Haiku : The thief left it behind- The moon at the window -Ryokan

 

                                             The Thief

                                                   left It behind-

                                                    The moon at the window.

                    Ryokan


 

This is just what Ryokan wrote after the thief had gone. The whole story is beautiful…. One night a thief entered into Ryokan’s small hut. Ryokan had only one blanket which he used day and night to cover his body. That was his only possession. He was lying down but he was not asleep, so he opened his eyes and saw the thief entering. He felt great compassion for him because he knew there was nothing in the house. “If the poor fellow had informed me before, I could have begged something from the neighbors and kept it here for him to steal. But now what can I do?”

Seeing that there was nothing, that he had entered into a monk’s hut, the thief started to go out. Ryokan could not resist. He gave his blanket to the thief. The thief said, “What are you doing? You are standing naked. It is a very cold night!”

He said, “Don’t be worried about me. But don’t go empty-handed. I have enjoyed this moment, you have made me feel like a rich man. Thieves usually enter the palaces of emperors. By your entering here my hut has also become a palace, I have also become an emperor. In my joy this just a gift.”

Even the thief felt sorry for him and he said, “No, I cannot receive this gift because you don’t have anything. How you are going to pass the night? It is so cold, and it is getting colder!”

Ryokan said with tears in his eyes, “You remind me again and again of my poverty. If it was in my power I would have taken hold of the full moon and given it to you.”

When the thief left he wrote in his diary:

The thief

left it behind —

The moon at the window.


 


 

These haikus are not ordinary poems. These are statements of deep meditativeness.

Dogen, The Zen Master: A Search and a Fulfillment

 

 

 

                                         ~Osho~

 

 

 

 

 

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Comment by Manju on October 31, 2011 at 3:37pm

You are both welcome, and thank you too beloved souls!

Namaste.

Eli

Comment by Aia on October 31, 2011 at 3:12pm
We always have something more than we think we have.  That was very wise and beautifull ! Thank you, Eli xxx
Comment by Mark Seebach on October 31, 2011 at 12:12pm

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