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Saturday, April 20, 2013

Delayed Daily Musing - April 19th, 2013 - Clarity - 明晰 - Míngxī

Clarity - 明晰 - Míngxī

Staring at the flickering flame
of a small white candle-
the tatami mat,
cool, beneath 
bare feet.
Thin paper walls
provide sparse separation
of different dimensions.

Two worlds exist...
One accepted as real,
and the other floating
in the space between.
Distinction comes
from discipline,
and dedication 
towards delving
into the darkness

of the still mind.  
Senses sharpened 
on a journey within
to find the source
of all sensation.

~inspired by Deng Ming-Dao
   



We all seek clarity in this confusing world. Forget about religious rationalizations for a moment, and let go for a moment of the elaborate explanations of creation. We all seek to move towards clarity and away from ignorance, for the former brings us peace while the latter drags us down into misery and sorrow. We are bound to make ourselves and others around us miserable if we pursue ignorance instead of clarity.  Through clarity, we can finally find equanimity.

Most people share an unfortunate misconception about everlasting happiness and spirituality, believing that by being spiritual one will never be faced with sorrow. There is no such guarantee in life (if any religion offers this to you, beware and Be Aware). Sadness still visits the wise. Unlike most people, the wisest among us have found the clarity to see beyond the temporal nature of emotions. By seeing farther than others, it becomes possible to see sadness and happiness in the same light.

True clarity is more than simple intellect, and greater as a whole than wisdom alone. Clarity manifests through meditation, when you are able to unite the faculties of the mind with the processes of the body. Illumination is given a spark through this union, providing you with a unique source of perception. It is not possible to fully articulate mysticism through language, but here is an attempt by the inspiration I have found for this journey:

If you unite sound with vision, then you will create light.
That light is the concentrated force of the mind.
It is by that brightness that truth is revealed.
~Deng Ming-Dao