Everything is sacred

The geologist Hans Cloos wrote in 1953 (“Conversation with the Earth”) of “the harmony between the music of our own soul and the music of the earth.” Sounding like the sages of the Upanishads, he writes elsewhere in book of a path that leads from the “unconscious within ourselves to the imponderable and invisible in the earthly environment.” Hans tells us: “He who walks this trail sees the beauty of the earth, and hears its music.”

In “Underland — A Deep Time Journey”, Robert Macfarlane writes of being deep in a cave and realizing that “Down-here….the boundaries between life and not-life are less clear.” He goes on: “We are part mineral beings too — our teeth are reefs, our bones are stones — and there is a geology of the body as well as of the land. It is mineralization — the ability to convert calcium into bone — that allows us to walk upright, to be vertebrate, to fashion the skulls that shield our brains.”

 As realization dawns that we are, in a profound sense, not different from the Earth, not different from Nature, we see what Wendell Berry means in the following lines of “How to be a Poet” (“New Collected Poems”):

“There are no unsacred places;

there are only sacred places

and desecrated places.”

“Sacred Places” — sketch by Deepa Krishnan

In “An Alchemy of Mind”, Diane Ackerman writes of her creed: “All life is sacred.” She explains: “As basic as that is, for me it’s also tonic and deeply spiritual, glorifying the smallest life-form and embracing the most distant stars”, and exhorts us to improve “our behavior toward one another.”

Peace 🙂

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