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云,无常 / Cloud formation – Impermanence

喜欢观察云彩也有些时候了;

总是走在街上的时候,不管昼夜,我都喜欢仰望飘浮在空中的云朵,看它们以不同的姿态展现各自的妩媚,时而厚重如一团卷缩在一起的棉花,时而又如一层层薄薄的青烟腾空而起。

偶尔,我会尝试发挥想象力地把一簇云彩看成是一只动物或是一件事物。

而时至今日,以我的肉眼所见,还未找到一模一样或是甚为相似的两片云。

有道是风无相、云无常,既是描述云的变化多端,从来就不会只以一种姿态出现于天空。

这与佛教所提的无常有点不谋而合。

佛陀说,人的痛苦的来源之一乃是不懂无常的真理,因此人们总是盲目地追求物质上的享受,或是不能长久的事物。当我们失去曾经拥有的人、事、物,痛苦便油然而生。

花无百日红,人无千日好,无常本就是可以应用在天地万物事,包括人以及其情感与思想,这一点,我想许多人都懂, 但是真正能够去领会的却没有几个人。

曾几何时,我开始了喜欢湛蓝的天空,哪怕艳阳无情地吐出高温的热度,吞噬人们的灵魂。渐渐地学会了美丽一直都在自己的心中,而我为能够看到天空的湛蓝与美丽而感到欣慰。要知道有些人的世界不分昼夜的都是一片黑暗。

我曾有一个挚友很喜欢蓝蓝的天空。

她总爱说自己是天上的太阳,散发着暖暖的阳光,照耀她身边的人。事实上,她的确充满朝气与温暖,让人感觉亲切与和蔼。我俩曾无所不谈,她可谓是我的红颜知己。

只是人生无常,即便是情感与思想也都无常,更何况是人与人之间的关系。而如今,我和她已经是最熟悉的陌生人了。

话虽如此,与她邂逅是一种美丽,也为我的人生增添几许色彩。只要她的生活愉快幸福,我也会默默地祝福她,为她的幸福而快乐着。

望着我拍下的这些云彩的照片,徐志摩的那首《偶然》忽然袭上心头,让我感触颇深:

我是天空里的一片云
偶尔投影在你的波心
你不必讶异
更无须欢喜
在转瞬间消灭了踪影

你我相逢在黑夜的海上
你有你的,我有我的,方向
你记得也好
最好你忘掉
在这交会时互放的光亮

11.08.2017
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I have been observing the clouds for some time.

Every time when I walk along the street, regardless day or night, I’d be looking up into the sky, watching how the clouds form into different sizes and shapes.

They appear in the sky in different forms, sometimes thick as a bunch of cotton, sometimes thin like a smoke screen. And if I find the clouds look interesting or beautiful to me, I will whip out my iPhone and start snapping away.

At times, I tried to make out something out of the shapes, either an animal, or an object. And through my naked eyes, I’ve not found any 2 clouds that are similar or identical.

 


In Chinese, there is a saying that goes: the cloud is ever changing. What it means to me is that every cloud is never meant to be the same as the other. And it changes from time to time.

And this often reminded me of the word – impermanence.

In Buddhism, one of the basic teachings is about the truth of impermanence and our sufferings are sometimes the cause of failing to see the truth. Hence, we cling on all things and refuse to let go. The moment we lose something, we ended up feeling painful, sufferings thus begins.

This wisdom applies to all things that we can find in this world. Materials stuffs, people, emotions, feelings, thoughts, incidents, plants, animals, in fact the whole universe, nothing is permanent.

I love to look up into the sky and appreciate the blue sky, even though it may be a very hot and humid day. I have learned that appreciation in itself is a beauty, as I feel thankful that I can see and enjoy the beautiful scene with my very own eyes.

There are people who wish they can look directly into the sun.

I used to have a very close friend who loves the blue sky, and she calls herself sunshine. Indeed, she exudes warmth and love wherever she goes. We were once very close and confided to each other often.

The law of impermanence states that nothing is permanent, including feelings and emotions, let alone relationships. And so the law is effected, and now we are the closest stranger.

I’ve never regretted knowing her, and taking her as my closest friend. And as long as she is happy, I’m happy for her too.

Looking at these pictures of the clouds that I’ve taken, suddenly, a familiar poem appeared in my mind. It was written by a famous Chinese poet by the name of Xu Zhi Mo and the title is “Coincidence”. Below is the direct translation of the poem (pardon my poor command of English):

I am one of the cloud in the sky
Falling into your heart occasionally
Do not be surprised
Or happy
For I may disappear in the wink of your eyes

You and I meet in the darkness somewhere out in the sea
But we have each our own destiny
You may remember me
But it’s best you forget
In this intertwine world

11.08.2017
Francis Lim

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