Risultati della ricerca per: 2009

David Sylvian Anthology 1987-2011


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David Sylvian, al secolo David Alan Batt (Beckenham, 23 febbraio 1958), è un cantante, musicista compositore britannico, noto per essere stato frontman della bandJapan e per la sua carriera solista, improntata ad una musica sofisticata e sperimentale.

Dal 1978 al 1983 è stato la voce dei Japan, band londinese nata dal Glam rock/New wave che negli ultimi album, da Gentlemen Take Polaroids fino a Tin Drum, si cimenterà in sonorità ispirate alla musica giapponese, grazie anche alla collaborazione di Ryūichi Sakamoto.

Ha poi intrapreso una carriera da solista tra musica elettronica, rock progressivo e ambient music. Ha collaborato con Sakamoto, Robert Fripp (negli album The First Daye Damage: live), Bill Nelson, Holger Czukay (con il quale ha inciso Flux And Mutability e Plight And Premoniton), Christian Fennesz, Mark Isham, Jon Hassell, David Torn,Chris Vrenna, Blonde Redhead, Virginia Astley, Arve Henriksen, Joan Wasser e molti altri.

Tra i suoi lavori si annoverano gli album Brilliant Trees, Gone to Earth, Secrets of the Beehive (considerato da molti la sua pietra miliare), The First Day (in collaborazione con Robert Fripp), Dead Bees on a Cake, Blemish e Snow Borne Sorrow con il progetto Nine Horses. La sua musica viene definita “intimista”, “minimalista” o “rock postmoderno”.

Ha scritto una canzone dal titolo For the Love of Life per l’adattamento in anime del manga Monster di Naoki Urasawa, di cui diviene la sigla di chiusura per la prima metà della serie.

Per Manafon del 2009 David Sylvian ha collaborato con Evan Parker, John Tilbury, Keith Rowe, Christian Fennesz, Yoshihide Otomo e altri.

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

David Sylvian (born David Alan Batt, 23 February 1958) is an English singer-songwriter and musician who came to prominence in the late 1970s as the lead vocalist and main songwriter in the group Japan. His subsequent solo work is described by AllMusic critic Jason Ankeny as “a far-ranging and esoteric career that encompassed not only solo projects but also a series of fascinating collaborative efforts.”[1] Sylvian’s solo work has been influenced by a variety of musical styles and genres, includingjazz, avant-garde, ambient, electronic, and progressive rock.

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

Una Perla al giorno – Bhagavad Gita V, 15-16


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Dio non partecipa alle buone e alle cattive azioni di una persona:
il giudizio è obnubilato quando la saggezza è oscurata dall’ignoranza;
ma l’ignoranza viene distrutta dalla conoscenza della propria vera natura.

Bhagavad Gita V, 15-16

God does not take part to the good and bad deeds of a person:
judgment is clouded when wisdom is obscured by ignorance;
but ignorance is destroyed by the knowledge of their true nature.

Bhagavad Gita V, 15-16

ERIC CLAPTON Live at Budokan, Tokyo, 2001


Eric Patrick Clapton (IPA: [ˈɛɹɪk ˈpætɹɪk ˈklæptən]; Ripley, 30 marzo 1945) è un cantautore, chitarrista e compositore britannico.

Soprannominato «Slowhand» («Mano lenta») e «God» («Dio»), definito da Chuck Berry «The Man of the Blues» («l’uomo del blues»), Clapton è annoverato fra i chitarristi
blues e rock più famosi e influenti.

Nell’arco della sua lunga carriera, ha collaborato con altri artisti acclamati e ha militato in numerosi gruppi (The Yardbirds, John Mayall & the Bluesbreakers, Cream,
Blind Faith, Delaney & Bonnie, Derek and the Dominos) prima di affermarsi come solista, sperimentando nel corso degli anni svariati stili musicali, dal blues di matrice
tradizionale al rock psichedelico, dal reggae al pop rock.

https://it.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eric_Clapton
Eric Patrick Clapton, CBE (born 30 March 1945), is an English rock and blues guitarist, singer and songwriter. He is the only three-time inductee to the Rock and Roll
Hall of Fame: once as a solo artist and separately as a member of the Yardbirds and Cream. Clapton has been referred to as one of the most important and influential
guitarists of all time.[1] Clapton ranked second in Rolling Stone magazine’s list of the “100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time”[2] and fourth in Gibson’s “Top 50
Guitarists of All Time”.[3] He was also named number five in Time magazine’s list of “The 10 Best Electric Guitar Players” in 2009 [4]

In the mid-1960s, Clapton left the Yardbirds to play blues with John Mayall & the Bluesbreakers. Immediately after leaving Mayall, Clapton formed the power trio Cream
with drummer Ginger Baker and bassist Jack Bruce, in which Clapton played sustained blues improvisations and “arty, blues-based psychedelic pop”.[5] Furthermore, he
formed blues rock band Blind Faith with Baker, Steve Winwood, and Ric Grech. For most of the 1970s, Clapton’s output bore the influence of the mellow style of JJ Cale
and the reggae of Bob Marley. His version of Marley’s “I Shot the Sheriff” helped reggae reach a mass market.[6] Two of his most popular recordings were “Layla”,
recorded with Derek and the Dominos; and Robert Johnson’s “Crossroads”, recorded with Cream. Following the death of his son Conor in 1991, Clapton’s grief was expressed
in the song “Tears in Heaven”, which featured in his Unplugged album.

Clapton has been the recipient of 18 Grammy Awards, and the Brit Award for Outstanding Contribution to Music. In 2004, he was awarded a CBE at Buckingham Palace for
services to music.[7][8][9] In 1998, Clapton, a recovering alcoholic and drug addict, founded the Crossroads Centre on Antigua, a medical facility for recovering
substance abusers.

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

Una Perla al giorno – Sri Mata Amritanandamayi Devi


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La forza di un ciclone può sradicare alberi
e far crollare edifici,
ma per quanto impetuoso possa essere,
esso non può far nulla ad un umile filo d’erba.
Questa è la grandezza dell’umiltà, figli miei.

Sri Mata Amritanandamayi Devi

 

The strength of a hurricane can uproot trees
and bring down buildings,
but what can be impetuous,
it can not do anything to a humble blade of grass.
This is the greatness of humility, my children.

Sri Mata Amritanandamayi Devi

A volte è possibile – Sometimes it is possible



A volte è possibile

 

A volte possiamo rubare le stelle,
ricamare di colori la nostra vita,
rincorrere con gioia speranze
per afferrare un respiro ancora.

A volte possiamo sognare
senza dover mai chiedere nulla
perchè basta smettere di piangere
per accogliere il volo di una farfalla.

A volte basta placare le paure
e spalancare una porta arrugginita
che credevamo invalicabile confine
per ritrovare il senso della nostra ricerca.

A volte…ma anche adesso è possibile
se spalanchi con gioia le tue braccia
e come un bambino rincorri fantasie
sul tappeto della tua bellissima anima.

© Poetyca

 
Sometimes you can

Sometimes we can steal the stars,
Embroidery color our lives,
chasing joyfully hopes
to grab a breath yet.

Sometimes we can dream
without ever asking for anything
why just stop crying
to accommodate the flight of a butterfly.

Sometimes you just calm the fears
and open a rusty door
we thought insurmountable border
to rediscover the meaning of our research.

Sometimes … but now you can
If your arms open wide with joy
and like a child running after fantasies
on the carpet of your beautiful soul.

© Poetyca

Addio – Goodbye


Immagine di Giuseppe Bustone

Addio

Lontano fino dove
giunge il mio immaginare

rimane a me attaccata
umana sensazione

che lentamente accorcia
le distanze fra mente e cuore

didascaliche e senza fotografie
le mie rimembranze

che anche di te mi parlano

Tu così lontana

ormai matura
ti ritrovo

perfidamente
immagino ancora
di riabbracciare

le tue ormai cadenti
curve che perfette
furono.

Giuseppe Bustone

Ballata di sogni


Ballata di sogni

Ballata di sogni
e di aliti del cuore
tra candite ali
che colorano il respiro
Musica arcana
che segna il sorriso
di chi ascolta senza rumore
il filo sottile della vita
che viene incontro
a passi felpati
ad accarezzare
lembi di cielo
nello spazio profondo
che cancella la notte
ed illumina nuova aurora

27.11.2011 Poetyca


Ballad of dreams

Ballad of dreams
and breaths of the heart
between candied wings
that color your breath
Music arcane
which marks the smile
of the listener without noise
the slender thread of life
that meets
on tiptoe
to caress
patches of sky
deep space
that erases the night
and illuminates new dawn

27.11.2011 Poetyca

Bruce Cockburn playlist


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Bruce Cockburn (Ottawa, 27 maggio 1945) è un cantautore canadese.

Il suo stile, con il personalissimo modo di suonare la chitarra, fonde generi come pop, folk, rock, reggae e jazz. Le liriche sono ispirate dalla sua visione umanistica e metafisica della vita vicina all’etica cristiana. 

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

Bruce Douglas Cockburn OC (/ˈkbərn/; born May 27, 1945)[1] is a Canadian guitarist and singer-songwriter whose career spans over 40 years. His song styles range from folk to jazz-influenced rock and his lyrics cover a broad range of topics that reveal a passion for human rights, politics and spirituality.

In 2014, he released his memoirs, Rumours of Glory: A Memoir.[2]  

Cockburn was born in 1945 in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, and spent some of his early years on a farm outside Pembroke, Ontario. He has stated in interviews that his first guitar was one he found around 1959 in his grandmother’s attic, which he adorned with golden stars and used to play along to radio hits.[3] Cockburn attended Nepean High School, where his 1964 yearbook photo states his desire “to become a musician”.[4]He attended Berklee School of Music in Boston for three semesters in the mid-1960s. In 1966 he joined an Ottawa band called The Children, which lasted for about a year. In the spring of 1967 he joined the final lineup of The Esquires. He moved to Toronto that summer to form The Flying Circus with former Bobby Kris & The Imperials members Marty Fisher and Gordon MacBain and ex-Tripp member Neil Lillie. The group recorded some material in late 1967 (which remains unreleased) before changing its name to Olivus in the spring of 1968, by which time Lillie (who changed his name to Neil Merryweather) had been replaced by Dennis Pendrith from Livingstone’s Journey. Olivus opened for The Jimi Hendrix Experience and Cream in April 1968. That summer Cockburn broke up the band with the intention of going solo, but ended up in the band 3’s a Crowd with David Wiffen, Colleen Peterson, and Richard Patterson, who had been a co-member of The Children. Cockburn left 3’s a Crowd in the spring of 1969 to pursue a solo career.

Cockburn’s first solo appearance was at the Mariposa Folk Festival in 1967, and in 1969 he was a headliner. In 1970 he released his self-titled, solo album. Cockburn’s guitar work and songwriting won him an enthusiastic following. His early work featured rural and nautical imagery and Biblical metaphors. Raised as an agnostic, early in his career he became a Christian.[5] Many of his albums from the 1970s refer to Christianity, which in turn informs his concerns for human rights and environmentalism. His references to Christianity include the Grail imagery of 20th-century Christian poet Charles Williams and the ideas of theologian Harvey Cox.[6]

In 1970 Cockburn became partners with Bernie Finkelstein in the music publishing firm Golden Mountain Music.[7]

While Cockburn had been popular in Canada for years, he did not have a big impact in the United States until 1979, with the release of the album Dancing in the Dragon’s Jaws. “Wondering Where the Lions Are“, the first single from that album, reached No. 21 on the Billboard Hot 100 in the US in June 1980, and earned Cockburn an appearance on NBC‘s hit TV show Saturday Night Live.

Cockburn was married from 1969 to 1980 and has a daughter from that marriage.[citation needed] He wrote the song “Little Seahorse”, released on In the Falling Dark, in late 1975 about the time when his daughter wasin utero.[citation needed]

Through the 1980s Cockburn’s songwriting became increasingly urban, global and political as he became more involved with progressive causes. His political concerns were first hinted at on the albums: Humans,Inner City Front and The Trouble with Normal. They became more evident in 1984, with his second US radio hit, “If I Had a Rocket Launcher” (No. 88 in the US) from the Stealing Fire album. He had written the song a year earlier, after visiting Guatemalan refugee camps in Mexico that were attacked by Guatemalan military helicopters. His political activism continues to the present. Cockburn has travelled to countries such as Mozambique and Iraq, played benefit concerts, and written songs on a variety of subjects ranging from the International Monetary Fund to land mines. His internationalist bent is reflected in the many world musicinfluences in his music, including reggae and Latin music.

In 1991 Intrepid Records released Kick at the Darkness, a tribute album to Cockburn whose title comes from a phrase in his song “Lovers in a Dangerous Time“. It features the Barenaked Ladies‘ cover of that song, which became their first Top 40 hit and an element in their early success. This lyric was also referenced by U2 in their song “God Part II” from their album Rattle and Hum.

In the early 1990s, Cockburn teamed with T-Bone Burnett for two albums, Nothing but a Burning Light and Dart to the Heart. The latter included a song, “Closer to the Light”, inspired by the death of songwriter Mark Heard, a close friend of Cockburn and Burnett. Cockburn frequently refers to Heard as his favourite songwriter and he was one of many artists who paid tribute to Heard on an album and video titled Strong Hand of Love.

In 1998 Cockburn travelled with filmmaker Robert Lang to Mali, West Africa, where he jammed with Grammy Award-winning blues musician Ali Farka Toure and kora master Toumani Diabate. The month-long journey was documented in the film River of Sand, which won the Regard Canadien award for best documentary at the Vues d’Afrique Film Festival in Montreal. It was also invited for competition at the International Festival of Environmental Films in Paris.[8]

Some of Cockburn’s previously published material had been collected in several albums: Resume, Mummy Dust, and Waiting for a Miracle. His first greatest hits collection was Anything Anytime Anywhere: Singles 1979–2002, released in 2002.

In January 2003 Cockburn finished recording his 21st album, You’ve Never Seen Everything, which features contributions from Emmylou Harris, Jackson Browne, Sam Phillips, Sarah Harmer, Hugh Marsh, Jonell Mosser, Larry Taylor and Steven Hodges. (Taylor and Hodges, formerly of Canned Heat who performed at Monterey and Woodstock in the 1960s, may be known best for their work with Tom Waits).

Cockburn performed a set at the Live 8 concert in Barrie, Ontario, on July 2, 2005. Speechless, an instrumental compilation of new and previously released material, was released on October 24, 2005. His 22nd album, Life Short Call Now, was released on July 18, 2006.

Canadian senator and retired general Roméo Dallaire, who is active in humanitarian fundraising and promoting awareness, appeared on stage at the University of Victoria with Cockburn. The October 4, 2008, concert was held to aid the plight of child soldiers.[9]

In 2009 Cockburn travelled to Afghanistan to visit his brother, Capt. John Cockburn, and to play a concert for Canadian troops. He performed his 1984 song “If I Had a Rocket Launcher” and was temporarily awarded an actual rocket launcher by the military. Cockburn has stated that, while unsure of the original Invasion of Afghanistan, he supported Canada’s role there.[10]

Cockburn released his studio album Small Source of Comfort in 2011. “Lois on the Autobahn”, a cheerful and experiential instrumental recalling “Rouler sa bosse” from Salt, Sun and Time is a tribute to Cockburn’s mother, Lois, who succumbed to cancer in 2010.[citation needed]

Cockburn married his longtime girlfriend M.J. Hannett shortly after the birth of his second daughter, Iona (b. November 2011) in 2011.[11][12] As of 2014, the family lives in the San Francisco area, where Cockburn is writing his memoirs up to 2004.[13]

A documentary film, Bruce Cockburn Pacing the Cage,[14][15] was released in 2013 on television and a brief theatrical showing; directed by Joel Goldberg, gave a rare look into Cockburn’s music, life and politics

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

Il tuo Angelo – Your Angel


Il tuo Angelo

E’ lì che guarda,conosce tutto e legge nel cuore,
vede scivolare lacrime e nulla chiede…
Si crede dimenticato,forse mai cercato
ma non potrebbe mostrare nulla,
non potrebbe scaldarti il cammino
se non cerchi la sua strada:
fatta di soffi ed emozioni,
inaspettata forza e cose senza spiegazione.
Cercalo riflesso in un sorriso,nelle parole
che scivolano nel cuore in un sogno vivido :
è lui…Il tuo Angelo.

17.01.2003 Poetyca

Your Angel

He is there watching, he knows everything and reads in the heart,
see slide tears and asks nothing …
It is believed forgotten, perhaps never tried
but could not display anything,
could not warm up the path
if not looking his way;
made of puffs and emotions,
strength and unexpected things without explanation.
Seek reflected in a smile, in the words
slipping in the heart in a vivid dream:
… he is your angel.

17.01.2003 Poetyca

Crosby e Nash In Concert


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Crosby & Nash sono un duo musicale statunitense composto da David Crosby e Graham Nash. I due artisti sono anche attivi assieme nel supergruppo Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young fin dalla fine degli anni ’60.

Come duo, Crosby & Nash hanno lavorato nel corso degli anni ’70 e nella prima metà degli anni 2000.

http://it.wikipedia.org/wiki/Crosby_%26_Nash

Crosby & Nash

In addition to solo careers and within the larger aggregate of Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young, the musical team of David Crosby and Graham Nash have performed and recorded regularly as a duo, mostly during the 1970s and the 2000s

After the success of Déjà Vu and the subsequent break-up of the quartet in the summer of 1970, all four members of CSNY released solo albums. Crosby’s If I Could Only Remember My Name and Nash’s Songs for Beginners appeared in 1971 and missed the top ten. That autumn, the two good friends toured together as an acoustic duo to favorable reviews, one night from which would be released twenty-seven years later as Another Stoney Evening. Consequently, in 1972 the two decided to record an album, resulting in Graham Nash David Crosby, which reached #4 on the Billboard 200, ensuring that the two were still a viable draw without the more successful Stills and Young. Further work together later in 1972 was precluded by Crosby’s participation in The Byrdsreunion album recording sessions. In 1973, the pair joined Neil Young for the tour that would result in his Time Fades Away album, Crosby collaborated with electronica artist and Grateful Dead associate Ned Lagin, and Nash recorded a second solo album, Wild Tales. During this time, singularly and together they contributed backing vocals to various albums by associates in the California rock scene, including Stephen Stills, Harvest, Late for the Sky, and Court and Spark.

In 1974, both dutifully joined the Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young reunion tour and attempt at the recording of a new album in Hawaii, sessions for which had continued in fits and starts after commencing in late 1973. After failing to complete an album Crosby and Nash signed a contract with ABC Records. Presumably for contractual obligations to their old label, the cassette and 8-track tape versions of their ABC LPs were issued by Atlantic. Recording activity yielded two albums in 1975 and 1976 respectively,Wind on the Water and Whistling Down the Wire. In that bicentennial year, Stephen Stills and Neil Young invited the duo to a recording session for their album Long May You Run. Crosby and Nash were forced to leave the recording session because they had time constraints to complete their second album for ABC Records, so Stills and Young wiped their vocals, releasing it as The Stills-Young Band. Crosby & Nash vowed not to work with either Stills or Young again, that oath lasting not even a year as they reconvened with Stills for the second Crosby Stills & Nash album in 1977.

ABC released four albums by Crosby & Nash prior to its being bought by the MCA conglomerate in 1979. In addition to the two abovementioned studio albums, the concert document Crosby-Nash Live appeared in 1977, with a compilation The Best of Crosby & Nash in 1978. All four albums featured their backing band The Mighty Jitters, consisting of Craig Doerge, Tim Drummond, Danny Kortchmar, Russ Kunkel, and David Lindley. Session bassist Leland Sklar alternated with Drummond in the studio, and the line-up of Doerge, Kortchmar, Kunkel, and Sklar had previously recorded as The Section, providing the back up for the first Crosby & Nash album on Atlantic. Depending upon availability of the various members, the twosome would either tour as a full-blown electric-based aggregation or in a semi-acoustic format with Doerge and Lindley. When CSN reunited on a more or less permanent basis in 1977, Doerge followed the group to Miami for the CSN sessions, contributing to several songs and collaborating on writing the song “Shadow Captain” with Crosby. Crosby and Doerge continued to collaborate regularly until the early 1990s.

In 1979, Crosby & Nash attempted a new album for Capitol Records, but sessions were dampened by Crosby’s increased dependence upon freebase cocaine. Sessions eventually appeared on Nash’s Earth & Sky without any songs from Crosby. Crosby’s problems during the 1980s with drugs, and his prison time, precluded any duo activity with Nash, the pair appearing on the CSN and CSNY albums of that decade. The 1990 CSN album Live It Up started as a Crosby & Nash record, but like its predecessorDaylight Again which was initially sessions for a Stills & Nash effort, Atlantic Records refused to release anything that didn’t include the full trio.

In 2004, Crosby & Nash released their first original studio record since 1976 with the double-album Crosby & Nash on Sanctuary Records, which featured backing mostly by members of Crosby’s band CPR. A single CD version was released in 2006 when CSNY began its “Freedom of Speech ’06” tour. On the Graham Nash box set Reflections, released in February 2009, the last track “In Your Name” was recorded on 21 October 2007 by the same band used for the 2004 Crosby & Nash album, including David Crosby on backing vocals.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Crosby_%26_Nash

Parole sul foglio – Words on the sheet


Parole sul foglio

Parole su di te: foglio in attesa
che si colmino silenzi
parole sinuose e vive
che si donano senza tempo
parole nate tra le pieghe
di un nuovo sorriso
o tra i palpiti di una canzone
che in armonia scivola dentro
Parole rincorse dal vento
e tra riflessi argentei
segnano il filo segreto
di un pensiero
rivestito d’emozione
Parole che scorrono ora per te
e senza più domande
restano impigliate
nell’anima che non le vuole cancellare

30.08.2003 Poetyca

Words on paper

Words on you paper on hold
that it may fill silences
sinuous words and lives
without giving themselves time
words born between the folds
a new smile
or between the beats of a song
that slides into harmony
Words chased by the wind
and between silver reflections
mark the secret thread
a thought
lined with emotion
Words that flow to you now
and no more questions
remain entangled
soul who does not want to delete

30.08.2003 Poetyca

Una perla al giorno – Naradaparivrajakopanisad


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Fermezza, pazienza, autocontrollo,
rinuncia ad appropriarci di ciò che non ci appartiene,
purezza, padronanza dei sensi, pudore,
dottrina, sincerità e assenza d’ira
sono le dieci caratteristiche della virtù.

Naradaparivrajakopanisad, III, 24

 

Firmness, patience, self-control,
waiver to appropriate what is not ours,
purity, mastery of the senses, modesty,
doctrine, sincerity and lack of anger
are the ten characteristics of virtue.

Naradaparivrajakopanisad, III, 24

Una perla al giorno – Maha-subhasita-samgraha


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Con l’acqua si lavano le vesti;
la mente si lava con la verità (sathya),
e con l’innocenza (non-violenza=ahimsa) si lava l’anima;
l’intelletto si lava con la conoscenza.

Maha-subhasita-samgraha
With water wash their clothes;
the mind is washed with the truth (Sathya),
and with the innocence (non-violence = ahimsa) washes the soul;
the intellect is washed with knowledge.

Maha-subhasita-Samgraha

Una perla al giorno – Atharva Veda


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Privo di desideri, saggio, immortale,
esistente in sé, pieno di grazia,
mancante di nulla,
è chi conosce l’Atman,
il saggio, senza età, sempre giovane:
egli non teme la morte!

Atharva Veda, X, 8, 44

Desireless, wise, immortal,
existing in itself, full of grace,
missing anything,
is one who knows the Atman,
the wise, ageless, forever young:
he does not fear death!

Atharva Veda, X, 8, 44

Note – Notes


Note

Note delicate colpiscono il cuore,
aprono un varco custodito per anni….lontano silenzio
che fiorisce ora nel sorriso di un bambino
tra i sogni mai finiti e quegli occhi grandi ad esplorare il mondo.

Note che sono essenza e vita senza confine
tra le pieghe dell’esistere che s’innalza senza timore
dove le parole sono linfa, essenza densa di colore

Passato che abbraccia il volo di un luminoso futuro
e non sgretola mai la forza di lottare per la vita vera
tra stelle di cartone ed ebbrezza di un solo respiro

Paure abbattute e pause della ricerca viva
nuova libertà per chi ora sa ricondursi alla luce
di un sentiero mai dimenticato ed inciso nella mano.

Soffio ed arpeggio che vibrando abbraccia essenze stanche
e nel sorriso dipinge volti e ciocche sparse sul cuscino
che incorniciano il viso in chi sereno si lascia andare.

04.11.2009 Poetyca

Notes

Notes delicate affect the heart,
open a gate guarded for years …. far silence
blooming now in the smile of a child
between dreams and big eyes never finished exploring the world.

Notes that are essential and life without borders
the folds of existence that rises without fear
where words are sap, essence full of color

Past that embraces the flight of a bright future
and never crumble the strength to fight for real life
between cardboard stars and thrill of a single breath

Faure torn down and breaks the live search
New Freedom for who knows now subsumed in the light
a path carved in the hand and never forgotten.

Breath and arpeggio that embraces wood vibrating tired
and smiling faces painted and hair scattered on the pillow
framing the serene face who you let go.

04.11.2009 Poetyca

Note – Notes


Note

Note delicate colpiscono il cuore,
aprono un varco custodito per anni….lontano silenzio
che fiorisce ora nel sorriso di un bambino
tra i sogni mai finiti e quegli occhi grandi ad esplorare il mondo.

Note che sono essenza e vita senza confine
tra le pieghe dell’esistere che s’innalza senza timore
dove le parole sono linfa, essenza densa di colore

Passato che abbraccia il volo di un luminoso futuro
e non sgretola mai la forza di lottare per la vita vera
tra stelle di cartone ed ebbrezza di un solo respiro

Paure abbattute e pause della ricerca viva
nuova libertà per chi ora sa ricondursi alla luce
di un sentiero mai dimenticato ed inciso nella mano.

Soffio ed arpeggio che vibrando abbraccia essenze stanche
e nel sorriso dipinge volti e ciocche sparse sul cuscino
che incorniciano il volto in chi sereno si lascia andare.

04.11.2009 Poetyca

Notes

Note delicate affecting the heart,
open a gate guarded for years …. far silence
blooming now in the smile of a child
between dreams and big eyes never finished exploring the world.

Note that essence and life without borders
in the folds of existence that rises without fear
where words are sap, essence full of color

Past that embraces the flight of a bright future
and never crumble the strength to fight for real life
between cardboard stars and thrill of a single breath

Faure torn down and pause live search
new freedom for those who now knows attributable to light
a path carved in the hand and never forgotten.

Breath and arpeggio that embraces vibrating essences tired
and the smile painted faces and hair scattered on the pillow
framing the face in those peaceful surrenders.

Soffio silente – Silent Breath


Soffio silente

Senza voce resta
il mio cuore,
raccogliendo istanti,
socchiudendo gli occhi
alla musica di un respiro.

In questo spazio
nulla conta, nulla ruggisce
per farsi strada
e scivolando come quieta onda
raccolgo il valore
di un’armonica equidistanza.

Tutto è relativo,
tutto si trascina
ma lambendo solo il soffio
ed il battito del cuore
sai ritrovare senso
ad un silenzio ricco di nulla.

Mi rivesto di petali,
mi riconduco al centro
e ritrovo quel che da sempre
era ed i miei occhi
non sapevavo vedere.

Il seme silente nutro,
in pennellate lievi
senza fretta alcuna.

Stretta in questo silenzio
che non è rinuncia
o momento sofferto:
scie di colore accarezzano
e offrono presenza viva
che non scaglia intorno
nastri di parole.

18.04.2009 Poetyca

Silent Breath

Voiceless remains
my heart
collecting moments,
squinting
the music of a breath.

In this space
nothing matters, nothing roars
their way
and slipping as quiet wave
pick value
a harmonic spacing.

Everything is relative,
All you drag
lapping, but only breath
and heartbeat
know to find meaning
a silence full of nothing.

I get dressed with petals,
brings me to center
meeting and what has always
was and my eyes
sapevavo not see.

The seed I am silent,
in mild strokes
without any hurry.

Close in this silence
which is not surrender
time or suffered:
trails of color pat
and offer living presence
that throws around
ribbons of words.

18.04.2009 Poetyca

Una perla al giorno – Rumi


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Il vostro compito non è quello di cercare l’amore,
ma di cercare e trovare tutte le barriere
dentro di voi che avete costruito contro di esso.

Rumi

Your task is not to seek love,
but to seek and find all the barriers
within yourself that you have built against it.

 Rumi

La meditazione della rana Zen – The Frog Zen meditation


La meditazione della rana zen

La rana zen si recò dal suo prezioso e stimato maestro per chiedergli ragguagli sulla sua pratica meditativa.

– Maestro – esordì – ho la sensazione d’attraversare un acquitrino disgustoso e irto di pericoli. Sono aggressiva. Il mio livello di sopportazione è diminuito parecchio. Basta un nonnulla e mi irrito. Sono così confusa che non riesco più a meditare. Che fare?

– Chiariscimi un po’ la tua meditazione. – Cos’è che ti ho insegnato, figliola?

– Maestro – replicò prontamente la rana, evidentemente contenta dalla piega presa dall’insolito discorso – la mia meditazione consiste nell’osservare il respiro, l’aria che entra, quella che esce, le pause. Prendo atto di tutto ciò che accade. Osservo, persino, la difficoltà che provo talvolta a respirare, nonché la paura nel sentirmi più libera, centrata e in sintonia con l’universo quando il respiro diventa prima più fluido, poi via via impercettibile. Ci sono momenti in cui la mia osservazione si fa più precisa. Non osservo più le fluttuazioni del respiro, bensì la mente stessa che genera l’impulso a respirare.

– Figliola, cos’è la meditazione?

– La meditazione vera e propria mi accede quando i pensieri si fermano da sé.
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– Perché sei così suscettibile? Rispondi subito!

La rana divenne perplessa. Il maestro l’interrogava sulla soluzione ai suoi stessi problemi. Ma non era lui che avrebbe dovuto risponderle? Tuttavia, senza nemmeno rifletterci …

– Sono troppo presa dai pensieri. Mi affidato troppo alla mente. Persino i miei giochi si sono trasformati in esercizi mentali.

L’ombra di un rude bastone pronto a colpire si stagliò sull’acciottolato sconnesso dello splendido giardino in cui sedevano.

– Che suggerisci? L’incalzò il venerabile.

– Più contemplazione, maestro. Ammirare in silenzio il sole che sorge. Tener conto della natura. …

– Non basta. Spingiti oltre!

– Ammirare il cosmo, il creato, l’increato. Ciò che c’era e non esiste più. Quello che potrebbe accadere, ma non avverrà mai. Percepire il presente.

– Non basta. Spingiti oltre!

– Contemplare ciò che non ammette replica. Argomentò sorridente la rana.

E piovve.

The Frog Zen meditation

The Zen Frog went from his valuable and esteemed teacher to ask him details about his meditation practice.

– Master – began – I have the feeling of crossing a swamp disgusting and fraught with dangers. They are aggressive. My endurance level has decreased a lot. Just the slightest thing and I get irritated. I’m so confused that I can not meditate. What to do?

– Chiariscimi a bit ‘your meditation. – What I have taught you, girl?

– Maestro – promptly replied the frog, evidently pleased by this unusual turn of speech – my meditation is to observe the breath, the air enters, the one that comes up, pauses. I take note of everything that happens. I observe, even, sometimes I feel the difficulty to breathe, and feel freer in fear, centered and in tune with the universe when the first breath becomes more fluid, then gradually imperceptible. There are times when my observation becomes more accurate. Do not look over the fluctuations of the breath, but the mind itself that generates the impulse to breathe.

– Daughter, what is meditation?

– Meditation real when I accessed the thoughts stop by itself.
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– Why are you so touchy? Reply now!

The frog became puzzled. The teacher questioned on the same solution to their problems. But it was not him that was supposed to answer? However, not even think about it …

– They are too preoccupied with thoughts. I committed too much to mind. Even my games became mental exercises.

The shadow of a rough stick ready to strike loomed bumpy cobblestones of the garden where they sat.

– What do you suggest? The urged the venerable.

– More contemplation, master. Admire in silence the rising sun. Take account of nature. …

– It is not enough. Go further!

– Admire the cosmos, creation, the uncreated. What was and no longer exists. What might happen, but will never happen. Perceiving this.

– It is not enough. Go further!

– Contemplate that which does not allow. He argued the frog smiling.

It rained.

Cat Stevens Greatest Hits


Yusuf Islam, nato Steven Demetre Georgiou e a lungo conosciuto con il suo nome d’arte Cat Stevens (Londra, 21 luglio 1948), è un cantautore britannico.

Figlio di padre greco-cipriota (Stavros Georgiou) e madre svedese (Ingrid Wickman), cresce a Shaftesbury Avenue, nel quartiere di Soho a Londra, sopra il ristorante di proprietà del padre dove veniva spesso suonata musica popolare greca, dalla quale verrà influenzato.[2] Per un breve periodo della sua infanzia si sposta con la madre a Gävle in Svezia, dove impara i primi rudimenti della pittura dallo zio Hugo. Ciò influenzerà la carriera artistica del futuro Cat Stevens, spesso autore delle copertine dei propri album.

All’inizio della sua carriera musicale, Georgiou adotta il nome “Cat Stevens” dopo che un’amica gli fa notare che i suoi sembrano gli occhi di un gatto. Siamo in pieno periodo Swinging London, e Stevens incarna in pieno lo stereotipo del cantante pop commerciale dell’epoca, un’immagine dalla quale egli si distanzierà notevolmente negli anni a seguire. Dopo i primi due album Matthew and Son e New Masters, che ottengono un tiepido successo soprattutto grazie a qualche singolo come I Love My Dog, Stevens si ammala gravemente di tubercolosi e passa un certo periodo in un sanatorio di Midhurst, nella campagna inglese. Qui comincia a riflettere sul proprio futuro, sulla propria carriera (cambia casa discografica), sul proprio stile di vita, decidendo di operare un drastico cambiamento anche a partire dall’immagine: capelli più lunghi, barba e abiti più informali.

Il periodo lontano dalle scene lascia il segno e nel giro di due anni (1970 e 1971) dà alle stampe Mona Bone Jakon, Tea for the Tillerman e Teaser and the Firecat, che lo faranno diventare famoso in tutto il mondo: Lady D’Arbanville che arriva prima in Francia per quattro settimane, seconda nei Paesi Bassi ed ottava nel Regno Unito, Wild World, Father and Son, Morning Has Broken, Moonshadow, Peace Train tra le più celebri. Da segnalare la presenza tra i musicisti di artisti del calibro di Peter Gabriel (flauto in Katmandu) e Rick Wakeman, all’epoca quasi sconosciuti ai più.

Lo stile musicale che ne esce fuori è quello che contraddistinguerà Cat Stevens per tutta la sua carriera: chitarre acustiche in primo piano, sonorità delicate, richiami alla tradizione greca, testi a metà strada tra la canzone d’amore ed il misticismo, il tutto condito dalla calda vocalità dello stesso Stevens. In questo periodo partecipa alla colonna sonora del film Harold e Maude, con brani già editi e i due inediti Don’t Be Shy e If You Want to Sing Out, Sing Out. Gli album successivi Catch Bull at Four, Foreigner, Buddha and the Chocolate Box e Numbers abbandonano in parte lo stile acustico per soluzioni sperimentali più elettriche.
Yusuf Islam/Cat Stevens (2009)
Decisivo è in tal senso l’ingresso, nel gruppo di musicisti che accompagna Stevens, del tastierista Jean Roussell. Tra i brani di maggior successo di tali album vi sono Sitting, The Hurt e Oh Very Young. Nel frattempo Stevens intraprende una serie di tour intorno al mondo e arriverà a vendere oltre quaranta milioni di dischi. Il suo unico concerto in Italia si tiene a Roma nel 1974. Si trasferisce successivamente in Brasile per motivi di tasse, e comincia ad avvicinarsi a tematiche prettamente religiose. Nel 1976 suo fratello, di ritorno da un viaggio a Gerusalemme, gli regala una copia del Corano: quest’avvenimento segnerà la vita del cantautore.

Nel 1977, dopo aver rischiato di morire annegato a Malibù, secondo un aneddoto da lui stesso citato più volte, Stevens si converte all’Islam adottando il nome Yusuf Islam. Incide ancora Isitzo e Back to Earth dopodiché si ritira completamente dalle scene e diventa un membro eminente della comunità musulmana di Londra, aprendo anche la Islamia Primary School, una scuola nel nord della capitale britannica. Balza agli onori delle cronache nel 1989, quando apparentemente appoggia la fatwa lanciata contro lo scrittore Salman Rushdie per i suoi I versi satanici. In realtà Islam, il quale si trovava al Kingston Polytechnic di Londra per un incontro con gli studenti, si era limitato a spiegare il perché di quella condanna da parte del mondo musulmano, senza mai invocare direttamente alcuna sanzione, precisando successivamente che non avrebbe appoggiato la richiesta dell’ayatollah Khomeini in quanto lesiva della legislazione britannica. Questa controversia comunque gli avrebbe causato l’ostracismo di gran parte del mondo musicale per lungo tempo.

Nel 2004 Islam è di nuovo nell’occhio del ciclone quando gli viene negato l’ingresso negli USA perché il suo nome è nella lista degli indesiderati dopo gli eventi dell’11 settembre 2001. Il cantautore si trovava su un volo Londra-Washington, quando all’improvviso l’aeroplano viene dirottato in un altro aeroporto e Islam viene trattenuto e fatto tornare in patria. Il caso fa mobilitare anche l’allora Ministro degli Esteri britannico Jack Straw in difesa del cantante. Yusuf Islam vive tuttora a Londra con sua moglie e i suoi cinque figli. Ha fondato associazioni benefiche come Muslim Aid e Small Kindness per assistere le vittime della carestia in Africa. Inoltre, il cantante ha donato parte delle royalties del suo Box Set americano del 2001 al fondo per le vittime degli attentati dell’11 settembre 2001.

Tornato a calcare le scene, collaborando di nuovo con Peter Gabriel in occasione di un concerto in onore di Nelson Mandela a Johannesburg nel 2013, duettando con Ronan Keating il brano Father and Son, nel 2006 ha pubblicato l’album An Other Cup. Nel 2007 pubblica un DVD live, Yusuf’s Cafè Session, registrato durante un concerto tenuto al Porchester Hall di Londra, mentre nel 2009 esce il suo album Roadsinger, per il quale nel 2011 si è esibito in un tour europeo. Nel 2012 ha scritto, sceneggiato e prodotto un suo musical, denominato Moonshadow, in world premiere a Melbourne, con 58 appuntamenti in Australia: il tour europeo è ancora da definire. Nel 2014 partecipa come ospite alla serata iniziale del Festival di Sanremo dove propone Peace Train, Maybe There´s a World (con citazione di All You Need Is Love dei Beatles) e Father and Son e annuncia il suo prossimo album, in fase di ultimazione. Nel 2014 esce il suo ultimo album Tell ‘Em I’m Gone, metà cover e metà scritte da lui, accompagnato dal nuovo tour Peace train… late again tour con un’unica data italiana al Forum di Assago.

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

Cat Stevens

Yusuf Islam (born Steven Demetre Georgiou, 21 July 1948), commonly known by his former stage name Cat Stevens, is a British singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, humanitarian, and education philanthropist. His 1967 debut album reached the top 10 in the UK, and the album’s title song “Matthew and Son” charted at number 2 on the UK Singles Chart. His albums Tea for the Tillerman (1970) and Teaser and the Firecat (1971) were both certified triple platinum in the US by the RIAA.

His 1972 album Catch Bull at Four spent three weeks at number one on the Billboard 200, and fifteen weeks at number one in the Australian ARIA Charts. He earned two ASCAP songwriting awards in 2005 and 2006 for “The First Cut Is the Deepest”, and the song has been a hit for four different artists. His other hit songs include “Father and Son”, “Wild World”, “Peace Train”, “Moonshadow”, and “Morning Has Broken”. In 2007 he received the British Academy’s Ivor Novello Award for Outstanding Song Collection.

In December 1977, Stevens converted to Islam[10] and adopted the name Yusuf Islam the following year. In 1979, he auctioned all his guitars for charity[11] and left his music career to devote himself to educational and philanthropic causes in the Muslim community. He was embroiled in a long-running controversy regarding comments he made in 1989 about the death fatwa on author Salman Rushdie. He has received two honorary doctorates and awards for promoting peace from two organisations founded by Mikhail Gorbachev.

In 2006, he returned to pop music – releasing his first album of new pop songs in 28 years, titled An Other Cup. With that release and for subsequent ones, he dropped the surname “Islam” from the album cover art – using the stage name “Yusuf” as a mononym. In 2009, he released the album Roadsinger, and in 2014, he released the album Tell ‘Em I’m Gone, and began his first US tour since 1978. He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2014.

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

Universo – Universe – Omraam Mikhaël Aïvanhov


Universo
“L’Universo è un grande corpo con il quale dobbiamo imparare ad
armonizzarci, poiché in questa armonia sono inclusi tutti i
beni: salute, gioia, luce, ispirazione… Chi lavora per
realizzare tale armonia incomincia a percepire che tutto il suo
essere vibra all’unisono con l’Universo e comprende cosa
siano la vita, la Creazione, l’amore… Ma non prima: prima,
gli è impossibile comprendere.
Intellettualmente, esteriormente, ci si può sempre illudere di
capire qualcosa, ma non è così. La comprensione, quella vera,
non avviene tramite qualche cellula del cervello: avviene
attraverso tutto il corpo, perfino attraverso i piedi, le
braccia, il ventre, il fegato… Tutto il corpo, tutte le cellule
devono comprendere. La vera comprensione è una sensazione. Voi
sentite, e a quel punto comprendete e sapete… poiché avete
assaporato. Nessuna comprensione intellettuale può essere
paragonata alla sensazione. “
Omraam Mikhaël Aïvanhov

Universe

“The Universe is a large body with which we must learn to
to harmonize, since in this harmony all the
goods: health, joy, light, inspiration … Who works for
realizing such harmony begins to perceive that all his
being vibrates in unison with the Universe and understand what
may they be life, creation, love … But not before: first,
it is impossible for him to understand.
Intellectually, outwardly, one can always delude oneself of
understand something, but it doesn’t. Understanding, the real one,
it doesn’t happen through some brain cell: it happens
through the whole body, even through the feet, the
arms, belly, liver … The whole body, all the cells
they must understand. True understanding is a feeling. You
feel, and then you understand and know … because you have
savored.
compared to feeling. ”

Omraam Mikhaël Aïvanhov

Bob Dylan – Bootleg Series (Complete) (Live)


Bob Dylan, nato con il nome di Robert Allen Zimmerman (Duluth, 24 maggio 1941), è un cantautore e compositore statunitense.

Distintosi anche come scrittore, poeta, attore, pittore, scultore e conduttore radiofonico, è una delle più importanti figure degli ultimi cinquant’anni nel campo musicale, in quello della cultura popolare e della letteratura a livello mondiale.[2][3][4]

La maggior parte delle sue canzoni più conosciute risale agli anni sessanta, quando l’artista si è posto come figura chiave del movimento di protesta americano. Canzoni come Blowin’ in the Wind e The Times They Are A-Changin’[5] sono diventate gli inni dei movimenti pacifisti e per i diritti civili.

I testi delle sue prime canzoni affrontano temi politici, sociali e filosofici e risentono di influenze letterarie, sfidando le convenzioni della musica pop e appellandosi allacontrocultura del tempo.

Nel corso degli anni Dylan ha ampliato e personalizzato il suo stile musicale arrivando a toccare molti generi diversi come country, blues, gospel, rock and roll, rockabilly,jazz e swing, ma anche musica popolare inglese, scozzese ed irlandese[6][7].

Oltre ad aver di fatto inventato (o re-inventato) la figura del cantautore contemporaneo[8][9], a Dylan si devono, tra le altre cose, l’ideazione del folk-rock (in particolare con l’album Bringing It All Back Home, del 1965)[10], il primo singolo di successo ad avere una durata non commerciale (gli oltre 6 minuti della celeberrima Like a Rolling Stone, del 1965)[11] e il primo album doppio della storia del rock (Blonde on Blonde, del 1966)[12]. Il video promozionale del brano Subterranean Homesick Blues (1965) è considerato da alcuni il primo videoclip in assoluto[13][14].

Tra i molti riconoscimenti che gli sono stati conferiti vanno menzionati almeno il Grammy Award alla carriera nel 1991[15], il Polar Music Prize (ritenuto da alcuni equivalente del premio Nobel in campo musicale[16]) nel 2000[17], il Premio Oscar nel 2001 (per la canzone Things Have Changed, dalla colonna sonora del film Wonder Boys, per la quale si è aggiudicato anche il Golden Globe)[18], il Premio Pulitzer nel 2008[19], la National Medal of Arts nel 2009[20] e la Presidential Medal of Freedom nel2012[21].

La rivista Rolling Stone lo inserisce al secondo posto nella lista dei 100 miglior artisti[22] e al settimo in quella dei 100 migliori cantanti[23].

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

 

Bob Dylan (/ˈdɪlən/; born Robert Allen Zimmerman, May 24, 1941) is an American singer-songwriter, artist, and writer. He has been influential in popular music and culture for more than five decades. Much of his most celebrated work dates from the 1960s when his songs chronicled social unrest, although Dylan repudiated suggestions from journalists that he was a spokesman for his generation. Nevertheless, early songs such as “Blowin’ in the Wind” and “The Times They Are a-Changin’” became anthems for the American civil rights and anti-war movements. Leaving his initial base in the American folk music revival, Dylan’s six-minute single “Like a Rolling Stone” altered the range of popular music in 1965. His mid-1960s recordings, backed by rock musicians, reached the top end of the United States music charts while also attracting denunciation and criticism from others in the folk movement.

Dylan’s lyrics have incorporated various political, social, philosophical, and literary influences. They defied existing pop music conventions and appealed to the burgeoningcounterculture. Initially inspired by the performances of Little Richard, and the songwriting of Woody Guthrie, Robert Johnson and Hank Williams, Dylan has amplified and personalized musical genres. His recording career, spanning 50 years, has explored the traditions in American song—from folk, blues, and country to gospel, rock and roll, and rockabilly to English, Scottish, and Irish folk music, embracing even jazz and the Great American Songbook. Dylan performs with guitar, keyboards and harmonica. Backed by a changing line-up of musicians, he has toured steadily since the late 1980s on what has been dubbed the Never Ending Tour. His accomplishments as a recording artist and performer have been central to his career, but his greatest contribution is considered his songwriting.

Since 1994, Dylan has published six books of drawings and paintings, and his work has been exhibited in major art galleries. As a musician, Dylan has sold more than 100 million records, making him one of the best-selling artists of all time; he has received numerous awards including Grammy, Golden Globe and Academy Award; he has been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Minnesota Music Hall of Fame, Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame, and Songwriters Hall of Fame. The Pulitzer Prize jury in 2008 awarded him a special citation for “his profound impact on popular music and American culture, marked by lyrical compositions of extraordinary poetic power.” In May 2012, Dylan received the Presidential Medal of Freedom from Barack Obama.

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La vera Riforma – True Reformation


74. La vera riforma
Ryokan votò la propria vita allo studio dello Zen. Un giorno venne a sapere che suo nipote, nonostante i rimproveri dei parenti, sperperava il proprio denaro per una cortigiana. Poiché questo nipote amministrava i beni della famiglia al posto di Ryokan, e c’era pericolo che dilapidasse la loro fortuna, i parenti chiesero a Ryokan di intervenire. Ryokan dové intraprendere un lungo viaggio per visitare il nipote, che non vedeva da anni. Il nipote parve contento di rivedere lo zio e lo invitò a passare la notte in casa sua. Ryokan rimase in meditazione tutta la notte. La mattina dopo, mentre stava per partire, disse al giovane: «Evidentemente sto invecchiando, perché mi trema la mano. Vuoi aiutarmi a legare il laccio del mio sandalo?».
Il nipote lo aiutò volentieri. «Grazie,» disse Ryokan «vedi, un uomo diventa più vecchio e più debole di giorno in giorno. Abbi cura di te». Poi se ne andò, senza nemmeno far cenno alla cortigiana o alle lamentele dei parenti. Ma da quella mattina il nipote smise di far vita dissoluta.
Tratto da 101 storie Zen

True Reformation
Ryokan devoted his life to the study of Zen. One day he heard that his nephew, despite the admonitions of relatives, was spending his money on a courtesan. Inasmuch as the nephew had taken Ryokan’s place in managing the family estate and the property was in danger of being dissipated, the relatives asked Ryoken to do something about it.
Ryokan had to travel a long way to visit his nephew, whom he had not seen for many years. The nephew seemed pleased to meet his uncle again and invited him to remain overnight.
All night Ryokan sat in meditation. As he was departing in the morning he said to the young man: “I must be getting old, my hand shakes so. Will you help me tie the string of my straw sandal?”
The nephew helped him willingly. “Thank you,” finished Ryokan, “you see, a man becomes older and feebler day by day. Take good care of yourself.” Then Ryokan left, never mentioning a word about the courtesan or the complaints of the relatives. But, from that morning on, the dissipations of the nephew ended.
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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 stronger, but careless,
fights against a weak, but careful,

the fort has the worse
as a result of his carelessness.

Mahabharata

Preghiera – Prayer


Preghiera

« Il pregare è nella religione ciò che il pensiero è nella filosofia. Il senso religioso prega come l’organo del pensiero pensa »

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La preghiera è una delle pratiche comuni a tutte le religioni. Essa consiste nel rivolgersi alla dimensione del sacro con la parola o con il pensiero; gli scopi della preghiera possono essere molteplici: invocare, chiedere un aiuto, lodare, ringraziare, santificare, o esprimere devozione o abbandono. La preghiera è solitamente considerata come il momento in cui l’uomo ‘parla’ al sacro, mentre la fase inversa è la meditazione, durante la quale è il sacro che ‘parla’ all’uomo.
La preghiera può essere personale, oppure liturgica; solitamente questa seconda forma si ritrova come preghiera scritta (o comunque tramandata in qualche modo). Una delle forme di preghiera più diffuse è il canto devozionale.
Secondo la dottrina cattolica, quando l’uomo prega si eleva a Dio in modo cosciente. Il “tappeto di preghiera” è un piccolo tappeto che i musulmani usano per inginocchiarsi durante le preghiere giornaliere.
Forme di preghiera pubblica
Nell’ebraismo sono previsti per gli uomini tre preghiere nei giorni feriali, in ricordo dei sacrifici di animali e vegetali che venivano praticati nel Santuario: l’Arvith, Shachrith e Minchah. Le preghiere sono quattro il sabato e altri giorni particolari (5 volte per Yom Kippur). L’ordine delle preghiere si trova nel Siddur, il tradizionale libro delle preghiere ebraico. Sebbene la preghiera individuale sia valida, pregare con un minyan (numero minimo di dieci maschi adulti) è considerato ideale. Molte sinagoghe hanno un hazzan, cioè un cantore che guida la preghiera della comunità.
Nel Cristianesimo la forma classica e più antica di preghiera pubblica sono le ore canoniche, cioè momenti fissi durante la giornata in cui vengono recitati (o cantati) dei salmi più altre preghiere, dalla bibbia o composte dalle Chiese, oltre a inni e intercessioni. Di origine antichissima (la struttura è stata ereditata dalla preghiera ebraica sinagogale e del Tempio di Gerusalemme), le ore canoniche ebbero particolare rilievo nelle comunità monastiche come ufficio corale.
Nell’Islam la preghiera canonica è chiamata ṣalāt, prescritta 5 volte al giorno, in forma singola o collettiva, anche se sono previste e consigliate altre preghiere volontarie.
Forme di preghiera privata
Nelle devozioni private esistono vari tipi di preghiere, che hanno un unico fine: elevare l’anima a Dio. Elevare l’anima a Dio è infatti la definizione ufficiale della preghiera così come riportato dal Catechismo della Chiesa Cattolica.
In realtà, come dice la Bibbia (Sap 1,7 e At 17,28), noi già viviamo ed esistiamo dentro Dio; come pure affermano alcune tradizioni religiose antiche dei popoli asiatici e americani. Essendo però Dio di natura trascendente e spirituale, la sua presenza non appare sempre immediatamente percepibile ed evidente. Ecco perché è necessario elevare l’anima a Dio, cioè compiere un atto di volontà (la volontà è una delle tre potenze dell’anima insieme alla memoria e all’intelletto) che ci rende più attenti, più sensibili, più partecipi di questa presenza che è sempre e ovunque. I modi di muovere la volontà e dunque l’anima a questa consapevolezza e a questa comunione sono molti e diversi. La tradizione cattolica ne enumera svariate decine che sono state ispirate dai santi nel corso dei secoli passati e che hanno trovato una eco più o meno duratura e diffusa, in funzione della semplicità, della praticità e della bellezza delle stesse modalità di preghiera.
Tra le forme private di preghiera più diffuse dalla tradizione cristiana troviamo:
la preghiera biblica (che utilizza direttamente le parole della Sacra Scrittura oppure che parte dalla lettura della Bibbia per poi aprirsi al colloquio personale con Dio, come fa la lectio divina);
il colloquio personale con Dio (che l’uomo può vivere in qualunque tempo e luogo);
il Santo Rosario (una forma devozionale nata nel Medioevo e diffusa oggi in tutti i popoli cattolici);
il culto delle immagini (fondato sul fatto che l’immagine sacra subito richiama alla mente la persona divina rappresentata e diffuso, oltre che nelle chiese, specialmente nei luoghi dove le chiese e i luoghi di culto pubblico sono lontani); tale culto non è accettato dal Protestantesimo;
la via crucis (devozione nata nel Medioevo e diffusa nel XVII secolo da san Leonardo da Porto Maurizio);
la vigilanza (cioè l’atteggiamento interiore dell’uomo che vigila sui suoi pensieri, discernendo quelli buoni da quelli malvagi per coltivare quelli buoni e rinnegare, dissolvere, dimenticare quelli malvagi);
la ripetizione (cioè l’atto della volontà che dà inizio ad un ciclo ripetitivo di brevi invocazioni o preghiere ben conosciute, che l’uomo ripete dentro di sé fino a formare un tappeto morbido e robusto sul quale l’anima si stende e si rilassa per poi entrare nella contemplazione);
la contemplazione (è la forma di preghiera considerata più santa, in quanto comunione stessa con il Santo, essendo stata definita dall’uomo la santità come la natura stessa di Dio; la contemplazione è la presenza viva di Dio nell’uomo che ispira direttamente pensieri, parole, immagini, azioni, per cui nella contemplazione l’uomo vede ciò che Dio vede, sente ciò che Dio sente, fa ciò che Dio fa);
la meditazione (è il fluire o il sorgere di pensieri che vengono suggeriti, stimolati, ispirati dalle fonti più diverse: ricordi, incontri, discorsi, letture, fatti, immagini, simboli, etc. Essendo immenso il bacino di spunti per la meditazione, essa è probabilmente la forma di orazione più praticata di ogni tempo).
Bibliografia
Jörg Zink, Come pregare, Claudiana, Torino 1988.
Giordano Berti, Preghiere di tutto il mondo, Vallardi, Milano 1999.
Gérald Messadié (a cura di), Il piccolo libro delle preghiere, Armenia, Milano 2003.
Catechismo della Chiesa Cattolica (di cui la Parte Quarta è interamente dedicata alla preghiera)
Prayer
Prayer is a form of religious practice that seeks to activate a volitional rapport to God or spirit through deliberate practice. Prayer may be either individual or communal and take place in public or in private. It may involve the use of words or song. When language is used, prayer may take the form of a hymn, incantation, formal creed, or a spontaneous utterance in the praying person. There are different forms of prayer such as petitionary prayer, prayers of supplication, thanksgiving, and worship/praise. Prayer may be directed towards a deity, spirit, deceased person, or lofty idea, for the purpose of worshipping, requesting guidance, requesting assistance, confessing sins or to express one’s thoughts and emotions. Thus, people pray for many reasons such as personal benefit or for the sake of others.
Most major religions involve prayer in one way or another. Some ritualize the act of prayer, requiring a strict sequence of actions or placing a restriction on who is permitted to pray, while others teach that prayer may be practiced spontaneously by anyone at any time.
Scientific studies regarding the use of prayer have mostly concentrated on its effect on the healing of sick or injured people. The efficacy of petition in prayer for physical healing to a deity has been evaluated in numerous studies, with contradictory results There has been some criticism of the way the studies were conducted
Forms of prayer
Various spiritual traditions offer a wide variety of devotional acts. There are morning and evening prayers, graces said over meals, and reverent physical gestures. Some Christians bow their heads and fold their hands. Some Native Americans regard dancing as a form of prayer. Some Sufis whirl. Hindus chant mantras. Orthodox Jews sway their bodies back and forth[10] and Salah for Muslims (“kneel and prostrate as seen on the right”). Quakers keep silent. Some pray according to standardized rituals and liturgies, while others prefer extemporaneous prayers. Still others combine the two.
These methods show a variety of understandings to prayer, which are led by underlying beliefs.
These beliefs may be that
the finite can communicate with the infinite
the infinite is interested in communicating with the finite
prayer is intended to inculcate certain attitudes in the one who prays, rather than to influence the recipient
prayer is intended to train a person to focus on the recipient through philosophy and intellectual contemplation
prayer is intended to enable a person to gain a direct experience of the recipient
prayer is intended to affect the very fabric of reality as we perceive it
prayer is a catalyst for change in oneself and/or one’s circumstances, or likewise those of third party beneficiaries
the recipient desires and appreciates prayer
or any combination of these.[citation needed]
The act of prayer is attested in written sources as early as 5000 years ago. Some anthropologists, such as Sir Edward Burnett Tylor and Sir James George Frazer, believed that the earliest intelligent modern humans practiced something that we would recognize today as prayer.
Friedrich Heiler is often cited in Christian circles for his systematic Typology of Prayer which lists six types of prayer: primitive, ritual, Greek cultural, philosophical, mystical, and prophetic
The act of worship
Prayer has many different forms. Prayer may be done privately and individually, or it may be done corporately in the presence of fellow believers. Prayer can be incorporated into a daily “thought life”, in which one is in constant communication with a god. Some people pray throughout all that is happening during the day and seek guidance as the day progresses. This is actually regarded as a requirement in several Christian denominations,[15] although enforcement is not possible nor desirable. There can be many different answers to prayer, just as there are many ways to interpret an answer to a question, if there in fact comes an answer.[15] Some may experience audible, physical, or mental epiphanies. If indeed an answer comes, the time and place it comes is considered random. Some outward acts that sometimes accompany prayer are: anointing with oil;[16] ringing a bell;[17] burning incense or paper;[18] lighting a candle or candles;[19] facing a specific direction (i.e. towards Mecca[20] or the East); making the sign of the cross. One less noticeable act related to prayer is fasting.
A variety of body postures may be assumed, often with specific meaning (mainly respect or adoration) associated with them: standing; sitting; kneeling; prostrate on the floor; eyes opened; eyes closed; hands folded or clasped; hands upraised; holding hands with others; a laying on of hands and others. Prayers may be recited from memory, read from a book of prayers, or composed spontaneously as they are prayed. They may be said, chanted, or sung. They may be with musical accompaniment or not. There may be a time of outward silence while prayers are offered mentally. Often, there are prayers to fit specific occasions, such as the blessing of a meal, the birth or death of a loved one, other significant events in the life of a believer, or days of the year that have special religious significance. Details corresponding to specific traditions are outlined below.

Pre-Christian Europe

Etruscan, Greek, and Roman paganism
In the pre-Christian religions of Greeks and Romans (Ancient Greek religion, Roman religion), ceremonial prayer was highly formulaic and ritualized.[21][22] The Iguvine Tables contain a supplication that can be translated, “If anything was said improperly, if anything was done improperly, let it be as if it were done correctly.”
The formalism and formulaic nature of these prayers led them to be written down in language that may have only been partially understood by the writer, and our texts of these prayers may in fact be garbled. Prayers in Etruscan were used in the Roman world by augurs and other oracles long after Etruscan became a dead language. The Carmen Arvale and the Carmen Saliare are two specimens of partially preserved prayers that seem to have been unintelligible to their scribes, and whose language is full of archaisms and difficult passages.
Roman prayers and sacrifices were often envisioned as legal bargains between deity and worshipper. The Roman principle was expressed as do ut des: “I give, so that you may give.” Cato the Elder’s treatise on agriculture contains many examples of preserved traditional prayers; in one, a farmer addresses the unknown deity of a possibly sacred grove, and sacrifices a pig in order to placate the god or goddess of the place and beseech his or her permission to cut down some trees from the grove
Germanic paganism
An amount of accounts of prayers to the gods in Germanic paganism survived the process of Christianization, though only a single prayer has survived without the interjection of Christian references. This prayer is recorded in stanzas 2 and 3 of the poem Sigrdrífumál, compiled in the 13th century Poetic Edda from earlier traditional sources, where the valkyrie Sigrdrífa prays to the gods and the earth after being woken by the hero Sigurd.
A prayer to the bigger god Odin is mentioned in chapter 2 of the Völsunga saga where King Rerir prays for a child. His prayer is answered by Frigg, wife of Odin, who sends him an apple, which is dropped on his lap by Frigg’s servant in the form of a crow while Rerir is sitting on a mound. Rerir’s wife eats the apple and is then pregnant with the hero Völsung. In stanza 9 of the poem Oddrúnargrátr, a prayer is made to “kind wights, Frigg and Freyja, and many gods,” although since the poem is often considered one of the youngest poems in the Poetic Edda, the passage has been the matter of some debate.[26]
In chapter 21 of Jómsvíkinga saga, wishing to turn the tide of the Battle of Hjörungavágr, Haakon Sigurdsson eventually finds his prayers answered by the goddesses Þorgerðr Hölgabrúðr and Irpa (the first of the two described as Haakon’s patron goddess) who appear in the battle, kill many of the opposing fleet, and cause the remnants of their forces to flee. However, this depiction of a pagan prayer has been criticized as inaccurate due to the description of Haakon dropping to his knees.
The 11th century manuscript for the Anglo-Saxon charm Æcerbot presents what is thought to be an originally pagan prayer for the fertility of the speaker’s crops and land, though Christianization is apparent throughout the charm.[28] The 8th century Wessobrunn Prayer has been proposed as a Christianized pagan prayer and compared to the pagan Völuspá[29] and the Merseburg Incantations, the latter recorded in the 9th or 10th century but of much older traditional origins
Abrahamic religions
Bible
In the common Bible of the Abrahamic religions, various forms of prayer appear; the most common forms being petition, thanksgiving, and worship. The longest book in the Bible is the Book of Psalms, 150 religious songs which are often regarded as prayers. Other well-known Biblical prayers include the Song of Moses (Exodus 15:1-18), the Song of Hannah (1 Samuel 2:1-10), and the Magnificat (Luke 1:46-55). But perhaps the best-known prayer in the Christian Bible is the Lord’s Prayer (Matthew 6:9–13; Luke 11:2-4).
See also: Tanakh, New Testament, Prayer in the Hebrew Bible, and Prayer in the New Testament
Judaism
Jews pray three times a day, with lengthier prayers on special days, such as the Shabbat and Jewish holidays. The siddur is the prayerbook used by Jews all over the world, containing a set order of daily prayers. Jewish prayer is usually described as having two aspects: kavanah (intention) and keva (the ritualistic, structured elements).
The most important Jewish prayers are the Shema Yisrael (“Hear O Israel”) and the Amidah (“the standing prayer”).
Communal prayer is preferred over solitary prayer, and a quorum of 10 adult males (a minyan) is considered by Orthodox Judaism a prerequisite for several communal prayers.
Rationalist approach to prayer
In this view, ultimate goal of prayer is to help train a person to focus on divinity through philosophy and intellectual contemplation. This approach was taken by Maimonides and the other medieval rationalists. One example of this approach to prayer is noted by Rabbi Steven Weil, who was appointed the Orthodox Union’s Executive-Vice President in 2009. He notes that the word “prayer” is a derivative of the Latin “precari”, which means “to beg”. The Hebrew equivalent “tefilah”, however, along with its root “pelel” or its reflexive “l’hitpallel”, means the act of self-analysis or self-evaluation. This approach is sometimes described as the person praying having a dialogue or conversation with God.
Educational approach to prayer
In this view, prayer is not a conversation. Rather, it is meant to inculcate certain attitudes in the one who prays, but not to influence. This has been the approach of Rabbenu Bachya, Yehuda Halevy, Joseph Albo, Samson Raphael Hirsch, and Joseph Dov Soloveitchik. This view is expressed by Rabbi Nosson Scherman in the overview to the Artscroll Siddur (p. XIII); note that Scherman goes on to also affirm the Kabbalistic view (see below).
Kabbalistic approach to prayer
Kabbalah (Jewish mysticism) uses a series of kavanot, directions of intent, to specify the path the prayer ascends in the dialog with God, to increase its chances of being answered favorably. Kabbalists ascribe a higher meaning to the purpose of prayer, which is no less than affecting the very fabric of reality itself, restructuring and repairing the universe in a real fashion. In this view, every word of every prayer, and indeed, even every letter of every word, has a precise meaning and a precise effect. Prayers thus literally affect the mystical forces of the universe, and repair the fabric of creation.
Among Jews, this approach has been taken by the Chassidei Ashkenaz (German pietists of the Middle-Ages), the Arizal’s Kabbalist tradition, Ramchal, most of Hassidism, the Vilna Gaon, and Jacob Emden.
Christianity
Main articles: Prayer in Christianity and Christian worship
Christian prayers are quite varied. They can be completely spontaneous, or read entirely from a text, like the Anglican Book of Common Prayer. Probably the most common and universal prayer among Christians is the Lord’s Prayer, which according to the gospel accounts is how Jesus taught his disciples to pray. Some Protestant denominations choose not to recite the Lord’s Prayer or other rote prayers.
Christians generally pray to God or to the Father. Some Christians (e.g., Catholics, Orthodox) will also ask the righteous in heaven and “in Christ,” such as Virgin Mary or other saints to intercede by praying on their behalf (intercession of saints). Formulaic closures include “through our Lord Jesus Christ, Your Son, who lives and reigns with You, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, God, through all the ages of ages,” and “in the name of the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit.”
It is customary among Protestants to end prayers with “In Jesus’ name, Amen” or “In the name of Christ, Amen”[34] However, the most commonly used closure in Christianity is simply “Amen” (from a Hebrew adverb used as a statement of affirmation or agreement, usually translated as so be it).
There is also the form of prayer called hesychast which is a repetitious type of prayer for the purpose of meditation. In the Western or Latin Rite of Catholic Church, probably the most common is the Rosary; In the Eastern Church (the Eastern rites of the Catholic Church and Orthodox Church), the Jesus Prayer.
Roman Catholic tradition includes specific prayers and devotions as acts of reparation which do not involve a petition for a living or deceased beneficiary, but aim to repair the sins of others, e.g. for the repair of the sin of blasphemy performed by others
Pentecostalism
In Pentecostal congregations, prayer is often done by speaking in a foreign tongue, a practice now known as glossolalia.[36] Practitioners of Pentecostal glossolalia may claim that the languages they speak in prayer are real foreign languages, and that the ability to speak those languages spontaneously is a gift of the Holy Spirit;[37][38] however, many people outside the movement have offered alternative views. George Barton Cutten suggested that glossolalia was a sign of mental illness.[39] Felicitas Goodman suggested that tongue speakers were under a form of hypnosis.[40] Others suggest that it is a learned behaviour. Some of these views have allegedly been refuted
Christian Science
Christian Science teaches that prayer is a spiritualization of thought or an understanding of God and of the nature of the underlying spiritual creation. Adherents believe that this can result in healing, by bringing spiritual reality (the “Kingdom of Heaven” in Biblical terms) into clearer focus in the human scene. The world as it appears to the senses is regarded as a distorted version of the world of spiritual ideas. Prayer can heal the distortion. Christian Scientists believe that prayer does not change the spiritual creation but gives a clearer view of it, and the result appears in the human scene as healing: the human picture adjusts to coincide more nearly with the divine reality. Christian Scientists do not practice intercessory prayer as it is commonly understood, and they generally avoid combining prayer with medical treatment in the belief that the two practices tend to work against each other. (However, the choice of healing method is regarded as a matter for the individual, and the Christian Science Church exerts no pressure on members to avoid medical treatment if they wish to avail of it as an alternative to Christian Science healing.) Prayer works through love: the recognition of God’s creation as spiritual, intact, and inherently lovable

Prevalence of prayer for health

Some modalities of alternative medicine employ prayer. A survey released in May 2004 by the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine, part of the National Institutes of Health in the United States, found that in 2002, 43% of Americans pray for their own health, 24% pray for others’ health, and 10% participate in a prayer group for their own healt
Islam
Muslims pray a ritualistic prayer called salah or salat in Arabic, facing the Kaaba in Mecca, five times a day. The command to pray is in the Quran in several chapters. The prophet Muhammed showed each Muslim the true method of offering prayers thus the same method is observed till date. There is the “call for prayer” (adhan or azaan), where the muezzin calls for all the followers to stand together for the prayer. The prayer consists of standing, by mentioning -àllàh o -àqbàr (God is great) followed by recitation of the first chapter of the Quran. After the person bends and praises god, then prostrates and again praises god. The prayer ends with the following words “peace and blessings be upon you”. During the prayer a Muslim cannot talk or do anything else besides praying. Once the prayer is complete one can offer voluntary prayers or supplicate -àllàh for his needs. There are also many standard duas or supplications, also in Arabic, to be recited at various times, e.g. for one’s parents, after salah, before eating. Muslims may also say dua in their own words and languages for any issue they wish to communicate with God in the hope that God will answer their prayers.[20] Certain Shia fiqhs pray 3 times a day.
Bahá’í
Main article: Prayer in the Bahá’í Faith
Bahá’u’lláh, the Báb, and `Abdu’l-Bahá have revealed many prayers for general use, and some for specific occasions, including for unity, detachment, spiritual upliftment, and healing among others. Bahá’ís are also required to recite each day one of three obligatory prayers revealed by Bahá’u’lláh. The believers have been enjoined to face in the direction of the Qiblih when reciting their Obligatory Prayer. The longest obligatory prayer may be recited at any time during the day; another, of medium length, is recited once in the morning, once at midday, and once in the evening; and the shortest can be recited anytime between noon and sunset. Bahá’ís also read from and meditate on the scriptures every morning and evening.
Eastern religions
In contrast with Western religion, Eastern religion for the most part discards worship and places devotional emphasis on the practice of meditation alongside scriptural study. Consequently, prayer is seen as a form of meditation or an adjunct practice to meditation
Buddhism
n certain Buddhist sects, prayer accompanies meditation. Buddhism for the most part sees prayer as a secondary, supportive practice to meditation and scriptural study. Gautama Buddha claimed that human beings possess the capacity and potential to be liberated, or enlightened, through contemplation, leading to insight. Prayer is seen mainly as a powerful psycho-physical practice that can enhance meditation.[48]
In the earliest Buddhist tradition, the Theravada, and in the later Mahayana tradition of Zen (or Chán), prayer plays only an ancillary role. It is largely a ritual expression of wishes for success in the practice and in helping all beings.[49][50][51][52]
The skillful means (Sanskrit: upaya) of the transfer of merit (Sanskrit: parinamana) is an evocation and prayer. Moreover, indeterminate buddhas are available for intercession as they reside in awoken-fields (Sanskrit: buddha-kshetra).
The nirmanakaya of a awoken-field is what is generally known and understood as mandala. The opening and closing of the ring (Sanskrit: mandala) is an active prayer. An active prayer is a mindful activity, an activity in which mindfulness is not just cultivated but is.[53] A common prayer is “May the merit of my practice, adorn Buddhas’ Pure Lands, requite the fourfold kindness from above, and relieve the suffering of the three life-journeys below. Universally wishing sentient beings, Friends, foes, and karmic creditors, all to activate the bodhi mind, and all to be reborn in the Pure Land of Ultimate Bliss.” (願以此功德 莊嚴佛淨土 上報四重恩 下濟三途苦 普願諸眾生 冤親諸債主 悉發菩提心 同生極樂國)[54]
The Generation Stage (Sanskrit: utpatti-krama) of Vajrayana involves prayer elements.[55]
The Tibetan Buddhism tradition emphasizes an instructive and devotional relationship to a guru; this may involve devotional practices known as guru yoga which are congruent with prayer. It also appears that Tibetan Buddhism posits the existence of various deities, but the peak view of the tradition is that the deities or yidam are no more existent or real than the continuity (Sanskrit: santana; refer mindstream) of the practitioner, environment and activity. But how practitioners engage yidam or tutelary deities will depend upon the level or more appropriately yana at which they are practicing. At one level, one may pray to a deity for protection or assistance, taking a more subordinate role. At another level, one may invoke the deity, on a more equal footing. And at a higher level one may deliberately cultivate the idea that one has become the deity, whilst remaining aware that its ultimate nature is shunyata. The views of the more esoteric yana are impenetrable for those without direct experience and empowerment.
Pure Land Buddhism emphasizes the recitation by devotees of prayer-like mantras, a practice often called Nembutsu.[56]:190 On one level it is said that reciting these mantras can ensure rebirth into a sambhogakaya land (Sanskrit: buddha-kshetra) after bodily dissolution, a sheer ball spontaneously co-emergent to a buddha’s enlightened intention. According to Shinran, the founder of the Pure Land Buddhism tradition that is most prevalent in the US[56]:193[57] “for the long haul nothing is as efficacious as the Nembutsu.”[56]:197[58] On another, the practice is a form of meditation aimed at achieving realization.[citation needed]
But beyond all these practices the Buddha emphasized the primacy of individual practice and experience. He said that supplication to gods or deities was not necessary. Nevertheless, today many lay people in East Asian countries pray to the Buddha in ways that resemble Western prayer—asking for intervention and offering devotion.
Hinduism
Hinduism has incorporated many kinds of prayer (Sanskrit: prārthanā), from fire-based rituals to philosophical musings. While chanting involves ‘by dictum’ recitation of timeless verses or verses with timings and notations, dhyanam involves deep meditation (however short or long) on the preferred deity/God. Again the object to which prayers are offered could be a persons referred as devtas, trinity or incarnation of either devtas or trinity or simply plain formless meditation as practiced by the ancient sages. All of these are directed to fulfilling personal needs or deep spiritual enlightenment. Ritual invocation was part and parcel of the Vedic religion and as such permeated their sacred texts. Indeed, the highest sacred texts of the Hindus, the Vedas, are a large collection of mantras and prayer rituals. Classical Hinduism came to focus on extolling a single supreme force, Brahman, that is made manifest in several lower forms as the familiar gods of the Hindu pantheon[dubious – discuss]. Hindus in India have numerous devotional movements. Hindus may pray to the highest absolute God Brahman, or more commonly to Its three manifestations namely creator god called Brahma, preserver god called Vishnu and destroyer god (so that the creation cycle can start afresh) Shiva, and at the next level to Vishnu’s avatars (earthly appearances) Rama and Krishna or to many other male or female deities. Typically, Hindus pray with their hands (the palms) joined together in pranam. The hand gesture is similar to the popular Indian greeting namaste.
Jainism
Although Jains believe that no spirit or divine being can assist them on their path, they do hold some influence, and on special occasions, Jains will pray for right knowledge to the twenty-four Tirthankaras (saintly teachers) or sometimes to Hindu deities such as Ganesha.
Shinto
The practices involved in Shinto prayer are heavily influenced by Buddhism; Japanese Buddhism has also been strongly influenced by Shinto in turn. The most common and basic form of devotion involves throwing a coin, or several, into a collection box, ringing a bell, clapping one’s hands, and contemplating one’s wish or prayer silently. The bell and hand clapping are meant to wake up or attract the attention of the kami of the shrine, so that one’s prayer may be heard.
Shinto prayers quite frequently consist of wishes or favors asked of the kami, rather than lengthy praises or devotions. Unlike in certain other faiths, it is not considered irregular or inappropriate to ask favors of the kami in this way, and indeed many shrines are associated with particular favors, such as success on exams.
In addition, one may write one’s wish on a small wooden tablet, called an ema, and leave it hanging at the shrine, where the kami can read it. If the wish is granted, one may return to the shrine to leave another ema as an act of thanksgiving.
Sikhism
The Ardās (Punjabi: ਅਰਦਾਸ) is a Sikh prayer that is done before performing or after undertaking any significant task; after reciting the daily Banis (prayers); or completion of a service like the Paath (scripture reading/recitation), kirtan (hymn-singing) program or any other religious program. In Sikhism, these prayers are also said before and after eating. The prayer is a plea to God to support and help the devotee with whatever he or she is about to undertake or has done.
The Ardas is usually always done standing up with folded hands. The beginning of the Ardas is strictly set by the tenth Sikh Guru, Guru Gobind Singh. When it comes to conclusion of this prayer, the devotee uses word like “Waheguru please bless me in the task that I am about to undertake” when starting a new task or “Akal Purakh, having completed the hymn-singing, we ask for your continued blessings so that we can continue with your memory and remember you at all times”, etc. The word “Ardās” is derived from Persian word ‘Arazdashat’, meaning a request, supplication, prayer, petition or an address to a superior authority.
Ardās is a unique prayer based on the fact that it is one of the few well-known prayers in the Sikh religion that was not written in its entirety by the Gurus. The Ardās cannot be found within the pages of the Guru Granth Sahib because it is a continually changing devotional text that has evolved over time in order for it to encompass the feats, accomplishments, and feelings of all generations of Sikhs within its lines. Taking the various derivation of the word Ardās into account, the basic purpose of this prayer is an appeal to Waheguru for his protection and care, as well as being a plea for the welfare and prosperity of all mankind, and a means for the Sikhs to thank Waheguru for all that he has done
Taoism
Prayer in Taoism is less common than Fulu, which is the drawing and writing of supernatural talismans
Animism
Although prayer in its literal sense is not used in animism, communication with the spirit world is vital to the animist way of life. This is usually accomplished through a shaman who, through a trance, gains access to the spirit world and then shows the spirits’ thoughts to the people. Other ways to receive messages from the spirits include using astrology or contemplating fortune tellers and healers. The native religions in some parts of North, East and South Asia, America, Africa, and Oceania are often animistic.
America
The Aztec religion was not strictly animist. It had an ever increasing pantheon of deities, and the shamans performed ritual prayer to these deities in their respective temples. These shamans made petitions to the proper deities in exchange for a sacrifice offering: food, flowers, effigies, and animals, usually quail. But the larger the thing required from the God the larger the sacrifice had to be, and for the most important rites one would offer one’s own blood; by cutting his ears, arms, tongue, thighs, chest or genitals, and often a human life; either warrior, slave, or even self-sacrifice.[63]
The Pueblo Indians are known to have used prayer sticks, that is, sticks with feathers attached as supplicatory offerings. The Hopi Indians used prayer sticks as well, but they attached to it a small bag of sacred meat
Australia
In Australia, prayers to the “Great Wit” are performed by the “clever wapmen” and “clever women”, or kadji. These Aboriginal shamans use maban or mabain, the material that is believed to give them their purported magical powers
Neopaganism
Adherents to forms of modern Neopaganism pray to various gods. The most commonly worshiped and prayed to gods are those of Pre-Christian Europe, such as Celtic, Norse, or Graeco-Roman gods. Prayer can vary from sect to sect, and with some (such as Wicca) prayer may also be associated with ritual magick.
Theurgy and Western Esotericism
Practitioners of theurgy and western esotericism may practice a form of ritual which utilizes both pre-sanctioned prayers and names of God, and prayers “from the heart” that, when combined, allows the participant to ascend spiritually, and in some instances, induce a trance in which God or other spiritual beings may be realized. Very similar to hermetic qabala, and orthodox qabala, it is believed that prayer can influence both the physical and non-physical worlds. The use of ritualistic signs and names are believed to be archetypes in which the subconscious may take form as the Inner God, or another spiritual being, and the “prayer from the heart” to be that spiritual force speaking through the participant.
Meher Baba
The Indian spiritual teacher Meher Baba emphasized both the beauty of prayer as praise and the power of prayer as petition:
“The ideal prayer to the Lord is nothing more than spontaneous praise of His being. You praise Him, not in the spirit of bargain but in the spirit of self-forgetful appreciation of what He really is. You praise Him because He is praiseworthy. Your praise is a spontaneous appreciative response to his true being, as infinite light, infinite power and infinite bliss.”[66]
“Through repeated sincere prayers it is possible to effect an exit from the otherwise inexorable working out of the law of karma. The forgiveness asked from God evokes from Him His inscrutable grace, which alone can give new direction to the inexorable karmic determination
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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