The scenes of our life resemble pictures in rough mosaic; they are ineffective from close up, and have to be viewed from a distance if they are to seem beautiful. That is why to attain something desired is to discover how vain it is; and why, though we live all our lives in expectation of better things, we often at the same time long regretfully for what is past. The present, on the other hand, is regarded as something quite temporary and serving only as the road to our goal. That is why most men discover when they look back on their life that they have the whole time been living ad interim, and are surprised to see that which they let go by so unregarded and unenjoyed was precisely their life, was precisely that in expectation of which they lived.
— Excerpt From: Schopenhauer, Arthur. “Essays and Aphorisms.”
'The Buddha was instructing his monks: Suppose there is a king who has never heard the sound of a lute. He hears it for the first time and exclaims, 'What is that beautiful sound?'
His courtiers tell him it is the sound of a lute.
'Bring me that lute,' he orders
But when he is given the lute he…
You are immortal; you’ve existed for billions of years in different manifestations, because you are Life, and Life cannot die. You are in the trees, the butterflies, the fish, the air, the moon, the sun. Wherever you go, you are there, waiting for yourself.
— Don Miguel Ruiz (via cosmicspread)
Spoke to a guy I work with while riding the train home. He’s intrigued by my thoughts. He wants to know what I did that changed me. I just shrugged my shoulders “hell if I know.” I thought, “what does one do to go to sleep or wake up?”
“The situations in life”, he said, “break people, they give up and resign into bitter people. It’s all I see everywhere. But here you are and you seem empowered, I’m astonished. How is it so? What did you do?”
“Intense pressure and heat makes coal as well as diamonds, but did the diamond create itself or it’s situation? Did the coal create itself or it’s situation? Did the diamond decide to become a diamond? It happened. The Buddha said there is no doer. Hindus call situations and creation: Lila; Gods dance. I’ve come to understand that no one is to blame and no one is responsible, neither for good deeds nor bad deeds. *Shrugs shoulders* It appears to me I am as much a happening as a tree growing. I’m lucky or it’s providence, use whatever word you like. I didn’t DO anything.”
Cut scene. We smile. He shakes my hand while exiting the train and says “I admire you.” I grip his hand firmly, I smile back and reply “don’t.”
'All beings are from the very beginning awakened;
It is like ice and water;
Apart from water no ice can exist.
Outside sentient beings, where do we seek enlightenment?
Not knowing how near Truth is,
People seek it far away…
They are like him who, in the midst of water,
Cries out in thirst so imploringly.’
- Hakuin in Spiritual Journey, Anne Bancroft.