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How to Love a Flower

By Reb Gutman Locks

How to Love a Flower

East vs. Torah

 

     This Hindu Guru’s teaching was posted on the internet and everyone loved his wisdom. Well…, almost everyone loved it.

 

“If you love a flower, don’t pick it up.

Because if you pick it up it dies

And it ceases to be what you love.

So if you see a flower, let it be.

Love is not about possession.

Love is about appreciation.”

 

Gutman’s reply:

 

     Often, Eastern teachings sound really “cool”…right on…, until someone who has been there points out where their advice really leads.

 

     This teaching is the opposite of what the Torah teaches. When they (Eastern thought) become spiritually minded they warn, “Do not move. Leave the world alone. Do not make waves, because you will have to ride on them…instead…, ashrams, monasteries, mountain tops…”

 

     When a Jew becomes spiritually minded he learns to go out into the world and help to make it a better place. If you love the flower, give it a little water to help it grow.

 

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