Swiftly fly the years
One season following another
Laden with happiness and tears”
~ Sheldon Harnick, Jerry Bock – “Fiddler on the Roof”
“What is life?
It is the flash of a firefly in the night.
It is the breath of a buffalo in the wintertime.
It is the little shadow which runs across the grass and loses itself in the sunset.”
~ Crowfoot, 1890
“Thus shall ye think of all this fleeting world:
A star at dawn, a bubble in a stream;
A flash of lightning in a summer cloud,
A flickering lamp, a phantom, and a dream.”
~ Buddha: Diamond Sutra
“In the end these things matter most:
How well did you love?
How fully did you love?
How deeply did you learn to let go?”
As students on the Earth branch of the great Cosmic University, we are commencing a new year and new season of human matriculation, rotation and revolution in our space/time solar system.
In these critical times, our species has caused imminent ecological and nuclear threats to all life forms on earth. Yet we have gained unprecedented opportunities for technologically transcending our most critical problems.
Can we avert catastrophe and enter an enlightened ‘new age’?
How can we best live with the inevitable ‘ups and downs’ of space/time duality “reality”, which are always “laden with happiness and tears”?
To encourage reflection on these perennial philosophical questions, I have embedded below a poignant video performance of “Sunrise, sunset” a classic song from Fiddler on the Roof, (with lyrics and music composed by Sheldon Harnick and Jerry Bock).
May this affective song inspire transcendence of our ‘up and down’ lifetime problems and realization that what matters most during our fleeting earthly lives is, as the Buddha taught:
“How well did [we] love?
How fully did [we] love?
How deeply did [we] learn to let go?”
And so may it be!
Fiddler On The Roof – “Sunrise sunset”