On the Origin of a Spiritual Family

1
Brother follows brother to the end of the world
The beloved leading her first love to the bedchamber

2
Sister leads sister back to the beginning of all things
A dog faithful to the source of a hidden path

3
A spiritual family is known in perfect silence
A single precious jewel adorning the crown

4
A spiritual family’s love is known in the moment of trial
Neither seeking reward nor casting punishment

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Thus the many children know they are of one family
Dwelling together in the place of the empty heart

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The place of nothing is the dwelling of all things
It is no cup filled to overflowing

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A spiritual family’s love issues forth for all
As a mother loves each child as her only

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Here father and son rejoice together equally
At the return of a lost brother

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Passing beyond their own love and hate
They become infinite and eternal

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The love of a spiritual family knows no bounds
It is the matriarch of many children

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A spiritual family’s love is unfailing
It is the friend who dwells in equanimity

12
The first father and the final daughter are incomplete
Until they pass beyond last and first

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Thus the spiritual family arises
Now in this very moment

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The empty heart knows unbounded joy
The empty heart knows pain beyond words

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Let us dwell together as a family
For the way forward is also the path of return

~BT Waldbillig
February 6, 2017

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