26 episodes

All we have to comfort, guide us and sustain us in this straggling path called life are the radiant whispers that we grasp as a distant “sunrise of wonder” in our spiritual practice, in great works of literature, music, art, and in nature and blue skies. These are the Radiant Whispers. That's what this podcast is about. We will talk about culture and society, about ancient and modern history, literature and art with dramatized readings of poetry, fables, theatre, novels and stories. Subscribe -let's find radiant whispers everywhere.

Radiant Whispers Gabriel Porras

    • Society & Culture

All we have to comfort, guide us and sustain us in this straggling path called life are the radiant whispers that we grasp as a distant “sunrise of wonder” in our spiritual practice, in great works of literature, music, art, and in nature and blue skies. These are the Radiant Whispers. That's what this podcast is about. We will talk about culture and society, about ancient and modern history, literature and art with dramatized readings of poetry, fables, theatre, novels and stories. Subscribe -let's find radiant whispers everywhere.

    Sunstone by Octavio Paz

    Sunstone by Octavio Paz

    Sunstone is the longest and perhaps the most extraordinary poem by the extraordinary poet Octavio Paz. Sunstone is an epic poem, long and passionate, like a golden mantle in which to take shelter. A hypnotic torrent of images and signs dazzle and enchant us as we pass through each verse. The imagination is left spinning, intoxicated with pleasure. Sunstone is made up of hendecasyllables because hendecasyllables are the measure of the sonnet, the love poem par excellence in Latin languages. And they are 584 hendecasyllables because the planet Venus covers a cycle of 584 days to return to the same point in relation to the sun. This peculiarity was highly valued and studied by the Aztecs, who placed it at the centre of their cosmogony. And of that portentous and complex machine for reading the cosmos, the Sunstone, the Aztec Calendar.

    Let the music, the images and the many lights of the 584 lines of this prodigious love poem to life and its fragility carry you away.

    Credits:
    Poem by Octavio Paz
    Translation  1987, 1991 by Eliot Weinberger
    (New Directions Paperbook NDP735, ISBN 0-8112-1195-9, 1991)
    Read by Gabriel Porras, professional voice artist

    Music:
    Horizon, by Josh Leake at artlist.io
    With our own atmosphere, by Kris Keogh, from his album Processed Harp Works, Vol. 1 at freemusicarchive.com

    • 31 min
    You Don't Hear The Dogs Barking?

    You Don't Hear The Dogs Barking?

    An old man carries on his shoulders his only son, who’s been wounded. He has to cross a mountain in the dead of night, to get to the next village, where there may be a doctor to look after him. Both their lives unravel in the journey.

    A masterful and heartbreaking story of the father-son relationship.

    Original story by Juan Rulfo read by Gabriel Porras
    Translation by Stephen Beechinor
    Production: Gabriel Porras
    Music: La Guanábana, by Los Parientes de Playa Vicente, from the album América Afroíndigena at freemusicarchive.com

    • 13 min
    The Teachings Of Jesus

    The Teachings Of Jesus

    The Sermon on the Mount is a collection of Jesus' teachings to a group of simple people who followed him everywhere. It is not a theological dissertation for intellectuals, nor a discourse delivered in some elegant college or palace of the time. It is, as the title implies, a talk on the mountain. In direct, simple and often incandescent language, Jesus rewrites everything people knew about God up to that point. These words have been so influential that with them Jesus founds a new period in human history.

    Jordan Peterson describes it as "the closest description of what it would mean to walk with God so that you’re in the Ark when your personal flood comes."

    CREDITS:
    Written, presented and produced by Gabriel Porras, voice artist at gabrielvoice.com, radiantwhispers.com

    Biblical Text:
    The Gospel of Matthew, chapters 5 to 7

    Bible version:
    The Message (MSG) Copyright © 1993, 2002, 2018 by Eugene H. Peterson

    Music:
    "Horizon", by Josh Leake - Songs for Norah at artlist.io
    "Dusk to Dawn", by Clara at artlist.io

    Photo:
    “Sunset over sunflowers Field” at wallpapers13.com

    • 26 min
    The Hero´s journey

    The Hero´s journey

    If you have ever thought of writing a novel, a short story, a film script, a play, take advantage of this sequence of twelve steps known as The Hero's Journey. This is the path that the hero follows to earn the treasure, the throne, the hand of the princess. A journey we can also follow in everyday life, and which we illustrate here step by step with the plot of three admirable stories: The Lord of the Rings, The Matrix and Harry Potter. Enjoy it!

    • 27 min
    The Power of Myths

    The Power of Myths

    We all need myths. Myths are foundational stories that give us life, and without them, we die. Myths are great truths disguising as stories. Human beings need myths because we are stories made of stories, poems decanted from poems, beings created and nurtured by stories and poems.

    The second season of Radiant Whispers kicks off in mythical and heroic fashion.

    • 31 min
    Human Voices In The Stars

    Human Voices In The Stars

    Did you know human voices are travelling in interstellar space right now, beyond the
    confines of our Solar System?
    This is a fascinating story of human achievement and endeavour, and a tribute to the
    unique power of the human voice, “our exquisitely individual and intimate footprint in
    the universe”.

    • 12 min

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