Thursday, October 27, 2011

花花世界




活了一把年纪,尝试修身养性,看破世间幻象,却因定力不足而达不到那境界,稍有闲暇就沉迷在屋子前面的一片花花世界里。

这片花花世界,犹如人间净土,除了有灵性的花花草草,还有多元种族的蝴蝶姑娘或翩翩起舞,或小休于花草间,不食人间烟火的生活,使我沉沦其中,流连忘返。

我把心定住,所谓色即是空,才能以平常心和蝴蝶们对话,并向它们请教如何生活得如此快活。

打从毛虫生涯开始,我们就学习随缘,叶子摆在眼前我们就吃,边爬边吃,如果不被鸟儿吃掉,我们就会幻化成蝴蝶。这是我们的命运,只要每十只毛虫里有不被吃掉的,我们的族群就能生存下去。小黄蝶说。

化蝶之后,我们深知时日无多,在有生之年里我们都很珍惜当下,品尝尽所到之处所有花蜜,飞舞取乐。遇到有缘蝶,我们也很随意的交配下蛋以传宗接代。这是我们的使命。黑白蝶接下去说。



突然一只苏铁小灰蝶慌张失措地飞到我们面前。好险!刚才那只大鸟把我的翅膀啄去一片,幸好它把我翅膀上的假眼当作头部,我才逃过劫数。

原来蝴蝶的花花世界里也是充满危机,快活与否取决于其生活态度。

正所谓:“平生修得随缘性,粗茶淡饭也知足。”

Monday, October 24, 2011

泡泡人生 (Bubbles)


小孩们都爱玩吹泡泡。

轻轻一吹,一粒粒晶莹透彻的泡泡就飘散于空气中,像充满灵性似的,各自寻梦去了。美丽的泡泡,也像空气中的能量,于是忍不住伸手触摸,奈何每次触碰,泡泡就破灭了。泡泡的生命短促,小孩们吹了一轮又一轮,不愿回家。神奇的泡泡,乐透了小孩的心,也让大人寻回了久违的童心。

有人说,生命就像宇宙间的泡泡。当泡泡破灭时,一切都成为幻影。

也许,我们应该说泡泡更像人生的梦想。可能飞得很高很远才破灭,也可能飞不起来就破掉。但我们也许不必太在意,只要每一颗泡泡都能给于生命一点感动,在人生旅途中能够温暖人心,梦想达成与否已不那么重要。

生命中最好的,绝对是非物质性的。比如一座房子如果没有幸福美满温馨的家庭,其价值再高贵也没用。一对伴侣如果不是有着真诚的感情,就算是白马王子配白雪公主也没用。一堆钞票若不懂得善用,也可说是蔽多于利的。泡泡之所以好玩,是因为那飘逸半梦幻感和小孩的童真,绝不是那泡沫水的味道或其外表形态。

花花世界里的人们啊,在追求花花钞票的同时,别忘了生命中就好的,绝对是非物质的。。。

 
My kid likes to play with bubbles. The bubbles always seem to be full of dreams and promises. Not only my little one enjoys playing with it, even myself, the old man gets to rekindle the fond childhood memory.

More and more people now realize that life is like bubbles floating in the universe. When the bubble bursts, its life ends. Everything becomes just an illusion. So is our life.

The most important and valuable thing in life is never material gains, for instance the most expensive bungalow has no value at all if not occupied by its loving and warm family.

In fact, everything changes constantly. What make the constantly changing world meaningful, are our love, faith and care towards our fellow human being and the nature.

Thursday, October 20, 2011

葬花


人生如戏,有令人心酸的,有感人的,有温馨的,有香艳的,有离奇的,也有令人愤怒的。

一群好友结伴出海钓鱼,渔船被撞翻丢失两条人命。其中一人挺身奋死游向一艘渔船求救时被海浪吞没不知去向,留下遗孀与几个月大的婴儿,令人心酸。

南非某海湾有一青年无视鲨鱼警告,跳下海游泳不久便被鲨鱼攻击,所幸有另两位见义勇为的中年人下海相救,才不致丧命。救人之际,有一头海豹围绕着三人引开鲨鱼的注意,耐人寻味。虽然丧失了双脚,总算保住一命。

新加坡一年轻医生远赴希腊出席会议,却离奇失踪,急坏了新婚的妻子。

大陆小童连被二车子辗过,十八路人视若无睹,引起公愤。

虽然深知人生无常,但不胜枚举的命运人生百态,仍旧让人感慨万千。

回到当下却发现不少亲戚朋友们都越来越有温情善心。有者佛性大起,连蚊子都不大开杀戒,我说蚊子吸血不需放过,却不以为意,以能做多少就做多少回应。

做慈善义工的有之,到佛堂义务帮忙的有之,说话感恩声连连的有之,家中蚂蚁不忍用杀虫剂而用扫把扫掉的有之,连砍树亦欲三思的也有之。

唯独还没见到的是葬花的仁人善士。

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

一场演不完的戏


中学时期,读了点科学就自以为是,从来不相信科学不能证明的任何事物,还曾经在心里嘲笑善男信女们的迷信。

慢慢的,慢慢发现科学虽然让我们明白许多事物,如我们身体的构造,地球与月球的转动与地心吸力,彩虹的形成,动植物如何播种传宗接代等等,但科学只教会我们‘如何’,却从来都不曾让我们明了‘为什么’。

为什么我们是我们现在这样子一个头两条手臂两条腿,而不是两个头四条手臂四条腿,也许你会说那不是成为妖怪吗?可是如果所有人都有两个头四条手臂四条腿,那么一个头两条手臂两条腿的人反而要被视为妖怪了。

通过科学,我们知道一道白光里有七种人眼能看得见的颜色,不同的颜色因频率不同因此折射角度不尽相同,所以透过空气中的水滴后这些光就会散出一道可爱的彩虹。可是为什么白光里要有七种颜色,而不是更多或只有黑白两色。这些‘为什么’,科学永远也理不出个所以然来。

为求平衡类似疑问导致的心理不平衡,开始慢慢接受科学所不能证明的事物,也开始慢慢对一些宗教信仰佛学轮回转世等课题有了兴趣。

也许,假以时日,科学将能探索出一切因由。也许,人类将永远局限在人类与生俱来的官感,智慧与情欲中,演出一幕接一幕情欲交织的演不完的戏。

Monday, October 17, 2011

下雨天 (Rainy Day)


从小,就喜欢下雨天。

喜欢雨后到沟渠里放纸船,喜欢看大人们盛屋顶漏下的雨水,也喜欢看窗外的雨丝和屋檐上流下的水柱。

倾盆大雨之际睡觉特别温暖,就像冬眠般舒服。若必须起床上课,总是十万个不愿意。

中学时喜欢听雨丝情愁和雨夜的浪漫。总觉得下雨迷蒙缥缈的情景很是浪漫。

步入中年,还是喜欢听雨水打在屋顶与马路上的声音,喜欢雨水带来的那一丝丝凉意,喜欢雨过天晴后的清新感。

下雨时,心境总是无比的宁静,也是让自己懒散片刻的最佳良机。。。



Since childhood, I always like rainy days.

I like to listen to the rhythmic sound of rains. I like the romantic mood that the rainy scene create. I like the cooling atmosphere. I like the freshness in the air after rain.

In short, I feel calm and relax whenever it rains.

Thursday, October 13, 2011

腰酸背痛 (Back Pain)


前几天和同门一起吃饭时谈到他年迈的母亲一空闲下来就会觉得身体不适,不是头痛就是身体某个部位不舒服。反而在生活忙碌时身体壮得很干活都没问题。勾起了小时候常听母亲说的一则趣事。

话说当年母亲怀着我的时候是第六胎,上有一男四女,但因前三胎生了三位姐姐,都是女的,当时思想古老,尤其是外婆非常渴望能添个男孙。

外婆当时七十多岁,患有风湿症,腰骨时常酸痛。就在母亲在产房生我之际,外婆还在疼痛着,稍后传来母亲生下男孙的消息,使外婆得意忘形,开心到腰酸背痛全好了。

外婆在中国的际遇非常苦命,结婚后只成功产下二女(母亲和阿姨),后来外公患病不治,因家里没有男丁被人欺负,甚至想把外婆一家卖掉。幸好一位好心的亲戚伸出援手帮外婆凑足船费下南洋谋生。才有今天子孙满堂的局面。

离题了,我想表达的是,活动和心态足以影响健康,倘若能做到保持心境开朗,身子则勤于活动,生活必定健康与活力。

孩子们如想表达一点孝心,千万别阻止年迈的双亲帮手干活,反而应该鼓励他们多多活动健身养生。

我最近也频频腰酸背痛,想必是工作量减少所致。。。

A few days ago over dinner, my brother-in-law said that his elderly mother always feel unwell when she idles at home without much chore to do. This brought me back to the childhood story my mother used to tell me.

My grandma was in her seventies when my mom was about to give birth to me. With rheumatism, my grandma suffered from back pain from time to time. In the occasion when my mom was in the delivery room, my grandmother was still suffering in pain. However, when the news of my mother gave birth to a baby boy reached her, my grandmother got so happy that the hapiness made her back pain completely gone.

What I wanted to say is, activity and attitude can affect health, if we are able to keep cheerful mind and active body, life must be healthy.

I recently have frequent back pain, it must be due to reduced workload. . .

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

大自然有情吗 (Amazing Nature)


大自然有情吗?我想答案可能就在清代诗人张维凭的作品《新雷》吧。

造物无言却有情,每于寒尽觉春生。
千红万紫安排著,只待新雷第一声。

大自然创造万物,深情款款,在严寒的冬天之后,正是温暖的春天。万紫千红百花齐放的景象早已安排好,只等待第一声春雷后绽放。诗中尽诉了大自然的有情有义。

然而,大自然发起脾气来也是很可怕的。洪水,暴风,地震,海啸,火山等等天灾的无情令人侧目。这些天灾的背后到底有隐藏着什么秘密没?

无论如何,大自然给予的远比夺去的多得多。自然界万物得以和谐相处,日出日落,生生不息的奥妙,值得我们深思。。。

Nature is amazing.

The consistent exchanges of beautiful sunrise and sunset, the seasonal rotation of spring, summer, autumn and winter; the bountiful fauna and flora in the wild, the diverse and interesting life forms in the natural ecological habitat, the delicate relationship, the balance and order of everything in nature is something that always make me ponder over the greatness of the great nature.

In short, no human scientific knowledge can ever fully explain the nature; no human artistic talent can be more creative than the nature, no man-made machine can ever overcome the power of nature.

The only way is for us to live in harmony with nature.

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

红蚂蚁 (Photographing Weaver Ants)


在院子里,红蚂蚁无处不在,因此成为我饭后闲暇时练习微距摄影的好对象。

令我恨得咬牙切齿的是这些红蚂蚁活力十足,不停的在走动,鲜少停下来让我好好为他们拍摄。

幸好数码相机的最大好处就是不需要菲林,拍摄者可以尝试各种角度,快门,光圈等直到满意为止。

不断尝试下,我也成功为红蚂蚁拍了一辑专辑,让我能在摄影镜头下更深入的观察红蚂蚁的举动与它们社群间的互动。

蚂蚁的团队精神,独有的神力与干劲等特征也让我一览无遗。。。


Weaver ants are commonly found in our garden. They are always there for me to practice my macro photography whenever I am running out of subject to shoot.

However, the fact that the weaver ants seldom stay still make it difficult to shoot them at low ISO setting. I also found using a tripod very impractical when shooting the highly mobile ants.

As a result of this, I usually compromise on the ISO to get a fast enough shutter speed to freeze at least the movement of some ants. Alternatively when shooting a single ant, I may use the largest aperture possible to obtain a faster shutter speed but compromise on the depth of field.

To make the images less boring, I usually try out different angle of view and look for a group of ants interacting with each other that shows their society working together in an interesting way…

Monday, October 10, 2011

自然生活 (Natural Living)


每当看到报章报导某某人七八十岁还能够老当益壮或登山,或长跑,心里除了由衷的佩服,也很想在年老时能够过这种健康的生活。

苹果乔布斯先生已走了,享年五十六岁,留下了辉煌的业绩皇朝,令人感慨生命的脆弱与无情。

虽然没人知道自己能活到几岁,但能够做的就是从这一刻起就开始更注重健康。

人体就像一台机器,除了要时常润滑,也要定时清洗可能堵塞的部分。机器放着不用反而有害,适量操作机龄最长。

多喝水,多吃有机果菜有润滑肠胃和清血管的作用。适量运动流汗也肯定对身心健康有莫大的帮助。

吃喝自然,生活自然,多接触大自然,希望年老时也能成为老当益壮的登山一族。

Every time I came across news articles about senior personnel beyond the age of seventy years old, but yet still healthy and strong enough for mountain climbing or long-distance running, I would really admire and hope that in my old age I too can lead a similar healthy natural living.

Mr. Steve Jobs of Apple has left, at the age of 56, leaving behind a brilliant performance and technology empire, making us pondering over the fragility of life .

Although no one knows his life expectancy, but what we can do from this moment is to be more health-conscious.

The human body is like a machine, in addition to frequent lubrication, regular maintenance, flushing and cleaning also is important for components that may get choked and seized up.

I believe by drinking plenty of pure water, eating lots of organic fruits and vegetables can lubricate and cleanse our stomach and blood vessels. Regular exercise on the other help will certainly does great help to upkeep our overall health.

Eat and drink naturally, live a natural life, spend more time with nature, hopefully in my old age I can expect to lead a physically healthy lifestyle.

Thursday, October 6, 2011

小事一桩 (Small Things)



有机农场让游客们免费捞鱼,每人限捞三条。小孩们开心极了,都捞得不舍得离开。池塘里的鱼儿虽多,但鱼儿们动作迅速敏捷,想捞到它们倒也不容易。

后来老爸和姑姑出马,才成功捞到鱼儿,让女儿和儿子各带三条鱼回家养。

女儿和儿子虽然自己捞不到鱼,老爸却看得出他们捞鱼之乐。

儿子在公园玩乐时看到一些可爱的心型小叶子长在树干上,好奇的稚子心按耐不住拔了一串来玩,欣喜之情现于脸上。

虽然都是小事一桩,老爸却看得出孩子们纯洁简单的快乐。

The organic farm operator allowed the kids to scoop for the fishes in the pond. The kids tried hard but it proved to be quite a challenge for them to get hold of the fast moving fishes.

Finally daddy and aunty turned hero and helped the kids to scoop out three fishes each. The fishes were later brought back home to rear. The children had great fun and joy in the farm.

My little boy discovered some lovely heart-shaped leaves growing on a tree trunk; he plucked down a string of the leaves happily. It was clearly visible on his facial expression that he was delighted.

These are small things indeed, but such is the pure simple pleasure of children’s life.

Monday, October 3, 2011

大自然 (Nature)


最近,也许是摄影的原因,特别喜欢大自然,朋友邀约到海岛游玩,心里很想赴会却因某些原因而不能随行。只好期待年终假期能如愿出游。

周末清晨我都会到对面公园走走。早晨的空气非常清新,夜里若下过雨或多露水,残留在花草枝叶间的露珠更会令人觉得分外精神。

每一滴露珠都像一面镜子,周围一切倒影映在其中,就只是看不见自己的倒影。在佳能的微距镜头下,露珠像极了一颗颗眼睛瞪着自己,仿佛在呼唤着我重投大地的怀抱,成为大自然的一员。

在梦境中,突然觉得自己变成了大自然的一部分,每一寸土地都成为梦想的花园,每一根野草也化为一株株美丽的盆栽。

我,是消不了摄影的毒,还是被大自然迷惑了?


It was early in the morning. I was looking at the dewdrops on the blades of grasses and felt deeply captivated within the dreamy environment.

The dewdrops that resemble eyeballs were looking back at me, as if calling me to return to the nature.

Forget about all material things. Everything else is just an illusion, said the dewdrops. I was nodding my head in agreement. After all we all are just part of the never-ending journey, until the time ends finally.

Until timelessness arrives, let's take as many photographs as possible to build up the album as well as the sweet memories.

Life's Sayings

In three words I can sum up everything I've learned about life, it goes on. (Robert Frost)

We make a living by what we get. We make a life by what we give. (Winston Churchill)

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