Well we all know I love to wax on about the esoteric journey of my Aquaponics Zen Quest. So recently I took my physical body and inquisitive mind over to Sahib's place. Ahhh! now known to me as the Urban Guru. He has all of the paths covered. Float Beds, Gravel Beds, Verticals, NFT and lets not forget several wicking variations. No I don't think there is a path to Aquaponics enlightenment that Sahib isn't pursuing. His be here now philosophy is clearly visible in the simplicity of his design and construction. I was in Zen Heaven. What is Zen Heaven you say?
Zen approach to Heaven and Hell...
A big, burly samurai comes to a Zen master and says,"Tell me the nature of heaven and hell."
The Zen master looks him in the face and says,"Why should I tell a scruffy, disgusting, miserable slob like you? A worm like you, do you think I should tell you anything?"
Consumed by rage, the samurai draws his sword and
raises it to cut off the master's head. The Zen master says, "That's hell."
Instantly, the samurai understands that he has just created his own hell- black and hot, filled with hatred, self-protection, anger, and resentment. He sees that he was so deep in hell that he was ready to kill someone. Tears fill his eyes as he puts his palms together to bow in gratitude for this insight.
The Zen Master says, "That's heaven."
The view of the warrior-bodhisattva is not "Hell is bad and heaven is good" or "Get rid of hell and just seek heaven" Instead, we encourage ourselves to develop an open heart and an open mind to heaven, to hell, to everything. Only with equanimity can we see that everything that comes into our circle has come to teach us what we need to know.
After all Robert Plant reminded us in "Now and Zen" Heaven knows what kinda fool am I.
Alais I digress as always.
The visit to Sahibs.
All I can say is... get there if you can as it is well worth the visit. I created a photo album of what I saw and am still digesting. I can only ask Sahib to comment on the photos if questions are asked.