I have been a bandit and a saint

The mind creates a world of time and space but the mind does not live in time or space.

The mind is not a linear process, it doesn’t follow a path, it never changes. Change is the first illusion, and every form of fear depends on it. Without change nothing ever happens, and not one thing can be different. 

The mind can seem to be everywhere always at once, and yet it exists nowhere and is beyond time.


I’ve been a bandit and a saint, a big shot and a nobody, many times a woman, many times a man, sometimes a beggar, other times a king, and everything in between. I have often changed roles being either the victim or the executioner, playing tit-for-tat with all my various impersonations. Now you kill me, apparently without reason, but in another life I’ve killed you, and we have been doing this many times over. There’s no justice, only unforgiveness, and senseless enactments of division and separation. You are my projection of separation as I am yours. We exist as different thoughts of individuality in the same mind.

Shall we call it quits now?

I’m done with it. It takes two to enact the idea of separation. It only takes one to overlook and forgive, which is an act of love. You cannot separate yourself from me if I recognize you as myself. I am what you are, you are what I am. 

Contemplation on No-Coming, No-Going 

This body is not me.
I am not limited by this body.
I am life without boundaries.
I have never been born,
and I have never died.
Look at the ocean and the sky filled with stars,
manifestations from my wondrous true mind.

Since before time, I have been free.
Birth and death are only doors through which we pass,
sacred thresholds on our journey.
Birth and death are a game of hide- and seek.

So laugh with me,
hold my hand,
let us say good-bye,
say good-bye, to meet again soon.

We meet today.
We will meet again tomorrow.
We will meet at the source every moment.
We meet each other in all forms of life.

– Thich Nhat Hanh