All week long I have been reading about Basho and the concepts behind his haiku. I learn that, rather than seeking the seclusion of the monastery, Basho chose the path of the yugyô hijiri, the wandering holy man or wayfarer. “traveling the countryside was a form of ascetic practice that sharpened both his poetic creativity and his religious vision.”
“Despite the variety of occupations and lifestyles, Bashō sees all people as wayfarers. Whether or not the boatman and horseman realize it, their life is a journey that ends only in death. But it is not enough for Bashō just to recognize this fact, he feels compelled to embody it directly and concretely in the way he lives. By living as a wayfarer, he “real-izes” the inherent structure of reality. In doing so he “moves with the deepest grain of reality.”https://www.uwosh.edu/facstaff/barnhill/es-244-basho/journals.pdf
I have long thought of myself as a spiritual nomad – a wayfarer on the road of life.
written on the journey
from then and now
Elsewhere I read – “Through invoking powerfully juxtaposed images of nature, Basho strove to achieve amari-no-kokoro, the state a poem reaches when the heart and soul of a poem leaps at us from a place beyond the words themselves to leave an ‘aftertaste’ in the center of the reader that is haunting. http://www.shadowpoetry.com/resources/haiku/basho.html