Words can mirror the mind, but sometimes they are unable to express concepts and feelings. Some states of the mind are even inexpressible. The inability to convey my feelings through words happened to me today while visiting Haeinsa in Korea. I cannot describe the magic of that place through words. The temple stands in the mountain.
Haeinsa is one of the biggest temples in Korea. Besides the main temple, there are many small temples. One of these is Baekryunam where Sungchul, a monk got enlightenment. This is his famous saying: Mountain is mountain, water is water. It means that reality is as it is not as we want it to be. Are we able to see things as they are? If yes, we are enlightened.
As for the temple and its surroundings, the photos I have taken today can show the beauties of this unique place better than my words.
Ettore Grillo, author of these books:
– A Hidden Sicilian History
– The Vibrations of Words
– Travels of the Mind