Summer: a time to play my guitar a bit more. Last year I managed to squeeze my electric guitar into the car and it was good on fading French summer evenings to sit outside and mess about with chords and songs.
I am not even barely passable on said instrument, but this is one I will be attempting to learn this summer…
So I now have piles of CDs in my study (think box room with barely enough room to stand up…..don’t get me started on Methodist manses…..I’ll only rant for ages) and I’m going through them, deciding which ones to keep and which ones to sell (I’m basically giving them away and asking for donations to a refugee/asylum seeker cause that the church supports) when I come across one by Yusuf.
You know Yusuf- formerly Cat Stevens, became a Muslim and stopped recording. After well over 30 years he came back to recording. It’s a CD I have heard from time to time, so it’s a keeper. When no one is looking or listening, I’ll put it on (I have a ‘cool rating’ to consider….) and listen properly.
I was intrigued by this quote inside (the album is called An Other Cup) which is a famous Zen saying, apparently:-
A spiritual master recieved a learned man who came to gain deeper insight into the mysteries of life.
His master prepared tea. While serving the tea he began to explain, but the learned professor kept on interupting with his own opinions. So the mastor poured his visitor’s cup full, and then kept on pouring.
The learned man watched the overflow until he no longer could restrain himself, ‘It is overfull. No more will go in!’
‘Like this cup,’ the master said, ‘you are full of your own opinions and speculations. How can I show you anything unless you first empty your cup?’
And I’m thinking of a quote from my own tradition (Augustine?) ‘Only wonder understands…