This blog is the continuation of an unpublished biography of Yasunari Kawabata, a Japanese literary genius who won a Nobel Prize for literature. When he was young, he lost his mother, and then his father. While living with his grandfather, his sister died, and now his grandfather is dying. The teenager, Kawabata, copes as best he can, and even though he has no interest in religious superstitions of his day, finds himself seeking help from a Boddhisatva.
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Now, Grandfather took ten minutes to urinate, and when he did, he cried out even more. Yasunari did not know if he could bear it, but somehow he did. After all, Grandfather himself had said, “I have lived shedding tears.” So this was not so very different from the way things had always been.
Nothing in Grandfather’s life ever seemed to create joy or become successful. He had tried raising a tea crop and failed. He had written a book, “A Theory of Divination and the Structure of Dwelling Places and its Effect on the Dwellers.” It had not been published. He had sold off all the family holdings to a saké brewer called Matsuo and used the money to reconstruct the house. None of Grandfather’s attempts to earn money had ever been successful. His life seemed friendless.
Yasunari did not feel as if he had many friends either, except perhaps his books. Yasunari realized, though, that Grandfather was not useless, nor had he always been selfish. Grandfather thought his book taught people how to be happy. Yasunari did not challenge Grandfather’s ideas. He never belittled him, either. Yet, there was no way he could accept his Grandfather’s religious ideas.
Even when Yasunari waved the sword around in the air to rid it of demons, he struggled with his own beliefs. Yasunari wondered why he could not make himself call in a medical doctor to help Grandfather. He did not consciously resent his father who had been a physician. Yet, after thirty days, when Grandfather had had no bowel movement, Yasunari had encouraged Omiyo’s talk with the fox god, something supernatural he didn’t believe in.
Grandfather did not like doctors. Yasunari suspected that Grandfather resented his son, Yasunari’s father, for learning new ways far different from the old traditions. On the other hand, Yasunari comforted himself, what good could a medical doctor possibly do? The fox god and the rituals gave hope. To call in a doctor might well be the end of hope.
Grandfather greatly respected the distant past. He was proud that his family was descended from the people who had built the local temple. It housed the bodhisattva, Kokūzō. This deity, seated on a lotus, wearing a crown, held a sword in his right hand to symbolize wisdom, and in his left hand, he held a wish-granting jewel. He represented wisdom as vast as space.
Yasunari understood that Grandfather had tried to live these beliefs. Grandfather often remodeled his living quarters. He believed that the spaces within a house represented the way of wisdom.
Yasunari felt better about Grandfather when he remembered how kind he could be. Even in his misery, his demands and his suffering, he had been kind to Omiyo. After her grandchild was born, Grandfather, on hearing the news, became joyful. He was especially happy to hear about all the gifts her friends in the village gave to her to celebrate her being a grandmother.
Yasunari respected her too. “It is the way it must be, Yasunari,” Omiyo told him. “The gods understand what is best for each one of us. Your Grandfather has lived. You must try to understand the whole picture. The gods destine our journey in life.”
Monk asks, “who help you in times of sickness and trouble? Where do you turn in your helplessness?”
In Buddhism, a bodhisattva (Sanskrit: बोधिसत्त्व bodhisattva; Pali: बोधिसत्त bodhisatta) is an enlightenment (bodhi) being (sattva). Traditionally, a bodhisattva is anyone who, motivated by great compassion, has generated bodhicitta, which is a spontaneous wish to attain Buddhahood for the benefit of all sentient beings.[1
Certainly, Jesus fulfilled the category of an enlightened being who gave his life and death for the sake of other people. For Christians, he is the child (son) of God who transforms people’s lives.
Journey to Enlightenment | THE RABBIT HOLE with Deepak Chopra: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NYi4hqjFfuc
Jesus Loves You Flash Mob – Tbilisi, Georgia: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rIncFASwrJY
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They Will Know We Are Christians by Our Love: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7CobNWUXb1M