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The Naked of Things

A Freshness Everywhere

Oct 28, 2022

Saying For Today: In this seeing was a sense of relief in the absence of the exotic, of added significances.


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Can you for once simply see something without thinking about it? In that moment, seeing is all that happens. You cannot say, "I see." You and seeing are one. You know as you have never known before. If you have seen what you see many times before, still, knowing is fresh, for in this seeing what is seen and the seer are untouched by time. You discover eternity is here.

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Seeker: You seem to enjoy life very much.
The Sage: Yes, very much.
Seeker: So, what about life helps you enjoy it so?
The Sage: It's nothing special.
Seeker: It's not special?
The Sage: Well, it's not that either.

*Brian K. Wilcox. "Meetings with an Anonymous Sage."

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I picked up the Tibetan Buddhist mala from Nepal, one I had used in prayer, meditation, and chanting for years. I looked at it, holding it in my hands. The mala looked different than prior. Something had changed. I saw differently. The mala no longer had any spiritual meaning added to it; it was simply a mala, as it always had been, a garland of beautiful banyan tree seeds.

In this seeing was a sense of relief in the absence of the exotic, of added significances. I could appreciate, even see and feel, the mala as it is an ornament of life. I was being graced, I sensed, to be free of added meanings, to think it necessary to have an importance added to anything as an overlay of the thing in itself. Like saying, "I love you, but there is no reason I love you." I sensed this wisdom of innate purity was partly a fruition of the vow of simplicity I had taken over two decades prior.


There is a freshness everywhere, living, neither old nor new. We cannot say it has a beginning or an ending. When we let the veil of thought part, needing no purpose, explanation, or justification for things, we see as though for the first time. Then, we can say truthfully, for we have come to know, "It is what it is; yet, I have no idea what it is."

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*©Brian K. Wilcox, 2022.

*Use of photography is allowed accompanied by credit given to Brian K. Wilcox and notation of title and place of the photograph.

*Brian's book, An Ache for Union: Poems on Oneness with God through Love, can be ordered through major online booksellers or the publisher AuthorHouse.

 

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