There Is No Moon, No Finger

You see the moon by pointing your finger. You recognize the finger by the moon. The moon and the finger are not different, not the same. In order to guide a beginner, this analogy is temporarily used. When you have realized this, there is no moon, no finger

-Zen Master Ryokan

They gave no thought to the Universe

Theirs were souls in the making yet, With the deeper lessons of life unlearned; The chords of their hearts were still untouched, The passions of youth in their breasts still burned. They gave no thought to the Universe, They heard no hint of God’s great plan- By most its thought all their hard lives taught […]