Those of you who follow my work closely know that my spiritual journey includes a deep love of the mystic poets. I use the rhymes of these masters in my spiritual practice. I conduct workshops using the mystic poets as grist for the spiritual mill. And, I am part of a trio (Mystic Coda) that performs mystic poetry set to music.
Recently Mystic Coda had the privilege of performing at the War Memorial in Grosse Pointe, Mi. On a whim we hired a videographer to experiment with capturing the performance, mostly for our own personal history. The capture came out quite well, considering the lack of advanced planning. It has motivated us to consider something more professional down the road. In the meantime, I invite you to enjoy this small clip, a piece from Hafez, with which we end our performance.
The piece is entitled, "You Were Brave in That Holy War." It speaks to the difficulty of the earthly life, the struggle it takes to live and especially to find unconditional love on this earth, while at the same time offering us nurturing and unconditional love from The Tender One.
I hope you find as much solace in Hafez's words as I do and I hope you enjoy our interpretation of the piece, both in voice and mood...
You Were Brave in That Holy War - Hafez
You have done well In the contest of madness. You were brave in that holy war. You have all the honorable wounds Of one who has tried to find love Where the Beautiful Bird Does not drink.
May I speak to you Like we are close And locked away together?
Wayfarer, Why not rest your tired body? Lean back and close your eyes. Come morning I will kneel by your side and feed you. I will so gently Spread open your mouth And let you taste something of my Sacred mind and life.
Surely There is something wrong With your ideas of God. O, surely there is something wrong With your ideas of God If you think Our Beloved would not be so Tender.
I am Dr. Riegel, minister at Grosse Pointe Unitarian Church. Enjoy my occasional blog posts here, which may cover subjects ranging from spirituality to psychology to ethics to social justice to church life and beyond...