THE DRAGON GATE

In China there is a waterfall called the Dragon Gate. Its water plunge a hundred feet, swifter than an arrow shot by a strong archer. It is said that thousands of carp gather in the basin below, hoping to climb the falls, and that any which succeeds will turn into a dragon. However, not a single carp out of a hundred, a thousand or even ten thousand can climmb the falls, not even after ten or twenty years. Some are swept away by the strong currents, some fall prey to eagles, hawkes, kites and owls, and others are netted, scooped up, or even shot with arrows  by fishermen who line either bank of the wide falls. Such is the difficulty a carp faces in becoming a dragon.  (Nichiren Daishonin “The Dragon Gate”).

“Kisah ribuan ikan yang berkeinginan menjadi naga di air terjun Pintu Naga adalah teladan bagi orang-orang yang mendamba cita-cita luhurnya tercapai. Mungkin hanya ada satu dari ribuan ikan itu yang mampu meloncati air terjun yang derasnya tiada tara.  Adapula bahaya mengancam dari perangkap para nelayan maupun ganasnya binatang buas dan burung-burung pemangsa yang mengintip dari angkasa. Ikan-ikan itu sama seperti rakyat yang mendamba kemasyhuran dan kemewahan, sama seperti umat manusia berkeinginan keras menjadi Buddha.”

 

Drawing by abbysoekarno,2011

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