Excperts from keynote presentation made by Avotcja Jitonilro to Pacific Yearly Meeting on July 24, 2021.
“A Longing for Beauty” by Joe Morris (May/June 2021) is an inspiring piece, encouraging us to find beauty in life of all kinds around us. I was surprised, though, to see the famous lines by John Keats misquoted. Morris wrote:
Beauty is truth, and truth beauty.
That is all we know, and that is all we need to know.
A poem by Jane Blout of La Jolla Meeting, inspired by a dream and meeting for worship.
Is to stand at the Gate of Creation,
arms akimbo, one foot planted firmly
at the Edge of Eternity.
The other foot solidly moored
In the Patterns of Reality.
Your body humming with the Eternal Dichotomy of advancement
and retreat as one’s life proceeds
to the warm, unknowable embrace of non-being.