Carpe Diem Special #83, The Way of St. James (part 9)

united body – soul
walking along the pathway
blessed satori

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Paulo succeeds in his task to climb the waterfall just like Petrus, but he had to fought against his thoughts to let go … He describes it as follows:

[…] “I fought with all my strength to keep my hands and feet anchored to their holds, but the

noise of the water seemed to take me to another place. It was a mysterious and distant place where nothing that was happening at that moment was at all important, and it was a place that I could get to if I had the strength. In that place, there would no longer be any need for the superhuman effort it took to keep my hands and feet holding to the rock; there would be only rest and peace. But my hands and feet did not obey this impulse to surrender. They had resisted a mortal temptation. And my head began to emerge from the stream as gradually as it had entered it. I was overcome by a profound love for my body. It was there, helping me in this crazy adventure of climbing through a waterfall in search of a sword. When my head came completely through the surface,

I saw the bright sun above me and took a deep breath.”[…]

Paulo had to overcome his Self … and isn’t that the goal of every pilgrimage?”

Siddhartha – Carpe Diem


a son of mankind
born into riches and fame
joy to his father

discovering pain
old age, illness and then death
pilgrimage began

walking in the world
suffering great pain
discovered the middle path

 Maya defeated
near the great changing river
welcome Nirvana

This series of haiku about Siddhartha was Written for Carpe Diem Haiku Kai

One of the ideas that has always been dear to me, is that each of us is a Buddha at least potentially…Buddha means illuminated…and so, if each is a Buddha we are all a Siddhartha as well, as author Hermann Hesse ( illustrates in his book: “Siddhartha”.

Santiago de Compostela (1) – Carpe Diem

one foot before another
pathway leads ever onwards
from guide to guide

village behind him
walking towards the unknown
something forgotten

excitement quickens
almost running down the path
guide was found searching

Written for Carpe Diem Haiku Kai Special

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