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Thursday, April 12
Journey to the Wasatch 2018
Friday, April 27
Salt Lake County Bicycle Advisory Committee Meeting
Wednesday, May 9
Range 2 River Relay
Saturday, May 12
SLUG Mag's Brewstillery
Saturday, May 12
SLUG Localized: Sympathy Pain, Hoofless, r. Candall Lark
Thursday, May 17
Samah: Dance of Mystic Poetry
May 6 @ 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM$15 - $20
For many centuries, two intertwined streams of thoughts have flourished giving rise to ecstatic poems that highlight the mad desire to live (and perhaps die) for a divine bond beyond worldly constraints. Voices that echo an unquenchable love for the divine and sometimes where the love itself becomes divine. Transcending religion, language, social or economic status, these poems demonstrate an emotional restlessness and bring out intimate expressions of self. In these current turbulent times of sectarian violence all over the world, Samah explores the intense and beautiful poetic works of Sufi poets such as Rumi, Khusrow, Kabir and Bulleh Shah as well as Bhakti poets such as Surdas, Vidyapati, Andal and Adi Sankara. These poems of different shades and hues talk eloquently of the mystery of human existence and its relation to the supreme power of the universe as well as the unconditional love through which the desire for the ultimate union is expressed. The beautiful words of these great poets are set to captivating music and performed by virtuosos of singing, flute and mridangam.
EXCERPTS OF POETRY SET TO DANCE (as examples)
Neither am I the Mind, nor the Intelligence nor the Ego,
Neither am I the organs of Hearing, nor that of Tasting, Smelling or Seeing, Neither am I the Sky, nor the Earth, Neither the Fire nor the Air,
I am the ever pure blissful consciousness; I am Shiva, I am Shiva,
I am changeless, and am formless,
Present everywhere and behind all sense organs,
Neither do I get attached to anything, nor get freed from anything, I am the ever pure blissful consciousness; I am Shiva, I am Shiva,
Hail Love, that brings happiness, the physician of all our ills
The earthly body reaches the skies due to Love, the mountains dance and come alive Rationality ruins both this world and the hereafter, Love comes and makes both worlds a success
Life’s purpose is divine love.
Neither In happiness nor in sorrow am I, neither clean, nor a filthy mire
Not from water, nor from earth, neither fire, nor from air is my birth, Bulleya, to me, I am not known
Not in the holy Vedas, am I neither in opium, nor in wine
Not in the drunkard’s intoxicated craze neither awake, nor in a sleeping daze, Bulleya, to me, I am not known
Secrets of religion, I have not known From Adam and Eve, I am not born
I am not the name I assume Not in stillness, nor on the move Bulleya, to me, I am not known
I am the first, I am the last None other, have I ever known
I am the wisest of them all Bulleh! do I stand alone? Bulleya, to me, I am not known.
If Khuda lives in the mosque, which god is then present in the rest of the world?
If Ram dwells in pilgrimages and idols, then in both you have not realized the truth. Hari the God of Hindu dwells in the East, Allah the God of Islam dwells in the West. But search in your heart and there you will find Karim and Ram.
God has created both female and male beings, manifestations of His form.
Kabir says that he is the child of Allah and Ram, his guru and his master.
Having danced and danced, I will please my enjoyer; I will please my lover
I will tie on the ankle bells of love and affection. I will wear the dancing garment of his face
Worldly modesty, family honour, I will not care for either of these
I will go and lie in the bed of my beloved, I Mirabai, will dye myself in Hari’s colour
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