Friday, October 13, 2006

Buddha



See the truth, and you will see me.

Let your love flow outward through the universe,
To its height, its depth, its broad extent,
A limitless love, without hatred or enmity.
Then as you stand or walk,Sit or lie down,
As long as you are awake,
Strive for this with a one-pointed mind;
Your life will bring heaven to earth.

Thousands of candles can be lit from a single candle,
and the life of the candle will not be shortened.
Happiness never decreases by being shared.

I teach one thing and one only:
that is, suffering and the end of suffering.

Just as a mother would protect
with her life her own son, her only son,
so one should cultivate an unbounded mind
towards all beings, and loving-kindness
towards all the world.
One should cultivate an unbounded mind,
above and below and across, without obstruction,
without enmity, without rivalry.

"Unruly beings are as unlimited as space
They cannot possibly all be overcome,
But if I overcome thoughts of anger alone
This will be equivalent to vanquishing all foes.

We are not compelled to meditate by some outside agent,
by other people,or by God.
Rather, just as we are responsible for our own suffering,
so arewe solely responsible for our own cure.
We have created the situation in which we find ourselves,
and it is up to us to create the circumstances
for our release.

32 comments:

Kalpana said...

A lovely poem... I tagged u for 9 weird things. If possible, do take it up.

Kuan Gung said...

Sorry...

Tarini said...

So...deep. every one of these lines.

We are not compelled to meditate by some outside agent,
by other people,or by God.

true, oh so true. I just wish I could be that candle which sparks the desire. As you are :)

indianangel said...

kuan: thats a wonderful poem and thanks for dropping by my blog!

//"Unruly beings are as unlimited as space
They cannot possibly all be overcome,
But if I overcome thoughts of anger alone
This will be equivalent to vanquishing all foes.
--Very true, friend or foe is all in your mind. Noone can be your greatest enemy than your thoughts!

// We are not compelled to meditate by some outside agent,
by other people,or by God.
Rather, just as we are responsible for our own suffering,
so arewe solely responsible for our own cure.

Exactly. Its all in our mind, if we think we are happy and solve any problems we can, if we otherwise we are doomed!

Thank you once again for this lovely post!

shruti said...

wonderful thoughts....

Sojourner said...

unbound, limitless... undefined even..Love. It is perhaps something that is defined through all that it is not.

Thank you kuan.

constance said...

full of wisdom...beautifully written...I could not stop nodding in agreement as I read from one sentence to another....

divya said...

lovely poem..yes we are responsible for filling our lives with Joy or sorrow..

piika said...

really liked this one....

mystery said...

great work :)...keep it rocking!!!

Ganesh Ranganathan said...

Nice post,

Buddha was an Indian and he attained enlightment in India, but unfortunately, his teachings are lost in India, even though they have spread to many other places

Kuan Gung said...

Warm greetings tarini...I'm not sure I could find a time for peace with out meditation, we all need time each day to listen and shut down that busy mind...thank you

Kuan Gung said...

You have a nice blog indianangel...thank you

Kuan Gung said...

Thank you shruti and piika!

Kuan Gung said...

sojourner...interesting perspective...love is so very hard to define that it transcends a common understanding...

Kuan Gung said...

Very interesting comment, ganesh, certainly Buddhism isn't practiced
as much in India as Hindu is, just as much as it isn't practiced much in the U.S. He never proclaimed himself as a god, just a way of life through compassion...thank you

Kuan Gung said...

Warm Greetings constance, divya & mystery...thank you all for stopping...

Enemy of the Republic said...

This poem is amazing. Really. Do I have your permission to print it out and put it on my wall? Don't worry about creative license; I write poetry too, but I never could have written this. I am so dark and this is good and light and healing--it makes me think of the Buddha, even though I am not a follower.

White Forest said...

hey wonderful spiritual post!

I was born on the day of Buddha Pournima...so Buddha is always special to me :)

Kuan Gung said...

enemy...of course you can...it is his words not mine...thank you

samuru999 said...

Kuan
this is beautiful!
Wonderful words!
Thanks for sharing Buddha!

Neers said...

budhha!!! another one of those examples of how a human touches the super human!! thank you, kuan! hope the weekend is great!

Kuan Gung said...

Warm Greetings samuru and neers...thank you

Anali said...

I love these words. So beautiful.

"Thousands of candles can be lit from a single candle, and the life of the candle will not be shortened. Happiness never decreases by being shared."

So true...

Strictly for my friends said...

"We have created the situation in which we find ourselves,
and it is up to us to create the circumstances
for our release."

That was the best line I've heard for a long time!

nlonve (nu-lo-ne-vei) said...

very deep spiritual stuff kuan... very inspiring.... wonderful piece :)

Kuan Gung said...

I agree anali...powerful statement...we need a lot of candles...

Kuan Gung said...

nlonve...thank you...enjoy your blog!

Kuan Gung said...

Thank you strickly...I guess we are what we are or as he said "what we believe, we become"...

deepsat said...

beautiful post kuan!! i am out of words!!!

;-))

Kuan Gung said...

Thank you deepsat

Saurabh said...

Hail Kuan Gung! You are a messenger of Love and Peace.