September 11, 2015

An Old Tale

I had many books when I was in my early twenties and I remember this particular story, one of which I treasured the most. How it brings me joy to read it again...

A powerful king, ruler of many domains, was in a position of such magnificence that wise men were his mere employees. And yet one day he felt himself confused and called the sages to him.

He said: 'I do not know the cause, but something impels me to seek a certain ring, one that will enable me to stabilize my state. 'I must have such a ring. And this ring must be one which, when I am unhappy, will make me joyful. At the same time, if I am happy and look upon it, I must be made sad.' The wise men consulted one another, and threw themselves into deep contemplation, and finally they came to a decision as to the character of this ring which would suit their king. The ring which they devised was one upon which was inscribed the legend:

This, too, shall pass.

Text: Idries Shah


Currently listening:
Max Richter - Dream 19 (pulse)

August 18, 2015

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Hello again.

Currently listening:
Stars of The Lid - Mullohand

December 2, 2013


Death Is Nothing At All
Death is nothing at all--I have only slipped away into the next room. I am I, and you are you. Whatever we were to each other, that we still are. Call me by my old familiar name, speak to me in the easy way you always used. Wear no forced air of solemnity or sorrow.

Laugh as we always laughed at the little jokes we enjoyed together. Play, smile, think of me, pray for me. Let my name be ever the household word that it always was. Let it be spoken without the ghost of a shadow on it. Life means all that it ever meant... There is absolute unbroken continuity.

What is death but a negligible accident? Why should I be out of mind because I am out of sight?

I am waiting for you--for an interval--somewhere near just around the corner.

All is well.

Nothing is past; nothing is lost. One brief moment and all will be as it was before. How we shall laugh at the trouble of parting when we meet again!

Text: Henry Scott Holland


Currently listening:
佛光山佛教梵唄 - 彌陀聖號 (千華調)

December 14, 2012

For Those Who Have Lost

For all who need comfort, for all those who mourn
All those whom we cherished will be reborn
All those whom we love but see no more
They are not perished, but gone before
And lie in the tender arms of He
Who died for us all to set us free
From hatred and anger and cruel tyranny
May they rest in peace, and rise in glory

All suffering and sorrow will be no more
They'll vanish like shadows at heaven's door
All anguish and grieving will one day be healed
When all of God's purpose will be revealed
Though now for a season lost from sight
The innocent slain in the blindness of right
Are now in the warmth of God's glorious light
Where they rest in peace, and rise in glory

Lord give me wisdom to comprehend
Why I survive and not my friend
And teach me compassion so I may live
All my enemies to forgive

For all who need comfort, for all those who mourn
All those whom we cherished will be reborn
All those whom we love but see no more
They are not perished, but gone before
And Lord keep them safe in your embrace
And fill their souls with your good grace
For now they see your face to face
Where they rest in peace, and rise in glory

Currently listening:
Libera - Rest In Peace

October 30, 2012

Monument Valley

Monument Valley.

You should go.

Currently listening:
R. Carlos Nakai - Song For The Morning Star

October 16, 2012


The Enchanting Years.

Currently listening:
周璇 - 花樣的年華 (The Enchanting Years)

October 15, 2012

a Due Colori

Alberto Seveso.

Alberto Seveso.

October 11, 2012

No Words

If it is possible, live an experience and don't fix it with any words, because that will make it narrow.

You are sitting... it is a silent evening. The sun has gone, and the stars have started appearing. Just be. Don't even say, "This is beautiful," because the moment you say that it is beautiful, it is no longer the same. By saying beautiful, you are brining in the past, and all the experiences that you said were beautiful have colored the word.

Why bring in the past? The present is so vast, and the past is so narrow. Why look from a hole in the wall when you can come out and look at the whole sky?

So try not to use words, but if you have to, then be very choosy about them, because each word has a nuance of its own. Be very poetic about it.

Text: Osho


Currently listening:
Depeche Mode - Never Let Me Down Again (Split Mix)

October 4, 2012

This Life

I wish every one well today... and for the rest of your life.

September 24, 2012

Words To The Whys

Ups and downs and ins and outs,
Forevers and nevers and whys.
Befores and afters, dos and don'ts,
Farewells and hellos and good-byes.

Life is a string of perhapses,
A medley of whens and so whats.
We rise on our yeses and maybes,
Then fall on our noes and our buts.

Text: Patricia T. O'Conner