Tuesday, May 26, 2015

"suffered many things of many physicians" - Endless is This Road

Around Tokyo Bay

Endless is This Road

There was a very popular female singer who suddenly appeared after WWII as a low-teenager genius singer.
Hibari Misora (1937 – 1989) was a Japanese singer, actress and cultural icon.[1][2] She received a Medal of Honor for her contributions to music and for improving the welfare of the public, and was the first woman to receive the People's Honour Award which was conferred posthumously for giving the public hope and encouragement after World War II.[3][4]
Misora recorded 1,200 songs, and sold 68 million records.[5] After she died consumer demand for her recordings grew significantly and by 2001 she had sold more than 80 million records.
In one of her songs titled "Kawa-no Nagare-no Yoni" (like the flow of a river), there is an interesting phrase:
Ikiru koto wa, tabi-suru koto, 
Owari-no nai kono-michi.

It can be translated:
Living a life is making a journey,
Endless is this road.

When a Japanese professor who taught Japanese in a foreign country (Canada or Europe) took this song as a material for his lecture, many students asked what "Endless is this road" meant, since any way had its end.

The meaning of this sentence is that one would feel, if he had been living a hard life,  as if he had been walking on an endless road as he could not even see the future while concentrating on every current step (every day's toil and burdens). 

This road is not a physical or geographic road.  It is a passage of life.  Of course there is an end in life.  But if you concentrate on every moment, living can be felt in the phase of endlessness.  It is a metaphor.

When a European or an American hears "Living a life is making a journey; Endless is this road," he would surely imagine a concrete road that has a start and an end.  And he would think that he is walking on a road.  The road has the start and the end.

But when a Japanese hears "Living a life is making a journey; Endless is this road," he would surely imagine a state of walking on part of a road, and he would think that there is no end of this road for him, since he has to repeat a movement of his legs till his death.  There is no exit from a painful life.  He has to live and die.  But after his death, the road is still stretching ahead without anybody, probably, walking there.

The point at issue is the concentration on the moment.  From the point or the moment, outside elements look like belonging to the phase of eternity that is endless.

Of course, every life has the start and the end.  The life of Christ Jesus had the start and the end as depicted in the Bible.  But his will or the road he was walking on has been stretching endlessly.

In Buddhism, it is said that if you concentrate on holy exercise, trying to realize enlightenment at every moment during ascetic training, you might get truth and your soul might enter Nirvana, the supreme paradise where one's existence is completed.  Such a holy man enters Nirvana or eternity through a hole of time, namely a moment.

Put simply, the only way for us to enter the domain of eternity is to concentrate on a moment and enter the domain through the entrance called a moment (which can be the time of death).  But, it is not easy.  You have to try it at every moment endlessly.  And you might luckily jump into eternity through a hole of time or a moment.

However, this theory should not apply to a kamikaze-style (suicidal) attack in war.  Do not apply a holy theory for purity of human souls to a bloody human act of war.

Nonetheless, people suffering a tragic war somewhere in the world might feel their difficult and dangerous situations would continue forever or till their death.  They must be able to understand the phrase of the song: "Living a life is making a journey; Endless is this road."

All I can hope is that God or Allah would send angels to them at every moment endlessly.

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Mar 5:25 And a certain woman, which had an issue of blood twelve years,
Mar 5:26 And had suffered many things of many physicians, and had spent all that she had, and was nothing bettered, but rather grew worse,
Mar 5:27 When she had heard of Jesus, came in the press behind, and touched his garment.
Mar 5:28 For she said, If I may touch but his clothes, I shall be whole.
Mar 5:29 And straightway the fountain of her blood was dried up; and she felt in her body that she was healed of that plague.
Mar 5:30 And Jesus, immediately knowing in himself that virtue had gone out of him, turned him about in the press, and said, Who touched my clothes?
Mar 5:31 And his disciples said unto him, Thou seest the multitude thronging thee, and sayest thou, Who touched me?
Mar 5:32 And he looked round about to see her that had done this thing.
Mar 5:33 But the woman fearing and trembling, knowing what was done in her, came and fell down before him, and told him all the truth.
Mar 5:34 And he said unto her, Daughter, thy faith hath made thee whole; go in peace, and be whole of thy plague.