A couple years ago, I was at a Sunday Sadhana weekend retreat with one of my yoga teachers, Kenobi. He was a Jedi Yogi who taught ancient Vedic traditions and had studied Tantra, plant medicines, and rocks an epic beard.
He was talking about how everything is Sacred, when Miss Demon Slayer interrupts, “Even B&H Rap?” Kenobi says, “Maybe, except for B&H Rap… like Nelly.”
I interject, “No way! Nelly is a romantic.” Everyone laughs, but it’s true!
Anyway, this notion of Sacred and not Sacred, duality and non-duality. Every moment in history has brought us to the present moment… NOW. One of the beautiful things about every moment of existence, the great story of Earth, is that it’s all Sacred. The pain, the suffering, the joy, the love… We have compassion, we feel empathy, we have the ability to understand.
I’m a big fan of the HBO television series, Silicon Valley. When Jian-Yang goes gangster, they play this Chinese rap song. A Chinese rap song! Tribal traditions from Africa, put through the crucible of American music to create a new art form, then exported overseas to China, blended into the song 我想要 (I Want). A Chinese Mandarin rap.
Then we have 死了都要爱 (Love until the End), a Chinese rock ballad…
There is so much anger in this world… So much suffering… Yet so much beauty… and so much more…
“Whereas the beautiful is limited, the sublime is limitless, so that the mind in the presence of the sublime, attempting to imagine what it cannot, has pain in the failure but pleasure in contemplating the immensity of the attempt”
I went to a beautiful art show in Paris, L’Atelier des Lumières. It was a gorgeous blending of paintings, sculpture, architecture, classical and immersive music, orchestrated as a surreal, sublime experience with the magic of technology.
Beauty is the housing for the divine… and humanity is the witness of the sublime. Humanity takes beauty and creates sublime divinity.
We must take this gift of a planet and experience… and find the resolve to continue the Infinite Game of experiencing the Divine. It’s all Sacred. Welcome to Heaven.