I'm a cat person but I'm fascinated by the kind of unconditional love that canines bring into our lives. They are like constant reminders of how good we could be if we really understood how brilliant and accessible love is. They are little Bodhisattvas here to show us something about how we are when we allow ourselves that kind of open heart. Few people it seems to me see their canine companions as allies reflecting inner parts of themselves as a revelation but I can see people with their domestic pets this way. Even cats - for me, especially cats - as I've a feline vibe that I nurture - they give a kind of unconditional love. They navigate in loving from a no less unconditional center but with an authority of bringing the mystery of the unknowable forward.
Hafiz seems to suggest that all things that resonate within us from books to pets, lovers, friends and even frenemies who cross our paths, come into our lives to emotionally stimulate us; to care for us and heal us if we only view them with that perspective. The moon symbolizes our daily emotional life and to have these wonderful beings around us caring only for our happiness is truly a beautiful gift.
...a divine old dog
Who keeps scratching his back
On the moon...
Thank you for listening.
Music: Well, this song Bodhisattva by Steely Dan jumped right up into my ear worm hole writing this, of course. As I'm listening to it now, I'm floored once more at the stellar musicianship. Mercy! I have to laugh remembering when I first heard this song in the 70's. I thought, "What he hell is he singing about? Boody-satya?" There was no Google then so one suffered in unique ignorant ways regarding song titles and lyrics. I wouldn't have known a Bodhisattva from a balaclava at that time of my life and would have guessed he was singing about a honey cake, to boot! I was a very confused young woman in the 70's.
The Gift: Poems by Hafiz and translated by Daniel Ladinsky can be purchased here.