Advice From Me to Myself

Mr. Illusion sits down to compose —
a ghost attempts to make human sounds.

The desire to say anything of real value
is a moon trying to give birth to a sun.

When the mind has any object to pursue
the trap is sprung, no use praying then.

The idea of arriving at some special destination?
There’s a clown playing tricks on gullible children.

Pouring studiously over the classic holy texts,
ignorance and arrogance increase exponentially.

Seeking the changeless within the changing,
when will you clarify there’s nobody home?

The glorious transcendence of all conceptual fabrications,
indescribable in words and ungraspable by thought —
what an amusing daydream for the illustrious one
who secretly worries about getting too fat!

Want to save your cast of dream characters?
How about waking yourself up instead.

When we imagine we’ve finally understood,
we merely succeed in embarrassing ourselves.

The peerless pristine sky of mind –
that’s where all our thought sheep roam.

Enamored of emptiness?
It’s empty too, an echoing laugh.

Listen, nothing true can come from a lie —
religion keeps us stupid, politics
insures that we stay blind.

The so-called sages all contradict themselves,
ignore the Buddha who knocks at your door!

Think it’s time to let go and rest?

First things first:
clean up your own mess!


About Bob OHearn

My name is Bob O'Hearn, and I live with my Beloved Mate, Mazie, in the foothills of the Northern California Sierra Nevada Mountains. I have a number of blog sites you may enjoy: Photo Gallery: Essays on the Conscious Process: Compiled Poetry and Prosetry: Verses and ramblings on life as it is: Verses and Variations on the Investigation of Mind Nature: Verses on the Play of Consciousness: Poetic Fiction, Fable, Fantabulation: Poems of the Mountain Hermit: Love Poems from The Book of Yes: Autobiographical Fragments, Memories, Stories, and Tall Tales: Ancient and modern spiritual texts, creatively refreshed: Writings from selected Western Mystics, Classic and Modern: Wisdom of a Spirit Guide: Thank You!
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