Wednesday, March 29, 2006

No Contradictions

Perceiving the sun

In the midst of the rain,

Ladling out clear water

From the depths of fire.

I have always been fascinated by Haikus and here is a beautiful one from the Zen. Let me try to understand this one!

We are surrounded by the clouds, mist, fog and the rain. Remember yourself ……. Not to get lost.

“Ladling out clear water from the depths of fire”. It is an impossible thing to ladle out pure water from fire. But howsoever impossible it may be, it happens. This is the mystery of existence. Here, fire turns into water. Here, the dance of the rain declares the sun. There is no opposition in existence, no contradiction. Everything supports everything else. Alas! The irony is that, we live in contradictions, with others, with nature and with ourselves.