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

Shuukan – September 30, 2014

Among the various stages of my life,  I was a Shiatsu student (and therapist) which was when I first came into contact with Zen in a big way.  I naturally passed through a period when I ate vegetarian and macrobiotic, because I never do anything by halves.  Here’s an excerpt from a site called Sushi Zen that talks about the various condiments one uses when you eat sushi:

The Condiments
The thinly sliced pink ginger on your plate is called gari. Eat just a slice between pieces of sushi to re-enliven your palate. The shredded white radish, called daikon, is for cleansing your palate between different orders. Wasabi is the little green chunk of horseradish paste that some often mix with shoyu as a sauce for dipping sushi. If you aren’t used to eating wasabi, be forewarned: when eaten full strength, it has an electric effect on the sinuses that can make a strong man weep openly.
from Sushi Zen

Sometimes I still make vegetarian meals and I love to make and eat rolled rice sushi in nori algae.  I don’t make wasabi, but I can find it at my local biological food store … and at the “all you can eat” chinese restaurant that specializes in various types of sushi.

rolled black sushi
veggies and rice in nori
hot wasabi paste

(for macrobiotic sushi recipes go here there are some lovely illustrations to help you learn how to roll rice sushi ( photos came from this great blog site) )

Written for Carpe Diem Shuukan

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