A HEART FULL OF TEA…
Birthday Tribute to our Teacher
“The heart is a thousand-stringed instrument that can only be tuned with Love.”
― Khwāja Šams ud-Dīn Muhammad Hāfez-e Šīrāzī
How blessed are we to have been called into the presence of a being, who knows about the sacred art of tuning the thousand-stringed instrument of the heart, who skillfully guides us to become the musicians of our lives, hollow vessels through which the Divine can play its eternal song – our teacher! On this special day today our hearts align to sing in joy and deep reverence as it is the birthday of Igor Vamadeva Kufayev.
Happy, happy birthday to you, beloved teacher of the Heart!
Not only are you teaching us to realign with the cosmic vibration hidden in our hearts, you also show us that this is the Path of Beauty; that everything in this marvellous universe can become the gateway into the ecstatic realm of one’s Self, when sensory perception is refined enough. Everything. The smile of a child and the pine cone in the mud – but especially the dark green leaves of Japanese tea.
“… At the magic touch of the beautiful the secret chords of our being are awakened, we vibrate and thrill in response to its call. Mind speaks to mind. We listen to the unspoken, we gaze upon the unseen. The master calls forth notes we know not of. Memories long forgotten all come back to us with new significance. Hopes stifled by fear, yearnings that we dare not recognize, stand forth in new glory. Our mind is the canvas on which the artists lay their color; their pigments are our emotions; their chiaroscuro the light of joy, the shadow of sadness. The masterpiece is of ourselves, as we are of the masterpiece…”
― Kakuzō Okakura,
What makes perception creative is to perceive a certain order, harmony, coherence – tapping into that is tapping into that rhythm. When one’s field is open to that, one may be in for the most amazing way how light shimmers – the colors and shapes of reflecting light! Sensing that in nature is in our capacity…
to always sense that…
Beauty is not just a concept, but the foundational, underlying quality of all experience. That sense of harmony is already sense of Oneness. Something taps into and recognizes that sense of harmony. We can conclude: God is beautiful and he loves Beauty.
― Igor Kufayev
Having gathered in the tearoom of the heart, our cups are being filled with the exquisite and intoxicating jade green nectar of infinity – and on your birthday today we offer you these overflowing cups to rejoice in the fullness of being and the rasa of ecstasy and wonder…
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“…Meanwhile, let us have a sip of tea. The afternoon glow is brightening the bamboos, the fountains are bubbling with delight, the soughing of the pines is heard in our kettle. Let us dream of evanescence, and linger in the beautiful foolishness of things…”
― Kakuzō Okakura,
We offer our deep gratitude and heartfelt pranāms to you, beloved Teacher, the One Self, the One Light, who guides us safely on this pathless path and calls us to live our birthright, to claim our Self and stand as Consciousness.
May you be showered with infinite blessings today and always –
and may the morning sencha continue to reveal its manifold wonders…
With Love, Joy & Gratitude to you ~
Jai Guru Deva
Jai Adi Shakti Ma
TEA-m Flowing Wakefulness