Wednesday, June 15, 2011

someone is seeking

"When someone is seeking," said Siddhartha, "it happens quite easily that he only sees the thing that he is seeking; that he is unable to find anything, unable to absorb anything, because he is only thinking of the thing he is seeking, because he has a goal, because he is obsessed with his goal.

...'someday' is illusion; it is only a comparison. ... The world, Govinda, is not imperfect or slowly evolving along a long path to perfection.  No, it is perfect at every moment; ... I just love the stone and the river and all these things that we see and from which we can learn.  I can love a stone, Govinda, and a tree or a piece of bark.  These are things and one can love things.  But one cannot love words. Therefore teachings are of no use to me; they have no hardness, no softness, nor colors, no corners, so smell, no taste - they have nothing but words.

  Perhaps that is what prevents you from finding peace, perhaps there are too many words, for even salvation and virtue.  Samsara and Nirvana are only words, Govinda.  Nirvana is not a thing; there is only the word Nirvana."

~ Hermann Hesse
from Siddhartha