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Dangers of Misunderstood Philosophy. Friday's Inspiration 20

Manatita is an esteemed author living in London, UK. He writes spiritual books, flash fiction and esoteric poetry, his favourite genre.


Dangers of Misunderstood Philosophy

He used a ‘C’ word in his poetry, which I did

Not need to understand, as the women found

It offensive. He was asked politely to apologize,

But instead extolled the virtues, of freedom of speech.

He said that in America, poetry was not censored,

And reminded them of his Amendment rights. An

Argument arose, during which the poet, still unyielding,

Stormed out of the Zoom room, never, to return.

He left with his inner peace in tatters, as well

As a bad vibration in the room of poets.

Was it worth it?

Zhou Zen was going down the mountain, when

The Abbot stopped him. “You must stay here,” he

Entreated, “to preserve Shaolin.” But Zhou Zen visited

The Grand Master in the old cave and asked: “What’s Shaolin?”

“Even the flying dust in the villages,” replied the old monk,

“Speaks of the Buddha’s wisdom.” Zhou Zen, was enlightened.

Bowing to the Master, he continued down the mountain.

“Wait!” Shouted the Abbot. “What is Zen?”

“Zen means myriad things to different people.”

Responded the humble Bhikku, quite astute for

His youthful looks. “To the Shaolin, its main focus is

The Dharma, but to the poor, hungry and malnourished

In the villages, it’s no more, than this stale piece of bread.”

The Jain monk preached non-violence to all beings, but

The Yogi said: “It is right that you do not have the eye of

Mystic vision, for you would not survive. Birth and

Death are taking place constantly, even on

This sacred ground on which you stand.

Zhou Zen once asked of the Grand Master:

“Which is greater, Love, or Wisdom?” “They

Are One.” Replied the old man. “Love is the

Source of the wisdom, which determines the

Course of the action to take. Be wise, my child,

Even while acting, from a position … of Love.

- Manatita, The Lantern Carrier. 29Th January, 2021.


"You come to Love,

Not by finding the perfect person,

But by seeing an imperfect person, perfectly." - Sam Keen, from Meaningful

Religion and philosophy

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