In the bustle of days time flies by swiftly. Surrounded by a plethora of things, we occupy ourselves in various ways, rush to implement our plans telling ourselves that this is exactly what will make us happy. But the thought of finiteness and decay, if we dare to accept they are inevitable and at times sudden urges to seek for the firmer grounds, raise the ultimate questions, touch the limits of our perception of the world and of ourselves…
Taking into account the diversity of religious views, still it seems that the vast majority of the world’s religions tell us: «Hey, wake up, you are something different and bigger than what you habitually think of yourself, something that transcends the boundaries of birth, life and death. Experience it, establish yourself in it, and you will become ultimately satisfied and happy.»
The thought of awakening is in the foundation of this album. We tried to avoid any particular religion association in order to outline the universal nature of this ultimate human potential. We merely aimed to raise the question, as the answer can only come out of one’s own individual pursuit.
A peasant’s child
Husking rice, pauses
To look at the moon.
One day in Jacob Boehme's room a sunbeam fell down onto a metal jug. Its clearest reflection drew Boehme to the deep meanings of life. Since that moment, the world around him seemed somewhat different. But about this mystery of his Boehme told almost nothing.
From the memories of Abraham von Frankenberg
And so I began to perform the prayer exactly as the staretz [sage] taught me. For two days it was a bit hard, but then, however, it went so smooth and desirable that any time I paused, I felt as if something from the inside was compelling me to continue saying the Jesus Prayer again and again. And it became easier and easier to ceaselessly pronounce the words in my heart, unlike it had been in the beginning.
The Way of a Pilgrim and The Pilgrim Continues His Way
If I serve you out of fear of hell,
Send me to hell, a worthy reward!
If I worship Thee in hope of Paradise,
Banish me from Eden, anticipating ...
— Well, dear son of the venerable family, do you suppose that this thirsty traveler from the West will be able to quench his thirst and refresh by just listening to the talks about a spring and a shady garden, and by just thinking that he would set off there as soon as possible?
— Of course not, as he will quench his thirst and refresh only when he actually gets to the place of which he was told.
The pleasure of the world, like a dewdrop on the tip of the blade of grass, is imperiled in a single moment. Striving for the supreme state of never-changing liberation is the Bodhisattva practice.
«The Thirty Seven Practices of Bodhisattva» by Togmey Zangpo
I take upon myself the burden of all suffering, I am resolved to rescue all sentient beings from the abyss of immeasurable woes of birth, sickness, old age, and death in all worlds, in all states of misery, for ever and ever, and still always cultivate foundations of goodness for the sake of all beings... My endeavors do not merely aim at my own deliverance. For with the help of the boat of the thought of all-knowledge, I must rescue all these beings. ...in all states of woe that may be found in any world system whatsoever... I dedicate myself and all accumulated merits for the sake of liberation of all sentient beings.... All beings I must set free. I must not abandon them.
From the Bodhisattva's vows
Sick on my journey,
Only my dreams will wander
These desolate moors.
A weathered skeleton
In windy fields of memory,
Piercing like a knife.
«Now, Kitty, let's consider who it was that dreamed it all. This is a serious question, my dear, and you should not go on licking your paw like that… You see, Kitty, it must have been either me or the Red King. He was part of my dream, of course — but then I was part of his dream, too! was it the Red King, Kitty? Oh, Kitty, do help to settle it! I'm sure your paw can wait!..»
Which do you think it was?
Through the Looking Glass (And What Alice Found There) by Lewis Carroll
Around the swinging bridge.
This wild ivy.
Mikhail Vasilyev, Feodor Sinelnikov, Valery Mifodovsky, Nikita Filippov, Vladimir “BiG” Glushko, Maria Logofet, Oleg Mariakhin, John Kukaryamba, Nikolay Rubanov, Keith Zet, Tristra Yeager, Zhenya Lucenko, Aslan Zavrumov, MoVoX, Irina Vokhmyanina, Olga Levina, Kirill Polonsky, Dmitry Ostroglyadov, Nail Gareev, Roman Goidin, Oleg Somin, Sofia Terekhova, Pasha Czech, Dmitri Zaitsev, Oleg Kovriga.
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