– Where all recognize –
and Aquila, too,
between power and peace of wings
but a choice, just one:
return between sparrows
to encourage the capacity for flight.
Ran the story of what was
in understanding the experience the moment.

Solitary presence, I am,
soul wandering in the woods:
between memory items
who do not follow my footsteps
and choices made by them and my other to do
between who was and who is to come.
Entry indicates that home run
not in pain because
there are those who remain and who I meet,
that many could still lose
but more on the way,
while the rest in silence with this
indefinable nostalgia
understands that something happens soon:
bivouac fire off,
ashes in a circle of stone,
as the night arrives and is waiting
who will not come because fears.

Concern and research,
words that run
and the weight attached to him:
longing, projection and other trouble in me
that slow down my pace,
Will and is now sought;
powerful voice within me,
because it separates what does not feed
from what is included and value.
Night of toil and struggle to find light
and be aware of Force
I can only drive:

“Let the waters separating the land
darkness to flee from me
now that I choose and understand
will rest where the steps from this instant! ”

And now the wood of expectation,
the night of nostalgia
decided to clear surplus
full of bright colors,
meadow of flowers in full sun
intense that offer gift:
Traveling companions again
ancient figures found
– It ‘s party for this light –
same light that welcomes,
three eyes, not just one,
to see beyond what appears:
where the shape changes
but was always Love.

09.09.2007 Poetyca

Una perla al giorno – Astravakra Gita


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Come potrà mai riuscire lo stolto
a controllare la propria mente?
Il controllo della mente
arriva con naturalezza al saggio
che trova la felicità in se stesso,
senza che debba fare sforzi.

Astravakra Gita, XVIII, 41

How will never succeed the fool
to control his mind?
Mind control
comes naturally to the wise
who finds happiness in himself,
without the need to make efforts.

Astravakra Gita, XVIII, 41

Viola – Violet


Viola

Seduta sul bordo del suo lettino Viola attendeva che la mamma arrivasse, anche questa volta aveva fatto un brutto sogno e dopo aver sudato tanto, compreso che si trattava solo un sogno, aveva chiamato la mamma perché l’abbracciasse e le raccontasse una delle sue bellissime storie.

Non era facile per Viola di soli cinque anni capire come mai non tutti erano capaci di fare cose che lei faceva spontaneamente e non aveva intenzione di dare preoccupazione alle persone , solo che non capiva cosa era possibile manifestare e cosa era meglio trattenere o fare solo quando nessuno guardava, come accaduto la mattina prima, quando in giardino aveva visto una farfalla battere inesorabilmente e con grande fatica le ali, era davvero un grande sforzo per lei volare di nuovo.

Viola  indicò  quella povera farfalla al nonno e la bambina disse  che voleva aiutala a volare, il nonno spiegò che aveva volato tanto ma ora era il tempo di un lungo sonno, che per tutti arriva la fatica e quel sonno, che ci sono cose che accadono e che non si può reagire, lei non avrebbe potuto fare nulla!

Eppure Viola sentiva quel solletico sulla punta delle dita, sentiva quel calore e vedeva intorno alla farfalla un alone colorato che stava per spegnersi, perché non offrire un poco dei suoi colori alla farfalla? In fondo aveva dato gioia al cielo e ai fiori!

Viola disse al nonno di non preoccuparsi, ci avrebbe pensato lei! Il nonno sorrise per il candore e la convinzione di quella bimbetta, così simile nell’esprimere i sogni che la sua mamma faceva da piccola, lei che inventava fiabe ed era solitaria, seria e attenta a tutto. Quanta fatica per aiutarla a cambiare perché i sogni non servono a nulla nella vita e si deve essere concreti.

Viola si avvicinò alla farfalla, la prese delicatamente e la adagiò sul palmo della mano sinistra mente con la mano destra compiva degli strani movimenti circolari intorno alle ali della farfalla, il nonno guardava stupito e scettico, preoccupato della imminente delusione che la piccola Viola avrebbe avuto a breve.

Restava in silenzio, pronto a cercare parole adatte, ad accogliere le lacrime della bambina. Trascorsero pochi attimi e  come una piccola nuvola azzurrina apparve avvolgendo la farfalla, il nonno credeva di avere delle allucinazioni perché immediatamente dopo la farfalla iniziò a muovere le ali e a volare intorno alla bambina disegnando alcuni ghirigori festanti.

Come era possibile? Si trattava di una particolare coincidenza?

Eppure solo pochi minuti prima quella farfalla era disidratata e morta, certamente non era così colorata e viva come adesso!

La bimba aveva un’aria soddisfatta e a guardare il viso serio e stupito del nonno  si rese conto che forse aveva fatto qualcosa di sbagliato, almeno per il nonno e chiese: – Nonno sono stata cattiva? Perché i tuoi occhi mi stanno rimproverando?

Cosa ho fatto di sbagliato?

Il nonno non sapeva cosa rispondere, quello allora era un prodigio se la bambina era consapevole di avere fatto qualcosa per cambiare la realtà della farfalla, l’unica cosa che riuscì a chiedere fu: – Ma dove hai imparato? Sei così piccina, come hai fatto?

La bimba sgranò gli occhi :

–          Perché nonno tu non lo sai fare?

–         No piccola mia io non sono capace, nessuno mi ha insegnato o forse ..non ho mai provato perché non credevo possibile una cosa del genere. Comunque piccola mia forse è meglio non dire questo alla mamma, potrebbe preoccuparsi e se proprio devi fare queste cose, stai molto attenta che non ti veda nessuno!

Viola percepì ancora una volta come il nonno fosse turbato e che lei ne era la causa, allora disse al nonno di rilassarsi e di non essere preoccupato perché lei avrebbe fatto attenzione, non lo avrebbe detto neppure a Francy la sua migliore amica.

Il sogno era stato davvero spaventoso, una grossa nube scura si stava spostando e con dei vortici che sembravano tentacoli cercava di penetrare nelle case, nei boschi e dove arrivava sotto forma di nebbia cambiava l’aspetto delle cose; alberi e rocce, fiumi e mari, tutto sembrava perdere vita, come un contenitore vuoto, senza più energia, la gente sembrava non avere volontà ed agiva senza riflettere.

Nel suo sogno le farfalle, gli uccelli, i pesci e le voci di altri bambini come lei, così sensibili e speciali sembrava la chiamassero per portare aiuto e per riportare energie colorate a quel disastro.

Quel sogno appariva così vero! Infine la farfalla che la mattina prima l’aveva ringraziata con la danza del cuore le appariva e le diceva che per gratitudine le avrebbe presentato la fatina del giardino e che con lei avrebbe potuto aiutare piante e d insetti, animali ed esseri umani, ma non sarebbe stata sola, altre fatine avevano l’incarico di parlare con altri bambini e si sarebbero tutti incontrati, che una missione la stava attendendo.

Viola si svegliò perché quella brutta visione della nube la faceva sentire come senza fiato, come avrebbe potuto aiutare tutti lei che era tanto piccola?

Poi ricordò come il nonno fosse preoccupato e cercò la mamma per capire cosa stesse accadendo.

La mamma arrivò, semi addormentata ma calma, chiese cosa fosse accaduto e cosa la bambina avesse sognato di tanto brutto.

Ascoltò attenta, sebbene la bambina non sapesse come fare per dire che nel sogno era stata richiesta per aiutare , ma che il nonno che aveva assistito al volo della farfalla era preoccupato.

Viola disse che era stato un sogno brutto, che era presente una brutta nuvola che si sentiva soffocare per questo ma che alcune cose erano difficili da capire per la mamma come lo erano per il nonno, che forse qualcosa di sbagliato era nelle sue mani.

La mamma accarezzò la fronte della bambina e le stampò un bacio, seduta sul letto, con la manina stretta alla sua, le disse di non temere, che la mamma non aveva mai pensato che lei potesse essere sbagliata, che anzi, da quando lei era nel pancione e la mamma sentiva i suoi calcetti sapeva come quella fosse stata una bimba speciale che sognava spesso e come alla nascita la piccola Viola fosse esattamente come nel sogno, persino il piccolo neo a forma di cuore sul pancino!

Le disse che anche lei quando era una bambina per molte persone poteva apparire strana, ricca di fantasia, solitaria e che solo se immersa nella natura si sentiva bene.

Solo che aveva dovuto mettere da parte ogni sogno, ogni fiaba per essere come altri volevano e solo ora, con la piccola Viola poteva raccontare le sue favole e le sue sensazioni che altri non avrebbero compreso. Dunque di non temere perché la mamma sapeva quanto lei fosse speciale.

La bimba allora, ritrovata fiducia le disse della farfalla e la mamma sorrise, le disse del sogno e di come dovesse l’indomani andare in giardino a ricercare la farfalla e come questa le avrebbe fatto conoscere la fatina del giardino.

La mamma sorrise ancora, sembrava le credesse e la bimba si rilassò, chiedendo un bicchiere d’acqua e una favola nuova.

La mamma andò in cucina e prese l’acqua con sé e lì per lì inventò una favola che parlava dei sogni dei bambini, di come ogni sogno ricco di bellezza, di purezza e di amore fosse energia colorata che salva il mondo, che tante cose invece sono capaci di inaridire la vita, soprattutto non saper sognare o avere paura di farlo,di come tante cose possano invece contaminare e distruggere la bellezza e la Natura, perché si perde il rispetto e si è sordi alla voce del cuore.

La bimba comprese come la mamma le stesse indicando di credere in se stessa, di non farsi influenzare delle cose che spesso i grandi dicono perché hanno perso quella fiducia e camminano su una strada che ha perso colori.

Il mattino dopo Viola e la sua mamma andarono in giardino insieme, mano nella mano, sorridenti e piene di speranze.

Improvvisamente apparve la farfalla, ma a guardarla meglio era una fatina minuscola che emanava grazia e colori, ovunque battesse le sue piccole ali folate di polvere di stelle sprizzavano allegramente e con la sua piccola bacchetta magica fece dei ghirigori e disse con una vocina dolcissima a Viola che lei non doveva mai smettere di manifestare quelle sue doti speciali, che l’intero mondo ne aveva bisogno e se persone tristi e scettiche preferivano restare cieche, lei e altri bambini che presto avrebbe conosciuto non devono fermarsi ma portare avanti l’Opera dalle Bellezza e del Cuore Puro, per salvare la terra da quella nube velenosa che lei aveva sognato.

L’appuntamento era nel parco, un centinaio di bambini venuti da ogni parte del mondo avevano fatto dei sogni di vita, di speranza e di bellezza ed ora, con i genitori che attraverso di loro avevano capito come si stessero dimenticando il valore profondo delle  cose, finalmente si sarebbero incontrati.

Quanta emozione e quanti abbracci! Finalmente si poteva regalare luce e colori alla Natura morente per fermare le nubi tossiche della violenza e del rancore per portare pace e compassione nel Mondo.

Viola era felice, raggiante e vibrava alla medesima frequenza di quei bambini.

Tutto stava per iniziare.

© Poetyca

Violet

Sitting on the edge of his bed Viola waited for her mother arrived, this time he had a bad dream, and after sweating so much, including that it was only a dream, because her mother had called the hug and tell her one of her beautiful histories.

It was not easy for Viola just five years to understand why not everyone was able to do things that she did voluntarily and was not going to give concern to people, just do not understand what was possible to demonstrate and to retain what was best or only when doing no one was looking, as happened in the morning before, in the garden when he saw a butterfly beating relentlessly and with great difficulty the wings, was really a great effort for her to fly again.

Purple Butterfly indicated that poor girl and her grandfather said he wanted to help her fly, explained that his grandfather had flown a lot but now it was time for a long sleep, that for all the hard work and get that sleep, that there are things that happen and that we can not respond, she could not do anything!

Yet Viola felt that tickled my fingertips, feeling the heat and saw the glow around the butterfly that was about to go out, why not offer a little of its color to the butterfly? In the end he gave joy to the sky and the flowers!

Viola told his grandfather not to worry, she would have done! The grandfather smiled for the candor and conviction of that little girl, so like to express the dreams that his mother was a child, she was lonely and invented tales, serious and attentive to everything. How much effort to help change that dreams serve no purpose in life and you must be concrete.

Viola went to the butterfly, took it gently and laid him on the left palm with his right hand He made the mind of strange circular motions around the wings of the butterfly, the grandfather looked surprised and skeptical, worried about the impending disappointment that little Violet would short.

He remained silent, ready to seek appropriate words, to accept the tears of a child. They spent a few moments and appeared as a small blue cloud enveloping the butterfly, the grandfather thought he had hallucinations because immediately after the butterfly began to move his wings and fly around the little girl drawing a few squiggles revelers.

How was this possible? This was a particular coincidence?

Yet only a few minutes before that butterfly was dehydrated and died, it certainly was not so colorful and lively as now!

The girl looked pleased and surprised look on his face serious and grandfather realized that perhaps he had done something wrong, at least for my grandfather and asked: – I was Grandpa bad? Because your eyes are blaming me?

What did I do wrong?

The grandfather did not know what to answer, what was then a miracle if the child was conscious of having done something to change the reality of the butterfly, the only thing I could ask was: – But where did you learn? You’re so tiny, like you did?

The girl’s eyes widened:

– Why do not you know my grandfather do?

– No, my baby I’m not able, or perhaps no one has taught me .. I never tried because I did not believe such a thing possible. However, my baby I probably should not say this to my mother, and may worry if you must do these things, be very careful that you do not see anyone!

Viola felt once more like his grandfather was upset and she was the cause, then told his grandfather to relax and not be worried because you have been paying attention, he would not even told her best friend to Francy.

The dream was really scary, a big dark cloud was moving with the vortices that appeared tentacles trying to break into houses, forests, and where he came in the form of fog changed the look of things, trees and rocks, rivers and seas , everything seemed to lose life, like an empty shell, without energy, people seemed to have no will and acted without thinking.

In his dream, butterflies, birds, fish, and the voices of other children like her, so sensitive and special seemed to call her in to help restore energy and color of this disaster.

That dream seemed so real! Finally, the butterfly in the morning before he had thanked her with the dance of the heart appeared to her and told her she would submit to the gratitude of the fairy garden and that she could help with plants and insects, animals and humans, but not been alone, other fairies were assigned to talk to other children and they would all be met, which was waiting at a mission.

Violet woke up that ugly vision of the cloud because it made her feel as breathless as she could to help everyone who was so small?

Then he remembered how his grandfather was worried about his mother and tried to understand what was happening.

The mother arrived, half asleep, but calm, asked what had happened and what the girl had dreamed of as ugly.

He listened attentively, although the girl did not know how to say that the dream had been asked to help, but the grandfather who had witnessed the flight of the butterfly was worried.

Viola said he had been a bad dream, that there was a nasty cloud that was being choked for this but some things that were difficult to understand for the mother as they were for his grandfather, that maybe something was wrong in his hands.

The mother stroked the child’s forehead and planted a kiss sitting on the bed, with her hand close to her, told her not to worry, that my mother had never thought she could be wrong, that indeed, since she was in the belly and the mother felt her kicks knew how this had been a special little girl who dreamed about the birth and how often the little Violet was just like in the dream, even the small heart-shaped mole on his tummy!

He told her that when she was a girl might seem strange to many people, full of fantasy, solitary and immersed in nature only if it felt good.

Only he had to put aside every dream, every fairy tale to be like others wanted and only now, with little Violet could tell his stories and feelings that others would not understand. So not to worry because my mother knew what she was special.

The girl then told her newfound confidence of the butterfly and the mother smiled, told her the dream and how he had to go the next day to search for the butterfly garden and how it would have made known to the fairy garden.

The mother smiled again, and seemed to believe the child is relaxed, asking for a glass of water and a new story.

The mother went into the kitchen and took the water with them and there and then concocted a story that spoke of the dreams of children, like every dream world of beauty, purity and love were colored energy that saves the world, that so many things Instead they are capable of drying up the life, especially not to dream or be afraid to do so, instead of how many things can contaminate and destroy the beauty and nature, because you lose the respect and they are deaf to the voice of the heart.

Including the child as her mother was indicating to believe in herself, not to be influenced of the great things that often say they have lost that trust and walk on a road that has lost color.

The next morning, Violet and her mom went into the garden together, hand in hand, smiling and full of hope.

Suddenly, there was the butterfly, but a closer look was a tiny fairy who exuded grace and color, its tiny wings beat anywhere gusts of dust and stars flashed brightly with her little magic wand made of doodles and said with a sweet little voice in Purple that she must never stop manifesting those special skills, that the whole world needed it and if people preferred to remain sad and skeptical blind, she and other children who would soon have known not to stop but to continue the Work by Beauty and Pure Heart, to save the earth from the poisonous cloud that she had dreamed.

The appointment was in the park, hundreds of children come from all over the world had had dreams of life, hope and beauty and now, with parents who had got through them as they were forgetting the profound value of things at last they met.

How much excitement and many hugs! Finally you could give the dying light and color to nature to stop toxic clouds of violence and hatred to bring peace and compassion in the world.

Viola was happy, radiant and vibrated at the same frequency of those children.

Everything was about to begin.

© Poetyca

Una perla la giorno – Lao Tzu


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“Rispetta la vincita del tuo prossimo
come se fosse la tua,
e la sconfitta del tuo prossimo
come se fosse la tua”

Lao Tzu T’ai Shang Kan Ying P’ien 213-218.

“Respect the winning your next
as if it were your own,
and the defeat of your next
as if it were your own “

Lao Tzu T’ai Shang Kan Ying P’ien 213-218.

Nick Cave Full – Royal Albert Hall, London May 3 2015


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Nick Cave, all’anagrafe Nicholas Edward Cave (Warracknabeal, 22 settembre 1957), è un cantautore, compositore, scrittore, sceneggiatore e attore australiano.

Grazie ad una serie di notevoli album e intense esibizioni dal vivo, ha coniato uno stile lirico e musicale inconfondibile che lo ha imposto come una delle figure più influenti e carismatiche della musica contemporanea.

Dagli esordi post-punk ai lavori recenti, più vicini al cantautorato, Cave ha sviluppato una personalissima rielaborazione dei generi cardine della musica nata negli Stati Uniti (blues, gospel, country), affrontati con lo spirito cupo e sperimentale della new wave e del gothic rock, anche grazie alla sua caratteristica voce gutturale dabaritono. I suoi testi, attraversati da una forte tensione religiosa e da un costante senso di apocalisse imminente, affrontano tematiche quali il ruolo del divino nella vita dell’uomo, la ricerca della redenzione, l’angoscia esistenziale e l’amore perduto

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

 

Nicholas EdwardNickCave (born 22 September 1957) is an Australian musician, songwriter, author, screenwriter, composer and occasional film actor. He is best known as the frontman of Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, established in 1983, a group known for its diverse output and ever-evolving line-up. Prior to this, he fronted the Birthday Party, one of the most extreme and confrontational post-punk bands of the early 1980s. In 2006, he formed the garage rock band Grinderman, releasing its debut album the following year.

Referred to as rock music’s “Prince of Darkness”, Cave’s music is generally characterised by emotional intensity, a wide variety of influences, and lyrical obsessions with death, religion, love and violence. NME described him as “the grand lord of gothic lushness”.

Cave has also worked as a composer for films, often in collaboration with fellow Australian musician Warren Ellis. Their films together include The Proposition (2005, based on a screenplay by Cave), The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford (2007) and The Road (2009). Cave is the subject and co-writer of the semi-fictional “day in the life” documentary 20,000 Days on Earth (2014).

Upon Cave’s induction into the ARIA Hall of Fame, ARIA Awards committee chairman Ed St John said: “Nick Cave has enjoyed—and continues to enjoy—one of the most extraordinary careers in the annals of popular music. He is an Australian artist like Sidney Nolan is an Australian artist—beyond comparison, beyond genre, beyond dispute.”

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

 

Buona ricerca – Good search



Buona ricerca
Quando tu vuoi cercare la Verità, non restare nel chiasso, essa svanirebbe.
Tu immergiti nel silenzio, dove nulla distrae il tuo ascolto, tu non fare vagare la mente da una immagine ad una altra. Tu semplicemente ascolta dentro di te cosa dice il tuo cuore.

Tu non ti aggrappare ad una aspettativa, tu non ti gonfiare di orgoglio credendo di avere realizzato un traguardo solo per avere sperimentato una piccola Siddhi ( potere esteriore che nasce da una piccola realizzaziione interiore di noi stessi), non è questo il motivo della ricerca, tu vai avanti sicuro e non perdere mai la tua volontà e la fiducia in te stesso.
Un giorno, dopo avere attraversato il deserto, quando tu guarderai alle tue spalle ti accorgerai di come tu sia stato capace di camminare a lungo e di come la forza sia sempre stata in te, come la speranza sia stata la tua lampada nel buio della notte.
Tu ti accorgerai che in te hai già tutto e che non sei mai stato solo: l’amore è la più grande potenza che sa condurre oltre ogni difficoltà, tu ama e dimentica il sudore e la fatica, tu ama e saprai sempre trovare
la strada giusta che ti impedisce di perderti nelle tenebre.

01.01.2009 Poetyca

Good search
When you want to search for the truth, do not stay in the noise, itwould vanish.
You immerse yourself in the silence, where nothing distracts yourlistening, you do not mind wander from one image to another. Yousimply listen in to what you said in your heart.
You do not cling to an expectation, you do not swell with pridethinking of having achieved a goal only to have experienced a smallSiddhi (external power that comes from a small inner realizzaziione of ourselves), this is not the reason for the research, sure you go onand never lose your will and trust in yourself.
One day, after crossing the desert when you will look behind youyou’ll see how you were able to walk and how long the power hasalways been in you, that hope has been your lamp in the darkness of the night .
You realize that you already have everything that you’ve never beenjust that: love is the greatest power that knows how to carry overevery difficulty, you love and forget the sweat and toil, you’ll always know you love and find
the right way that prevents you from getting lost in the darkness.
01.01.2009 Poetyca

John Martyn – Solid Air – 1973 (Full Album) (432 Hz)


John Martyn, nome d’arte di Iain David McGeachy (New Malden, 11 settembre 1948 – Kingston upon Thames, 29 gennaio 2009), è stato un cantautore e chitarrista scozzese.

Spaziava dal folk al blues al jazz e il suo stile era caratterizzato dall’uso della voce come strumento musicale

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

John Martyn, OBE (11 September 1948 – 29 January 2009), born as Iain David McGeachy, was a British singer-songwriter and guitarist. Over a 40-year career, he released 21 studio albums, working with artists such as Eric Clapton, David Gilmour and Phil Collins. He was described by The Times as “an electrifying guitarist and singer whose music blurred the boundaries between folk, jazz, rock and blues”

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

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

Una perla al giorno – Martin Luther King, Jr.


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Ogni uomo deve decidere se camminerà nella
luce dell’altruismo creativo o nel buio
dell’egoismo distruttivo.

Martin Luther King, Jr.

 

Every man must decide whether he will walk in
light creative altruism or in the darkness
of destructive selfishness.

Martin Luther King, Jr.

Una perla al giorno – Majjhima-Nikâya


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Abbandonato il pettegolezzo,
si astiene dal pettegolezzo;
parla al momento giusto, parla dei fatti,
parla di ciò che è buono,
parla del Dhamma e della disciplina;
al momento giusto proferisce parole
che vale la pena di ricordare,
ragionevoli, moderate e benefiche.

Majjhima-Nikâya
Abandoned gossip,
abstains from gossip;
speaks at the right time, speaks of the facts,
talk about what is good,
speaks of the Dhamma and discipline;
at the right time utters words
it is worth remembering,
reasonable, moderate and beneficial.

Majjhima-Nikâya

Una Perla al giorno – Culakammavibhanga Sutta


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Gli esseri sono padroni delle loro azioni,
eredi delle loro azioni;
sono originati dalle loro azioni,
sono legati alle loro azioni,
hanno come rifugio le loro azioni.
È l’azione che distingue gli esseri
come inferiori o superiori.

Culakammavibhanga Sutta
Beings are masters of their actions,
heirs of their actions;
were generated by their actions,
are related to their actions,
as they shelter their actions.
It is the action that distinguishes beings
as inferior or superior.

Culakammavibhanga Sutta

Una perla al giorno – Ramana Maharshi, Detti


mandala

 

E’ giusto pregare finché senti di essere distinto dal potere supremo.
Ma meglio ancora è raggiungere lo stato dell’abbandono
e consegnare il tuo fardello al Signore,
che ti toglierà quel peso dalle spalle
e ti farà sentire che tu sei in lui e che sei uno con lui.

Ramana Maharshi, Detti

It is right to pray until you feel you are separate from the supreme power.
But even better is to reach the state of abandonment
and deliver your burden to the Lord,
that is going to take that weight off your shoulders
and will make you feel that you are in him and that you are one with him.

Ramana Maharshi, Sayings

Bambino dell’illusione – Child dell’illusion – Riflettendo …


La Riflessione
Il Cielo è sereno e chiaro,
la Terra è stabile e calma.
Gli esseri che perdono queste qualità, muoiono.
Mentre coloro che le emulano, vivono.
Una calma e stabile vastità
è la casa della luce spirituale.
Un’aperta assenza di ego
è la dimora della Via.
Maestro Huai-nan-tzu
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Come trovare la bellezza
sempre presente e mai oscurata?
Nel lasciare andare
attaccamento e rabbia
nel saper accogliere
la realtà come essa è,
oltre la forma e le aspettative
con cuore aperto…semplicemente.
Nessun fulmine ci colpisce
nessun moto e reazione
che scatena solo nubi
mantenendo la distanza
dalla luce e dalla vera natura.
Poetyca
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L’insegnamento
Bambino dell’illusione
E’ essenziale rendersi conto adesso, in vita, mentre abbiamo ancora questo corpo,
che la sua convincente apparenza di solidità è una mera illusione.
Il modo più efficace di comprendere ciò, è imparare a diventare,
dopo la meditazione, un “bambino dell’illusione”:
trattenersi, cioè, dal solidificare – come saremmo tentati di fare –
la percezione di noi stessi e del mondo e continuare a vedere direttamente,
come facciamo durante la meditazione, che tutti i fenomeni sono illusori
e simili a un sogno, come fa un “bambino dell’illusione”.
Questa pratica sviluppa la nostra comprensione della natura illusoria del corpo
ed è una delle più profonde intuizioni di sostegno al lasciar andare.
Sogyal Rinpoche
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Tutto muta, nulla resta uguale
come nubi nel cielo terso:
non puoi credere reale
quel che è frutto d’illusione
Tu non sei corpo, tu non sei mente
nulla resta ed è soggetto a mutare
Non essere ricettacolo di illusione
in quell’attaccamento che nuoce
– qui ed ora – senza timore
dove tutto muta e svanisce – ogni momento
Poetyca
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30.05.2009 Poetyca

Reflection
The sky is cloudless and clear,
Earth is stable and calm.
Beings who lose these qualities, they die.
While those who emulate and live.
A calm and stable vastness
is the home of spiritual light.
An open egolessness
is the abode of the Way.
Master Huai-nan-tzu
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How to find beauty
always present and never obscured?
In letting go
attachment and anger
in being able to accommodate
reality as it is,
beyond the form and expectations
with an open heart … simply.
No lightning strikes us
no motion and reaction
that triggers only clouds
keeping the distance
by light and true nature.
Poetyca
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The teaching
child dell’illusion
It Is essential to realize now, in life, while we still have this body,
that his convincing appearance of solidity is an illusion.
The most effective way to understand this, you learn to become
After meditation, a “child of illusion”:
refrain, ie, by solidifying – as we would be tempted to do –
the perception of ourselves and the world and continue to see directly,
as we do in meditation, that all phenomena are illusory
and like a dream, like a “child of illusion”.
This practice develops our understanding of the illusory nature of the body
and is one of the deepest insights of support to let go.
Sogyal Rinpoche
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Everything changes, nothing stays the same
Like a cloud in the clear sky:
can not believe the real
what is the result of illusion
You are not the body, you’re not mind
nothing left to change and PARTY
Do not be a receptacle of illusion
which is harmful in that attachment
– Here and now – with no fear
where everything changes and passes away – any time
Poetyca
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30.05.2009 Poetyca