Sunday, November 27, 2016

The Water in the Pot

What is water? 

Water is liquid, colorless, odorless, tasteless, and formless. Yet, it is the most essential need of every living being.

Water quenches and nourishes. It is carefree and flows freely. It takes the color and taste of whatever is mixed with it (under most circumstances), be it salt, sugar, blood corpuscles even. 

Whatever container it is put in, it takes that container's form. It also absorbs some of the container's properties due to some chemical reactions. When kept in an earthen pot, it takes its cooling properties and the slightly muddy taste. When kept in a copper vessel, it takes the beneficial properties of copper. 

The container the water is kept in, the land on which the water flows, give the water its form, taste, and odor, thus imparting it some kind of identity and structure. The vessel has to be selfless and allow the water to let itself be consumed by others. The water realizes that people consume the water but admire the vessel that has beauty and structure, and that the structure is not its own. Both have to help each other sustain and flourish. 

But at the same time, if the water is kept still without use and movement for long periods of time, the water will go bad. So will the vessel - it will become smelly and start to grow mold. If not taken care of, then both will become useless; both the vessel and water will have to be thrown away.

So what do we usually do? We empty the vessel of its water from time to time. We purify the water and clean the vessel and put some new water back in. That way, both retain their individuality while giving away some of themselves to each other and the world. Both have to give without expecting and give first without waiting for the other to give. That is the only way both can sustain and prolong their life.

Now, instead of the water and its vessel, what if these were two people? Think about this and read again. :-)



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