Erfan Daliri is an Australian poet and author who was originally born in India. I have recently started reading his book, Estaban’s Conclusions. In my opinion, his work rings true on a level akin to Paulo Coehlo’s The Alchemist and the poetry of Rumi. He has certainly found that place.
The Clouds exclaimed:
“Oh ye moving form of dust! Have you forgotten that we were once as one? Do you not recall the journey we once took from the sun?
Destined to land upon the branch of the tree, you became the apple and I the humble leaf,
The apple it was eaten to become one with your form, and I the leaf, in my longing for you, grew forlorn,
I threw myself from the branch but I was not caught by the graces of the wind, so I fell to the ground,
The moisture was ripped from my body as I screamed out your name, but you heard not my sound,
My form, it became one with the earth, my soul was returned to the atmosphere to rejoin the souls of my fallen peers,
Together we merged to form the clouds, and so it is that for all of these years we have watched you from here,
Lifetimes have passed and still we continue to cry, even as the ocean does heave and sigh,
As all of existence moves from one form to the next, still you fail to pause for but one moment to reflect,
Upon the oneness of our being and all that we have seen,
My dear friend I beg of you, call to mind the memories of all that we have seen … ”
For more – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IAQu_h8Oleg
What a moving talk. Louie Schwartzberg specialises in time-lapse cinematography.
This is such a wonderful, impassioned talk.
A moving quote from the talk:
“not long before Mr. Teszler’s own death at the age of 97, he heard me hold forth on human iniquity. I delivered a lecture in which I described history as, on the whole, a tidal wave of human suffering and brutality, and Mr. Teszler came up to me afterwards with gentle reproach and said, “You know, Doctor, human beings are fundamentally good.” And I made a vow to myself, then and there, that if this man who had such cause to think otherwise had reached that conclusion, I would not presume to differ until he released me from my vow. And now he’s dead, so I’m stuck with my vow.”
How true it is that the most wise, the most experienced among us always seem to fall upon this conclusion – that man is good.
Chris Abani’s talk circles around an understanding of humanity known as “Ubuntu”: that the only way for me to be human, is for you to reflect my humanity back at me. In his own words, “Ubuntu” says that there’s no way for us to be human, without other people.
And so he shares a number of little stories to do with people. Some are warm and amusing, others dark and disheartening. A really moving talk.
Some quotes from the talk:
“All cultures through all time have constantly been engaged in a dance with new possibilities of life.”
“[The ethnosphere is] the sum total of all thoughts and dreams, myths, ideas, inspirations, intuitions brought into being by the human imagination since the dawn of consciousness.”
“Genocide, the physical extinction of a people, is universally condemned, but ethnocide, the destruction of people’s way of life, is not only not condemned, it’s universally celebrated as part of a development strategy.”
“We spend all of our lifetime trying to live to one hundred without losing our teeth. The Buddhist spends all their lifetime trying to understand the nature of existence. Our billboards celebrate naked children in underwear. Their billboards are mani walls – prayers to the well-being of all sentient creatures.” (from 5.20 – gets me everytime!)