the lotus that blooms in the purple hall in the city of jade . . . .

It is an interesting image to try to picture in one’s mind’s eye.

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Seem to recall that this quote is from The Secret of the Golden Flower, a Chinese Taoist book translated by Richard Wilhelm (1920s). I read this book in the summer of 1982, and have thought of this quote from time to time over the years.

We are spiritual beings currently living in a gross, material world.

Here is the link for a synopsis of the book on Wikipedia (also read the notes to the article):

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Secret_of_the_Golden_Flower

Here are links to some other articles that you might find interesting.

Good article on Tao and modern China here:

http://acommunityofthespirit.blogspot.com/

For another very lengthy article about the book, if you are interested:

http://www.rexresearch.com/goldflwr/goldflwr.htm

For Tea in a Blue Cup (which I did the quick view of in my search, and thought that some of you might be interested in these poems (is a PDF file)) see:

http://arthurdobrin.files.wordpress.com/2008/08/tea-in-a-blue-cup2.pdf

Auburn University did some rather extensive work on the botanical aspects of the plant (lotus):

http://www.ag.auburn.edu/hort/landscape/LOTUS_LIT.html

The featured image above is courtesy of acommunityofthespirit.blogspot.com.

And, here are some other beautiful images to enjoy.

This pic (below) is courtesy of acommunityofthespirit.blogspot.com

 

 

This pic (below) is from laptopgardener.com

 

 

This beautiful photo is from aplantfanatic.blogspot.com, and is courtesy of Noel Morata Photography.

 

 

This photo (below) is from togofcoralgables.blogspot.com

 

 

This photo (below) is from togofcoralgables.blogspot.com

 

 

This photo (below) is from togofcoralgables.blogspot.com

 

 

This image is courtesy of answers.com:

 

 

A painting of Laksmi emerging from a lotus.

 

 

The next 2 random images are of artwork at elogedelart.canalblog.com.

 

 

 

 

 

Here are 2 travel photographs worth viewing.

This pic is courtesy of travelchinaguides.net.

 

 

This photo (below) is courtesy of tripfinding.com.

 

And, once again the featured image.

 

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