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October 05, 2006



This is an amazing poem.


The sala tree imagery is striking: not only did Buddha attain nirvana between a pair of sala trees, the sala tree itself exhibits some contradictory characteristics. The flowers are showy enough, but the fruits resemble cannonballs (hence its alternate name "Cannonball tree"). The fruits themselves are edible, but most people are driven away by its peculiar scent. Perhaps this is an apt symbol of anyone trying to not only live a life full of principle and discipline, but to show other people the benefits of living such a life. Of course, some people will be driven away by this notion.


Very motivating and inspiring. WOnderful verbal imagery.

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