Saturday, January 15, 2011

Minds, Mirrors, and the Universe

"The Mind like a mirror
is brightly illuminating
and knows no obstructions,
It penetrates the vast universe
to its minutest crevices;
All its contents,
multitudinous in form,
are reflected in the Mind,
Which, shining like a perfect gem,
has no surface,
nor the inside."
- Yoka Daishi
Zen Master
(665 - 713)

"Your eye has not strength enough
to gaze at the burning sun,
but you can see its burning light
by watching its reflection
mirrored in the water.

So the reflection of Absolute Being
can be viewed in the mirror of Not-Being,
for nonexistence, being opposite Reality,
instantly catches its reflection.

Know the world from end to end is a mirror;
in each atom a hundred suns are concealed.
If you pierce the heart of a single drop of water,
from it will flow a hundred clear oceans."
- Mahmud Shabistari
Sufi Poet / Mystic
(1250 - 1340)

2 comments:

rm said...

I so enjoy your postings Andy. I virtually always find something inspiring and compelling.
A deep bow to you.
Roy

ilachina said...

I return the bow, Roy! The universe is nothing but processes and connections; and knowing that something I've posted has connected with others is a gift. Thank you for your kind words.