No one travels
Along this way but I,
This autumn evening.
– Matsuo Bashō
Fall is a season for balancing light and dark, letting go, and accepting the impermanence of things.
It is one of the basic problems. Every human being has to face it.
You have to travel alone, travel, but travel you must, in spite of all the dangers and risks. The…[Read more]
Everyone of us read the story The Crow Who Wanted To Be A Peacock. Ask yourself honestly are you also not Crow, when you are living on borrowed knowledge? What is the difference between Crow and us?
All our misery are there because we are living on borrowed knowledge.
Knowledge is not knowledge. It has the appearance of knowledge, hence…[Read more]
My life, –
How much more of it remains?
The night is brief.
– Masaoka Shiki
A man who is in search of truth does not think in terms of happiness. His happiness, or unhappiness, that is not the point. “I must know the true. Even if it is painful, even if it leads to hell, I am ready to pass through it. Wheresoever it leads, I am ready to go to i…[Read more]
It is reported in the life of a great Sufi mystic, Farid, that a king came to see him. He had brought a present for him: a beautiful pair of scissors, golden, studded with diamonds — very valuable, very rare, something unique. He brought those scissors to present to Farid. He touched Farid’s feet and gave him the scissors; Farid took the…[Read more]
Don’t weep, insects –
Lovers, stars themselves,
– Kobayashi Issa
Our attitude toward life is not unlike what people have toward the waiting room in a railway station. The person knows he is only there for a while, that he will be leaving shortly. Of what concern is the waiting room? Of what meaning? So he tosses odds and ends abo…[Read more]
We use Stick because of our fear. Zen Master use the Stick to become aware. Stick is the same.
Lying down on a Freudian couch you are concerned with the objects of the mind. Sitting in a Zen monastery you are concerned with to whom it happened – not the objects but the subject.
“In that case,” said Bankei, “It cannot be part of your…[Read more]
Blowing from the west
Fallen leaves gather
In the east.
– Yosa Buson
We go on moving like a pendulum of an old clock – from right to left, from left to right – and you go on moving. Remember, when you go to one extreme, you are getting momentum, gathering momentum, to go to the other extreme. And this goes on and on… this is a vicious circl…[Read more]
In Zen they have a koan that a man had a goose. When the goose was very small, he put it into a bottle. Then the goose started growing. He continued to feed the goose in the bottle. Then the goose became too big – so big that the mouth of the bottle was very small and it could not come out.
Now the problem is – the bottle has not to be…[Read more]
In the cicada’s cry
No sign can foretell
How soon it must die.
– Matsuo Bashō
Be unpredictable and be ever-changing. Never stop changing and never stop being unpredictable; only then can life be a joy.
The moment you become predictable, you become a machine. A machine is predictable. It was the same yesterday, it is the same today, it will be…[Read more]
Paper symbolise – A return to innocence, renewal—often spiritual, sometimes a new phase of life.
Zen says that if you drop knowledge–and within knowledge everything is included, your name, your identity, everything, because this has been given to you by others–if you drop all that has been given by others, you will have a totally differ…[Read more]
There’s beauty everywhere. There are amazing things happening everywhere, you just have to be able to open your eyes and witness it.
– Sarah McLachlan
Condition For Initiation
Two disciples came to a Master, […]
Is full of regret.
– Yosa Buson
Here Buson refer to the person who is knowledgeable but don’t have wisdom.
Knowledge has its uses, it is not absolutely useless. But if you are going inwards it becomes more and more useless; the deeper you go the more useless it is. If you are going outwards, the farther you go into t…[Read more]
The concrete walls do not matter; mental walls or psychological walls are more obstructive. The so-called modern world, which claims to be progressive with its technological wonders and economic growth, is suffering hugely from its psychological walls. Such psychological China walls are blocking human evolution to the higher levels of…[Read more]
Faith is the bird that feels the light when the dawn is still dark.
– Rabindranath Tagore
Palace Full Of …
An ancient story is, a king is getting old…. He has three sons, and all are intelligent. They are t […]
From time to time
The clouds give rest
To the moon-beholders.
– Matsuo Bashō
In Bashō’s system of working, rest was meditation. In fact, if you are not in complete rest, you are not in meditation. Meditation and rest are equivalent. But it was only Bashō who used the word rest, that whatever has to be found, has to be found in your rest. Just…[Read more]
Dog represents unconditional love.
Unconditional Love is a dynamic and powerful energy that lifts us through the most difficult times. It is available at any moment by turning our attention to it and using its wonderful potential to free us from our limitations. It requires practice and intent to allow this energy to fully permeate our daily…[Read more]
When you are discontent, you always want more, more, more. Your desire can never be satisfied. But when you practice contentment, you can say to yourself, ‘Oh yes – I already have everything that I really […]
Earns his living
– Kobayahsi Issa
The wren may be tiny, but she packs a powerful symbolic message, encouraging us to go beyond the realm of the “Duality” and to access the adventure that waits for us!
The awakened person is called enlightened because this small flame of awareness continues to bum twenty-four hours a day,…[Read more]
Chair is symbol of responsibility.
We don´t understand even the meaning of the word responsibility. The society has been so cunning. It has destroyed our most beautiful words, given them distorted meanings. Ordinarily in our dictionaries “responsibility” means duty, doing things the way we are expected to do them by our parents, by our…[Read more]
The white man’s happiness cannot be purchased by the black man’s misery. – Frederick Douglass
Bundle Of Misery
There is a Sufi parable: A man used to call every night to God and he would pray the same […]
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