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Basho-An ocean of three lines

Wild Heron

Sleeping-

Undisturbed nobility

This is what is called as a three line ocean. A three line wonder. People waste thousands of pages writing books and still, those books are impotent in front of these three lines. These three lines are oceanic. Instead of giving you any thought, these lines give you the glimpse.

Such three lines poems are called as Haikus. The Haiku which I have stated above, is by a famous Zen mystic and Poet, Basho. These three lines show us the divinity in the existence. The divinity in a sleeping heron, divinity in a small puppy, divinity in a rose flower or even divinity of a falling leaf. The divinity is there, but we cannot see it. Once in a while, a Basho comes, sees it and puts it in just three lines.

The enlightened person sees the word in very different ways, in very different perspectives. He finds nobility and divinity in the ordinary things. Which we generally even do not look at. But, the one, who is one with the universe, who is free from himself, finds this divine dance everywhere.

Basho

There are thousands of Haikus, and thousands of interpretations of each of them. We are having these oceans of three lines whose size depends on our size. The larger we are, smaller the meaning. When we are no more, we just vanish, each Haiku is an infinite ocean containing innumerable drops of divinity.

By Mandar Karanjkar

Mandar Karanjkar is author, motivational speaker and consultant based in Pune. Mandar works with handful of organizations helping them with strategy, communication and culture. Mandar is trained in Indian Classical Music over a decade. He is a classical singer and flute player.

Mandar has written columns for many reputed newspapers. Engineer by profession, he conducts workshops and delivers talks on subjects as wide as strategy, innovation, online marketing, spirituality, Kabir, Zen etc.

Mandar is a published author.

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