Forum: Arts / Philosophy

the chequered dance-floor
By RonPrice
On Tue Oct 01, 2013 07:45 AM

The difficulty is to decide how far resolution should be set in the direction of the via contemplativa and an acceptance of the unchangeable on the one hand; and how far in the direction of the via activa and a confidence in my ability to change, to facilitate change, to be an active source of social good, of happiness, of well-being and advantage to my fellow men, on the other.-Ron Price with thanks to Rosemary Ashton, George Eliot: A Life, Hamish Hamilton, London, 1996, p.359 and Abdul-Baha, Secret of Divine Civilization, 1970, p.3.

I prefer to see these two poles as
ends on a continuum where you
can come in with your life at any
point with a perpectual motion back
and forth from pole to pole as suits
the endless variation and need that
is your life and world, Marian1.

On the chequered dance-floor,
the fragments, of your life,
with the choreography of
His way, His melody, His light,
the motion of the practical,
the mystic, the artistic,
you will find fresh, startling
combinations, making your
days into poetry. For your
life is poetry, points of
connection in clashes,
not a jangling mockery
amidst paltry understandings,
no jingling ego,
as you perfect your instrument,
your craft,
as you exist and exult in immortal thoughts,
as you circle around great and wondrous souls.2

Ron Price
6 May 1999

1 George Eliot was a pseudonym, a nom de plume, adopted by Marian Evans. Considered by many to be the second greatest British novelist of the nineteenth century, after Dickens.
2 Bahiyyih Nakhjavani, Artist, Seeker and Seer, Bahai Studies, Vol.10, p.19.


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