Wednesday, June 15, 2011


"Even as the rational mind can see that all matter is energy, the spirit can see that all energy is love, and everything in creation can be a mathematical equation for the mind and a song of love for the soul."
—Juan Mascaro (from the introduction to my copy of his translation of THE BHAGAVAD GITA—which I first read as a young man and wrote this quote down because it seemed to speak directly to my perspective, a perspective I have only had strengthened by the challenges and disappointments of life and "the world" despite periods like this one where so much of what's going on feels like it's generated by fear and anger and greed and desire for power etc. than anything resembling "love"—but [that's true for] most times throughout history, including when I first read this while in the service as Viet Nam was beginning to heat up and the Civil Rights struggle was beginning to become more violent and hate-filled etc., when there was only one mixed race couple not just in the town where I grew up (I'm the Godfather to their first child [though not a very good one I'm afraid]) but in the entire area including all the surrounding towns, and now it's a commonplace, so love does seem to ultimately be the song of the universe, at least my universe.)


Anonymous said...

very nice.

Robert G. Zuckerman said...

Thank you for this. Nothing like a good quote to fortify and enrich the soul, stir thoughts and open pathways of perception. Everything is connected. Every thought and deed have consequence. As John Donne says "Any man's death diminishes me..."

Robert G. Zuckerman said...

I can't recall verbatim, but the Bhagavad Gita says something like: "Self is everywhere, amused, gazing out from deep within the eyes of all beings..."