The meaning of a Flower

He is happiest who hath power to gather wisdom from a flower
In my mind what is truly beautiful is not the beauty of the flower but our ability to comprehend it. Some time ago a visit to the Japanese Zen Gardens in Kyoto changed my life profoundly.. But it was because i brought my own meaning with me and it just blossomed there.
“What is the meaning of a flower? Experience of life. The mind has to do with meaning. What’s the meaning of a flower. There’s the Zen story about a sermon of the Buddha in which he simply lifted a flower. There was only one man who gave him a sign with his eyes that he understood what was said. Now, the Buddha himself is called “the one thus come”. There’s no meaning. What’s the meaning of the universe? What’s the meaning of a flea? It’s just there. We’re so engaged in doing things to achieve purposes of outer value that we forget the inner value, the rapture that is associated with being alive, is what it’s all about.” Joseph Campbell
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