Koan: The Sound of One Hand

The master of Kennin temple was Mokurai, Silent Thunder. He had a little protege named Toyo who was only twelve years old. Toyo saw the older disciples visit the master’s room each morning and evening to receive instruction in sanzen or personal guidance in which they were given koans to stop mind-wandering.

Toyo wished to do sanzen also.

“Wait a while,” said Mokurai. “You are too young.”

But the child insisted, so the teacher finally consented.

In the evening little Toyo went at the proper time to the threshold of Mokurai’s sanzen room. He struck the gong to announce his presence, bowed respectfully three times outside the door, and went to sit before the master in respectful silence. ...more

Wikipedia: Case 23 of the Mumonkan: Eno’s Good and Evil

Eno, the sixth patriarch, was pursued by Monk Emyo up to Daiyurei. The patriarch, seeing Emyo coming, laid the robe and the bowl on a rock, and said to him, “This robe represents the faith. Is it to be fought for by force? You may take them now.” Emyo went to move the bowl and the robe and yet they were as heavy as mountains. He could not move them. Hesitating and trembling, Emyo asked the patriarch, “I come for the teaching, not for the robe. Please enlighten me!” The patriarch said, “What is primordially Emyo (i.e., your true self), if you do not think this is good nor do you think this is evil?” At that moment Emyo was greatly awakened.


Shams of Tabriz’s 40 Rules of Love

Rule 1

How we see God is a direct reflection of how we see ourselves. If God brings to mind mostly fear and blame, it means there is too much fear and blame welled inside us. If we see God as full of love and compassion, so are we.


Rule 2

The path to the Truth is a labour of the heart, not of the head. Make your heart your primary guide! Not your mind. Meet, challenge and ultimately prevail over your nafs with your heart. Knowing your ego will lead you to the knowledge of God.


Rule 3

You can study God through everything and everyone in the universe, because God is not confined in a mosque, synagogue or church. ...more

Matthew 21:44: “He who falls on this stone will be broken to pieces, but he on whom it falls will be crushed.”

16 Horsepower – Splinters

Self sent a twister
A tearin’ after me
Gonna bust my house to splinters
An take all that’s dear to me

You say you saw it comin’ yeah
But still you did not flee
I was too weak I couldn’t move
Held by growth of a tree

An yes I fell upon that rock
I did not die just badly broken
An in time my healing it will come
By the words that He has spoken
Oh yeah
I fell upon that rock

Who is it now that loves you
Strait in the front door
An crooked out the back
What is it now you’re a slave to
On your knees out in your shack
Oh yeah
I fell upon that rock

He is beyond the shadow
Of your doubt and mine
He is no man’s opinion
He is truth divine

Self sent a twister
A tearin’ after me
Done bust my house to splinters yeah
An took all that’s dear to me yeah
Come on

Who is it now that loves you
Strait in the front door
An crooked out the back
What is it now that you pray to
As your world begins to crack
Yeah, oh yeah
I fell upon that rock

He’s beyond the shadow
Of your doubt and mine
He is no man’s opinion
He is truth divine

An yes I fell upon that rock
I did not die just badly broken
An in time my healing came yeah
By the words that He has spoken ...more

James Hollis on The Search for Meaning

Swamplands of the Soul: Introduction

It is not given to us to grasp the truth, which is identical with the divine, directly. We perceive it only in reflection, in example and symbol, in singular and related appearances. It meets us as a kind of life which is incomprehensible to us, and yet we cannot free ourselves from the desire to comprehend it.–Goethe.

There is a thought, a recurrent fantasy perhaps, that the purpose of life is to achieve happiness. After all, even the Constitution of the United States promises “life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.” Who does not long to arrive some distant day at that sunlit meadow where, untroubled, we may rest easy, abide awhile and be happy? ...more

William Butler Yeats // Before the World Was Made

If I make the lashes dark
And the eyes more bright
And the lips more scarlet,
Or ask if all be right
From mirror after mirror,
No vanity’s displayed:
I’m looking for the face I had
Before the world was made.

What if I look upon a man
As though on my beloved,
And my blood be cold the while
And my heart unmoved?
Why should he think me cruel
Or that he is betrayed?
I’d have him love the thing that was
Before the world was made. ...more

Edith Piaf // Padam Padam

Cet air qui m’obsede jour et nuit
Cet air n’est pas né d’aujourd’hui
Il vient d’aussi loin que je viens
Trainé par cent mille musiciens

Un jour cet air me rendra folle
Cent fois j’ai voulu dire pourquoi
Mais il m’a coupé la parole
Il parle toujours avant moi
Et sa voix couvre ma voix

Padam, padam, padam
Il arrive en courant derrière moi
Padam, padam, padam
Il me fait le coup du souviens-toi
Padam, padam, padam

C’est un air qui me montre du doigt
Et je traine après moi comme une drole d’erreur
Cet air qui sait tout par coeur

Il dit, “Rappelle-toi tes amours
Rappelle-toi puisque c’est ton tour
‘y a pas d’raison pour qu’tu n’pleures pas
Avec tes souvenirs sur les bras”

Et moi je revois ceux qui restent
Mes vingt ans font battre tambour
Je vois s’entrebattre des gestes
Toute la comedie des amours
Sur cet air qui va toujours

Padam, padam, padam
Des “Je t’aime” de quatorze-Juillet
Padam, padam, padam
Des “Toujours” qu’on achete au rabais

Padam, padam, padam
Des Veux-tu en voilà par paquets
Et tout a pour tomber juste au coin d’la rue
Sur l’air qui m’a reconnue

Ecoutez le chahut qu’il me fait
Comme si tout mon passé defilait
Faut garder du chagrin pour après
J’en ai tout un solfège sur cet air qui bat
Qui bat comme un coeur de bois


Neale Donald Walsch // Here, in 1,000 words, is all that the human race needs to live:

(1) We are all One. All things are One Thing. There is only One Thing, and all things are part of the One Thing There Is. This means that you are Divine. You are not your body, you are not your mind, and you are not your soul. You are the unique combination of all three, which comprises the Totality Of You. You are an individuation of Divinity; an expression of God on Earth.
(2) There’s enough. It is not necessary to compete for, much less fight over, your resources. All you have to do is share.
(3) There’s nothing you have to do. ...more

It is in It or It is what It is – An Intro to Rumi by Doug Marman

100dpi Red R (B&W) 40Br.gif (5256 bytes)ecognized as perhaps the greatest mystical poet of Islam, Jalal al-Din Rumi (1207-1273) communicated something through his writing that has attracted spiritual seekers from almost every religion in the world, for hundreds of years. Even in his day, Rumi was sought out by merchants and kings, devout worshippers and rebellious seekers, famous scholars and common peasants, men and women. At his funeral, Muslims, Christians, Jews, Arabs, Persians, Turks and Romans honored him. Listen to his call for seekers of truth:

Come, come, whoever you are.

Wanderer, worshipper, lover of leaving.

It doesn’t matter.

Ours is not a caravan of despair.

Come, even if you have broken your vow

a hundred times. ...more