monday morning dharma

I know truly how grievous it is that I, Gutoku Shinran, am sinking in an immense ocean of desires and attachments and am lost in vast mountains of fame and advantage, so that I rejoice not at all at entering the stage of the truly settled, and feel no happiness at coming nearer the realization of true enlightenment.

Shinran Shonin (1173-1263), Kyogyoshinsho (顕浄土真実教行証文類)