Plastic Flowers - or - The law of the imperfect perfect

salim's picture

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Compare a perfect plastic flower to an imperfect genuine flower - which one of them is more perfect?

Compare a perfect synthesizer sound to the sound of a genuine imperfect violin - which one of them is more perfect?

Compare a perfect set of false teeth to a genuine imperfect set of genuine teeth - which one of them is more perfect?

Compare the perfect words of a proficient charismatic guru to the imperfect silent smile of a genuine sage - which one of them will you choose?

nathan's picture

The divine discrimination

This shed light on the The divine discrimination.

Recognizing aesthetic, wisdom, beauty comes from the heart, recognizing mere order, perfect sharp geometric curves, ordered essay comes from the mind.

Society confuses between the two and more and more tries to admire the products admired by the mind. This happens also when people follow the wrong leaders and spiritual people happen to follow the wrong gurus, just because they are charismatic.

nathan | Mon, 06/15/2009 - 07:44
gopalakrishnan's picture

Real and Imitation

Om Lokah: Samastah: Sukhino Bhavantu

Real is always different from the imitation however perfect it may seem to be. The perfection we see in the imitation or artificial is due to our mind's play. The mind is not steady and changes constantly. So the perfection we see now in artificial things also changes or cause a sort of unsatisfaction. How can we say the imperfections we feel in the real things are imperfections ! Isn,t it the mind talking ?
The realised souls never see imperfections in this world because they are not under the control of mind. So, really there is no imperfection; but the feeling of imperfection even in perfect things is an imperfect feeling !

gopalakrishnan | Sat, 06/20/2009 - 04:39
sisi's picture

Mind's model of reality vs. reality

In the model the mind creates to depict reality, there is no place for mysterious aesthetics. There are factors and measuring of factors. There starts the imperfect perfect or the plastic flowers.

This is the reason why the appreciation of a divine work of art is accompanied by a strange sensation of excitement while we cannot explain exactly why we appreciate it at all. The same happens when we fall in love. There is unexplainable mystery because it is beyond mind and explanations ("why") are products of mind.

As mind rules our society, abiding to this model influences also our inner spiritual decisions. We sometimes find ourselves favoring well-structured spiritual doctrines dried from any soul and aesthetics.

Here again the same simple rule applies: distant from this useless machine called mind and find this center within you that recognized true perfection. Some call it the heart. When you spot it you will know - you will find yourself admiring imperfect perfections without understanding why.

sisi | Thu, 07/02/2009 - 09:25
Phroggy's picture


Mind without heart is sterile.
Heart without mind is sentimental.
The pearl diver takes all to the depths,
His courage and his wits,
His wonder and his wisdom.
One eye for beauty,
And the other for clarity.

Phroggy | Thu, 07/02/2009 - 19:25
Jasmin's picture

This is beautiful

This is beautiful

Jasmin | Fri, 07/03/2009 - 00:21
Phroggy's picture


Thank you, Jasmin.

Phroggy | Fri, 07/03/2009 - 01:14
RandomStu's picture

Eniquire before choosing

> Compare the perfect words of a proficient charismatic
> guru to the imperfect silent smile of a genuine sage -
> which one of them will you choose?

Take a step back and inquire into why you create "genuine sages" and "charasmaticmatic gurus." These distinction, that you make whith thinking: why make them? For what? For who?


RandomStu | Mon, 10/05/2009 - 15:19
suzi's picture

The inperfect perfect

This is so true, beautiful and different than our automatic classification patterns.

suzi | Tue, 10/20/2009 - 07:30
atlantis's picture

Awarness watchingt awareness

This is exactly what I meant in about the book "awareness watching awareness" by Michael Langford

atlantis | Tue, 12/22/2009 - 23:23