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):

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

Good article on Tao and modern China here:

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

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:

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

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And, here are some other beautiful images to enjoy.

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A painting of Laksmi emerging from a lotus.



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Here are 2 travel photographs worth viewing.

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