Friday, 25 September 2009

'blum' (The Eternal Law)

not a speck of the real
reflects in the pond.

neither the stars,
nor the moon,
nor the tall palms
silhoeutted against the glow of the milky way.

everything goes out of purpose
into a slithering,
twisting,
rolling,
dance of the unreal...

i wait here,
watching,
for the ripples to dance out their dance.

*****

This is what Lao Tzu had to say about finding the Eternal Law (as taken from an Osho talk):

Attain the utmost in Passivity,
Hold firm to the basis of Quietude.
The myriad things take shape and rise to activity,
But I watch them fall back to their repose.
Like vegetation that luxuriantly grows
But returns to the root from which it springs.
To return to the root is Repose;
It is called going back to one's Destiny.
Going back to one's Destiny is to find the Eternal Law,
"Tao."
To know "Tao" is Enlightenment.
And not to know the Eternal Law, "Tao,"
Is to court disaster.

*****

5 comments:

rknair said...

All this Osho talk on "osmos of the cosmos" is Greek to us lesser mortals :-)

rkn

Girish said...

Hey, the Eternal Law has taken you by the scruff of your neck!

P. Venugopal said...

rk, we don't need to know greek or latin to understand this. rather, knowing will tie us into knots.

and girish, it doesn't take us by the scruff of the neck; just being aware of it will release us from the things that hold us by the scruff of the neck.

we need a streak of madness in us to break out of the madness around us.

kochuthresiamma p .j said...

'we need a streak of madness in us to break out of the madness around us'
yes yes yes & yes

,i wait here,
watching,
for the ripples to dance out their dance'
and then what? sunya? scary but fascinating

P. Venugopal said...

then is reality. so still the pond is everything reflected is the real. reality is sunya. the very term chills us, we are afraid of it. but we don't know, until we come in communion with it at least by accident, in a sudden flash that comes and vanishes, that it is also the state of ultimate bliss. please don't think i am not speaking of what i don't know.