Entering The Stream : Leaving The Ashram

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« Leaving The Ashram » is the third and closing chapter of « Entering The Stream. » The trilogy also comprises « Into The Ashram » as its opener, and « The Chrome Lake » as the core middle part.

It was originally put together in 2004, way before the other two chapters, and is composed of four sections :

* Meditative Walk
* Running The Last Stretch
* The Tabla Master’s Enigma
* The Ordinary II.

Once reflection and healing have taken place, the ashram need not be externalized anymore, and the meditator can thus return to its work in the world.

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The piece is an instrumental. Here's the associated poetry :

As I now leave behind the echoes of complaints
The struggles of ego in the hall of constraints
I recall my time here one of introspection
Of intense pondering and of liberation

Long I sat by myself in silence and darkness
One by one noticing the causes of distress
Observing unmoving ever firm in my oath
Persistence consistent is rewarded by growth

On the way there's a man playing on the tabla
The master gatekeeper singing his enigma
The question is no test but rather a message
Telling me the ordeal was a rite of passage

Just a few steps away from the ordinary
I pause for one last glimpse of my sanctuary
The shelter dissolving having served its function
The master and the gate fading to oblivion

Different from the rest eccentric by nature
I had spent my whole life avoiding the matter
Once to burn sensitive of the whirl centrifuge
I return to the world may it be my refuge

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« If you live the sacred and despise the ordinary, you are still bobbing in the ocean of delusion. » – Lin-Chi

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from Satori (pre​-​order), released October 1, 2010

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Poligraf Québec, Québec

Christopher Stewart is the leader of Poligraf.

While he pursues various artistic endeavors, if there’s one discipline he’s perfecting, it must be the art of blooming late.

After practising Buddhism dead-seriously since the mid-nineties, he finally awakened to the fact that it teaches living happiness.

His interests include philosophy, divination, the arts, and the creative process.
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