His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama, Tenzin Gyatso
On the morning I wrote this poem I read a passage from The Path To Bliss written by the Dalai Lama in which he points out that the universal only appears in particulars in our experience, that this applies to teachers and students of awakening as much as anything else. Thus the presence of God Incarnate on the planet, even that, is ever and always deniable by those who cannot see. He points out that the message delivery, being particular even if the message is perfectly universal, can only succeed with those already prepared to receive it in just the way it is given. He calls this preparation the karmic bond between souls.
That is why there must be many teachers of enlightenment. It is not enough that I am ready to receive, in itself miraculous. As well there must be a teacher or a teaching intimate enough that the message would seem to rise up from within me, as if a memory.
Statue of Christ the Redeemer, Rio de Janeiro.
He cast his salt on
the seasons of nearby souls,
knowing only some
would receive from him,
those who have traveled in his
with him through ages.
Though my heart's universal
my armor is stone,
my salt has true grit,
and I'm hard pressed against my
October 31, 2009 7:33 AM
Post written the afternoon of Halloween, October 31, 2009
with minor modifications and illustrations added, April 26, 2012