I discovered this beautiful commentary - you could even call it a poem - by Rabbi Abraham Isaac Kook, and I thought I would post it today, because once again it follows several themes of this blog -seeing ourselves reflected in each other, in our shared humanity. It is an inspiring insight and reading it, I am reminded of how very fortunate we are to have such wisdom available, to draw on across all of our faith traditions - wisdom's to teach us, to learn from, to guide us. All we need do, is look.
There is one whose soul expands
until it extends beyond the border of Israel,
singing the song of humanity.
In the glory of the entire human race,
in the glory of the human form,
his spirit spreads,
aspiring to the goal of humankind, envisioning its consummation...
Then there is one who expands even further
until he unites with all existence, with all creatures,
with all worlds,
singing a song with them all.
There is one who ascends with all these songs
in unison - the song of the soul, the song of the nation,
the song of humanity,
the song of the cosmos - resounding together, blending in harmony,
circulating the sap of life,
the sound of holy joy.
- Rabbi Abraham Isaac Kook
you might also like: 'Rig Veda - a song about our eternal nature' in the May archives