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What Einstein told His Priest
cebukitty

Brother, you ask me why
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I seek the howwhatwhy of everything.
 2
These questions are but extended limbs:
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a baby's clumsy fingers reaching
 4
out for Mother's face.
 5
 
 
You call it Sin to comprehend?
 6
Hubris to yearn to decode
 7
the rhythm behind an atom's dance?
 8
Unforgivable to lisp the symphony
 9
of life in precise equations?
 10
 
 
I do not possess the grace
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of sleeping faith; my soul
 12
is a restless hound that seeks
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its Master's scent, digging at imprints
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of His footsteps.
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But this prodigal, my brother,
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returns home with fingers
 17
clenched around a mustard seed.
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27 May 09

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nice -- here you've woven science 'n religious symbolism in a very lyrical way -- the wounds of narcissistic reason meets the ignorance of a sleepy faith to somehow make a fuller grace in how to see the world naturally -- sin also needs decoding as it was merely the idea that one had gotten carried away from the path toward the goal, i.e., missed the bullseye which if comprehension avails was always Love -- a life without the Love to query past the forms and rituals of either Science or Religion is a life of somnolence and worry, to pierce the veil both Love and discriminating wisdom are necessary, the greater of these being Love -- good writing
 — AlchemiA

E = mc^2 is a mustard seed.

is |1 supposed to demonstate
omniscience?

nice post, by the way.
: )
 — fractalcore

realy great, i luv it!
 — unknown

This is lovely!  So much wisdom.  In another age, Einstein might have been burned at the stake to save his soul, isn't that incredible?  Galileo escaped only by recanting the truth.

I can't find one thing that could make this better.  
 — Isabelle5

Galileo was a pussy
 — unknown

nice poem author
 — unknown

But a smart, living pussy.  I guess he felt that the truth of the earth circling the sun wasn't as important as living another revolution around it!  
 — Isabelle5

mmm gotta love those smart living pussies, eh -- ;)
 — AlchemiA

Wow! I love this. I don't think it needs perfecting at all.

It touches me very much. I'm actually hanging on to every word and it made my spine tingle on the first read (probably because "I do not possess the grace/of sleeping faith" either.....)

I love it that you've mentioned the parable of the mustard seed which (if I remember rightly) represents the kingdom of heaven. I am very happy for having read this.
 — smugzy

thank you all for taking the time to read and comment.  fractalcore recommended this site to me :)

AlechemiA:  yep i wanted to show that science don't have to be at odds with one another.  Science is all about the study of nature.  God IS nature.

I've read some of the essays of Einstein, and I believe him to be a spiritual man in his own way.  

I do not believe in a personal God and I have never denied this but have expressed it clearly. If something is in me which can be called religious then it is the unbounded admiration for the structure of the world so far as our science can reveal it. (Albert Einstein, 1954)
 — cebukitty

Yet another quote ascribed to Einstein:

A knowledge of the existence of something we cannot penetrate, of the manifestations of the profoundest reason and the most radiant beauty - it is this knowledge and this emotion that constitute the truly religious attitude; in this sense, and in this alone, I am a deeply religious man. (Albert Einstein)
 — cebukitty

you overheard john galt and einstein talking over
coffee, then developed the urge to be here.

you found your way around just like how buddha
found its way in the coffee cup.

: )
 — fractalcore

fractalcore:  buddha in the coffee cup..yummm

Isabelle5: thanks for the lovely comment.  yeah great minds have always suffered at the hands of small minds

smugzy: yep, all we need really is just a little faith.  if the awesome wonders of nature alone can't pluck your soulstrings, no evidence will ever be enough.  :)
 — cebukitty

A human being is part of the whole, called by us "universe," a part limited in time and space. He experiences his thoughts and feeling as something separate from the rest -- a kind of optical delusion of his consciousness. This delusion is a kind of prison for us, restricting us to our personal decisions and to affection for a few persons nearest us. Our task must be to free ourselves from this prison by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty. - Einstein
 — unknown

wow, unk.

i think i'll have that tattoed on my butt
before my time is served here.

; )
 — fractalcore

this is so apt for me, I am reading Dawkins Unweaving the Rainbow, who is espousing this thought entirely. I love this poem, and I have read your comments, I am currently trying to emotionally relieve myself of the baggage that conventional religion lent me. My understanding of God , is ,I think, the sentiments that Einstein espoused. I cannot ignore the spiritual aspect of Nature, but see the mystery as limitlessly engrossing. I don't name anything as 'God' anymore, because of the connotations, and the flawed arguments constantly produced in causes to belong to any creed
 — crimsonkiss

nice quote unknown :)

crimsonkiss:  try G.O.D. = guiding, organizing, designing process :)
 — cebukitty

Wasn't Einstein Jewish?
 — Salamander

Salamander: Indeed he was, that's why he sided with the allies in world war 2 :)
 — cebukitty

to have faith like a mustard seed, a seed that is small in size yet persistent its growth. when it grows it can crack concrete...Wikipedia... clenched around a mustard seed, home with his fingers...
 — ambiguos

ambiguos: right on with the mustard seed :)
 — cebukitty

I like. :) No insightful comment for now. Just my thumbs up.
 — RfrancisR

The only thing that bothers me is "Brother". I get it in a universal sense, but in the context it makes me think he's Catholic or something. Maybe Rabbi? Or....

At any rate I love the rest of this and I can get over the brother bit.
 — Ananke

arianke:  i used brother to denote kinship...a message that science and religion are in essence related to each other.  
 — cebukitty

Right. Like I said, I get what you're saying in the universal sense. But it sounds unnatural in the poem. Even if you just changed it to "my brother" it would flow better.
 — Ananke

The men who dared to demonstrate that the exercise of scientific reason is compatible with religious enquiry and faith at large have been forced without exception to admit the infinite distance between Man and God. In so doing, they released into human thought an idea that has steadily doomed both science and religion.  
 — Fox

GOOD. You've moved a mountain with your mustard seed. I see Einstein in this but, more importantly I see how he is not in this.
 — SarahMichele

ananke...hmm yeah...my brother does seem to flow better...thanks for the suggestion! :)
 — cebukitty

Einstein had a priest? Nothing burns so beautiful as straw. I do sympathize with it, however. The last line is nice, and the poem inexplicably makes me happier.
 — ronnie

einstein was a jew...so what he had was a rabbi ;)

I was referring to God's priest that's why the H in his is capitalized :)  
 — cebukitty

rubbish
 — unknown

this is really nice.

crit:

i dont understand lisping the symphony. it seems more for style than substance, as poetic as it seems at first read.

14-15 are bumpy.

all around, nice write, scored accordingly.
 — noodleman

thanks for the comment noodleman, i'll try to tighten the screws a little :)
 — cebukitty

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Einstein averred, when he spoke in a mathematical show ‘n tell, “what if I rode on a beam of light through the deep dark reach of space, what would I see? what would I be? would I be anyplace?” then he chuckled, stuck out his tongue, made his eyes go wide, “I’d be everywhere at once, bent toward the infinite, really deep inside.”
 — AlchemiA

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