Bhavana

Intentions
are in control,
while consequences
often aren’t.

Have our heroes in history
been more chance than else?

In living though,
Doesn’t ‘why’ matter
a little more than ‘what’?

To be stable amidst
the confounding effects
of chance and effort…
Far from effortless.

But what if one focuses
on ‘bhavana’ in life,
Doesn’t karma follow
like plant from a seed?

Of course, you may say,
easier said than done.
But isn’t it, in some ways,
Easier done than said ?

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Bhāvanā (PaliSanskrit, also bhāvana) literally means “development” or “cultivating” or “producing” in the sense of “calling into existence.” It is an important concept in Buddhist praxis (Patipatti). The word bhavana normally appears in conjunction with another word forming a compound phrase such as citta-bhavana (the development or cultivation of the heart/mind) or metta-bhavana (the development/cultivation of lovingkindness). When used on its own bhavana signifies ‘spiritual cultivation’ generally. (source: Wikipedia)

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