Sidharth Vardhan

About Flowers, Tea, Tao and others

In the trembling grey of a spring dawn, when the birds were whispering in mysterious cadence among the trees, have you not felt that they were talking to their mates about the flowers?” Wow! “True beauty could be discovered only by one who mentally complete the incomplete.” Just wow! “Rikiu loved to quote an old poem which says: “To those who long only for flowers, fain would I show the full-blown spring which abides in the toiling buds of snow-covered hills.” More wow! “The tea-master, Kobori-Enshiu, himself a daimyo, has left to us these memorable words: “Approach a great painting as thou wouldst approach a great prince.” In order to understand a masterpiece, you must lay yourself low before it and await with bated breath its least utterance.” Wow, ad infinitum! Proper review (more or less): “Meanwhile, let us have a sip of tea. The afternoon glow is brightening the bamboos, the fountains are bubbling with delight, the soughing of the pines is heard in our kettle. Let us dream of evanescence, and linger in the beautiful foolishness of things.” Beautiful writing all around. In terms of prose, it has to be the best Japanese book I have read. Okakura’s

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