Travelers of Eternity


As the hand held before the eye conceals the greatest mountain, so the little earthly life hides from the glance the enormous lights and mysteries of which the world is full, and he or she who can draw it away from before one’s eye, as one draws away a hand, beholds the great shining of the inner worlds. 

Rabbi Nachmann of Bratzlav

Days and months are the travelers of eternity. So are the years that pass by… I myself have been tempted for a long time by the cloud-moving wind—filled with a strong desire to wander… I walked through mists and clouds, breathing the thin air of high altitudes and stepping on slippery ice and snow, ’til at last through a gateway of clouds, as it seemed, to the very paths of the sun and moon, I reached the summit, completely out of breath and nearly frozen to death. Presently the sun went down and the moon rose glistening in the sky. 

–Basho
The Narrow Road to the Deep North

 

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