Friday, November 7, 2014

Haiku Shuukan #28, "Ma"

Dear Haijin, visitors and travelers,

Last week we started with a new series of weekly haiku-prompts and it was fun to make that episode, it's a bit sad to see that there are not that much contributors to this weekly haiku meme, maybe that's because of my choice of prompts or they cannot find the way to Haiku Shuukan.
It all doesn't matter, but I would like to see more contributors. The upcoming prompt is "MA" and it is the second syllable or sound of the mantra "Om Mani Padme Hum" which means:

Om purifies bliss and pride (realm of the gods); Ma purifies jealousy and need for entertainment (realm of the jealous gods); Ni purifies passion and desire (human realm); Pad purifies ignorance and prejudice (animal realm); Me purifies greed and possessiveness (realm of the hungry ghosts); Hum purifies aggression and hatred (hell realm).

So this week's prompt is about purifying jealousy and need for entertainment (realm of the jealous gods). It means that with this "syllable" or "sound" you become free of jealousy and the need for entertainment. I think "Om Mani Padme Hum" is a very strong mantra and I love to share here a video of monks chanting this mantra:

I hope it will help you to become inspired to write an all new haiku in response of "Ma".

broken mirror
grabbing the pieces together -
finally free

© Chèvrefeuille

Not a very strong haiku, but it was one of the first which came in mind as I listened to the mantra sung by those Buddhist monks ... in some way I realized that mirrors are the source for jealousy ... don't ask me why I thought that ... I can't tell you ...

This episode is NOW OPEN for your submissions and will remain open until next Friday November 14th at noon (CET). Our next prompt will be, "Ni" the third syllable or sound of this purifying mantra.


  1. Hello Chevrefeuille -- I'll get my response to this online ASAP so maybe others will see the Shuukan prompts and join in. I don't have a working blog at Blogger, though, so I can't reblog, unfortunately. A challenging prompt, this one!

  2. This link gives a lot of information about the Asura - in the realm of the jealous gods -- which is really interesting and helpful. :)