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Sir Mick Jagger and the Rolling Stones sing 12 ’Buddhist’ Songs.

 

We could consider the 12 songs of the Rolling Stones among the rock anthems.

There is a regular theme with Mick of his struggles with desire for pleasure and then finds he experiences love in his heart and then the love fades. Continue reading 



The Buddha taught the Way to God. Part Two

PART TWO of TWO

Heart Meditations

  • Meditation on Love/Friendship/Kindness
  • Meditation on Compassion
  • Meditation on Appreciative Joy
  • Meditation on Equanimity

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Wendell Berry, a living USA poet. Short extracts from some of his precious poems on animals, land, trees, nature, spirituality, suffering, war and politics.

Here are short extracts from some of the major poems of Wendell Berry, 84, the much-loved American poet, farmer, critic and activist.

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Rainer Maria Rilke. Who is Lou Andreas Salome, his first lover?

Born in St. Petersburg, Lou Andreas Salomé (1861-1937) combined erotic sensuality, exceptional beauty and a sharp intelligence that enchanted men and women who spent time in her company. Continue reading 



Religious Rock. 30 of the Best Religious Rock Songs, plus 1

I make a regular pilgrimage on my bike to the local Totnes gym in Devon, UK. I take with me my MP3 player.

For seven years, I have been a paid up member of the Church of Gymism, where I bow down to the barbell and lift some modest weights up to Heaven.

A few days ago, I looked at my Most Played List on the MP3. Lots of songs had lyrics with a certain religious/spiritual flavour.

The word ‘religious’ here makes no reference to a religion or religions. A religious/spiritual flavour carries a deep intimation, a sense of the transcendent, beyond the song and its lyrics. We can find such intimations in all the religions. We can experience spiritual sensitivities in music.

Music offers reminders and revelations of the profound nature of human experience and our capacity to respond to reality.

Let’s dance to that. Let’s move to that.

Rock on….

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