Ligo Haibun Challenge ~ Nature

Prompt ~  “Come forth into the light of things, let nature be your teacher”  ~ William Wordsworth.

Often we are filled with a restlessness which makes us feel uneasy – if we are not occupied, and makes it impossible for us to just be. Contact with nature relaxes us. It is for this reason that so many of us love the countryside. The beauty and grandeur of nature draws our attention away from the whisperings of our manipulative minds. The stillness and space further relaxes us.

Why?

Nature does not control. It does not bend rules. It’s different elements act as per their disposition. Water flows down, fire burns indiscriminately, winds rush in to areas of low pressure; earth endures silently and the sky covers all.

 True detachment is

 a serene indifference

 stoic as waters deep

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Ligo Haibun Challenge ~ Fire

Prompt…..

Agni (Fire) loves all its worshipers equally, and so is loved by all of them. It visits everyone’s hearth, no matter if they are rich or poor. It is the mediator between the higher beings and mankind.

While using fire, one must place it in the right direction for different uses. When facing east, the fire should be used for sacrifices to the higher beings; when facing south, the fire should be used for sacrifices to the spirits of the dead; a cooking fire should always face toward the west. It is also a source of  fun and solace to all living beings.

Fire should be worshiped with offerings of ghee (clarified butter). It has the power to imparts immortality and frees one of all sins at the time of death.

A flame or fire is kept burning during religious rituals as a witness. This is because the fire is the most impartial natural element.  It devours all without bias.

Born from fire in loins 

fire in heart kept me alive

back with nature Fire.

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