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The Color Of The Wildflower


Two people were waiting on the bank of a river. They were waiting for the ferry to take them to the other side of the river. To kill the time, they started talking.

“I am a lifelong student. I have spent all my life searching for the truth.” The first one said.

“I feel I am about to find it.” He continued. ” I have been told that there is a teacher on the other side of the river who is very knowledgeable and insightful. If I get to meet him, he will help me get enlightened.”

“Very nice.” The second one said. “But are you sure you want to get enlightened? Are you sure that it will end all your problems?”

“Seems to me that you know nothing about enlightenment. It is eternal bliss. It is death of deaths. It is escape from the cycles of life. It is attained by only the most knowledgeable.” The first one replied.

“Indeed. I don’t know enough about enlightenment.” Said the second person. “But let me ask you a simple question. ”

“Look at that.” Pointing to a wildflower at some distance , he said ” What color is that flower?”.

“That is a blue wildflower.” Said the first one.

“I wonder what color it will look to you when you are enlightened.” Remarked the second one.

That was the moment of enlightenment for the first person.

Substitute “enlightenment” with any other accomplishment you have in your mind, graduation, job, finding love or winning lottery, and you will realize that no matter what you achieve, a blue wildflower will always look blue.

No matter how big accomplishment you achieve or no matter how badly you fail, a big part of your life will remain the same. The color of the sky, taste of water, sensation of hot and cold will be the same. Mountains and rivers will look the same, breeze and sunlight will always feel the same.

So put every accomplishment, every pursuit in right perspective. Do not hold your entire life hostage to your pursuits.

Even the small part that changes as a result of culmination of pursuits is most of the times in our mind. Say you get a million dollars right now. All that changes is how you look at the world. Not the world. A million dollars will save you from some dangers, not all. It will not save you from earthquake.

This disillusionment is the beginning of spiritual journey.

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4 Responses

  1. Reminds of my favorite quote of all time: “It is what it is.”

  2. Hello Melvin Ram,

    Very well said. It is what it is.

  3. Emery says : I absolutely agree with this !

  4. Somehow i missed the point. Probably lost in translation 🙂 Anyway … nice blog to visit.

    cheers, Filcher

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