Bare

brass mirror, polish your life,nichiren buddhism
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I have often talked about mirrors, and you can read my reply to him at his site. You can never lie to your reflection. You can pretend to people who don’t know you, but you can never get away from the person you know yourself to be. In ages past there were no glass mirrors. Only mirrors made of metal, brass, and it tarnished, so to see your reflection it had to be polished. If you want to see the clear – bare – reflection of your inner life, you have to polish your life every day, without pretending, or lying to yourself. Gradually you can lay bare your life, with no pretending to others that you are someone you are not.

DoubleU = W

Do you gird yourself to hide?

From whom do you veil your essence?

Are you arrayed greater and more beautifully,

To cover a darkness within?

When humanity passes you by,

To what are they a witness?

Do you harbor that realest of you,

And display only what may be acceptable?

Something inside you, a part of you cowers,

Fearing that it maybe be discovered.

Is this an evil, a hole in your character,

That must never be unleashed?

Could it be the part that you hide,

Those deepest recesses of your mind,

Thoughts you believe should never come to light,

Are the basest of men even the real you?

Is that precious soul part god and devil,

Fetched in equal portions from heaven and hell?

A disparate being simply existing,

Never to be revealed?

Reject psychoanalysis, embrace you.

A reflection awaits you if only you will look.

Neither beast nor…

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