The Man’s Recipe for Life

I like Muhammad Ali a lot.  He is, to me, “The Man.”

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Many Roads

What is this loneliness without you?
Yeah a sky without its stars
A heart without its love
Why do you seem so very far?
They say that you are closer
They say that you are near
I cannot see or feel you,
yet these eyes of mine are clear

Are you made from magic?
Are you made from wishful thinking?
I’ll keep on believing if you keep my boat from sinking
We’re both in this together
Keep away from stormy weather
Never get me back home to you

There’s many roads and many paths that lead to you
Some say their false but I believe all of them are true
Hey, all of them are true
The green earth and the sky blue
Yeah, baby baby I’m a fool
A fool without you
A fool without you

Yeah well I have come to learn that all the jackals have their say
Howlin’ to the moon trying to remedy their pain
Pain of separation
Looking for a love gone lost
Mountains high, valleys low
Whatever it’s the cost

I may be a dreamer, yeah, but I believe in faith
Only in the darkness can you see the stars ablaze
In my darkest hour I shall keep my strength and say,
“Go and let your fire live, yeah”

There’s many roads and many paths that lead to you
Some say their false but I believe all of them are true
All of them are true
The green earth and the sky blue
Yeah baby baby I’m a fool
A fool without you

There’s many roads and many paths that lead to you
Some say their false but I believe all of them are true
All of them are true
The green earth and the sky blue
Yeah baby baby I’m a fool
A fool without you
A fool without you

Balance

 

You can clean around the wound
But if you want it to heal
It just takes time
And you can call up to the moon
But if you want something to change
You’ve gotta change your life
And take your time
—–
It just takes time
It just takes time
It just takes time
Hard work and your time
—–
The sun will leave the room
Will leave you to the night
And that’s alright
Because before the morning comes
There’s a certain calm
And then there’s light
It just takes time
—–
It just takes time
A little trust and your time
You can change your life
It just takes time
A little trust and your time
—–
And I can sit and talk
Because I was just like you
So arrogant and brave
Impetuous and blue
But trust me as a friend
And I’ll do all that I can do
And I’d do anything for you
Because I want to see you through
—–
It just takes time
Hard work and your time
You can change your life
It just takes time
A little trust your time
A little trust and your time…

Happy is the one who knows this mystery!

Flowers

Spring makes red and white flowers appear on the trees,
But the spring that is the origin of colors is colorless.

Understand what I have said, and give up all talk;
Run to the Origin without color and unite yourself to it.

Annihilate yourself before the One Existence
So that thousands of worlds leap out of you

And your pure existence flames out of itself
And goes on and on birthing different forms.

Of course, none of these forms will last.
Happy is the one who knows this mystery!

Happy is he who gives his life to know this!
He leaves this house for another, far more radiant.

You cannot understand this mystery through reason;
The Way to Knowledge winds through suffering and torment.

If you do not feel pain, you do not look for healing.
The soul that does not live in God is not alive.

She seems like a soul, but does not deserve the name:
She has not been made alive by the Beloved.

The soul is given life by the four elements
Like a lamp that burns through the night:

This light is from oil and wick, it is not eternal.
While the oil exists, the lamp burns, but then goes out.

The one made alive by God will never die.
He lives through God and not through gold or bread.

God is the Light, the Eternal Source of Lights.
This Light is causeless, as is His fiery radiance.

Like gold, God’s value comes from His pure, perfect essence.

~ Sultan Walad