Soirée de lecture avec Jean-Marie Nau – Dimanche, le 25 novembre 2018 à 17h00

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15. November 2018
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Soirée de lecture avec Jean-Marie Nau – Dimanche, le 25 novembre 2018 à 17h00

FOREWORD

Storytelling is one of the most ancient arts in existence. Stemming
from our need to communicate, to entertain, to remember family
and tribal history, to pass on wisdom and to teach our children
life lessons. The story takes many forms, fairy tales, legends, myths,
folktales, wisdom stories, traditional tales and personal stories.
In some cultures there are castes of storytellers such as the griots
of Africa, who remember the history of a tribe going back seven
generations or more. At celebrations and gatherings they gather the
village round the fire and narrate family and tribal stories all night.
The ancient Sanskrit epic the Ramayana takes nine days and nights to tell. It is said «The Ramayana story will endure among people for as long as mountains and rivers remain on the earth».
The Great Teachers that brought and founded religion knew that the
best way to communicate the depth of spiritual truth in a simple way
was in the form of a story. For centuries in every culture, troubadours and storytellers have travelled far and wide to enchant us with stories and leave us spellbound.
There are stories that take but little time to tell, and remain in the
psyche to cast their magic, to unfurl like many petaled flowers.
Slowly, over our life span, we begin to see more deeply into stories as they change and shape shift in our consciousness, carrying a myriad messages and inspirations for us on our personal journeys. Stories create community. Stories unite us, because we all respond to the pattern of story. We ourselves are made of story, and we are living a story, the story of our life, of who we are. Stories have a magical capacity to capture and delight the imagination, to bring us together as we recognise in each and every one of us, the heroes of our own story. We are one story in the pattern of living this life as a human being. We have a beginning, a middle and an end to our story. We have tests and trials, helpmates and marvellous happenings in our lives, we have celebration and new awareness when we hear a story.

Niewent de Geschichten fannt Dir hei nach aaner flott Texter,
Bréiwer, Gebieder a Gedanken. Vill vun de Geschichten fannt Dir
am Buch vum Kambiz Poostchi, Goldene Äpfel, Spiegelbilder des
Lebens, Lehrreiche und humorvolle Geschichten, Weisheiten und
Aphorismen aus aller Welt für Alltag, Beruf und Training, Horizonte
Verlag, Stuttgart. Aaner Geschichten fënnt een op verschiddenen Plazum Internet. Dacks ass et net kloer vu wou se kommen.
All Mënsch huet d’Potential, Guddes ze maachen. Dëse Prinzip fënnt een an enger Rei vun Texter aus de Bahá’í Schrëften an dësem Buch.
Bei der Iwwersetzung an d’Franséischt an an d’Englescht konnt ech
net alles wuertwiertlech iwwersetzen, mee ech hu probéiert, de Sënn sou getrei wéi méiglech erëmzeginn.
E grousse Merci menger léiwer Fra, dem Esther Zana-Nau fir hir
Hëllef bei de franséischen Iwwersetzungen an all de Frënn, déi op
iergend eng Manéier gehollef hunn.
Den Nabil Moussallem an d’Tadeja Tomsic hunn dat Englescht
nogekuckt. Beim lëtzebuergeschen Text hu gehollef: d’Marthy
Gloesener, de François Dondelinger, d’Gaby Braun a vill anerer. E
léiwe Merci fir Unity Foundatioun, fir hir Hëllef an Ënnerstëtzung.
Et war d’Sandya Nasseri, eng Schülerin zu Beggen am Cours, déi
mech fir d’éischt drop bruecht huet, dës Geschichten ze sammelen …
Jean-Marie Nau, 2018
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together, foreignness disappears, and we respond to the universal
pattern of story as a shared experience.
The best stories to tell are the stories we love, the stories that speak
to our heart. These are easy to communicate because love carries the story for us. When we tell a story we build a bridge from one heart to another. It is said that an enemy is a friend whose story we have not yet heard. The stories we choose to tell speak of who we are. They are also a gift you give yourself as well as others.
Enjoy this book of stories and wise words, and remember to pass on
the wisdom and the fun.
Sarah Perceval, Storyteller