Lichen, by Aphex Twin is a song I used to obsessively play on repeat at 18 years old. Listen to it as you read this poem I wrote today:
Let the wanderer and the questioner arrive at a crossroads,
which offers both rising and descending.
Both opening and closing.
Like a lotus, these crossroads represent the present moment.
Like a lotus, they represent the truth
that in your very hand is found the power
to open or to close in every moment.
Let the sweet perfume of the answer tempt you forward
all the days of your life.
Not for the answer’s sake, but for the road it takes you down.
Let the lotus tell you that the sound of your footsteps
is not that of movement forward
but rather of opening outwards,
to envelop the world.
There is no destination.
There never was.
Not in this world or any world that you could ever hope to come across
Will you ever find a being… enlightened.
Only a moment to moment expression of enlightened thoughts and actions,
Which if strung together by time, form a life time of enlightened activity.
And it is this, that we call… enlightenment.
The state that is not an “end state” at all.
Enlightenment is just a different view of the very same crossroads
which we will meet with every moment of our lives…Forever
On this eternal, unfolding road we have been taken down
by our own questioning.
There is only a vow to awaken each moment.
A vow to keep the seed of awakening alive in the present,
And with each present moment as it passes,
a vow to open ourselves like the lotus and envelop the world.