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Saturday, October 25, 2014

You're Alone



                Photo credits: Dvids

               The verses above seem to be pregnant with a beautiful double meaning. It may be impossible to figure out what Han San really said in the original Chinese. However, this translation done by J.P.Seaton in his book Cold Mountain Poems give the reader much to think and, mainly, to feel.
               What does the “within” refer to in this case? Is the verse saying that everything within Earth is alone? Or is the verse saying one is alone and have all within oneself? Since it is written in poetic language, plus, being a pre-zen Buddhist poem, I would not be surprised if the verse had both meanings at the same time.
               We are all alone. Nobody can live other’s journey. However, we are all together in journeying individually. At the same time, all the individual journeys compose the only one journey that exists, the journey of the whole Universe. And, as parts of the Universe, each one of us, all beings, is the entire Universe.            

               By the way he is the full translation:

Green water in the stream in the pass,
white water rising the clear-welling spring…
Han Shan’s moon’s a flower, white as well…
So the darkest secret, the spirit by itself illumines
gaze into the emptiness, to the ends of Earth…
You’re alone, with all within…
(Poem XXXIII, pg. 49)

Monday, October 20, 2014

Into the Night, singing in Moonlight; into the Dawn, dancing with White Clouds.





The verses above come from the following poem:



Oh wise gentlemen, ignore me!
Like I ignore you fools.
I’m not stupid, I’m not wise,
from now on I’m just gone.
Into the night, singing in moonlight;
into the dawn, dancing with white clouds.
That’s the way to occupy your hands and mouth!
I can’t just sit still while my hair grows!

(Cold Mountain Poems, pg.29 – J.P.Seaton)

This is a very rich poem; many things could be said about it. However, these two verses caught my attention the most. It feels like a beautiful way of saying that it does not matter the situation, there is more than one way of finding joy in life and making it sacred.

The beautiful photo is a black & white interpretation of a photo by Gracey Stinson. She is very talented. Many of her photos you can download for free here.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

TRANSCENDENCE IS IMANNENCE



With so much
               war, terror and
                              suffering in the
                              World,
               this is the worst time for
                              Love.

With so much
               war, terror and
                              suffering in the
                              World,
               this is the best time for
                              true Love.

When circumstances
make Love all but
impossible,
only then,
               Love can be magic.
This is transcendence.

It is able to show
its redemption,
its power, and, then,
generate even more Love.
Bcs, then,
it is not taken for granted.

Transcendence for
Love is always possible,
bcs it is its very
nature. Obstacles are helpers,
doors, stepping stones
that lead through a path
that goes inside oneself.
Transcendence
for Love is immanence.
It is the realization
of a strong intimacy,
presence, pleasure
of simply being.
As an armor and
weapon, a root that
makes us one with the
very heart of Existence,
peace, against all
odds.

Friday, October 10, 2014

WE NEED EMPATHY TO CREATE A NEW KIND OF REVOLUTION

WE NEED EMPATHY TO CREATE A NEW KIND OF REVOLUTION - The 20th century was the Age of Introspection, when self-help and therapy culture encouraged us to believe that the best way to understand who we are and how to live was to look inside ourselves. But it left us gazing at our own navels. The 21st century should become the Age of Empathy, when we discover ourselves not simply through self-reflection, but by becoming interested in the lives of others. We need empathy to create a new kind of revolution. Not an old-fashioned revolution built on new laws, institutions, or policies, but a radical revolution in human relationships.

Roman Krznaric, Ph.D., is a founding faculty member of The School of Life in London and "empathy advisor" to organizations including Oxfam and the United Nations. He formerly taught sociology and politics at Cambridge University. He is the author of Empathy: A Handbook for Revolution.