This Sunday, I know, we will take
another journey through mythology,
today a sail down the Lethe, no doubt,
or perhaps a careful avoidance of the Styx.
He will speak of Thanatos and Mors,
and will tell me not to be sad,
and with his sad smile, I will not be,
and though he is seven, he knows
he has touched me yet again, for that
is his magic, and in those moments he
is Damon to my Pythias, and I will find
that my tears are of joy and memory,
and his smile is the same one my father wore
which is my most abiding memory.
As you search for the source of all wisdom, will you stop along a beach and consider that it can be found, fully in a single grain of sand. Be careful, for the beach contains countless grains of sand, so choose carefully. If you are uncertain which one contains the source of all wisdom select one at random and it will be the correct bearer of wisdom, but only if you look deeply within it, and then cast it back onto the beach, carried on the gentle morning breeze.
A reflection on Case 19 of the Hekiganroku (Blue Cliff Record)
Cats have more in common with snakes that we care to recognize. She said this with a straight face. He wanted to laugh at her, but dared not. She didn’t take laughter kindly when she thought it was directed at her. He calmly asked her to explain. It’s simple, she said, with feigned patience, both can slither around, are expert at hiding when they wish, and as you have now so clearly demonstrated, much as Adam did, both of you the hard way, both snakes and cats are smarter by far than your average male human.
If you wish to find true wisdom where do you begin to look? Everywhere you look is the wrong place, for true wisdom is everywhere. If this confuses, first look for yourself. Where will you find yourself? If you say in the mirror, all will laugh for the mirror is nothing more than reflective glass. Are you reflective glass? So I ask again, where can you find yourself. The task is easy if you realize there is no self and no-self is yourself, for you then have found true wisdom.
A reflection on case 68 of the Book of Equanimity>