i can't believe i've gone straight from ken's funeral to one of the most joyous experiences of my life! amma - who is the embodiment of life and love! (for lack of a better description) - is in our area, along with a couple of thousand of her friends. there has been dancing, singing, hugging, and all sorts of celebration that seems almost excessive, given the times - but i keep thinking of that old bible scripture about 'rejoicing while the bridegroom is among us.' There's plenty of time to weep and fast and mourn later, when the bridegroom is gone. I'm also reminded of that song we used to sing back in the seventies, 'the lord of the dance.' It was never one of my favorite songs, but right now - dancing, yes!!!
i don't think i ever really had a clear understanding of that sentiment, about the bridegroom, and learned to interpret it as remarking on the spiritual states of 'consolation' and 'desolation' in the catholic mystical tradition. made good sense, in that light.
But this!!! This is pure joy