For half a year just having rice
And sitting on Wan Peak.
This sitting cuts off misty clouds,
Thousands of layers.
Suddenly the sound of roaring thunder.
Sacred village's spring activity
Apricot blossoms are red.
I would like to communicate to you that I believe the moment has come, (put off time and again), to withdraw from all public activity, both the direct and the intellectual participation, to which I have dedicated all my life as a way of sharing my reflections.
I will continue to be close to you in a deeper way, through silence and prayer, and in the same way I would ask you to be close to me in this last period of my existence.
You have often heard me say that a person is a knot in a network of relationships: in taking my leave from you I would like to thank you from the bottom of my heart for having enriched me with the relationship I have had with each of you.
I am also grateful to all of those who, either in person or through association, continue working to spread my message and the sharing of my ideals, even without me.
Thankful for the gift of life which is only such if lived in communion with others: it is with this spirit that I have lived out my ministry.
“The whole history of Christianity is one of enrichment and renewal brought about by elements that came from outside itself,” Mr. Panikkar told The Christian Century in 2000, adding, “If the church wishes to live, it should not be afraid of assimilating elements that come from other religious traditions, whose existence it can today no longer ignore.”
(--from Obituary, in New York Times, 5Sept2010, http://www.nytimes.com/2010/09/05/us/05panikkar.html?hpwVa bene! All right!
Thank you, Raimon!