Days of Christmas – Choka – December 23, 2014

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candles burn bright
Christmas trees twinkle
symbols of rebirth
in dark days of winter
school children home
play in snow-covered lawns
an old beggar stands
alone homeless and cold
angels smile sweetly
on a street corner at dawn
in newspapers
words of peaceful harmony
on the radio
sweet carols play day and night

Christmas card scenes
melt under the heat of hate
we know too well
the children are being good
anxiously awaiting gifts

(c) G.s.k. ’14

Linked to Carpe Diem Haiku Kai – Angels and Carpe Diem Shuukan – Hum

In a world where aggressiveness and competition are exalted as positive qualities and the meek peace-loving people are considered weak we are always just one step from hell so let us chant throughout the year:

OM MA NI PAD ME HUM

Om purifies bliss and pride (realm of the gods); Ma purifies jealousy and need for entertainment (realm of the jealous gods); Ni purifies passion and desire (human realm); Pad purifies ignorance and prejudice (animal realm); Me purifies greed and possessiveness (realm of the hungry ghosts); Hum purifies aggression and hatred (hell realm).

Shuukan – Pad – November 30, 2014


Om purifies bliss and pride (realm of the gods); Ma purifies jealousy and need for entertainment (realm of the jealous gods); Ni purifies passion and desire (human realm); Pad purifies ignorance and prejudice (animal realm); Me purifies greed and possessiveness (realm of the hungry ghosts); Hum purifies aggression and hatred (hell realm).

under the winter moon
pure white snow in soft drifts
the earth sleeps

love and joy greet them
though they come from afar
the earth sleeps

hand in hand they walk
with understanding hearts
the earth sleeps

sharing what they have
life’s brothers and sisters
the earth sleeps

free from want they walk
ignorance behind them now
the earth sleeps

(c) G.s.k. ’14

My reflections:

We are made up of many things … but as we walk the earth one of the most difficult aspects for us to overcome is our animal instinct, and yes, we still have them and they are strong.  The magic word  fear describes our animal instinct very well.  Fear of the different … fear of not having enough … the fear that what we have can be taken from us.  So to overcome this animal aspect of our soul we must overcome fear. If we learn wisdom and compassion … the fear calms and the earth sleeps, here “earth” meaning our animal nature which becomes calm.

Ignorance comes from the word to ignore … to ignore means to fail to give proper attention or importance to something, but it also means that we don’t know what that something is.  Prejudice … means that we judge something without investigating it .. giving it a value without considering alternatives. To overcome ignorance and prejudice … which are usually fonts of fear if not expressions of fear helps us overcome our animal nature … and the earth sleeps.

Here are the words of the Dalai Lama which Chèvrefeuille posted on his beautiful prompt for the Shuukan this week:

“It is very good to recite the mantra Om mani padme hum, but while you are doing it, you should be thinking on its meaning, for the meaning of the six syllables is great and vast… The first, Om […] symbolizes the practitioner’s impure body, speech, and mind; it also symbolizes the pure exalted body, speech, and mind of a Buddha[…]”
“The path is indicated by the next four syllables. Mani, meaning jewel, symbolizes the factors of method: (the) altruistic intention to become enlightened, compassion, and love.[…]”
“The two syllables, padme, meaning lotus, symbolize wisdom[…]”
“Purity must be achieved by an indivisible unity of method and wisdom, symbolized by the final syllable hum, which indicates indivisibility[…]”
“Thus the six syllables, om mani padme hum, mean that in dependence on the practice of a path which is an indivisible union of method and wisdom, you can transform your impure body, speech, and mind into the pure exalted body, speech, and mind of a Buddha[…]”
Thoughts to be had whilst chanting transcribed in simplification keeping essence:
Being and non-beings proliferate loving compassion and indivisible intelligent equanimity; Om Mani Padme Hum.
That is the natural ubiquitous pervasive force of consciousness. These frequencies are in the Sanskrit tongue, act as a harmonic sound resonance against blocking energy, or sleeping energy. Plants reflect this action as well because of the phonetic strength of vibration that is stimulated by natural pronunciation. His Holiness the Dalai Lama

Here is our host’s approach:

lost in the field
only stars as my compass –
cry of a snowy owl

mysterious fields
hidden in mists and greyness –
the cry of an owl

the cry of an owl
resonates through the night
mysterious fields

© Chèvrefeuille

Linked to: Carpe Diem Shuukan – PAD

Morning Haiku and Waka – Shuukan – November 12, 2014

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from black darkness
dreams of envy disperse
washed in purple

(c) G.s.k. ’14

Ma purifies jealousy and need for entertainment (realm of the jealous gods) …  

Imagine the scene: “Well, yes they do dance well together but  ….”  do you hear the jealousy … that but a conjunction which here doesn’t link anything … which just hangs there … whilst the speaker on the one hand is entertained by a vision of the dancers (but not because of admiration), on the other the speaker feels excluded … because he/she is sure that they can dance so much better – this is transmitted by a tone of voice and it’s also transmitted with that but.

Their jealousy is born from their need to be better than others … they need to be entertained, to be kept busy because somehow they feel a lack, they’re searching for something that should be theirs… because they exist –  they need something which helps them to be complete – because their focus is not on being … but competing and overcoming others.

Have you ever lived with someone who needs to be constantly entertained … someone a little paranoiac who feels the importance of his/her own worth …  one who has great intellectual powers but has no other interest outside of their own vision of themselves and needs the outside world to confirm their importance … in the Hindu vision of life there are many levels of life … Karma is the endless series of cycles that can take a living being from being an amoeba to the various realms of godhood and this has been picked up in Tibetan Buddhism:

“The Asura (Jealous God) Realm is marked by paranoia.

Asuras are hyper-competitive and paranoid. They are driven by a desire to beat their competition, and everyone is competition. They have power and resources and sometimes accomplish good things with them. But, always, their first priority is getting to the top. I think of powerful politicians or corporate leaders when I think of Asuras.

Chih-i (538-597), a patriarch of the T’ien-t’ai school, described the Asura this way: “Always desiring to be superior to others, having no patience for inferiors and belittling strangers; like a hawk, flying high above and looking down on others, and yet outwardly displaying justice, worship, wisdom, and faith — this is raising up the lowest order of good and walking the way of the Asuras.”

Asuras, who are also called “anti-gods,” are perpetually at war with the Devas of the God Realm. Auras think they belong in the God Realm and fight to get in, although here it seems the Asuras have formed a line of defense and are fighting the attacking Devas with bows and arrows. Some depictions of the Wheel of Life combine the Asura and God realms into one.

Sometimes there is a beautiful tree growing between the two realms, with its roots and trunk in the Asura Realm. But its branches and fruit are in the God Realm.”

 

 

The Wheel of Life: The Realm of Asuras. Jealous Gods and Paranoia.

In the west, we love the idea of Karma … reincarnation.  Hard to believe that for the Hindu, reincarnation is a tragedy and they seek Nirvana to stop the endless cycles (which is what  Siddhartha was seeking when he became the Buddha – Illuminated).  Even the Gods (Devas) eventually must return to a lower life form … so one chants the mantras and hopes one day to be illuminated and reach that state of peace known as Nirvana, which I think most of us in the West would rather not reach just yet … we are still in love with the Wheel …

from the lowly worm
the good Deva manifests
– once an Asura
OMMA  – gone pride and envy
as the dawn sun rises

another turning
another life – meets with death
the wheel turns again

(c) G.s.k. ’14

Linked to: Haiku Shuukan – Where the prompt is to write a haiku for the second segment of the mantra:  Om purifies bliss and pride (realm of the gods); Ma purifies jealousy and need for entertainment (realm of the jealous gods); Ni purifies passion and desire (human realm); Pad purifies ignorance and prejudice (animal realm); Me purifies greed and possessiveness (realm of the hungry ghosts); Hum purifies aggression and hatred (hell realm).