Themes :

A bower, filled with flowering trees, offers privacy, secrecy, a place for lovers to meet. Like a garden, a bower is a place where things grow, a place of life. It is the opposite of death, which is the state of nonspirituality. The trees of the bower are rooted in the earth, yet they reach upward toward the sky. What grows in our spiritual bower feeds us through its "fruitfulness" and brings beauty, the awareness of harmony to our consciousness. The flowers represent the spiritual qualities that have opened within us, which in turn cause us to open to the Divine.

Like a garden, the bower is a place of contemplation and rest. It is a place where we give ourselves permission to simply be, to settle into the present moment.

This bower, then, is the space we create within ourselves, through loving devotion, through patient spiritual practice, through the cultivation of that which is best and most true within us. It comes alive within us. It becomes a space we ourselves enter -- we create it it within ourselves and then we enter into it. There we grow silent and still, we find refuge from the world. And there we wait. The perfume of the bower draws the Beloved to our side. At least that's how it appears to the limited perspective of the soul. The truth is closer to this: As we wait, the pure perfume surrounds us, we breathe it in, it finally clears our head and heart, and we see for the first time -- that the Beloved's shining "moon-like" face has been there all along.

Poems with the theme of Bower

  For Freedom
  Adyashanti When you start to see the light that you really are
  Ammons, A. R. Poetics
  Angelou, Maya Caged Bird
  Angelou, Maya On the Pulse of Morning
  Angelou, Maya When great trees fall
  Attar, Farid ud-Din The Simurgh
  Aurobindo Tree
  ben Kallir, Eleazar Epithalamium
  ben Yose, Yose In Praise of God (from Avoda)
  Berrigan, Daniel Consolation
  Berry, Wendell Horseback on Sunday morning
  Berry, Wendell Manifesto: The Mad Farmer Liberation Front
  Berry, Wendell Sabbaths 1999, VII
  Berry, Wendell The Wish to Be Generous
  Blake, William Auguries of Innocence
  Bradstreet, Anne There is a path no vulture's eye hath seen (from The Vanity of All Worldly Things)
  Chinook (Anonymous) Teach us, and show us the Way
  Colliver, Andrew Good Medicine
  cummings, e. e. i carry your heart with me
  cummings, e. e. i thank You God for most this amazing
  Feuerstein, Georg Odin's Ordeal
  Feuerstein, Georg Our Worded Universe
  Feuerstein, Georg Squaring the Circle
  Gibran, Kahlil Giving
  Gibran, Kahlil The Vast Man
  Goethe, Johann Wolfgang von Gray, my friend, is every theory,
  Govindasvami Holy sixth day
  Han-shan (Cold Mountain) I spur my horse past the ruined city;
  Hanh, Thich Nhat Padmapani
  Hawaiian (Anonymous) He kanaenae no Laka / A Prayer of Adulation to Laka
  Hayati, Bibi Is it the night of power
  Heschel, Rabbi Abraham Joshua Intimate Hymn
  Hirshfield, Jane Metempsychosis
  Hirshfield, Jane To Hear the Falling World
  Hirshfield, Jane Tree
  Holderlin, Friedrich Remembrance
  Ikkyu (Sojun, Ikkyu) Form in Void
  Iqbal, Allama Muhammad To the Saqi (from Baal-i-Jibreel)
  Jacobsen, Rolf Moon and Apple
  Jacobsen, Rolf The Silence Afterwards
  Jakushitsu A Visit to Hattoji Temple
  Jayadeva When spring came, tender-limbed Radha wandered (from The Gitagovinda)
  Jeffers, Robinson Rock and Hawk
  Kabir I have attained the Eternal Bliss
  Kerouac, Jack The Scripture of the Golden Eternity
  Krishnamurti, Jiddu I Am All
  Krishnamurti, Jiddu Song of the Beloved (from The Immortal Friend)
  Lalan The moon is encircled by moons
  Lee, Li-Young Praise Them
  Leon, Luis de The Life Removed
  Levertov, Denise The Depths
  Li Bai To Tu Fu from Shantang
  Li Bai You ask why I make my home in the mountain forest
  Machado, Antonio Songs
  Mahadevi, Akka You are the forest
  Meher Baba The Beloved's Poem on His Dhuni
  Merton, Thomas A Practical Program for Monks
  Merton, Thomas Aubade -- The City
  Merton, Thomas Stranger
  Merton, Thomas The Sowing of Meanings
  Merwin, W. S. Finding a Teacher
  Milosz, Czeslaw Love
  Neruda, Pablo Tell me, is the rose naked
  O'Brian, Ellen Grace Satsanga
  Oliver, Mary Can You Imagine?
  Oliver, Mary In Blackwater Woods
  Oliver, Mary This World
  Pope, Alexander Solitude: An Ode
  Ramsay, Jay At Fintry House
  Ramsay, Jay By Loch Arrow
  Ramsay, Jay In the Aber Valley
  Ramsay, Jay In the End: The Beginning
  Ramsay, Jay Infinity and Beyond
  Reninger, Elizabeth Deer
  Rilke, Rainer Maria The Man Watching
  Rilke, Rainer Maria The Second Elegy (from The Duino Elegies)
  Rilke, Rainer Maria You who let yourselves feel: enter the breathing
  Rosenstock, Gabriel a star
  Rosenstock, Gabriel I create silences
  Rosenstock, Gabriel inch by inch
  Rosenstock, Gabriel Look! a tree
  Rosenstock, Gabriel not the slaked thirst of Bayazid
  Rosenstock, Gabriel snake unwinding
  Rosenstock, Gabriel the grace showered on me
  Rumi, Mevlana Jelaluddin come
  Rumi, Mevlana Jelaluddin Sacrifice your intellect in love for the Friend
  Ryokan Reply to a Friend
  Sa'di All Adam's offspring form one family tree
  Sanai, Hakim Meditation
  Sarton, May The Work of Happiness
  Shiwu (Stonehouse) To glorify the Way what should people turn to
  Snyder, Gary Regarding Wave
  Soseki, Muso Beyond the World
  Stagnaro, Janaka Crushing Leaves
  Stevens, Wallace Thirteen Ways of Looking at a Blackbird
  Symeon the New Theologian The Light of Your Way
  Szekely, Edmond Bordeaux God Speaks to Man
  Szymborska, Wislawa Among the Multitudes
  Szymborska, Wislawa Miracle Fair
  T'ao Ch'ien Unsettled, a bird lost from the flock
  Tagore, Rabindranath He's there among the scented trees (from The Lover of God)
  Takahashi, Shinkichi A Wood in Sound
  Teasdale, Sara Dew
  Tiruvalluvar Love
  Tolkien, J. R. R. Sam's Song of Strength
  Tolkien, J. R. R. Upon the hearth the fire is red
  Tsoknyi Rinpoche (Tsoknyi Gyatso, Ngawang) Sometime go outside and sit
  Tukaram Can water drink itself?
  Vaughan, Henry The Night
  Vivekananda Kali the Mother
  Wei, Wang Living in the Mountain on an Autumn Night
  Wei, Wang Stone Gate Temple in the Blue Field Mountains
  Wei, Wang Temple Tree Path
  Whitman, Walt [2] Houses and rooms are full of perfumes, the shelves are crowded with perfumes (from Song of Myself)
  Yeats, William Butler Sailing to Byzantium