In this special series, we will present a selection of songs and poems performed by Supreme Master Ching Hai on various occasions over the years, often spontaneously, with music and lyrics either composed by Her or by other famous artists. We will begin with “Vincent,” one of American legend Don McLean’s most famous pieces. Please enjoy. “Starry, starry night Paint your palette blue and grey Look out on a summer's day With eyes that know the darkness in my soul. Shadows on the hills Sketch the trees and the daffodils Catch the breeze and the winter chills In colors on the snowy linen land. Now I understand what you tried to say to me How you suffered for your sanity How you tried to set them free They would not listen, they did not know how. Perhaps they'll listen now.” “The world is a circle without a beginning, And nobody knows where it really ends.” Let us rejoice in the present, for it encompasses both the past and the future; a circle without end, indeed. “The world is a circle without a beginning, and nobody knows where it really ends. Everything depends on where you are in the circle without a beginning. Nobody knows where the circle ends. And just because you think you're small, that doesn't mean that just you're small at all. It’s a tiny one. To someone else you are big.” In this earthly life, love can bring both happiness and sorrow. Happiness is fleeting, while sorrow seems endless. When love comes, the world appears to shine with faith and vibrancy. One’s heart is like a flower blossoming; with laughter reverberating. But when love departs, the heart withers, being left with despair. “The pleasure of love lasts just for a while The grief of love endures forever The joys of love are just a moment long The pain of love endures the whole life long.” May the singing that emanates from the purest Love of Supreme Master Ching Hai calm your mind, lift your soul, and remind you of the inner Heavenly music and of our blissful original Home.