Singing Image of Fire
A hand moves, and the fire’s whirling takes different shapes:
All things change when we do.
The first word, “Ah,” blossoms into all others.
Each of them is true.
(The Enlightened Heart: An Anthology of Sacred Poetry edited by Stephen Mitchell, 36)
Kukai (774-835) [was] . . . the founder of the Shingon (Tantric or Esoteric) school of Buddhism in Japan . . .” (ibid. p.159). When you truly embrace a bigger worldview—emotionally,mentally and spiritually—then “all things change.” Like the whirling fire, your life takes a different shape. People treat you differently . . . better. Even events conspire to move you along at a forward-moving, more joyous pace. Unique and previously unexplored parts of your personality blossom. Each with a new truth.
God was moving in the whirling fire
God was singing in the fiery wind
“And God said, ‘Let there be light’;
and there was light” (Gen.1:3).
Inspired by “Singing Image of Fire” I wrote the following poem. In keeping with the Asian tradition, I used the symbolic meaning of an Asian dragon which is a transmitter of wisdom.
the dragon’s breath of fire
sets my heart ablaze
liquid flame singing
through my veins
body lantern glowing
let there be light
Image by David Martin at Flickr Creative Commons.
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