listening to the river

January 3, 2010

I finished reading Siddartha a few days ago and loved the rhythm and flow of the words. The book is beautiful and has many levels that I connected to. I am now reading the book aloud, and it’s interesting that another dimension has arisen from hearing the actual words. I don’t know if it’s just my infatuation or if this book is really moving, but I just love it. I especially loved the words about the river, it’s secrets and how much we can learn from having patience and listening quietly. It’s thousand voices merged into the holy Om if one just listens.

“The river is everywhere at the same time, at the source and at the mouth, at the waterfall, at the ferry, at the current, in the ocean and in the mountains, everywhere, and that the present only exists for it, not the shadow of the past, nor the shadow of the future.”

I finally saw a different meaning to the Buddhist teaching of being in the present. Your past is part of your present, your future is too; they exist like the river, everywhere at the same time. Remember your past but do not let it trouble you. Dream about your future but do not let it obsess you. Be present always but especially when in the company of others. Do not let those precious moments slip by. Do not be in a daze or worried. Be open and see clearly the precious beauty in front of you.

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