Wu #poetry #drawing #tao

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Still Life Drawing (the base seems a bit off, I guess)

Take a vessel
Top it up with water
Now pour some wine

What happened?
Did it hold the wine?
Did it fulfill its purpose?

Now imagine our mind
as that vessel
Filled to its limit

With knowledge
With ideas
With meanings

Somewhere in this chaos
We lose the blissful ignorance
The vacancy of the mind!

Obsessed with fulfillment
We forget that it can’t exist
Without the emptiness!

So why not stop for a while?
Pause, take a deep breath
And revel the emptiness inside!

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Wu is a Chinese word that translates to “Emptiness”. Lao Tzu explains the concept of “Wu” best in Verse 11 of The Legend of Tao (english translation by Michael Rossman):

“Spokes join the rim to the hub,
but the wheel’s use depends
on the hole in the center.

We make a bowl from clay,
but emptiness makes it useful.

We cut out doors and windows,
but vacancy makes the room habitable.

So what’s there is advantageous,
but what’s not is what makes it useful.”

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Yin Yang (The Duality of Life)

My first Digital Painting (drawn from scratch!)

My first Digital Painting (drawn from scratch!). Yay for me!

Would we crave for light the way we do
If there never was a moment dark?

And would we be happy the same way
If we didn’t know what it meant to be sad?

Questions exist to be answered
Complications are there to be solved

Challenges arise to be conquered
Failures are there to be won

One exists to give other the life
The duality prevails to keep things whole

The Yin Yang of life is beautifully simple
Yet, the Yin Yang remains unknown

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The inspiration for the above poem, of course, comes from the “Tao Te Ching” by Lao Tzu. But no words can truly explain this duality of things than the immortal words of Lao Tzu himself. So I must leave you with this excerpt of “Tao Te Ching” (Translated into English by Derek Lin):

“When the world knows beauty as beauty, ugliness arises
When it knows good as good, evil arises
Thus being and non-being produce each other
Difficult and easy bring about each other
Long and short reveal each other
High and low support each other
Music and voice harmonize each other
Front and back follow each other”

-Lao Tzu (Translated by Derek Lin)

Book Review: A New Earth (Non-fiction)

A New Earth: Awakening to Your Life's Purpose

 

 

 

 

A New Earth: Awakening to Your Life’s Purpose by Eckhart Tolle

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

When you read a book such as A New Earth, there can only be two things happening to you: You either like the book (and it therefore changes you forever)… Or, you realize that you are not yet ready for this.

Thankfully, the former happened to me.

From the man himself!

From the man himself!

Eckhart Tolle’s vision of a new Earth is one where human consciousness has finally defeated its longtime enemy — the Ego. In the book, he explains at length about different kinds of Ego, its formation and, ultimately, its dissolution. He speaks further about the ceaseless human habit of thinking and not “being”. It means we tend to always live in the past or the future (things that are real only in our mind), rather than being conscious of the present and whatever life throws at us “Now”.

Tolle answers us all these questions that we (at least I) didn’t even knew to ask.

But why? Why does that happen? Why does Ego prevent us from enjoying the present moment? Tolle answers us all these questions that we (at least I) didn’t even knew to ask. He also explains about the Inner purpose and Outer purpose of human beings — linking all these back to Ego. He, then, shows us how the Ego prevents us from seeing the true Inner Purpose of spiritual awakening (no he’s not asking you to become a Sage!) and keeps us over-focused on the Outer Purpose of extrinsic “fulfillment”.

Eckhart Tolle

As I said earlier, this book is not for everyone. Even I am yet to fully understand the true depths of Tolle’s every words. And it will be a while before I do it. But it, at least, taught me the meaning of being Conscious. Although, I won’t immediately master my Ego (or emotions and desires and sufferings) after finishing this book, I can now, at least, be aware of the things that come into play when these emotions take hold of me. I would know what exactly happened when I felt like screaming at someone, saying something bad, dwelling on the past, or even feeling frustrated…

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Eventually, someday, I hope I will find the Consciousness that Tolle speaks of. Until then, I shall be coming back to this book again and again and will keep taking the wisdom from it.

I recommend this book to everyone. Even if you don’t agree to it… just keep an open mind and finish it. One day… some day, this will come to you in a enlightening wave of consciousness.

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Three Quick Reviews

Damn Good Advice (For People with Talent!): How To Unleash Your Creative Potential by America's Master Communicator, George LoisDamn Good Advice (For People with Talent!): How To Unleash Your Creative Potential by America’s Master Communicator, George Lois by George Lois
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

When one of the greatest ad man and art director in the history of advertising brings out a book called “Damn Good Advice”, hardly you can get your hands off it. George Lois is one of my big inspirations and this book gives a deeper understanding of his philosophy regarding the creative process that helped him yield years after years of great advertising.

When you’re reading this book, it feels like George is shouting down on your face. So, yeah, it reads like a charm. I finished the whole book in about one hour. It’s not that long but full of great wisdom for not just an ad guy, but anyone involved in a creative field.

Red DragonRed Dragon by Thomas Harris
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I only read ‘Red Dragon’ to be able to read ‘Silence of the Lambs’. I had no idea what the book was about or that I was going to encounter Hannibal Lector there in the middle of it! Goes without saying what followed certainly blew my mind.

Red Dragon is an engaging story, although the writing is a bit too omnipresent for my taste but the thrill makes up for it. It takes us into the deepest and darkest parts of human mind and shows us its true potential.

I enjoyed it and would have probably given it 3 and a half stars had Goodreads allowed!

Tao Te ChingTao Te Ching by Lao Tzu
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

That which cannot be reviewed isn’t good book. That which is a good book needs no review.

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