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Old 02-21-2007, 06:10 PM   #1
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Literary Perfection

This is the single most important passage I've ever read in any book in my entire life.

http://www.enigmamusic.com/forum/showthread.php?t=4900

Please read it knowing it resides in a book written by a man who was O'Sensei's uchi-deshi for over a decade.

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Old 02-22-2007, 01:34 PM   #2
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Re: Literary Perfection

Don't recall that passage, but here's my favorite from the same book.

O Sensei believed, according to the Way of Kannagara, that the individual creates his or her own heaven or hell right here on this earth. I am reminded of an old Japanese folk-tale of an adventurous young man who wanted to know the difference between heaven and hell. He first looked upon hell and saw many people seated at a long table filled with the finest foods. But everyone had gaunt faces weak, crying in despair. A closer look revealed that their hands had only two fingers formed into the shape of hashi, Japanese chopsticks, four feet long. Although they could pick up the food, their fingers were so long that they could not get in into their mouths. In frustration they were turning their tools into weapons, fighting selfishly among themselves for the food they could not eat. Then he looked upon heaven. He saw the same long table with the same beautifully prepared food and the same long fingers. But everyone was laughing and smiling at the others. Their cheeks were full and glowing with health. There was no fighting, for they picked up the food and, extending it to the other side of the table, fed each other. What is the difference between heaven and hell? Consciousness, compassion, and cooperation.
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Old 02-22-2007, 02:23 PM   #3
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Re: Literary Perfection

Somewhat basic stuff in both of these passages; which eludes to the fact that we are all part of something larger that we need to be aware of so our actions can be mutually beneficial...

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Old 02-22-2007, 04:54 PM   #4
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Re: Literary Perfection

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Somewhat basic stuff in both of these passages; which eludes to the fact that we are all part of something larger that we need to be aware of so our actions can be mutually beneficial...

Greg
Did you mean allude? Was that a typo? Was that a parapraxis? Something even deeper? Why I consider this book to be literary perfection is because it makes us ask ourselves important questions instead of answering them. This general concept inspired me to write a book.

Confucius said: "Love." There's the answer in one word...did everyone get it?

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Old 02-22-2007, 05:25 PM   #5
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Did you mean allude? Was that a typo? Was that a parapraxis? Something even deeper?
To answer your questions; yes, no, maybe...

It is a good book that has to be read more than once to really appreciate it.

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