Wednesday, November 9, 2011

~ Are You Available ~

T’was battered and scarred, and the auctioneer

Thought it scarcely worth his while

To waste much time on the old violin,

But held it up with a smile.

"What am I bidden, good folks," he cried,

"Who’ll start the bidding for me?"

"A dollar, a dollar," then, two! Only two?

"Two dollars, and who’ll make it three?

"Three dollars, once; three dollars, twice;

Going for three . . . "But no,

From the room, far back, a grey haired man

Came forward and picked up the bow;

Then, wiping the dust from the old violin,

And tightening the loose strings,

He played a melody pure and sweet

As a caroling angel sings.

The music ceased, and the auctioneer,

With a voice that was quiet and low,

Said: "What am I bid for the old violin?"

And he held it up with the bow.

"A thousand dollars, and who’ll make it two?

Two thousand! And who’ll make it three?

Three thousand, once; three thousand, twice;

And going and gone," said he.

The people cheered, but some of them cried,

"We do not quite understand

What changed its worth?"Swift came the reply:

"The touch of a master’s hand."

And many a man with life out of tune,

And battered and scarred with sin,

Is auctioned cheap to the thoughtless crowd,

Much like the old violin.

A "mess of potage," a glass of wine;

A game, and he travels on.

He is "going" once, and "going" twice,

He’s "going" and almost "gone."

But the Master comes and the foolish crowd

Never can quite understand

The worth of a soul and the change that’s wrought

By the touch of the Master’s hand. --

Poem by Myra Brooks Welch

Let the foolish crowd choose to be as what they want to be. May we as disciples remain to be available to the Touch of The Master!


Vani said...

Namaste Usha!
Thank you very much for introducing us to a soul stirring poem.And the way you have connected it with thought provoking statement
"Are You Available".
Followed by beautifull picture worth thousand words!!!!!
Yes!Master's touch,grace is in abundance to one and all and as disciples being available to the grace is the biggest blessing which alone can uplift us!!!."The worth of a soul and the change that’s wrought
By the touch of the Master’s hand.."
--Beautiful poem with your heartfelt wishes" may we be available to the touch of
master's hand"

Merging Point said...

Namaste Vani!

Wonderful reflections expressed so beautifully. Thankyou Vani for just being here.

First and foremost our gratitude to the poetess, then followed by the disciple who discovered and wished to share it with me with such an apt picture.

Yes indeed! Grace is the ultimate and our availability is the door. Lets keep it wide and open...:)

Anonymous said...

When the Moment is Played as if for the very first time, It can never be sold or held onto again. In essence, it can never be re-gifted but can become a symbol of hope toward the realization of discovering the One True reality for ourselves through the realization that everything is priceless. The soul, in a state of ongoing discovery, is then open to receiving that which speaks and whispers effortlessly. Those then who seek to purchase the past, are secretly wishing to create their own works of art that have poetry emerging from the center of their hearts.

Loved the Story....
Wishing you masterful moments always by raising one's sail to open one's soul to the still wind that is always present.

Merging Point said...

So true Bernie!! every moment is so full and complete and priceless.

The soul is as it is and its the mind, may be in a state of ongoing discovery, i feel.

Masterful moments...loved your expression. Thankyou for being here.

Anonymous said...

there is auction, there is a low bid, then there is a old man who plays the violin, the new rates thats all. each of this is happening and they are the same manifestation. every other description is MAYA ( snake in a rope)

Merging Point said...

Dear Anonymous,

To realize the manifestation as the expression of the unmanifested and not as separate,to get trapped into interpretations or to just know them as interpretations makes a world of difference. These vital changes to know them as it is and all the rest as MAYA has to happen and thats what The Master's touch(Grace) bestows.