~ kusala
[ ku-sa-la: Pali term meaning wholesome, skillful, good, meritorious. ]
[ Action characterized by this quality (kusala-kamma) is bound to result (eventually) in happiness and a favorable outcome. ]


2005-08-05 - 12:05 p.m.

Hafiz, No. II


Your tastes have become refined.

It used to be
If someone stole all your coins

Or locked your sexual pleasures in a room
You could not reach

This world would have no meaning
And a thirst for a hemlock brew
Might arise.

But that was many lives ago.

Now look at yourself:

You are often still a mess
Though these days,
At times,

You weep because
You miss

-Hafiz (Persia, 14th C.)
(translation by Daniel Ladinsky)

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