To Keep The Body In Good Health Is A Duty

To keep the body in good health is a duty
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“To keep the body in good health is a duty, for otherwise we shall not be able to trim the lamp of wisdom, and keep our mind strong and clear. Water surrounds the lotus flower, but does not wet its petals.” – Buddha

The lotus flower may be one of the most mentioned and praised flower in ancient and religious literature. It has been a symbol of beauty and purity in cultures and religions like Buddhism and Hinduism. Its significance does not lie solely on its beauty but also on its ability to thrive in muddy water and bloom unstained by its surroundings. Buddha considered it as the full embodiment of the essence of detachment and purity.

Lotus or Nelumbo Nucifera is an aquatic perennial plant commonly cultivated in water gardens. The seeds or roots of lotus are planted deep in the soil of the pond or river bottom. It normally grows up to 150 cm in height and spreads up to 3 meters. The leaves float on top and may be as large as 60 cm in diameter, while the flowers which are usually found on thick stems can be up to 20 cm in diameter.

The lotus flower displays its elegance above mud and muck that are sometimes even foul. It starts its journey under mud and makes it way towards the surface. It comes out from below as a stem with few small leaves and closed flower pod. In time, it opens its large beautiful petals where not even a speck of mud is present.

To quote Sai Baba: “You must be a lotus unfolding its petals when the sun rises in the sky, unaffected by the slush where it is born or even the water which sustains it.”

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