Aside from the fact that trees are the most beautiful macroscopic objects and the greatest thing summing up joy is the sight and chatter of bird flight, the sight of bubbles floating in the air and little waves forming on a water surface upon throwing little stones into it truly fills the heart with joy. What better way to live a life than to study the mathematics of these waves, so drunk is one with joy that one doesn’t know if the beauty of the math or the beauty of the actual water waves or perhaps a combination of both is filling your head with joy.
A peaceful and quiet evening, with most students gone for the spring break. The rainy day meant that there abounded puddles of muddy water. Two birds, a mynah and a sparrow, suddenly jumped into a water puddle, splashed around to their heart’s content and flew away generating a fleeting moment of pure joy.
The hermit-monk Ryokan, long beloved in Japan both for his poetry and for his character, belongs in the tradition of the great Zen eccentrics of China and Japan. His reclusive life and celebration of nature and the natural life also bring to mind his younger American contemporary, Thoreau. Ryokan’s poetry is that of the mature Zen master, its deceptive simplicity revealing an art that surpasses artifice. Although Ryokan was born in eighteenth-century Japan, his extraordinary poems, capturing in a few luminous phrases both the beauty and the pathos of human life, reach far beyond time and place to touch the springs of humanity.
the first one from Max Planck:
“For no man is born with a legal claim to happiness, success and prosperity in life. We must
therefore accept every favourable decision of Providence, each single hour of happiness, as an
unearned gift, one that imposes an obligation. The only thing that we may claim for our own
with absolute assurance, the greatest good that no power in the world can take from us, and that
can give us more permanent happiness than anything else, is integrity of soul, which manifests
itself in a conscientious performance of one’s duty.”
the second one from the Dhammapada, which is such a wonderful book, containing nuggets of information:
Life seems easy for those who are shamelessly bold and self-assertive, crafty and cunning,sensuously selfish,wanton and impure,arrogant and insulting,rotting with corruption.
But Life seems difficult for those who peacefully strive for perfection, who free from self-seeking are not slef-assertive, whose life is pure, who see the light.
the days now are really hot (considering also that i have no air conditioning in my apartment) but today morning it rained and it felt like magic. all the heat melted away. it was cool. a nice cool breeze was blowing. the leaves had dew drops on them because of the rain. the squirrels were nibbling away and scampering wildly. the birds were out and chirping and all heralded the advent of fall.