Dharma Card for April, 2009
That man values rationalism is one thing,
whether man is a rational being is quite another.
---Dr. Hideki Yukawa
♪Just a sip is the first try,
ending in a pub crawl unwittingly----;
I know, I know, but I simply can’t
give it up.♪
(“Sudara Bushi”) ?” asked Mr. Hitoshi Ueki of his father,
a Shin temple priest. “Why not?” answered the priest. “As
far as human beings live on, this sort of “I know, I know,
but I simply can’t give it up” life wouldn’t be rooted out.
This idea is related to Shinran’s teaching. Well said!
Rationalism is your head’s work, but it cannot control
your various strong emotions that arise in your “bosom”,
nor your uprising desires or will that is said to be settled
in your “belly.” Your head tries to go rationally, but your
body or way of life would not go that way so easily. Nay,
perhaps emotions and volition will try to utilize the head,
rationalism, for their own fulfillment.
This state is what Shinran calls “a foolish being full of
blind passions,” and hence “Amida’s Primal Vow”