Thursday, July 13, 2006

reflecting this evening ...

... on the evolution of consciousness ...

the glass bead game (homage to hermann hesse)
scanned and altered image
july 13, 2006

a reading from hermann hesse:

soap bubbles

from years of study and of contemplation
an old man brews a work of clarity,
a gay and involuted dissertation
discoursing on sweet wisdom playfully.

an eager student bent on storming heights
has delved in archives and in libraries,
but adds the touch of genius when he writes
a first book full of deepest subtleties.

a boy, with bowl and straw, sits and blows,
filling with breath the bubbles from the bowl.
each praises like a hymn, and each one glows;
into the filmy beads he blows his soul.

old man, student, boy, all these three
out of the maya-foam of the universe
create illusions. none is better or worse.
but in each of them the light of eternity
sees its reflection, and burns more joyfully.

from "joseph knecht's posthumous writings" in magister ludi: the glass bead game

resources for the journey

hermann hesse, magister ludi: the glass bead game
nobel prize in literature presentation speech (1946)
professor gunther gottschalk's hermann hesse resource page

and remembering tea and friends ...

lemon & ginger herbal tea, from twinings (u.k.)

savor the journey!!


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