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Sappho's Hymn to Aphrodite

Translation, notes and metrical explanation copyright 1997 Elizabeth Vandiver; all rights reserved. Iridescent-throned Aphrodite, deathless…

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1 Apr 22
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DIOGENES

If there anyone I envy,it’s old Diogenes, dog that he was and I more a cat.But… Oh to be in a world where such naturalnesswas possible!I ho…

Started by David Brazier

0 Apr 2, 2018

WITH FIRE IN THEIR HAIR

I've been reading The Bacchae by Euripedes. It is the only extant play based on the rituals of Dionysus in which women went in groups into…

Started by David Brazier

2 Apr 9, 2017
Reply by Mat Osmond

SECRETLY PUT DOWN A DEEP ROOT

In the practice of spirituality, there is always an interesting tension between form and spontaneity. Too much form can easily become empty…

Started by David Brazier

12 Feb 11, 2017
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THOUGHTS GENERATED BY READING THOMAS SMITH ON ARISTOTLE

I have started rereading the book Revaluing Ethics: Aristotle’s Dialectical Pedagogy”. I shall not give an account of the book, merely of s…

Started by David Brazier

0 Jul 19, 2016

ANSHIN: PART THREE ~ Symbolism of My Island Home

In the teaching yesterday we looked at the emoticon image for peace, being a dove with an olive sprig in its beak. In ancient Greek mytholo…

Started by David Brazier

0 Jun 20, 2016

A FIRE FOR ARTEMIS

This evening I lit a fire for Artemis. She is the goddess of wild things. On our land she has dedicated to her the most wild part, the fore…

Started by David Brazier

4 May 31, 2016
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LESSONS FROM POOH

I have recently been reading Winnie the Pooh and, among other things, it is a wonderful account of everyday small mindedness. Pooh is the p…

Started by David Brazier

8 Apr 17, 2016
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HAVING FAITH IN FAITH

Faith is Part of What We Are Spirituality requires us to have faith in faith. This faith-in-faith is well-founded because without faith we…

Started by David Brazier

4 Apr 15, 2016
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FAITH AS A RATHER HUMAN FRIEND

The conclusion I have reached and that serves me best is that the basic default setting of life is faith. The snail proceeding across the g…

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0 Apr 7, 2016

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Posted by Tamuly Annette on September 29, 2019 at 12:00 1 Comment

En l'absence de Darmavidya, j'ai - en ma qualité de voisine et d'amie - le privilège de m'occuper (un peu) de Tara, la petite chatte. C'est un bonheur  de la voir me faire la fête chaque fois que je me rends à Eleusis: elle s'étire, se roule sur le dos au soleil ou saute sur mes genoux. J'ignore si elle a profité de l'enseignement du maître des lieux, mais j'ai comme l'impression qu'elle me donne une belle leçon de sagesse: elle…

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WEEP FOR OUR WORLD

Posted by David Brazier on August 20, 2019 at 21:38 2 Comments



At the moment I am feeling very sad for the state of the planet. As I write the great forests are being consumed by fire, both the tropical forest in Brazil and the tundra forest in Russia. The great forests are the lungs of the earth. I myself have lung problems. When there are parts of the lungs that don’t work anymore one can run out of energy. It can strike suddenly. We will probably not do anything serious about climate change or wildlife extinction…

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MY MEDICAL CONDITION

Posted by David Brazier on June 26, 2019 at 18:04 10 Comments

My medical condition continues to be a mystery. It is clear that I do not have any of the big nasty things - brain tumour, cracked skull, stroke, etc - as these have been ruled out by MRI investigation. Nonetheless I continue to have persistent, continuous head pain that varies in intensity and I become exhausted by the least effort so that I am functioning like an invalid incapable of doing very much. There is always a possibility that the whole syndrome is a…

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Grace.

Posted by Dayamay Dunsby on June 2, 2019 at 1:02 4 Comments

“Do we know what it means to be struck by grace? It does not mean that we suddenly believe that God exists, or that Jesus is the saviour, or that the Bible contains the truth. Grace strikes us when we are in great pain and restlessness. It strikes us when we walk through the dark Valley of a meaningless and empty life. It strikes us when we feel that our separation is deeper than usual, because we have violated another life, a life which we loved, or from which we were estranged. It strikes us… Continue

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