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One - pointedness (Ekagrata - Jhana)

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One - pointedness (Ekagrata - Jhana)

Claudia Weeraperuma -

Oh eyes, how many things you see:
Fast cars are racing on the street,
A running woman drops her key,
A child is eating bread and meat,
Two dogs are fighting ov’r a bone,
There is a poster with a pear,
A boy is scolding someone on his phone,
A girl is combing her long hair,
Then salesmen want to sell you chips,
A sailor’s lighting his cigar,
Someone’s passing with red lips,
Another has an ugly scar.
Oh eyes, what drives you here and there?
What makes you stare, what makes you haste
From this boy’s shouts to that girl’s hair?
Is restlessness your own or someone else’s taste?
What makes you glance so casually from child to dogs?
Say, where’s the tyrant, where’s the bully
Who changes you, my eyes, into some jumpy frogs,
Depriving you of calm so cruelly?
Oh eyes, just be two rebels brave,
For once refuse to be a slave! Stand up against that tyranny
And stride into the land of Liberty!
Focus now on only one:
Some dried-up leaf, just once, for fun.
See how it’s lying on the ground,
See how it’s humble, aged and browned,
And how it meekly makes no sound.
Stay, my eyes, do stay with it!
No need to run, no need to flit,
Relax and only sit On that old dusty leaf.
The leaf as friend you’ll see.
Its hidden life will be
A light that makes you free.
Claudia Weeraperuma
“Villa Claudia”
338, Chemin du Colombier
83460, Les Arcs-sur-Argens
France.

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