Sami ist gegangen

Liebe Freunde,

gestern Samstag, den 24.05.08 um 20.20 Uhr hat unsere geliebte Sami ihren
Körper verlassen. Nach langem Leiden - ganz besonders in den letzten drei
Tagen wo sie aufgrund ihrer Tumore auf der Lunge sich mit dem Atmen sehr
schwer tat - waren die letzten Minuten sehr entspannt mit ihr und sie ist
friedvoll während ihre Hand in meiner lag eingeschlafen.

Heute am Sonntag habt ihr die Möglichkeit von ihr im Haus in Stille Abschied
zu nehmen.

Voraussichtlich werden wir am kommenden Samstag, 17.00 Uhr, Sami's Farewell
hier im Haus celebrieren, so wie sie sich das gewünscht hat.

In Liebe




We just received news from Kavish that Samvado left her body on Saturday evening in Munich. She has been suffering from cancer for a while. She has been in a beautiful and accepting space ...

Much love, Bhagawati

Remember, only that which you can take with you when you leave the body is important. That means, except meditation, nothing is important.
Except awareness, nothing is important, because only awareness cannot be taken away by death. Everything else will be snatched away, because everything else comes from without.

Only awareness wells up within. That cannot be taken away. And the shadows of awareness - compassion, love - they cannot be taken away. They are intrinsic parts of awareness. You will be taking with you only whatsoever awareness you have attained. That is your only real wealth.

Just came back from the house, where Sami´s body was lying peacefully in her bed.

Many friends and family passed by this afternoon for a last farewell and some minutes of meditation with her.

Sami was always the active one who kept the meditation spirit up here in out little community, creating beautiful situations for us to come together, sit silently, enjoy the company of friends.

She was sharing openheartedly her feelings around living and dying, the fears, the hopes, all the up and downs.

I feel grateful for all of that. Sami, we will miss you and keep you in our hearts.

Love, Nutan


:: Comments

Veet means beyond, Samvado means saying -- beyond saying.

Truth cannot be said; there is no way to express it. Language fails, grammar goes bankrupt. the mind feels utterly at a loss, because grammar has limitations... language too. and the mind is a very small thing -- it cannot contain the vastness of truth. So there is no way to say it. It can be shown but cannot be said. It can be indicated... fingers pointing to the moon. That's what all scriptures are: fingers pointing to the moon. But the finger is not the moon and the word 'god' is not god;; the word 'love' is not love either -- just fingers pointing to the moon.

The fingers have forgotten -- one has to look beyond the fingers; one should not become to much attached to the fingers. One should not start sucking the finger. That's what people have been doing down the ages. Reading the Bible again and again, or the Geeta again and again, is just sucking the finger. Just like a small child sucking his won thumb -- utterly stupid; it is not going to help. See where the finger is pointing and don't be caught in the finger itself.

All words are impotent when trying to say the truth, for a very basic reason: language is schizophrenic. It divides reality, and god is indivisible, whole. If you say 'God is light,' then of necessity you have denied darkness its divinity, then darkness is excluded and nothing can be excluded; god contains all. He is light and he is darkness too, because only he is. If you say 'God is love,' then what will happen to hate?

Just the other day I was reading a very strange but very beautiful Hassidic saying:'God is not nice; god is not an uncle. God is an earthquake.' But again, even though the saying is beautiful, something is excluded:'God is not an uncle.' I say he is and he is not; he is both. God is a rose flower too, as much as he is an earthquake. And yes, god is sweet and bitter both. But this is the problem: if you say one thing, you exclude the other, and nothing can be excluded. Language cannot say anything without excluding something. Language cannot be all-inclusive, otherwise it will be meaningless. Its meaning depends on creating a split in existence.

Only music comes very close to saying it, but music is not language. No word is used -- you can only feel. Music makes no statements. It simply shows. You can be engulfed in it, you can be lost in it, you can have a taste on the tip of your tongue, or you can have a great pain in your heart -- sweet, ecstatic. You can fall into oblivion, you can become drunk with it, but it says nothing: it shows. Music comes closest. Music is the best finger pointing to the moon. Even a song is not so good. A song is a compromise between language and music; a song has to use words. It becomes contaminated that much, but music is pure.

[Veet samvado] means: it cannot be said but it can be experienced. Just as one experiences music, just as one experiences love, god is an experience, an existential experience. God is not philosophy but music, not theology but a dance


Dharshan Diary
Chapter #5
title: Prayer is the Highest Form of Play

5 August 1978 pm in Chuang Tzu Auditorium


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