Thoughts and prayers for Japan

Japanese girl

Japanese girl

As banked clouds
are swept apart by the wind,
at dawn the sudden cry
of the first wild geese
Winging across the mountains.

In a mountain village
at autumn’s end—
that’s where you learn
what sadness means
in the blast of the wintry wind.

— Saigyo (XIIth Century)

Each of the rain drops has a tale to tell
about the sorrows of people
about the hardships living things go through
about the arrival of sparrows.

— Yamamura Bocho (XXth Century)

Out in the marsh reeds
A bird cries out in sorrow,
As though it had recalled
Something better forgotten.

— Ki No Tsurayuri (Xth century)

The evening sky itself
becomes something to cherish
when I gaze at it,
seeing in one of the clouds
the smoke from her funeral pyre

— Murasaki Shikibu (XI century)

Oh you yellow leaves
that whirl upon the autumn slopes
if only for a moment
do not whirl down in such confusion,
that i may see where my beloved dwells.

— Kakinomoto no Hitomaro (8th century)

Lord, protect our planet, because we live here, and here we dwell with our daily tragedies.

May our daily reconstruction be the result of the very best that we carry within us.
Give us the courage
to be able to reconstruct what was destroyed
to be able to recover what was lost
to be able to accept what was gone forever.
May you give us courage to look ahead,
may we never look back nor allow our soul to be discouraged.

Lord, give us enthusiasm, because Enthusiasm reaffirms to us that everything is possible, as long as we are totally committed to what we are doing.

Lord, may the Earth continue to transform seeds into wheat, may we continue to transmute wheat into bread. Do not leave us in solitude.

Have compassion on us, Lord. For we often think we are dressed when we are naked.
Do not forget, in your mercy, our friends in Japan, who are now teaching us the meaning of Courage, Reconstruction, Solidarity and Enthusiasm.

Amen

— Paulo Coelho

Why does God, if God exists, the God of compassion, all powerful, allow these tragedies to occur?

Japan lies on the Pacific Ring of Fire, tectonic plates move. It was the movement of tectonic plates that caused the earthquake, the ocean floor rose by several metres sending a tidal wave of water heading out at 500 mph.

Tectonic plates are one of the mechanism of Gaia. Without Gaia there would be no life on earth.

We interfere with Gaia at our peril.

The people of Japan are quite stoic about what happened. They blame no one. They accept it is the force of Nature at work.

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One Response to “Thoughts and prayers for Japan”

  1. keithpp Says:

    Absolutely appalling, CNBC’s Kudlow on Japanese tsunami and earthquake: Be Grateful Human Toll Much Worse than Economic Toll! But that is how the minds of these sick people work. He is not even correct, the economic cost is tens if not hundreds of billions of dollars, the insurance bill alone is tens of billions of dollars.

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