Dec 28, 2008
The man of God remains drunk without wine,
The mand of God is replete without meat.
The man of God is distraught and confused,
The man of God is hungry and fatigued.
The man of God is a king in pauper's clothes,
The man of God is a treasure in a ruin.
The man of God is neither air nor earth,
The man of God is not fire nor water.
The man of God is a boundless ocean,
The man of God rains pearls on a clear day.
The man of God has countless moons and skies,
The man of God has unnumbered suns.
The man of God draws wisdom from truth,
The man of God learns without books.
The man of God is beyond belief and religion,
To the man of God right and wrong are the same.
The man of God has escaped from un-being,
The man of God is waited on in glory.
Wild One, the mand of God is in hiding,
You look for the man of God everywhere!
ın Rumi's Dıvan of Shems of Tabriz, a new interpretation by James Cowan
this transcription is dedicated to Ihsan, a man of God
Dec 25, 2008
The altruism of bodhichitta is the path of all beings of great potential. Therefore train yourself in the deeds of bodhisattvas, and do this on a grand scale! Shoulder the responsibility of freeing all beings from samsara. Of all the eighty-four thousand sections of the Buddha's teachings, none is more profound than bodhichitta.
in Counsels from my Heart, Shechen Publications, New Delhi 2004
above: Great Bodhisattva, Gupta period, Ajanta caves, Indıa
Dec 18, 2008
Let the thread appear and disappear.
Kazuaki Tanahashi, in Brush Mind (Parallax Press, 1990)
above, one-brush paint by Kazuaki Tanahashi; to see more from this artist please refer to:
Dec 6, 2008
Out through the fields and the woods
And over the walls I have wended;
I have climbed the hills of view
And looked at the world, and descended;
I have come by the highway home,
And lo, it is ended.
The leaves are all dead on the ground,
Save those that the oak is keeping
To ravel them one by one
And let them go scraping and creeping
Out over the crusted snow,
When others are sleeping.
And the dead leaves lie huddled and still,
No longer blown hither and thither;
The last long aster is gone;
The flowers of the witch-hazel wither;
The heart is still aching to seek,
But the feet question 'Whither?'
Ah, when to the heart of man
Was it ever less than a treason
To go with the drift of things,
To yield with a grace to reason,
And bow and accept the end
Of a love or a season?
Robert Frost, Reluctance, from the book A Boy's Will (Published/Written in 1913); to read more of this poet please refer to:
Photo ©Richard&Joanne Friday