This came this morning, from my Abidhamma service. I though how apropos it was, and immediately images came to mind, particularly the still, silent Mekong as it glides through the pre-dawn mist on its way past Kong Island (Lao).
Learn this from the waters:
In mountain clefts and chasms
Loud gush the streamlets.
But great rivers flow silently.
It’s from the Sutta Nipata.
mmmmm, incredibly delicate and touching image of the mekong, and love the noisy falls!
It just swept me away, Tillyl, when I read it. 🙂
That’s very kind of you Polly. I particularly love that misty dawn on the Mekong.
Beautiful words that do indeed evoke beautiful images. Wonderful photos, and a wonderful way to start a day.
Gorgeous. I hope you don’t mind, but I’ve sent this to my friend Brigid who is in the throes of writing a long poem about Hanoi. She’s also lived in Sri Lanka.
Of course Viv dear! I’m so glad you thought of passing it along to your friend:)
I thought so – so glad you thought so too, Angeline:)
This is a lovely teaching. And timely for me, as increasingly, I am finding the imagery of “river” to be instructive. Thanks!
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This is a lovely teaching. And timely for me, as increasingly, I am finding the imagery of “river” to be instructive.
That is a really beautiful metaphor, Wanderlust. I shan’t forget that. Thank you.
It’s my pleasure Kate:)
This is beautiful. Thank you.
You’re welcome. I thought so to:)
What is a Abidhamma service?
I don’t know the technical terms Robin. My mobile phone carrier sends daily sms messages of quotes from the canon of Buddhist writings – the Abidhamma.
Mmm, I was tempted to emulate “great rivers flow silently” and not comment but conversely it is the strength of your Mekong photo which draw forth my urge to gush. So deep and peaceful, it has become my screensaver 🙂
Gorgeous. Your pictures always leave me experienced. Whatever the subject, or topic, and whether we are learning more about the woman who is Meredith, or her passions and travels, I always enjoy what you share with us.
Thank you, Gorgeous! 🙂
The pictures and the words are perfect poetry.
I’m so glad you liked them, Naomi. The misty Mekong morning shot was what came to mind when I first read it, which is when I knew it had to be illustrated and shared!
I love the words and that second photo is wonderful!
The words are terrific, aren’t they? And make the Mekong shot so perfect. Glad you liked it.
how wonderfully true is this!
You’re right! So simple, yet so easy to forget. Made me think of my father who somehow learned so much about life and just got on with it.
Deeply touching words especially when paired with your serene and meditative photo of the Mekong. Amazing metaphor isn’t it? Any wonder why he is called the enlightened one?
Abidhamma means ‘Ultimate Truth’ by the way. Dhamma being a corruption of the Sanskrit ‘Dharma’
Thank you dear:)
Life’s great metaphor. Yes, great rivers flow silently. Beautiful images too.
Since Papa (a great river) died, I sometimes forget … 🙂