A Community of the Spirit There is a community of the spirit. Join it, and feel the delight of walking in the noisy street and being the noise. Drink all your passion and be a disgrace. Close both eyes to see with the other eye. Open your hands if you want to be held. Consider what you have been doing. Why do you stay with such a mean-spirited and dangerous partner? For the security of having food. Admit it. Here is a better arrangement. Give up this life, and get a hundred new lives. Sit down in this circle. Quit acting like a wolf, and feel the shepherd's love filling you. At night, your beloved wanders. Do not take painkillers. Tonight, no consolations. And do not eat. Close your mouth against food. Taste the lover's mouth in yours. You moan, But she left me. He left me. Twenty more will come. Be empty of worrying. Think of who created thought. Why do you stay in prison when the door is so wide open? Move outside the tangle of fear-thinking. Live in silence. Flow down and down in always widening rings of being.
Rumi, Jelaluddin. The Big Red Book: The Great Masterpiece Celebrating Mystical Love & Friendship. Trans.Coleman Barks. New York: HarperCollins, 2011.
Nearly 30 years ago the (then) Polynesian Festival was held for the first time in Te Waipounamu / the South Island of New Zealand. Renamed Te Matatini, this bi-annual cultural performing arts festival is returning to Ōtautahi on March 04-08th 2015.
This film clip about the 1986 Polynesian Festival includes recollections from some of the members of the Organising Committee, including my father-in-law Te Puraoterangi Parata, about their roles and responsibilities at that time. It also includes interviews with some of the 1986 performers from Waitaha and discusses their practices and performance at that time.
It seems only appropriate that my wife, Puamiria Parata-Goodall, is project managing the 2015 Te Matatini Festival; continuing the family tradition of overseeing the transmission of culture and learning and connection across the generations. Mauriora!!
I acknowledge Ngā Taonga Sound and Vision and Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu for use of this footage.
Gershwin Prize – November 19, 2014)