Now That You Have Left

Now That You Have Left - Peter Malakoff
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I did not know in my eager heat for you

that there was pain in every touch

Not like some kind of moral levy

that would be laid upon my head

 

 

But in the body of being was a truth

wonderful as a childs fascination

for a glittering object

Terrible as the somber gathering by a fresh grave

And now that you have left

I see all my touches were gathered

My shining instants assembled


And on a burning plate comes back to me

The full course of my desire

“If the impulse to Realization is full, it dominates our existence.

 

Even in that case we may have all sorts of habits we indulge.

 

At the same time, however, we are capable of seeing the whole picture of life.

 

We are able totally to feel the conditions of existence as they arise.

 

Thus, even in the moment of fulfilling some desire,

 

we do not merely have the emotion of pleasure

 

and the pleasure associated with fulfilling that desire.

 

Rather, we have a much larger intention that acknowledges the total picture of existence,

 

thus, in the same moment that we are mechanically fulfilling an impulse,

 

we feel sorrow in association with the objects of desire,

 

an acknowledgement of brevity and of the fact of things passing, the fact of death.

 

The impulse to Realization is profound when we have this more total emotion.

 

It is a greater emotion than the superficial one

 

that is commonly associated with the fulfillment of desire.

 

Therefore, even the fulfillment of desires does not satisfy

 

the thirst, the hunger, the craving

 

for ultimate Realization, Peace, Freedom and Happiness.”

 

 

 - Adida Samraj