through a busy marketplace
and not touch or speak
to a single person,
in the same way you can move through this mind field
and yet not get entangled…
with any thought activity.
Such a one moves
and is called a Buddha.
Let go of what has passed.
Let go of what may come.
Let go of what is happening now.
Don’t try to figure anything out.
Don’t try to make anything happen.
Relax, right now, and rest.
On many an idle day have I grieved over lost time (from Gitanjali)
By Rabindranath Tagore
(1861 – 1941)
English version by Rabindranath Tagore
On many an idle day have I grieved over lost time. But it is never lost, my lord. Thou hast taken every moment of my life in thine own hands.
Hidden in the heart of things thou art nourishing seeds into sprouts, buds into blossoms, and ripening flowers into fruitfulness.
I was tired and sleeping on my idle bed and imagined all work had ceased. In the morning I woke up and found my garden full with wonders of flowers.
A passenger in a train keeps his load on the head by his own folly.
Let him put it down: he will find the load reaches the destination all the same.
Similarly, let us not pose as the doers, but resign ourselves to the guiding Power.
Sri Ramana Maharshi
Before I had studied Zen for thirty years,
I saw mountains as mountains, and waters as waters.
When I arrived at a more intimate knowledge,
I came to the point where I saw
that mountains are not mountains, and waters are not waters.
But now that I have got its very substance I am at rest.
For it’s just that I see
mountains once again as mountains,
and waters once again as waters.
First sort yourself out by understanding what you truly are,
through recognising what you are not
and your world, a projection of your psyche,
will become increasingly beautiful and peaceful,
for the world is nothing but the reflection of your inner state.
At dawn I asked the Lotus
the meaning of life?
Slowly she opened her hand,
with nothing in it.
For the silent witness,
life is a continual,
symphony of sounds,
a living ballet
of captivating sights,
simply enjoyed without
criticism or judgment,
from a perfect seat
at center stage.