Saturday, October 17, 2015

On Mourning...

I can not find the quote...

At some point, the Buddha said words to the effect:

Do not mourn for a man when he dies.

Morn for him when he is born.

There are several versions of this floating around in the "cloud" of web misinformation but none get the the Sanskrit crux of the matter.

"The truly wise mourn neither for the living nor for the dead."

The above is from the Bhagavad Gita (Song of God) - a part of the ancient Sanskrit Mahabharata (Great Poem). (Both the living and dead are but a dream)

THIS is one explanation (which is CULTURAL, not philosophical)

I like Takuan's instructions. "Be done with it and go home."

Since I wrote my death poem long long ago, that giri is thus dispatched.

We are all dead. We just have to realize it one day. Do not be angry about it and you will sleep well.

In the meantime, continue your dream. And dare to dream of peace.

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