Saturday, April 29, 2006

Be a Flower*

The Buddha once held a sermon where he sat in silence and held up a single flower.

Consider the lilies of the field how they grow; they toil not, neither do they spin; And yet I say unto you, that even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. Wherefore, if God so clothe the grass of the field, which to day is, and to morrow is cast into the oven, shall he not much more clothe you, O ye of little faith?
Jesus (Matthew 6:28-30)

What are these two Masters alluding to?
Consider this:

We are Buddha Consciousness enveloped in bodies, enshrouded in minds. To carry the metaphor further, a human is like a flower bud, humanity is like a field of budding flowers. When the mind unfurls or unfolds, the Consciousness we were born with fully blossoms. The Buddha, Jesus, Lao-tze, and countless others are just human flowers who blossomed early before the rest of the crop. Ripen and blossom all who read this.

* For those who didn't understand the earlier entry "Unfold the Petals of the Mind"
Yes, but there were a lot of people who weren't happy just being flowers. They love to preach sermons, perform miracles, preach gospels, and divide people.
This is the ultimate in self-aggrandizement.
How do we live like a flower? How do we be flowers?
The sermon of Jesus is really about not worrying or thinking about tomorrow, not about being. Of course, we are all beings. But according to Jesus we are more than the lilies in the field.
Being a flower really means being dumb, stupid, and lazy. Nothing wrong with that. I agree.
I wish there was only one Buddha. Then we will all be Buddhist. Nothing wrong with that, either. I don't want to be a Tollist.
Imemine, what is this, you insist upon a particular interpretation of Jesus words? I write jokingly but with a serious edge - seems unlike you to insist that something is just so.

Being a flower means being your own nature. A flower is singularly itself, it cannot help be anything but itself, and tries to be nothing else, nothing more. The rest of us are learning to be singularly ourselves. Perhaps we are all Buddha and Jesus and the flower and everything, nothing, and one... just learning to know and live it.

Just my interpretation.

Peace is with you.
Oh yeah...

That's the direction I'd like to see Christianity move in...
a. julie,
I'm not sure about this, being Buddhas and Jesuses.
Of course, we can say: we are everything. For indeed we in totality are everything. But to say: I am the Buddha, or I am Jesus; seems to suggest something else. I've been thinking about this today.
It could be presumptuous to say or mean such a thing. A part cannot be the whole thing. I know Biblical Christians are not very happy with this; it could be tantamount to commiting
blasphemy and being a megalomaniac. The Jews felt about Jesus this way.
Inspite of reading parts of I am That and The Astavakra Gita, I'm still convinced that I cannot be that, or I cannot be everything. God is everything. And that's it or that.
Again it is just my opinion, and I don't intend to preach this as the truth.
Jesus will not be happy if I did.
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