Who Is Swati Chopra?
Swati Chopra is a writer based in New Delhi, India. She focuses on spirituality and religion in her work and is author of Buddhism: On the Path to NirvanaFor her book project on women and spirituality, she has received a fellowship from the Foundation for Universal Responsibility of H. Hthe Dalai Lama. Swati’s writing has appeared in journals in India and abroad, including Resurgence and Tricycle: The Buddhist Review. www.swatichopra.com.
Insight of Swati Chopra
Of the many hopes that light up my heart when I think of our collective future, I choose one—an end to the suffering of duality, of otherness. Those who have glimpsed its true nature describe Reality as an uncompromising whole. An intermeshed network, a mass of interconnections. In our beings we carry the spark that links us with everything else. Looking at a world that fragments anew each day into boundaries between self and other, one hopes for a radical realization of connection, of shared humanity, of the oneness that embraces us all and is the ground upon which our common destiny unfolds.
In the early days of the Meiji era there lived a well-known wrestler called O-nami, Great Waves.
O-nami was immensly strong and knew the art of wresting. In his private bouts he defeated even his teacher, but in public was so bashful that his own pupils threw him.
O-nami felt he should go to a Zen master for help. Hakuju, a wandering teacher, was stopping in a little temple nearby, so O-nami went to see him and told him of his great trouble.
"Great Waves is your name," the teacher advised, "so stay in this temple tonight. Imagine that you are those billows. You are no longer a wrestler who is afraid. You are those huge waves sweeping everything before them, swallowing all in their path. Do this and you will be the greatest wrestler in the land."
The teacher retired. O-nami sat in meditation trying to imagine himself as waves. He thought of many different things. Then gradualy he turned more and more to the feeling of waves. As the night advanced the waves became larger and larger. They swept away the flowers in their vases. Even the Buddha in the shrine was inundated. Before dawn the temple was nothing but the ebb and flow of an immense sea.
In the morning the teacher found O-nami meditating, a faint smile on his face. He patted the wrestler's shoulder. "Now nothing can disturb you," he said. "You are those waves. You will sweep everything before you."
The same day O-nami entered the wrestling contests and won. After that, no one in Japan was able to defeat him.