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November 22, 2011

Persian Poet Hafiz-e Shirazi

by Brendan

What is the difference
Between your Existence
And that of a Saint?

The Saint knows
That the spiritual path
Is a sublime chess game with God
And that the Beloved
Has just made such a Fantastic Move
That the Saint is now continually
Tripping over joy
And Bursting out in Laughter
And saying, “I Surrender!”

Whereas, my dear,
I am afraid you still think
You have a thousand serious moves.

 

I think composer, philosopher, musician, and poet John Cage would appreciate that — the concept of Surrender, the chess game, the deluded thinking of the player who thinks he has it all under control.  Cage famously used chance to help him decide which way a musical composition would go, and told us, “When we don’t know what we’re doing, we do our work very well.”

John Cage
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