where

Maimonides

Prayer is for the soul what nourishment is for the body” 

The creator is revealed to the heart, not to the eye, thou will find thy god within  thy  bosom , walking gently within thine heart.”

where, lord, will i find you :

your place is high and obscured

And where won’t i find you :

your glory fills the world.

You dwell deep within –

you fixed the ends of creation .

You stand, a tower for the near

refuge to those far off.

You’ve lain above the ark here

yet live in the highest heaven.

Exalted amongst your hosts;

although beyond their hymns-

no heavenly realm

could  ever contain you ,

let alone a chamber within.

In being borne above them

on an exalted throne

you are closer to them

than their breath and  skin .

Their mouths bear witness for them ;

that you alone gave them form

Your kingdom’s  burden is theirs

who wouldn’t fear you ?

and who could fail

to search for you –

who sends down food when it is due?

I sought your nearness

with all my heart i called you

And in my going out to meet you ,

I found you coming towards me,

as in the wonders of your might

and holy works i saw you

who would say he hasn’t seen

you glory as the heavens’

hordes declare

their awe of you

without a sound being heard ?

But could the lord, in truth

dwell in men on earth ?

How would men you  made

from the dust and clay

fathom your presence there

enthroned upon their praise?

The creatures hovering over

the world praise your wonders-

your throne borne high

above their heads,

as you bear all forever.”

-Yehuda Halevi

Translated by Peter Cole

Background

*Yehuda Halevi was a Spanish Jewish Physician , philosopher, poet

born in 1071 is perhaps the most well known in his sufi like writing. He made a pilgrimage to Israel and died there. Legends say he was run over by a horseman.

As i read Ayurveda i am discovering that not only Indian but Jewish too sought unity of body , soul, mind and heart in healing.

About seagullsea

a seagull flying over the great ocean of life observing.
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2 Responses to where

  1. Vibrant says:

    How beautiful this hymn to divine is!
    Thanks for introducing Yehuda Halevi to us 🙂

    Love and light ❤

    Anand 🙂

  2. seagullsea says:

    Thank you for reading.
    I just attended an Ayurveda course that though lacking in representation made me aware of a world that is very similar in its depth to Judaism, twin souls i would say, in the quest for depth and connection to creation.
    I have just recently rediscovered this poet while seeking a quote! There are many poems to read and like. I hope you enjoy reading .

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