For Carpe Diem’s voyage with Swami Sivanada today I will be looking into – veracity.
Today we walk on, on our path along the 18-ity’s of Swami Sivananda and this week it’s all about reliability and credibility. Don’t overreact. Don’t turn the facts. Say the truth, don’t talk un-truth. Stay true to yourself. How credible are you, if you say this and do something else? Than you are not credible. For example: Someone asks you to do something for him/her, but you don’t like what they ask of you, and you are not willing to do it for him/her. What are you doing than? Can you be honest and friendly and respectful? Yes … I think that is what you can do. Ask if you can do it later or say that you don’t want to do it. be honest. If someone asks you something, but you don’t know the answer? Than be honest and tell him/her that you don’t know it.
I thought immediately of Shakespeare’s famous quote from Hamlet : “Be to thine own self true” (Hamlet – Act 1 Scene 3) when I saw this subject today. Another thought came to mind as well, the famous zen koan about not mistaking the moon in the pond for the real moon. But here is a koan to reflect upon as well:
All sentient beings are essentially Buddhas.
As with water and ice, there is no ice without water;
apart from sentient beings, there are no Buddhas.
Not knowing how close the truth is,
we seek it far away
–what a pity!
Hakuin Ekaku Zenji
So first and foremost, I think, we must learn the truth about ourselves … break through the illusions of learnt “reality” and the little tricks we’ve adopted to hide ourselves from ourself, because of vanity, fear, training whatever. First and foremost, before we can try to seek the truth of the world, we must understand the truth of ourselves.
in the pond
shimmering in cool water
her mirror image
a misted reality
putting on makeup
tomorrow ‘s sun will shine
a child’s innocence
the infinite universe
a spider’s web
© G.s.k. ’14