This is the first full episode of the podcast. It's meant to answer a few basic questions, like... "Who is Mr B?" "Why did Mr. B refer to 'beauty" in the podcast title?" "Who might want to listen in to this podcast?" You know, basic stuff that has to be said before the podcast can legitimately move forward to bigger and bigger questions...
Here's the resources that Mr. B mentioned during this episode:
Rumi: "A Community of the Spirit"
"There is a community of the spirit.
Join it, and feel the delight
of walking in the noisy street,
and being the noise.
Drink all your passion,
and be a disgrace.
Close both eyes
to see with the other eye.
Open your hands,
if you want to be held.
Sit down in this circle.
Quit acting like a wolf, and feel
the shepherd's love filling you.
At night, your beloved wanders,
Don't accept consolations.
Close your mouth against food.
Taste the lover's mouth in yours.
You moan, 'She left me.' 'He left me.'
Twenty more will come.
Be empty of worrying.
Think of who created thought!
Why do you stay in prison
when the door is so wide open?
Move outside the tangle of fear-thinking,
Live in silence.
Flow down and down in always
widening rings of being.
There's a strange frenzy in my head,
of birds flying,
each particle circulating on its own.
Is the one I love everywhere?
Drunks fear the police,
but the police are drunk too.
People in this town love them both
like different chess pieces."
"No problem can be solved by the same consciousness that caused it in the first place."
Rainer Maria Rilke
"I live my life in widening circles
that reach out across the world.
I may not complete this last one
but I will give myself to it.
I circle around God, around the primordial tower.
I've been circling for thousands of years
and I still don't know: am I a falcon,
a storm, or a great song?"