Buddha and the Effigy

A vast ocean casts itself
into view, each wave thunders
to shore as if it had
always known; black sand
responding, surrendering
to the current, an entire
unseen world existing
under the sea.

I don’t even recognize
who looks out from my eyes
some days, I know so little,
perhaps it’s god or something
like it, trying hard
to get through;

If the soul does not exist
as some Buddhists say,
what lies beyond the body,
what unifying presence
holds worlds together?
Maybe Siddhartha had
a blind spot, too;

In the end, does it matter
if we summon what is sacred
from within or without?

24 thoughts on “Buddha and the Effigy

  1. Timeless questions Bela! I think the answers depend on our own understanding and interpretation or whatever we believe in. I agree with you though: it doesn’t matter, as the paths of life are carved by us. 🙂 Lovely poem.

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      1. I’m afraid the prompt has paused for a while, Bela… maybe for good, depending on the outcome of the chemotherapy in in th emoddle of at the moment. But it was good to see your name pop up ❤

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  2. Yes, I do think Siddhartha had a blind spot — or perhaps just another way of viewing the same thing. “Soul” has so many definitions…. I tend to believe in all of them. 😊
    Thanks for writing this one, Bela — I often wonder about the same thing, though soul (superconscious, Numen, et al) are all too real to me.

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  3. I think most of us have felt that loss of “self” at times. I recently saw a quote that said worshippers are focusing on the teapot instead of drinking the tea which sent my mind in a similar direction. There is a unity somewhere–but can it ever be defined?

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    1. Someone just brought my attention to this post, Kerfe. Somehow I missed your comment! I am so sorry.

      Focusing on the tea pot instead of drinking the tea is a really interesting point to ponder. Seeing the divine as something separate from one’s self has interesting consequences. If we own our own divinity, own our power to create from our thoughts and our words and our deeds of course, imbues us with a responsibility that is lacking otherwise. And so.

      Thanks for taking the time to read this and comment thoughtfully. 🙏💕

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  4. Beautiful poem, Bela ❤️ Questions for the ages. We never have all the answers but I do believe in a unifying source- within and without being two sides of the same coin. Blessings 😊

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  5. Dear Bela

    As always, your verses do have the power of opening up a hitherto unexplored part of my thoughts.

    What resonates for me this time, is this line :

    “……each wave thunders
    to shore as if it had
    always known……..”

    This prescient aspect of our thoughts is possibly what holds the power of mindfulness. The wisdom which Buddha articulated.


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    1. Shakti, I always appreciate hearing from you. And I’m glad they are thought provoking. Nature is such a wondrous teacher, if we but observe. Thank you for sharing your thoughts, as always. And peace. 🙏🏽🌺


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