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Sunday, September 10, 2006

Indra's net Glistens


Soft, misty rain touches the One in the many.
Indra's net* glistens.

Thunder rumbles across the horizon.
Birds flutter in the light shower.
The face is graced with a smile.

All is well in the Universe.
And when is it not.

-"James"

*The Indra's Net: What Is It?

FAR AWAY IN THE HEAVENLY ABODE OF THE GREAT GOD INDRA, THERE IS A WONDERFUL NET WHICH HAS BEEN HUNG BY SOME CUNNING ARTIFICER IN SUCH A MANNER THAT IT STRETCHES OUT INDEFINITELY IN ALL DIRECTIONS. IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE EXTRAVAGANT TASTES OF DEITIES, THE ARTIFICER HAS HUNG A SINGLE GLITTERING JEWEL AT THE NET'S EVERY NODE, AND SINCE THE NET ITSELF IS INFINITE IN DIMENSION, THE JEWELS ARE INFINITE IN NUMBER. THERE HANG THE JEWELS, GLITTERING LIKE STARS OF THE FIRST MAGNITUDE, A WONDERFUL SIGHT TO BEHOLD. IF WE NOW ARBITRARILY SELECT ONE OF THESE JEWELS FOR INSPECTION AND LOOK CLOSELY AT IT, WE WILL DISCOVER THAT IN ITS POLISHED SURFACE THERE ARE REFLECTED ALL THE OTHER JEWELS IN THE NET, INFINITE IN NUMBER. NOT ONLY THAT, BUT EACH OF THE JEWELS REFLECTED IN THIS ONE JEWEL IS ALSO REFLECTING ALL THE OTHER JEWELS, SO THAT THE PROCESS OF REFLECTION IS INFINITE

THE AVATAMSAKA SUTRA
FRANCIS H. COOK: HUA-YEN BUDDHISM : THE JEWEL NET OF INDRA 1977


~Peace to all beings

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6 comments:

theycallmemac said...

Beautiful poem, James. I love the last two lines especially.

"James" said...

mac:

Thank-you kindly.

A lotus to you.

isaiah said...

:)

MuddyOtter said...

Lovely, lovely poem :o)

Integral Monastery said...

The enigmatic notion of Indra's Net seem to have the peculiar ability to inspire all kinds of artful expressions. Well written!

.:Deus-Icon:. said...

http://www.knowbuddhism.info/2010/06/indras-net-complexities.html

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