best keep an eye out for it!
Image: Painting of Hotei by Utagawa Kuniyoshi.
Hotei is one of Japan’s seven lucky gods. Officially he’s the God of Contentment and Happiness; in the West he’s known as the Laughing Buddha.
He carries a large cloth bag over his back, one that never empties, for he uses it to feed the poor and needy. It includes an inexhaustible cache of treasures, including food and drink. Indeed, the Japanese spelling of “Hotei” literally means “cloth bag.” He also holds a Chinese fan called an oogi (said to be a “wish giving” fan — in the distant past, this type of fan was used by the aristocracy to indicate to vassals that their requests would be granted). Hotei is most likely based on the itinerant 10th-century Chinese Buddhist monk and hermit Budaishi (d. 917), who is said to be an incarnation of Miroku Bodhisattva (Maitreya in Sanskrit).
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IT is not understood
until IT is forgotten.
When IT is forgotten
IT can express ITself.
When IT expresses ITself
you won’t recognise IT.
If you think you recognise IT
you are mistaken.
Realising you are mistaken
revealing IT to ITself
“IT” in this context = reality, big R.
This post might read like a madwoman’s rant, but those who have free-fallen into Unknowing will simply smile at the play of paradox.
Such is IT’s way.
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I’m not sure what it is about full moons, but they seem to turn on a tap of poetical scribblings here. June’s full moon: it’s cold and audaciously bright as it rises behind the tropical foliage that protects my terrace. Three haiku fall from my pen…
– – –
here’s a state of Grace:
bats flying across full moon –
my webbed wings, aloft
what a paradox –
my greedy seeking has ceased
yet nothing was found
have you seen my mind?
I can’t find it anywhere
though it’s right in my face!
is either ‘for’ or ‘against’
your being free
one of my teachers sagely pointed out
that everything is definitely ‘against’
then along came another who shook
her curls and laughed:
it’s all set up for your delight!
how could you bear to miss one morsel?
they were both right of course –
it all depends on whether one’s view
is from the look-out of ‘me + world’
or ‘me = world’
in their compassion and kindness
both gave me the key
to the secret of secrets:
you get to decide which look-out you’ll accept
and which version of the Game you’ll play
you get to decide
[That’s the Game in a nutshell. Which version are you playing?]
Is Advaita* philosophy fatalistic? Escapist? Depressing? Negative?
Perhaps, if you’re asking from the perspective of an assumed independent entity, one who claims personal responsibility and purpose and is driven by either the carrot dangling from the stick in front, or the pressure of the ‘thou shalts’ from the rear. Perhaps, if you believe in goodness and evil, right and wrong, and that it’s ‘you’ that exercises the power to choose between them.
Perhaps not, if you’ve looked deeply and discovered that the independent person you took yourself to be is (gulp) a construction built up from thoughtstuff. Perhaps not, if, having profoundly understood this, you see that beliefs aren’t something you have but what the imaginary person is.
In the world of appearances, it always depends on where you’re looking from.
Looking from the absolute impossibility of independent person-hood, to whom could it matter? Looking from the relative reality of a daily life however – the one we apparently inhabit – it matters all right. Damn right it matters.
But there’s something about the weird knowing (weird in that there’s no knower) that ‘I’ is the ball of thoughts bouncing back and forth in an infinite rally creating the illusion of separation, as well as their very source, that bestows the freedom to be fully and fantastically human.
This is life’s ultimate brain-numbing and head-shaking paradox.
*Advaita = not two. Actually, not even one. Indivisible thusness.
Only One Wakes Up.
Make Sure It’s You!
~ wisdom-sage Cee
I love the paradox, and I realize it’s intentional
~ mind-mirage mee
would avoid the illusory dualism altogether:
awake or asleep
nothing to do
for a someOne