Perhaps it may be said that a relation or analogy exists
between intuition in haiku and light, in that both illuminate.
Haiku should not be cryptic or esoteric, for in the words
of the T'ang hermit poet Ssu K'ung-T'u: "When words
include no hidden plans, buddhahood is near."
Authentic haiku poets intuitively feel that in nature there
is no alienation, that everything belongs.
An important aspect of haiku is its recognition of the togetherness
of things in a moment of time (i. e. haiku's use of juxtaposition
of entities), not their apparent unrelatedness when superficially
With haiku we are obliged simultaneously both to perceive
outside ourselves and to none-egolessly journey within.
For haiku poets, Blake's: "If the doors of perception
were cleaned, we would see everything as it is : infinite."
And somewhat in the same vein, over two thousand years before
Blake, Gautama said when he achieved enlightenment under
the bo tree (pipal-Ficus religiosa) and thereupon became
Buddha: "Wonder of wonders, all things intrinsically
are the Buddha nature."
In speaking of haiku R. H. Blyth says: no rational elements,
no logical thinking as such, is to interfere or come between
us and the thing that is at one and the same time itself
alone, and yet includes all other things." Haiku,
Vol. I, p. 322, original edition.)
All entities, all phenomena, are dependent upon each other,
are related to each other, and so interwoven that each entity
is the point of intersection of all the universe's lines
of force. And the haiku poet who is sensefully aware of
this is more readily able to create the better haiku. (Prompted
in part by a passage of Lama Anagarika Govinda's.)
Haiku is finding, bringing to light, and distributing the
treasure that is within every entity.
Although science, by its myriad manifestations, is the ongoing
exploration of reality, haiku does this better through Its
Gratitude and a smile belong to haiku poets, too,
The riddle that confounds the intellect: that the haiku
as opener and that which it opens to are the same.
Most haiku poets appreciate animals and celebrate them:
their aliveness, grace, their perceiving of and egolessly
living in the present. And well it may be that haiku poets
are in touch with certain depths of themselves that reach
far back in time, as evidenced by cave paintings, where
we feel that those who depicted the animals felt kinship
with them as shown by the skill with which they rendered
the animals in their various motions and activities.