ZEN POEMS: “For Síle: When the beetle sees”…by Wei Wu Wei (Alias: Terence James Stannus Gray)


Photo credit: A Dogbane Leaf Beetle, Photograph by George Grall


“For Síle: When the beetle sees”

When the beetle sees, it is I that am looking,

When the nightingale sings, it is I that am singing,

When the lion roars, it is I that am roaring.

But when I look for myself, I can see nothing —

for no thing is there to be seen.

Síle cannot see me either, for when she tries to see me it is

I who am looking: she can do nothing — for only I can do anything.

The beetle can say that also, and Síle, for we are not three,

nor two, nor one.

I am the sea too, and the stars, the wind and the rain,

I am everything that has form — for form is my seeing of it.

I am every sound — for sound is my hearing of it,

I am all flavours, each perfume, whatever can be touched,

For that which is perceptible is my perceiving of it,

And all sentience is mine. They have no other existence, and neither have I —

for what they are I am, and what I am they are.

What the universe is I am, and what I am the universe is.

And there is no other at all, nor any one whatsover.

—Wei Wu Wei

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Terence James Stannus Gray (14 September 1895 – 5 January 1986)


Source: https://www.amazon.com/Open-Secret-Wei-Wu/dp/1591810140





5 Comments Add yours

  1. Thanks, dear Amira

    In fact it is He who is in me – it is not my I – my I is the seaparation from Him, which is ego and mind – I? that does not exist – it is a great illusion – Only He exists and the drop of Him -is His drop in Himself…

    All the best, my dear friend Amira 🙂
    From heart to heart

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    1. So true dear Didi! Is our illusion to think we are separate from our Source Thank you for sharing your light and spiritual wisdom dear friend.
      In Oneness, Amira ❤

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      1. Welcome, my dear friend Amira 🙂
        Have a great time and enjoy this summer, dear friend 🙂
        In Oneness

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  2. Anita Bowden says:

    This writing is a wonderful and deeply illuminating description of “all that is”, and our role within that oneness and interconnectedness! ❤️☀️ Thank you for sharing this, dear Amira! 😊

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    1. Thank you so much dear Anita, I am so glad to hear your comment! I felt the same way when I read it 🙂 ❤

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