Mother’s wisdom

A dear teacher once taught me that everyday should be mother’s day. Though mother’s day is a highly commercialized  and profitable day, its vibe still gives me a boost of energy to be grateful for mother.

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Mother once said that

Life is like a shadow puppet show

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Leather or paper figures,

A light source,

And its shadows will dance,

Sing,

Fight,

Love,

Be merry,

Crave,

War,

Kill,

Lie,

All in front of the double veil

Of light and shadow

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Mother once whispered that

We are spirit

Our bodies are just shells

Performing theatrical roles

As given by the Lord

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Mother once hinted

That Life’s plays are many

(Make sure to perform them)

(And continue this cycle)

Find a good partner,

Marry,

Have children,

Get a house,

A job that sustains,

Be a filial son to your aging parents

Don’t expect too much

Enough is enough

Life is not easy dear

Too many hardships indeed

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Mother once explained

That all that I have now

Food, house, freedom and privilege

Took more than twenty years of suffering

To make this all happen for me,

The next generation

I need to be grateful for it

(Though we all still experience Dukkha)

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Dukkha,

Insatisfaction,

Suffering,

Dwells in the minds of the majority of people,

I am one of those 99%,

It seems like everyone lives unsatisfied about something:

People want Better,

Better parents,

Jobs,

Houses,

People want more and more,

More wealth,

Respect,

Fame,

Power,

Oh Happiness always seems fleeting away…

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The shadow puppet show continues…

Characters continue recycling

The music continues…

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Oh little bird,

There is no escape

From Dukkha,

Even the mighty Monkey-King

Could not leap away

From Buddha’s palm

Accept the Noble Truths

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When the puppet show seems too convincing,

When the shadows seem too real,

When the veils too blinding,

Mother shall embrace you

Fully and warmly

In that circle of emptiness