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I’m Home

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I had a wonderful feeling last night; at last I’m home.

I’ve started rereading A Wrinkle in Time.  The language in the writing is so much better than most children’s or young adult fiction of today, probably better than most adult fiction.  That aside I felt a need to read something other than fiction.  Maybe if I read a little religious material every night that will help.

I searched on iBooks to see if I could find Eknath Easwaren’s translation of The Dhammapada.  I’d read most of it before, really liked his translation.  It was there, though very pricey.  Not! $7.95.  Really, that much wisdom for less than a meal at McDonald’s.

I downloaded and started at the beginning, which is where I always start.  These things must follow an order.  All very interesting but not what I was looking for.  I turned the pages.  About a third of the way into the book I get to the actual translated material and was truly washed over with the feeling of coming home as I read the first two versed from  The Twins.

Our lives are formed by our thoughts
We become what we think.
Suffering follows an Evil thought
As the wheels of a cart follow the oxen that draws it

Our lives are formed by our thoughts
We become what we think.
Joy follows a pure thought
Like a shadow that never leaves

Just these first two verses.  You could live your life just on those two!  I had tried memorizing them before with my Teflon sieve of a brain, tried to use them for meditation.  Even though I had forgotten them, such peace came to me when I read them.

I reread them this morning, thought about them all the way to work.  I’ll write more on them over the next few days.  For now I am in wonder of my reaction.

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