Many Paths, One Mountain

by D Shapiro


(Hebrew melody meaning “Go forth”)

This poem was written during a conference in 1990 in Holland at a gathering of meditation  teachers  from different traditions: Sufi, Jewish, Christian, Hindu, Taoist, Buddhist

It is a poem about particular paths pointing to the Universal One. There are three stanzas of Chinese Linked verse, each stanza contexted by two words of the Shema

Shema Israel/Adonai Eloheinu/Adonai Echad

Listen to that part of you who wrestle with and toward God; God who is distant and impersonal, God who is close and near us; all these: we who wrestle, the far God, the near God…..Echad (are One).

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