That mind which gives life to all the people in the world - such is the very mind which nourishes me!
That Mind Which Gives Life
Topic: Ultimate Reality, God, Heavenly Parent
“That mind which gives life to all the people in the world–such is the very mind which nourishes me!”
Arakida Moritake (荒木田 守武, 1473 – August 30, 1549) was a Japanese poet who excelled in the fields of waka, renga, and in particular haikai. He studied renga with Sōgi. He was the son of Negi Morihide, and a Shintoist. At the age of 69, he became head priest of the Inner Ise Shrine.
One Hundred Poems about the World
Wilson, Andrew, editor. World Scripture--a Comparative Anthology of Sacred Texts. Paragon House, 1991, p. 74 [Arakida Moritake, One Hundred Poems about the World].
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Arakida Moritake, One Hundred Poems about the World
Moritake’s most famous poem:
A fallen blossom
returning to the bough, I thought —
But no, a butterfly.
–Arakida Moritake [Traditional Japanese Poetry: An Anthology (Translation, Steven D. Carter)].