passing through the gate
we passed this gate to reach our place of practice, a towering ganesha greeting us.
we sat through an intensive period of meditation knowing little of the tumult unfolding in the world outside.
when we ended our retreat and broke silence we found out about the intensified activities of mount agung and its imminent eruption.
when you meet the world, your mind quiet and still, you see events in their unfolding, favorable or unfavourable, as they just are: manifestations of impermanence.
and when you realize how impermanence is the real expression of everything, you aspire genuinely to awaken from your delusions. for this is exactly what this fleeting world is telling you : if not now then when!
if not now then when!
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