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Ryokan Poem
« on: December 28, 2009, 12:52:05 AM »

My hut lies in the middle of the dense forest.
Every year the ivy grows longer,
no news of the affairs of men,
only the occasional song of a woodcutter.
The sun shines, I mend my robe.
When the moon is out I read poems.
I have nothing to report.

* Arise, arise, Riders of Theoden!  Spears shall be shaken, Shields shall be splintered,
* A sword-day, a red day, ere the sun rises!
* Ride now, ride for ruin and the world's ending                                       
* Death !!  Death !!  Death !!


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Re: Ryokan Poem
« Reply #1 on: January 04, 2010, 01:07:49 PM »
Dear rideover,

Excellent.  Once some thieves came to Zen Master Bosho's cottage
and stole away most of his meagre belongings.  "The police came
next day and asked the Zen Master to identity the thieves, whom
they had brought with them.  Bosho said:  I am not able to identify
anyone.  If anyone had come yesterday and asked for things from
me, I might have given.  There was no need to steal.  I wish I had
given the moon him.  You can go now.  I have nothing to report."

Bhagavan Ramana also said,  when the thieves had been caught
by T'malai police and brought to Him next morning: " I do not know any of them!"

Arunachala Siva.     


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Re: Ryokan Poem
« Reply #2 on: January 07, 2010, 06:42:10 PM »
Here is another great story about Ryokan.

Ryokan, a Zen master, lived the simplest kind of life in a little hut at the foot of a mountain. One evening a thief visited the hut only to discover there was nothing in it to steal.

Ryokan returned and caught him. "You may have come a long way to visit me," he told the prowler, "and you shoud not return emptyhanded. Please take my clothes as a gift."

The thief was bewildered. He took the clothes and slunk away.

Ryokan sat naked, watching the moon. "Poor fellow, " he mused, "I wish I could give him this beautiful moon."

And another zen story that I love.

"The Zen master Hakuin was praised by his neighbors as one living a pure life.

A beautiful Japanese girl whose parents owned a food store lived near him. Suddenly, without any warning, her parents discovered she was with child.

This made her parents very angry. She would not confess who the man was, but after much harassment at last named Hakuin.

In great anger the parents went to the master. "Is that so?" was all he would say.

After the child was born it was brought to Hakuin. By this time he had lost his reputation, which did not trouble him, but he took very good care of the child. He obtained milk from his neighbors and everything else the little one needed.

A year later the girl-mother could stand it no longer. She told her parents the truth - that the real father of the child was a young man who worked in the fishmarket.

The mother and father of the girl at once went to Hakuin to ask his forgiveness, to apologize at length, and to get the child back again.

Hakuin was willing. In yielding the child, all he said was: "Is that so?"
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Re: Ryokan Poem
« Reply #3 on: January 09, 2010, 08:14:01 PM »
from  Subramaniam's post:
Bhagavan Ramana also said,  when the thieves had been caught..." I do not know any of them!"
supposing I was the thief and comprehended what was also being said here, I would have been mortified -- Ramana saying that he knew them would mean that they would only be carted away to a physical jail....
There's a glory in the morning because the earth turns 'round, and a promise in the evening, when the sun goes down.


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Re: Ryokan Poem
« Reply #4 on: January 10, 2010, 10:23:44 AM »
Because Bhagavan Ramana did not want even the bugs in His
sofa to be killed, He said that He did not know the thief.  But
if that thief could 'feel' Bhagavan's mercy and have his attitude
to undergo change thenceforth, that is a great spiritual improvement,
is it not?  This was precisely what He wanted to do about the coolie
who was misbehaving with a lady-labourer.  But Asramam authorities 'punished' him and he went away in anger and shame.

Arunachala Siva.