Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Seven Minutes at Midnight

Event: Midnight 23 May 2011; Updated: 7 June 2011

Crossroads Street Light at Midnight

Cell Phone Time just past Midnight

On May 23 [20 Jumada al-thani in Muslim reckoning] I stood for seven minutes at midnight under a solitary street light at a crossroads not far from my home at the request of a Muslim mother in Tehran. The night was dark and a gentle breeze was blowing. I was there half expecting to meet a brother coming from the opposite direction at an equal distance from my home to the lamp post and hoped he might greet me in friendship. This was a meeting suggested by our our mutual friend and Muslim mother, who knew we lived only two blocks from each other. So, as a strategy for exemplifying the reality of "unconditional love", she asked that we meet at midnight on Iranian Mother's Day, which honors the birth date of Fatima, the oldest daughter of Muhammad (the "Mother Mary" of Islam) and that she would accept our meeting as a gift to her in her custom for that day.

The brother did not show, but in some mysterious way that remarkable moment became sacred to me and I was filled with a new confidence that the discourse between us in Los Alamos and her and her friends in Tehran had fundamentally changed.

On June 7 this anonymous Muslim mother responded:
Waking at midnight means one step closer to listening to the cosmic music...and Standing for an "unconditional love" hug means standing at the position of a real human being. We need this kind of deep democracy today to bypass our world nightmares..to reach an accepted level of acceptance and tolerance.
Thanks Eugene for applying my comment from Tehran
Your Iranian friend

4 comments:

Anonymous said...

Waking at midnight means one step closer to listening to the cosmic music..and Standing for an "unconditional love" hug means standing at the position of a real human being.We need this kind of deep democracy today to bypass our world nightmares..to reach an accepted level of acceptance and tolerance.
Thanks Eugene for applying my comment from Tehran
Your Iranian friend

Eugene said...

Dear Iranian mother and friend,

Yes, I believe that as we learn to hear the "cosmic music", one by one, and strive to sing our own songs as beautifully as we can, we then can approach each other in an attitude of "unconditional love", however else we may describe it. Becoming a "real human being" means to me (and I hope to you) shedding pretenses and ideologies that try to control each other and others. Don't you think that is a definition of "acceptance and tolerance"?

Some years ago (in 1989) I heard a wise one describe the eight primal energies that inherently makes up every human being. He described them in terms of: Acceptance, Allegiance, Will & Power, Love, Harmony, Knowledge, Wisdom and Chaos. Does your tradition have names for these? Others refer to the first seven energies as the chakras, each of which has a different pattern, color and spin.

Anonymous said...

Dear Eugene,
I believe all of the problems we see in the world is originated from confrontation instead cooperation and thats the result of opinion-based behaviour. Absolutely when we meet this end limit, we choose the wrong decision, the low class of recommendation, means "our"opinions..but thats time we practice evidence-based behaviour to get lesson from the past in the history..If we are religious we need to know God has significant criterias for being a "real human being" and thats practicing"unconditional love"..and if we are even atheists we can approach nature rule and thats the rule of gravity,respect, bilateral efficacy especialy in an infinite reflective cosmos..so the evidence is evident for religious and non religious people. We(muslims) believe we should submit God, infact the meaning of Islam is submittion. As we believe God knows our needs and the way of well being of a soul. So if somebody under every other names"Chakras and so on ,,different isms"submits God TRUELY, is a real human being. But if somebody tries to control the others under different names and different "isms"or even scientific experiments,dreamworking and so on.. ,so he will confront with the others' opinions means "No evidence-based behaviour"..or no cooperation as we project our own order and we got back the reflection of our own behaviour.
You asked about my special tradition as an Iranian muslim woman,I refer you to the UN chart that the first human right chart approved by UN belongs to the great Iranian king"Cyrus"..and the Cyrus cylinder is available. Cyrus emphasized on the respect for all ,all means all.means deep democracy for all..and if you want to point on my religious tradition as my reference, I remind you of "Hajj "ceremony as a great reminder of the cosmic music ,means "unconditional love"among the people who are TRUELY submitted to God(again I emphasize on the term of "truely")..when you turn around a unique common house(made by clay and stone as a symbol,not as the place God lives there,as the poet says:thats the Kaaba of clay, and this is the Kaaba of heart ) with common white cloths ,no difference you are young or old, white or black,Iranain or American,poor or rich it means you submitted to the aim of creation..means getting to gether,,means unconditional love. And finaly"Cultural conversation"is the best cooperation instead confrontation.Thanks again for your understanding.

Joseph Dillard said...

Dear Eugene, I am missing the connection between this event and your faith in Aty and the RPK experiment. Did something different happen to the streetlight? Did she pull a Dumbledore maneuver and make the light go out/turn on???