The Cardoner River
On the banks of the Cardoner...
A moment with the Beloved
And the river changes its course.
~from Miracle of Love: Stories about Neem Karoli Baba
The name Cardoner is taken from the Spanish river that runs through the town of Manresa where St. Ignatius experienced some of his most profound mystical experiences. In his Autobiography, referring to himself in the third person, he writes:
"The road ran next to the river. As he went along occupied with his devotions, he sat down for a while with his face towards the river, that there ran deep. As he sat, the eyes of his understanding began to open; not that he saw a vision, but he came to know many things, matters spiritual and those pertaining to faith and learning. This took place with such great clarity that everything appeared to him to be something new. And it happened to enlighten his understanding in such a manner that he thought of himself as if he were another man and that he had an intellect different from the one he had before... He experienced a great clarity in his understanding; so much so that in the whole course of his life, through sixty two years, even if he put together all of the many gifts he had had from God and all of the many things he knew and added them all together, he does not think they would amount to as much as he had received on that one single occasion."
"Wisdom is a living stream, not an icon to be preserved in a museum. Only when a practitioner finds the spring of wisdom in his or her own life can it flow to future generations."
~Thich Nhat Hanh