the squirrel lets his guard down
and we rest
(Explanation at bottom)
Linked to Carpe Diem #708: Wisdom.
“Wisdom is the topic of the pertinent question Arjuna asks Krishna in the Bhagavad Gita:
Arjuna: Tell me of the man who lives in wisdom, Ever aware of the Self, O Krishna; How does he talk, how sit, how move about?
Sri Krishna: He lives in wisdom Who sees himself in all and all in him … …He lives free from lust and fear and anger. Fettered no more by selfish attachments, He is not elated by good fortune Nor depressed by bad. Such is the seer… The disunited mind is far from wise; How can it meditate? How be at peace? When you know no peace, how can you know joy?
“There is a world of difference between intellect and wisdom: intellect is personal, and wisdom is universal. In the discussion before the battle, Krishna also stresses action for action’s sake without reward to Arjun. Action first, then thought, is also a Confucian dictum; the action(s) of nature, without ‘instruction’”.
Consider the following statements from Confucius:
Everything has beauty, but not everyone sees it.
Life is really simple, but men insist on making it complicated.
Without knowing the force of words, it is impossible to know men.
When nature exceeds culture, we have the rustic.
When culture exceeds nature then we have the pedant.
With a haiku by Scottish writer George Bruce:
Books — thousands — on shelves —
Wisdom of ages.
Folly if not in me
A bit of fun in the second photo – because nurturing a sense of humor is probably wise too. Seems to tie in with seeking the universal.
Okay, humor. For those of you outside the U.S., “Sundance” was a bank robber named Harry Alonzo Longabaugh. And in 1969, he was portrayed by Robert Redford in “Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid“. (Paul Newman was Butch Cassidy.)
Hey, if you can, let the squirrels rob you blind. Life’s better when you’re not guarding the birdseed. 🙂
Front: Sundance Kid, Tall Texan, Butch Cassidy.
Rear: Will Carver, Kid Curry.