This quote in the quotes thread put me in mind of this...
Regard this phantom world
As a star at dawn, a bubble in a stream,
A flash of lightning in a summer cloud
A flickering lamp - a phantom - and a dream.
I find it beautiful, a particularly inspiring piece of writing that engages me to search for deeper meanings. When I come across writing like that, it’s like scenting the dew of an early morning which invites you to walk in the forest.
In a way poetry is like the finger pointing to the moon, it is not a direct attempt to describe but it carries something of the smell, the taste of it. The words are a hint or a teaching, but the poetic quality is what enchants the heart.
I’ve been reading The Flight of the Garuda by Shabkar, it is a kind of Dzogchen instruction in the form of a series of songs. Sadly not much of the poetry of the songs survived the translation process from the Tibetan original, but a little flavour is still there.
Do you feel that poetry is a help or a hindrance in spiritual writings? Favourite spiritual poems?