The three Sadhu – Haibun – February 12, 2016

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Sadhu by Sukanto Debnath CC BY 2.0

They are the backbone of faith, the mystics, wise men, the Sadhu. They sat with Gautama Siddhartha through his long months of fasting contemplating Brahman. They refused to cheapen their spirit by touching, thinking or breathing impurities and never fell to the temptations of those who dangled their promises of ease, wealth or fame. Yet, they fell, and failed to achieve mokṣa by refusing the middle way.  But they are still the backbone of faith, the mystics, the wise men, the Sadhu.

three sat with Him
reviled Him when He ate
they still – sit

© G.s.k. ’16

The photograph came from: Mindlovemisery’s Menagerie: Photo Prompt #99 February 9, 2016 entitled: Sadhu by Sukanto Debnath CC BY 2.0

I’ve also used the three words furnished the week on 3 Word Wednesday:

Backbone, noun: spine, spinal column, vertebral column, vertebrae; back,

mainstay, cornerstone, foundation, chief support, buttress, pillar, tower of strength, strength of character, strength of will, firmness, resolution, resolve, determination, fortitude, pluck, pluckiness, nerve, courage, mettle, spirit, moral fiber, guts, spunk, grit, true grit.

Cheapen, verb: demean, debase, degrade, lower, humble, devalue, abase, discredit, disgrace, dishonour, shame, humiliate, mortify, prostitute, reduce, lower (in price), cut, mark down, discount, slash.

Dangle, verb: hang (down), droop, swing, sway, wave, trail, stream, wave, swing, jiggle, brandish, flourish, offer, hold out; entice someone with, tempt someone with.

Wheel of Life – April 12, 2015

Zen

begin your voyage
follow your inclinations
perceive yourself
awaken to yourself
train yourself
be yourself
overcome yourself
be at one with life
illumination
live your life

divider

beginning or end
from void to void
a circle

from nothing to nothing – that is the way of Zen

emptiness
in infinite space and time
non-duality
even as the dawn comes
so does the dusk

from the void
there came a silent big bang
which no one heard
that spring was barren
of cherry blossoms

pure
like the first energy
devoid of want

Buddha walked
among the creatures – wanting
discovering void
he defeated death and pain
living in the here and now

this circle
that never begins
never ends

© G.s.k. ‘15

Today’s Feature on Carpe Diem Haiku Kai speaks of the Circle of Life or the Wheel of Creation … a very very vast topic … I chose to share some Zen which put simply is a melange of Taoism and Buddhism – and was born in the roots of Hindu beliefs.

I usually don’t contemplate where everything began and I rarely worry about the infinite – in my opinion, there is so much to do in the here and now that there is no sense worrying about things that no human mind can ever really understand. However, many pass their lives trying to understand the Big Bang and how the Universe was created and how it works … and that’s fine.  If nothing else, perhaps knowing the vastness of the creation in comparison to the smallness of what we are will teach humanity a little humility and help us live life on this planet as a part of the whole and not think we are the masters and the reason for creation.

Yin Yang

The Tao that can be told is not the eternal Tao.
The name that can be named is not the eternal name.
The nameless is the beginning of heaven and Earth.
The named is the mother of the ten thousand things.
Ever desire-less, one can see the mystery.
Ever desiring, one sees the manifestations.
These two spring from the same source but differ in name; this appears as darkness.
Darkness within darkness.
The gate to all mystery.

Lao Tzu
Tao Te Ching

Illusions – Ligo Haibun Challenge

“Doubt everything. Find your own light.” ― Gautama Buddha

Each of us are more or less enslaved by our senses and the illusions created by them without really being aware.

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Looking at a beach through a few palm fronds, we think of the South Seas …

PrimulaA few early bloomers in February, make us think of spring …

moutain watersA close-up of a small irrigation ditch, might on first sight make us think of a water fall!  Even as our eyes play tricks on us so can all the other senses…indeed memories of situations which we’ve lived through in the past can powerfully influence our reality.

We were evacuated to Yaoude in Cameroun back in the late seventies when civil war broke out in Chad.  We’d been more or less under fire for about a week.  It became a common occurrence to hear gunfire and bombs going off.  But all that was behind us and we felt safe and relaxed for the first time in days.

Then, at 6:00 we began to hear explosions. The continuous sounds of blasting reverberated as each explosions went off and then echoed through the hills of Yaoude.  The kids began to scream, we hit the floor.

The people who were hosting us those first few days came running to see what all the commotion was about.  Then they understood as the echos of the last blasts were dying out.  They explained that the Chinese were digging a tunnel through a nearby mountain and that they set off dynamite every evening at 6:00, it had become such a common occurence that they’d forgotten all about it and so didn’t think to warn us.

As babies we first start collecting our memories and our sensations…and continue until we breathe our last breath.  We then use these bits of experience to define our impressions of reality…but in fact, they are illusions, because just have a snippet of the facts.

a vase of flowers
on the table this morning
reminder of spring


Written for Ligo Haibun Challenge – Quote Week