We Are A River.

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‘We Are A River’

Don’t accept the modern myths of aging.
You are not declining.
You are not fading away into uselessness.
You are a sage,
a river at its deepest
and most nourishing.
Sit by a riverbank some time
and watch attentively as the river
tells you of your life.

This poem was sent to me by my friend M*****.  He had actually sent it to his lovely daughter S******* and his mail which included this is a classic worth its weight in gold.  I reproduce it below.

Dear S******,
A few days back I happened to read the following brief poem
” We are a River”.
by William Martin.

Two line introduction of the author follows.
He has been a student of Tao for almost twenty years.
He teaches the practice of Taoist/Zen meditation.

It is not fair on my part to tell you as to how you should
reflect/meditate on the poem.

All the same this is how my mind moved.

We are a river……”there is only flow of thoughts and feelings in my mind.”

you are a Sage…..” Perhaps what Sri Krishna meant….. ” Sthithaprajna” in Gita.

a river at its deepest….”deepest” a state felt while remaining in the present without identifying with the drama.

..”most nourishing”….almost in “Ananda”..a state wherein one feels this state alone will do.

While reading the last three lines
I was reminded Of the following read while I in in Poona years and years ago.

“You do not need to leave your room. Remain sitting at your table and listen. Do not even listen, simply wait, be quiet, still and solitary. The world will freely offer itself to you to be unmasked, it has no choice, it will roll in ecstasy at your feet.”
― Franz Kafka

You are very dear to me.
And I request you to consider reading this brief poem
in a quite place all alone and reflect.

Who knows ,
you too may be amazed to realize
as to how young you are.

M*****, you inspired me to go and sit by the side of our own Mulamutha yesterday evening and reflect.  It was a mind blowing experience.

S*******, you are blessed to have such a father.  I wish that I could write a similar letter to Ranjan.

The Thorn Bird.

A friend posted this on FaceBook.

While I agree with the general direction of the quote, I prefer to live and die like the thorn bird though perhaps it is now too late.

“There is a legend about a bird which sings just once in its life, more sweetly than any other creature on the face of the earth. From the moment it leaves the nest it searches for a thorn tree, and does not rest until it has found one. Then, singing among the savage branches, it impales itself upon the longest, sharpest spine. And, dying, it rises above its own agony to out-carol the lark and the nightingale. One superlative song, existence the price. But the whole world stills to listen, and God in His heaven smiles. For the best is only bought at the cost of great pain… Or so says the legend.”

~ Colleen McCullough, The Thorn Birds

The Good Life.


Talking about the good life, I would strongly recommend the above book that I have recently read. How Much Is Enough The Love Of Money And The Case For A Good Life
by Robert and Edward Skidelsky.

And if you want some native Indian wisdom from a person that I admire a great deal, spend a few minutes watching and listening to this clip. This is Anu Aga, one of Pune’s leading lights. Pune, for those who do not know has been home for me the past 22 years. Anu is a magnificent human being. I have had the priviliege of meeting her and can vouch for her genuineness. Please listen to her.

Dark.

“ASATHOMAA SATH GAMAYA
THAMASOMAA JYOTHIR GAMAYA
MRUTHYORMAA AMRUTHAM GAMAYA
OHM! SANTHI SANTHI SANTHI”

This Sanskrit invocation seeks to take one from

Untruth to Truth
Darkness (ignorance) to Light (knowledge)
Death to Immortality
And let there be Peace, Peace, Peace!

I hope you enjoyed reading this post on the weekly Friday Loose Bloggers Consortium where twelve of us write on the same topic. Today’s topic has been chosen by Will. The eleven other bloggers who write regularly are, in alphabetical order, Anu, Delirious, gaelikaa, Grannymar, Maxi, Maria SF, ocdwriter, Padmum, Paul, The Old Fossil and Will. Do drop in on their blogs and see what their take is on this week’s topic. Since some of them may post late, do give some allowance for that too!

Stop Press.

Anu, one of our old LBC writers has decided to write LBC posts again and today, she too features in my list. Do please visit her blog to see what she has to say about our topic for today.

Moods!

Welcome to the Friday Loose Bloggers Consortium where twelve of us write on the same topic. Today’s topic has been chosen by yours truly. The eleven other bloggers who write regularly are, in alphabetical order, Delirious, gaelikaa, Grannymar, Maxi, Maria SF, ocdwriter, Padmum, Paul, Rohit, The Old Fossil and Will. Do drop in on their blogs and see what their take is on this week’s topic. Since some of them may post late, do give some allowance for that too!

When I was much younger, seems so long ago, one of my favourite pieces of music was this interpretation made famous by Duke Ellington. I hope that you enjoy it as much as I did remembering it and listening to it again for this post.

Now that I have set the mood for the post, let me write a bit more on the topic.

When I wake up in the mornings, the first thing I do after ablutions is to sit for a minimum of 30 minutes and up to an hour in Vipassana meditation. This sets my mood for the rest of the day. The mood is basically, “everything arises and passes away”.

No, I don’t intend passing away any time soon, though, that can happen anytime too. But that is a fact of life and when it comes, I will be ready for it.

During the rest of the day, activity of various kinds keeps the moods changing from concentration to distraction and occasionally, into despondency which sooner than later, usually swings to hope. So, the moods too arise and pass away. The purpose of the meditation practice is to reach a stage when I can be constantly in an equanimous mood. While I am mostly in that stage, I am some distance away from the ultimate aim of being there constantly. That I will reach that stage, is a given and the only dissonance is in the when!

Now, I am in a playful mood and let me share my mood with this little advertisement. I hope that you get the message!

Dharma Sangha.

My young guest Jason has just returned from a trip to Nepal where he claims that he had an awesome experience. Due to a series of unplanned for developments, he was more of less pulled towards this experience and it was fascinating to listen to him tell me all about it.

Basically, it was all about his face to face meeting with the Dharma Sangha who is also called the Buddha Boy. I was quite skeptical but when I went to the website that Jay suggested that I go to, I found some amazing leads.

I am spending time learning as much about him as I can. For those so inclined, I recommend that they visit the website and proceed as they would do when wanting to learn somethings from it. The two links given here could start you off too, on this fascinating story.