Mittwoch, 16. Januar 2019

AN-DEUTUNGEN: Meditation - Kontemplation - Mystik - Alphabetisches Überschriftenverzeichnis






--- Advent -Licht des Kommenden
--- An-DEUTUNGEN 
--- Annäherungen mit Meister Eckhart
--- Aphorismen I:
     Engel - Elemente Energien

--- Aphorismen  II: Werte-Wandel
     und religiöse Umbrüche 

--- Aphorismen III: Denken und Handeln
--- Aphorismen IV: Die dialogische Kraft des Mystischen
--- Aphorismen V: Neue Herausforderungen für den interreligiösen Dialog
--- Atem des Lebens (aus dem Hinduismus)
--- Aus dem levantinischen Tagebuch: Byblos und Ugarit
--- Aus dem levantinischen Tagebuch: Damaskus 
--- Aus dem levantinischen Tagebuch: Damaskus
     - in der Omayyaden-Moschee

--- Aus dem levantinischen Tagebuch: Krak des Chevaliers 
--- Aus dem levantinischen Tagebuch: Maa'ula (Syrien)

--- Aus dem Sizilianischen Tagebuch: Palermo
--- Barbara und die Heiligen - Wenn im Winter die Zweige blühen
--- Begegnung mit Marguerite Porète
--- Begegnung mit Mechthild von Magdeburg 
--- Begegnung mit Thomas von Kempen
     - Gott füllt in leere Gefäße

--- Breisach, Stephansmünster: Die Fresken meditieren
--- Brot, das vom Himmel gekommen ist (Anmerkungen zu Johannes 6)
--- Buddha und Christus
--- Charter of Compassion:
     Anregungen für Compassion, Mitgefühl und Empathie im täglichen Leben

--- Das Weltspiel göttlicher Liebe
--- Den Engel sehen - Bileams Eselin
--- Den Meister finden 
--- Der Rhein - Völker verbindend
--- Durchbruch des Lichts 
--- Durchbruch zum Leben
--- Durch Leid und Schmerz zu neuer Kraft (Gedanken zu Hebräer 5,7-9)
--- Engel unterwegs ...
--- Fasten - Herausforderung  und Versuchung (nach Mt 4,1-11)
--- Feuerholz der Liebe
--- Fremd und doch nah: Gebete der Weltreligionen
--- Friedensgebete - Welttreffen von Assisi 1986
--- Für den Frieden und gegen Krieg (Erasmus von Rotterdam)

--- Geduld (R.M. Rilke / Ägidius von Assisi)
--- Gleichnis von der Wildgans (aus dem Buddhismus)
--- Gleichwertigkeit der Religionen
--- Gottes Absteige 
--- Heilende Heilige
--- HEIL-SAMES Zeit-Geschenk
--- Herbst-Gedichte: Rainer-Maria Rilke
--- Himmlischer Trialog: Buddha, Jesus, Mohammed
--- Für HUMANITÄT und gegen Barbarei (Denis Diderot)
--- Ikonen sind wie Fenster ... (Frère Roger)
--- Indische Besinnungsorte zwischen Leben und Tod 
--- Wenn JESUS heute lebte ... (Lothar Zenetti)
--- Der Prophet JONA und die schöne Stadt Ninive (zum Buch von K.-P.Hertzsch)
--- Karfreitag in Benares
--- Krieg und Frieden - Besinnungstexte
--- Kreuzweg zum Leben - 14 Stationen vom Leiden zur Auferstehung 
--- Die Lebenskraft des Samens - gegen den Tod
               Zum Opfer des Polizisten Arnaud Bertrame  (März 2018)
--- Lessings Nathan und der echte Ring

--- Lessings "Nathan der Weise"
    als Anregungsmuster für interreligiöses Lernen


--- Leuchtsignale von dort
--- Leuchtspuren des Geistes 
--- Lichtbogen des Lebens
--- Lichtmess-Zaubernuss
--- Madeira - Blumen über dem Meer 
--- Maria Magdalena - dem Morgen entgegen
--- Mahatma Gandhi - die große Seele er-innern 

--- MEDITATIVES - KONTEMPLATIVES - MYSTISCHES
     Grundsätzliches - Geschichte - Mystiker/innen

--- Mystikerinnen und Mystiker des Mittelalters: Textbeispiele

--- Nikolaus - Von der Kraft der Liebe 
--- Nikolaus - Station im Advent
--- Palmsonntag  oder die Wahrheit des Esels (nach Mt 21,1-9) 

--- Pfingsten - Anhauch des Geistes
--- Platons Höhlengleichnis
--- Predigt-Materialien und Gottesdienst-Entwürfe
--- Prophetische Stimmen 
--- Psalm-Variationen
--- Maulana RUMI - im Anhauch Gottes
--- Siddharta Gautama - der Buddha - Begegnungen
--- Sihlcity-Kirche in Zürich - Rastplatz der Seele
--- Stern in der Nacht - Gedanken gegen den Terror
--- Stundengebet: Ein-Halt für die Nacht
--- Stundenschläge - vom Tod zum Leben
--- Tempel auf Bali
--- Treue zahlt sich aus (zu Lukas 16,9-12)
---  Trialog >>> Himmlischer Trialog: Buddha, Jesus, Mohammed
--- Tunesische Reminiszenzen 
--- Valentin, ein Priester für Liebende 
--- Verlassenheit - Jugendliche ohne Geschmack am Leben (Frère Roger)
--- Wahrnehmung - Bewusstsein - Vision (Hasan Askari)
--- Wegmarkierungen nach dort
--- Wegzeichen
--- Weihnachten: 
     Initial Reflections About Christmas (Leonard Swidler)

--- Weißt du, Jesus ...
--- Wer bin ich? Elia Abu Madi und Wang Wei
--- Wo die Nacht dem Tag leuchtet 
--- Wort zum Sonntag (ARD und SRF)
--- Zeit-Ansage 
--- Zeit-Markierungen: Buddha und Christus
--- Zerbrechlichkeit der Welt
--- Zukunft der Menschheitsfamilie (Frère Roger)

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Montag, 14. Januar 2019

Tempel auf Bali



Tempeltänzerin
UND SIND DER GÖTTER
NOCH SO VIEL
UND JEDER TEMPEL SICHTBAR NAH
SO BLEIBT DOCH GOTT
UNENDLICH FERN
SOFERN SICH GOTT NICHT OFFENBART
UND TEMPELTÜREN AUF MACHT

DER VORHANG REISST
DIE GOTTHEIT LÄDT ZUM SEGEN

LICHT VON DORT
HEBT HIER
DIE TRENNUNG AUF


DIE SONNE SO HELL
DIE FRÜCHTE SO SÜSS
DIE BÄUME SO GRÜN
DER HIMMEL SO BLAU
DIE WOLKEN SO WEISS
 

MEIN HERZ
SCHLÄGT DEN RHYTHMUS
GEERDETEN HIMMELS


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Mittwoch, 2. Januar 2019

Den Engel sehen – Bileams Eselin

San Leonardo di Siponto (Apulien), Kapitell am Nordportal:
Der Engel, Bileam und die Eselin 
(www.portalsaeule.de)















Nur wer in die eigene Tiefe hineinhört,
vernimmt dort,
dass Göttliches schon längst auf dem Wege
ins Menschliche ist.

Aber der Lärm des Alltags
verdrängt den inneren Ton,
die Gelichter des Äußerlichen
verschatten das innere Licht.
Manchmal hören
und sehen Tiere viel besser -

so wie Bileams Eselin.*
    
Sie sah den Engel,sie sah ihn mehrfach,
doch der Mensch 
war verblindet.
Das „Halt“ des Engels
erreichte Bileam nicht.
Darum gibt es immer wieder
Zeiten und Orte,
da sprechen selbst Tiere,
weil sie, gerade sie

die Weisung der Engel ersehen.


Darum lehrt uns Bileams Eselin 
die Augenblicks-Zeichen zu achten,
um das Lauschen erneut zu lernen.
Denn was dort auf dem äußeren Wege
als Weisung geschieht,will sich einsenken,
damit der innere Weg
aufleuchtet nach DORT. 

Pieter Lastman: Bileam und die Eselin (1622) -- Wikipedia  



* Die Geschichte von Bileam und der Eselin    Numeri / 4. Mose 22-24 - Der Text: hier

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Dienstag, 25. Dezember 2018

Leonard Swidler: Zur Bedeutung von Weihnachten - Anfangsgedanken


INITIAL RELFLECTIONS ABOUT THE MEANING OF CHRISTMAS
LeonardSwidler, Temple University, Philadelphia (USA) --- dialogue@temple.edu

If we are going to talk about a particular subject, probably the first thing we should focus on is the “meaning” of the subject. What we are going to focus on today is Christmas. The first thing about Christmas is that the word in English refers to celebration of the “Mass at Christ mas” time. However, if we look at the name in different European languages, we find out that the name means quite different things. For example, in German, the term is Weihnacht, which literally means “Holy Night.” In Latin, the name use is simply, Dies Natalis, “The Birth Day.” Looking at all the different names for Christmas, interesting as it may be, nevertheless, does not tell us very much about what we are focusing on.
Of course. we are focusing on the celebration of the birth of Jesus of Nazareth. We might ask, “What is so important about the birth of anybody? In fact, the birth of a new human being seems to always create a sense of awe, and positive feelings in general. So, in this case, we are dealing with the firstborn child of an unimportant, presumably, very young woman. However, even with the birth of such a seemingly unimportant baby, it makes one think of a later saying in Jewish writings, the Talmud, where it is written “Whoever saves a single human life, it is as if he saved a whole universe.” It is also interesting to note that the same idea and almost the very same words were also many centuries later attributed to Mohammad. So, every person’s birth, and death, are each a whole universe!
What brings us to focus on the birth of Jesus is, of course, what happened with him in his ensuing 30-some years, and even more than that, what has happened in the 2000 years since then.
Jesus grew to adulthood in the area that today we call Galilee, which is a part of present-day Israel. Now we should remember that Galilee was thought of as rather second-class Judaism by the inhabitants of Judea. In any case, he apparently grew to young manhood, and as young boys in the Jewish world at the time, he studied the Scriptures. He seems to have done so in an extraordinarily deep manner.
How do we know this? Because there is a passage in the Gospel of Luke which relates how Jesus along with his mother and father went to Jerusalem for a large celebration, and when his father and mother returned to their home, they walked separately Mary the mother with the women, and Joseph the father with the men. It related in Luke’s Gospel that after a day’s journey the mother and father met again, each one assuming that Jesus was with the other one. When they discovered that he was not with either of them, they returned to Jerusalem and spent apparently quite some time searching for him. When they did finally find him, it is recorded in the Gospel that he was discussing deep religious issues with the rabbis. My suspicion is, that among these rabbis were quite possibly the leaders of the two major rabbinical “schools”, namely, Hillel and Shammai. Luke records that the rabbis were extremely impressed with the knowledge of the scriptures on the part of Jesus. As one might expect from anxious parents, it is noted that Joseph and Mary scolded Jesus, saying that he caused them a great deal of anxiety. However, Jesus is reported to have said something rather imperious: “I must be about the work of my father.”
Luke also notes at that point that “Mary kept all of these events in her heart and pondered upon them.” This line suggests quite strongly, that Luke as a writer of a Gospel, one way or another had access to these thoughts that Mary pondered in her heart. The chances are that Luke never met Mary herself, but somehow had access to things that she may have said to others, who then wrote them down—eventually. The chances that Mary could read and write are quite slim. Such was not expected of young girls in that culture, or in hardly any cultures, for that matter.
Of course, Luke must have had access to some of the experiences and thoughts of Mary, for he is the one who most of all writes about them. As I said, we have no idea about how he had access to the sources, whether they were spoken and he just heard them from living persons (who would have been quite elderly), or that they had been written down, and he had access to the written material.
In any case, as we know, Jesus grew to manhood and in the process he must have learned to read and write and studied with the rabbis, for at one place in the Gospel he was invited to read from the Scriptures at the synagogue service in Galilee, after which it is recorded that the people spoke among themselves, asking, “Where did he [Jesus] get all that knowledge. Is he not the son of Joseph, the Carpenter?”
An interesting question to ask at this point would be, who might have been the rabbis that Jesus studied with, there in Israel, north of Judea, the province of Galilee? Well, we have evidence elsewhere that both Shammai and Hillel had spent time teaching in Galilee, and that Hillel, who is the older of the two, died around the year 10. We also know that Jesus probably was born around the year 6 BCE. That would mean that, if the dates are reasonably accurate, Jesus would have been 16 years old at the outside when Hillel died. That would certainly have been old enough for him to have been studying with Hillel for two years or more. As far as Shammai concerned, he lived several decades longer then did Hillel.
What we are going to focus on today is “Christmas.” The first thing about the name “Christmas” is that the word in English refers to the celebration of the Mass at Christmas time. However, if we look at the name of the celebration in different European languages, we find that the name used means quite different things. For example, in Latin, the term used is Dies Natalis, the “Birth-day, and the French name for Christmas is Noel, which is derived from the Latin Natalis, meaning birth.
In German, the term is Weihnachten, which literally means “Holy night.” Looking at all the different names for Christmas, interesting as it may be, nevertheless, does not tell us very much about what we are focusing on: Of course, we are focusing on the celebration of the birth of Jesus of Nazareth.
We might ask, what is so important about the birth of anybody? In fact, the birth of a new human being seems to always create in us a sense of awe, and positive feelings in general. So, in this case, we are dealing with the firstborn child of a, presumably, very young woman. It makes one think of a later saying in Jewish rabbinical writings where it states that “Whoever saves a single human life, it is as if he saved a whole universe.” It is also interesting to note that the same idea, and almost to the very same words, were also many centuries later attributed to Mohammad.
What brings us to focus on the birth of Jesus is, of course, what happened with him in his ensuing 30-some years, and even more than that, what has happened in the more than 2000 years since then. Jesus grew to adulthood in the area called Galilea, which is a part of present-day Israel. Now we should remember that Galilee was thought of as rather second-class Judaism by the inhabitants of Judea. In any case, Jesus apparently a grew to young manhood, and, as all young boys in the Jewish world at the time, he studied the Scriptures. He seems to have done so in an extraordinarily deep manner.
How do we know this? Because there is a passage in the Gospel of Luke which relates how Jesus along with his mother and father went to Jerusalem for a large celebration, and when his father and mother returned to their home, they walk separately: Mary, the mother, with the women, and Joseph, the father, with the men. Luke’s Gospel relates that after eight days journey the mother and father met again, each one thinking that Jesus was with the other one. When they discovered that he was not with either of them, they returned to Jerusalem and spent apparently quite some time searching for him. When they did finally find him, it is recorded in the Gospel that he was discussing deep religious issues with the rabbis. My suspicion is, that among these rabbis were quite possibly the leaders of the two major rabbinical schools, namely, Hillel and Shammai. Luke records that the rabbis were extremely impressed with the knowledge of the scriptures on the part of young Jesus.
As one might expect from anxious parents, it is also noted Joseph and Mary scolded Jesus, saying that he caused them a great deal of anxiety. Then, Jesus is reported to have said something rather imperious for a twelve-year old: “I must be about the work of my father.” Luke also noted at that point that May kept all of these events in her heart and pondered upon them. This line suggests quite strongly, that Luke as a writer of a Gospel, one way or another had access to those thoughts that Mary pondered in her heart. The chances are that Luke never met Mary herself, but somehow had access to things that she may have said to others, who then wrote them down eventually. The chances that Mary could read and write are quite slim. Such was not expected of young girls in that culture, or in hardly any ancient culture, for that matter.
Of course, Luke must have had access to some of the experiences and thoughts of Mary, for he is the Gospel writer who recorded them most of all. As noted, we have no idea about how we had access to the sources about Mary, whether they were oral and he just heard them from living person's, or that they had been written down and he had access to the written material. In any case, as we know, Jesus grew to manhood and in the process he must have learned to read and write and studied with the rabbi's, for at one place in the Gospels it is written that he was invited to come to the front and read from the Scriptures at the synagogue service in Galilee, after which it is also recorded that the people spoke among themselves, asking “Where did he get all that knowledge? Is he not the son of Joseph, a Carpenter?”
An interesting question to ask at this point would be, “Who might have been the rabbis that Jesus studied with, there north of Judea, in the province of Galilee? Well, we have evidence elsewhere that both Shammai and Hillel had spent time teaching in Galilee, and that Hillel, the older of the two, died around the year 10. We also know that Jesus probably as born around the year 6 BCE. That would mean that, if the dates are reasonably accurate, Jesus would have been 16 years old when Hillel died. He would certainly have been old enough for him to have been studying with Hillel for two years or more. As far as Shammai is concerned, he lived several decades longer then did Hillel.
Whole libraries have been written about Christmas and about Jesus. May this brief reflection add a few details to the reader’s reflection at Christmas time.
DICTATED TO CELL PHONE AND EMAILED BY LEN SWIDLER  ---23.12.2018 ---

Montag, 17. Dezember 2018

Ikonen sind wie Fenster ... (Frère Roger)



In den zarten Farben des Himmels
nähert sich der Erzengel der Maria, 

die bereits Göttliches in sich trägt und mit ihrer Hand 
den eigentlich noch unsichtbaren Gottessohn berührt.

Verkündigung an die Gottesmutter, Nowgoroder Schule, 12. Jh.
Original: Tretjakow Galerie Moskau


Ikonen können das Gebet verschönern. Sie sind wie Fenster, die zur Wirklichkeit Gottes hin offen stehen. Es gibt Künstlerhände, die eine Ahnung vom Widerschein des Evangeliums und einen Einblick in das Geheimnis Gottes verschaffen können.

Frère Roger: In allem innerer Friede. ein Jahresbegleitbuch. 
Freiburg u.a. Herder 2009, S. 196



Die Himmlischen schweben über ihrem Haupt.
Maria sitzt in königlicher Haltung,
während Jesus in kräftiger Bewegung sich zum Gesicht
seiner Mutter streckt - noch sanft von Maria gehalten.


Gottesmutter von Tolga, Schule von Jaroslawl,  13./14. Jh.
Original: Tretjakow Galerie Moskau


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Montag, 10. Dezember 2018

Wer bin ich? Ilya [Elia] Abu Madi und Wang Wei


Libanon-Zeder
Aus dem Nahen Osten:
 
ILYA [Elia] ABU MADI  

Elia Abu Madi (1889 - 1957) - aus einer christlichen Familie stammend - war  ein bekannter libanesischer Dichter. Er kam  1912 nach Cincinnati (USA) und 1916 nach New York. Dort arbeitete er für Literaturmagazine und baute schließlich eine eigene Zeitschrift auf.


Ich weiß nicht

Ich kam, weiß nicht woher
- kam in die Welt,
Ich sah den Weg
und ward darauf gestellt,
Und werd ihn gehn,
ob mirs auch nicht gefällt –
Wie kam ich, sah den Weg?
Ich weiß es nicht.

Bin ich seit langem hier,
seit kurzen Tagen?
Bin frei ich, bin in Fesseln ich geschlagen?
Trag ich mein Leben, werde ich getragen?
Ich möcht es wissen, doch ich weiß es nicht.
Wird nach dem Tod man auferstehn, gerichtet?
Gibts ewges Leben? Werden wir vernichtet?
Ists Lüge, Wahrheit, was das Volk berichtet?
Ists wahr, dass mancher weiß? Ich weiß es nicht.

Wo ist mein Lachen, Weinen, wie als Kind?
Wo meine Torheit, da ich jugendblind?
Wo meine Träume, die verloren sind,
Doch wie verlor ich sie? Ich weiß es nicht.


Kiefer am Mount Hua, der Heimat von Wang Wei
Aus dem
Fernen Osten: 

WANG WEI

Wang Wei (699-759, zur Zeit der Tang-Dynastie) aus Tai-yüan, Schansi (China) wurde als Maler und  Dichter berühmt. Durch politischen Aufruhr geriet er zwischen die Parteien und wurde gefangen gesetzt. Er kam dann wieder frei und lebte schließlich auf seinem Landsitz am Fluss Wang - ganz dem meditativen Buddhismus zugewandt.



Ein Dorf am Fluss

Schräg auf den Dorfplatz scheint
Die letzte Sonnenhelle,
Durch enge Gassen kehren
Die Herden in die Ställe.

Ein alter Bauer wartet
Vorm Tor aus Dorngeflecht,
Schaut, auf den Stock gestützt,
Aus nach dem jungen Knecht.

Schrei der Fasane schallt
Aus hohem Weizen her.
Die Seidenraupen schlafen,
Der Maulbeerbaum ist leer.

Wo Bauern sich begegnen,
Plaudern sie eine Weile,
Die Hacke auf der Schulter,
Und haben keine Eile.

Neid fühl ich vor der Muße
Althergebrachter Welt,
Und was ich singe, klagt,
Dass Einfachheit verfällt.


Beide Texte aus: Wilhelm Gundert / Annemarie Schimmel / Walter Schubring (Hg.):

Lyrik des Ostens. Gedichte der Völker Asiens vom Nahen bis zum Fernen Osten. 
Wiesbaden: Marix (Lizenz Hanser-Verlag München), 2004, S. 76 und 290


Vgl. auch:
Reiner Schrader: Von Sappho bis Chirico.Gedichte - Vorbilder - Nachdichtungen.
Norderstedt: Books on Demand 2001, 188 S.



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