Today a morning glory was blooming on the window sill at sunrise. It was opening its mouth bigger when more sunshine streamed in and raised up its head when the sun climbed up higher. Its stems and leaves are also stretching in the direction of the sun. They are all reflecting the glory of the sunlight.
It is telling us that we should open our mind to wisdom, and stretch our intention to compassion. It is not because the light of wisdom doesn’t shine upon us, but we are not opening our mind big enough. We can be more compassionate, but we always intend to stay with selfishness and become the slave of emotion.
In the afternoon, with the sunset approaching its head is gradually falling down, with the fading of light its mouth is closing. And in the evening, even the leaves seem listless. The next day, when I wake up in the early morning, I found the flower has completely withered, but there’s another bud beside.
It is reminding us that the “glory” is impermanent, and everything is limited. But that is not what causes sufferings. When we try to grasp the “glory” as permanence, the suffering arises. When we regard the limited as unlimited, the suffering arises. The impermanence gives opportunity for new lives, the limitedness builds up the world of interdependence.
The sun will rise up and decline, but the light of wisdom is always there. The flower will bloom and wither, but the mind of compassion is boundless. They are all beyond birth and death.