The Flower Sermon
The next day, The Flower Sermon caught my eye. This is a story from Zen Buddhism -
The Buddha took his disciples to a pond for a wordless sermon. He reached out into the pond and pulled up a lotus flower. He silently handed the flower to his disciples who passed it around, one by one expounding their own theories about what the Buddha must have meant when he handed the flower to them.
All except Mahakashyapa who simply smiled and said nothing.
“What can be said I have said to you,” said the Buddha, “and what cannot be said, I have given to Mahakashyapa.” - enigmatic, eh? But the Buddha talked in riddles like that and us unenlightened beings might have a bit of difficulty with understanding the meaning of his words.
Mahakashyapa became Buddha’s successor from that day forward.
Apparently, the Buddha meant to say that the beautiful lotus comes from the depths of the muck in the pond - but none of the muck seems to adhere to it because it is so pure - or something like that - no one really knows, it was a wordless sermon.
Pavo the Third
But, in the grand scheme of things, who cares, as long as the jewellery that gets on to these pages is interesting and looks good - Ms Muse, I salute you, and here's a warm welcome back to work!
That's all Ms Muse allowed me to make this week, so have a wonderful week and I'll catch you next Friday, same time, same place