Sunday, 24 April 2016
"...went forth together onto the verandah, sought its eastern end, lifted arms and voices to Mithras as the sun rose. It stirred Gaius more than rites in a temple commonly did."
-Poul and Karen Anderson, Roma Mater (London, 1989), p. 48.
I have taken to hailing the Sun in the morning. It is the source of light and life and the agency by which the One knows itself. By "the One," I mean all that is, which knows itself through us. Accordingly, I have devised the mantra: "One Sun Now."
Zen meditation can be combined with any prayer or invocation, not necessarily Buddhist. An Upanishadic verse appropriate in the morning is:
"We meditate on the lovely light of the god, Savitri. May it stimulate our thoughts."
And in the evening, adapted from an Upanishad:
"From delusion, lead us to truth.
"From darkness, lead us to light."
I feel kinship with Gratillonius. Our temple is Earth and sky.