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Monday, November 26, 2012

Daily Musings - November 26th, 2012 - Sorrow - 悲哀 - Bēi'āi

Sorrow - 悲哀 - Bēi'āi

A rainstorm sweeps in from the coast 
with torrential, terrifying ferocity.
Your world is in danger
of being washed away, 
before your eyes.
Do not become despondent,
re-awaken your determination.
Find shelter,
exercise patience,
and wait for the storm

to clear.

~inspired by Deng Ming-Dao


When sorrow enters our lives, it soaks everything in bitterness. The sages have said, "Life is illusion," but does that deny its poignancy? If we gain enlightenment, the understanding that all life is a dream, sadness and happiness fall away instantaneously.

The greatest sorrow in life arises from our witnessing. Experiencing our own personal suffering is not as difficult as watching others held in Fate's iron grip. Bearing our own problems is easier, as we are more intuitively aware of the options personally available. It brings us great pain when we cannot provide similar guidance for others. The greatest pain is being present for the pain, but having nothing to offer alleviation. The greatest sorrow is to see those we love suffer helplessly

When faced with sadness, it is best not to languish. We can affect change by introducing new people to the equation, moving to another place, or if all else fails, adjusting our attitude and taking the initiative to re-direct the conflict. Sadness is transitory, like everything in this world. If we wish to deflect it, we only need to alter the context in which we receive it. By doing this, we can alter its context, and allow it to be reabsorbed into Tao.