Monday, December 15th, 2014

THE RICHNESS OF NOT WANTING

Kabir (1440-1518) was an Indian poet known to be a smart-aleck or Zen bruiser.  He hated how stupid people could be about religion. His poems can be quite ironic and tender.

Here is one of his more biting poems:

The fish in the water that is thirsty needs
serious professional counseling.

And here is the one that I liked for this especially frenzied time of buying and wanting.

                                     I was

                            looking for that shop

                   where the shopkeeper would say,

                   “There is nothing of value in here.”

                             I found it and did

                                  not leave.

                      The richness of not wanting

                                 wrote these

                                    poems.

Doesn’t that sound good? Not wanting. No yearning. No disappointment.
No goofy expectations.  There is peace.  There is comfort.  There is joy.

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