Pilgrim In The Open Shore

Pancho Ramos Stierle

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Awakin FeatureToday the clouds and ocean are indistinguishable
the horizon vanished
with the incessant rhythm
this breathing feels synchronized
with the larger lungs of Mother Earth
and even with the galactic integrated dance
the condensation of the clouds of the kosmos
into the nectar of life
the shore smiles as each weave reseeds
leaving planetary dimples and wrinkles
hosted in the heart of anyone aware of them
an ubiquitous humble and simple joy

today the stillness of the clouds
the motion of the ocean
and this happy condensed human wave
are one

today there is no horizon
no future, no destination
just now
only wrinkles and dimples of a smiling beach
the ocean floor
a mating dance for the human continent
an infinite coast
lost in the distance
as a stairway back to the stellar heaven
all in an instant

today the choreography and music of water
in all her forms
and ripples of life
this wet fire, this liquid star
are one and the same

today the heartmind of the Earth
is a loud joyous smile
with sore and happy planetary cheeks
a hysterical laughter
of undivided love

Francisco 'Pancho' Ramos Stierle is a Mexican-born former astrophysics student turned full-time community activist and humanitarian. He became a known figure of the Occupy movement after being arrested while meditating during the dismantling of the Occupy Oakland Camp. His work has focused on sparking a heartmindfulness revolution.  Poem above is taken from Pancho's poems.

 

Seed questions for reflection: How do you relate to the discovery of oneness within the diversity of life? Can you share a personal story of a time you were able to appreciate this unity in diversity? How do you differentiate between unity in diversity and uniformity?

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    On Aug 9, 2019 Lu wrote:
    Hermano,Beautiful. Thank you.

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    On Aug 6, 2019 Jyoti wrote:
    Brother Pancho, Planet's Protector Physicist Poet. Hugs.

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    On Aug 6, 2019 Swara wrote:
    Brother Pancho,

    Such beautiful words. Lots of love.

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    On Aug 6, 2019 Sorti V. Moraq wrote:
    Hermosa reflexiónpoética, dondela fugaz unión del instante de la vida con la inmensidad del cosmos; inspirala eterna introspección del alma, para fundirse en la expansióndel universo.

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    On Aug 5, 2019 Michael Stilinovich wrote:
    Thank you Pancho,
    Hugs for you my brother.

    With Love,
    M.Stilinovich

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    On Aug 3, 2019 David Doane wrote:
    It's the other way around, that is, it's the discovery of diversity within unity. Once upon a time, we humans noticed differences while living in unity; then we translated different to mean separate and lost the sense of all being part of unity; now we are rediscovering unity differentiated into many expressions. I became seriously interested in Buddhism about 15 years ago, joined an ongoing study group, learned/read/listened/reflected/meditated Eastern/Vedantic/unitive wisdom, and grew in appreciation of unity and diversity in unity. Diversity means different. Uniformity means the same. Diversity is pervasive. Every one and every thing is a different expression of one Unity. There is no uniformity even if we think there is or try to impose it.

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    On Aug 2, 2019 Jagdish P Dave wrote:
    There is oneness in manynessand there is unity in diversity. I am in complete alignment with this apparently opposite statements.There is oneness or unity in the background of the manyness or diversity in the foreground. i see that and experience that truth both in the natural world and the human world.The diversity enriches the unity. It is like the formless is manifested in variety of forms-sights, shapes, sounds and colors. How and when do I see it and experience it? I see it and experience it when I am aware of it without thinking about it, analyzing it, comparing it and contrasting it. In other words when I do not engage my mind dividing and fragmenting the wholeness of it. When I am mentally still and silent, I become aware of the melody of sounds, the seven colors of the rainbow, different but merging and melting. Everyday I encounter people of different races, different shapes, different ideas and different opinions. When I keep my mind and heart open to empathically understan... [View Full Comment]
    There is oneness in manynessand there is unity in diversity. I am in complete alignment with this apparently opposite statements.There is oneness or unity in the background of the manyness or diversity in the foreground. i see that and experience that truth both in the natural world and the human world.The diversity enriches the unity. It is like the formless is manifested in variety of forms-sights, shapes, sounds and colors. How and when do I see it and experience it?
    I see it and experience it when I am aware of it without thinking about it, analyzing it, comparing it and contrasting it. In other words when I do not engage my mind dividing and fragmenting the wholeness of it. When I
    am mentally still and silent, I become aware of the melody of sounds, the seven colors of the rainbow, different but merging and melting. Everyday I encounter people of different races, different shapes, different ideas and different opinions. When I keep my mind and heart open to empathically understand them, I see the same human face with no dividing differences.I wish we become free from preconceived and judgmentally based notions and ideas of people looking different from us and having different ways of thinking and living.
    Uniformityis very different from unity. Uniformity deprives us from being ourselves. It takes away the beauty, enrichment and delightof the diversity. It takes away our individuality, freedom and multiformity.
    Namaste!
    Jagdish P Dave











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