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(Panhala) The Buddha's Last Instruction by Mary Oliver

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    The Buddha’s Last Instruction “Make of yourself a light,” said the Buddha, before he died. I think of this every morning as the east begins to tear
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      The Buddha’s Last Instruction
       
      “Make of yourself a light,”
      said the Buddha,
      before he died.
      I think of this every morning
      as the east begins
      to tear off its many clouds
      of darkness, to send up the first
      signal – a white fan
      streaked with pink and violet,
      even green.
      An old man, he lay down
      between two sala trees,
      and he might have said anything,
      knowing it was his final hour.
      The light burns upward,
      it thickens and settles over the fields.
      Around him, the villagers gathered
      and stretched forward to listen.
      Even before the sun itself
      hangs, disattached, in the blue air,
      I am touched everywhere
      by its ocean of yellow waves.
      No doubt he thought of everything
      that had happened in his difficult life.
      And then I feel the sun itself
      as it blazes over the hills,
      like a million flowers on fire –
      clearly I’m not needed,
      yet I feel myself turning
      into something of inexplicable value.
      Slowly, beneath the branches,
      he raised his head.
      He looked into the faces of that frightened crowd.
       
      ~ Mary Oliver ~
       
      (House of Light)
       
       
       
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