A poem-song from Rabindranath Tagore’s Gitanjali:
This is my delight, thus to wait and watch at the wayside where shadow chases light and the rain comes in the wake of the summer.
Messengers, with tidings from unknown skies, greet me and speed along the road. My heart is glad within, and the breath of the passing breeze is sweet.
From dawn till dusk I sit here before my door, and I know that of a sudden the happy moment will arrive when I shall see.
In the meanwhile I smile and I sing all alone. In the meanwhile the air is filling with the perfume of promise.
And in honor of the “holiday season” — now well and truly upon us — and with hope of ever-widening and ever-more-kind and mutually enhancing interfaith dialogue, here’s a gem of an interview that I recently stumbled upon, filmed in 1982. It’s a rare video appearance of Taoist practitioner/scholar Eva Wong, in conversation with a Buddhist practitioner and a religious humanist.
While it’s a relatively brief exchange, so doesn’t go into a lot of detail, what I appreciated was the respectful way in which each of the speakers presented their point of view — acknowledging that their approach to spiritual practice is just one among many. Enjoy!