Published Saturday, 11 February 2017
As a bee gathering nectar
does not harm or disturb
the colour and fragrance of the flower,
so do the wise move through the world.
Dhammapada v. 49
The implication of this teaching by the Buddha is that wisdom is required for us to move through this world without causing harm. A bee can gather the nourishment it requires without disturbing the beauty of the flower. We won't cause disturbance to ourselves and others when we see that which is in front of us clearly. But because we don't see clearly, we readily misperceive the world with its sights, sounds, smells, tastes, touch and mental impressions - and then we tend to blame the world. It is not the world's fault, but our limited ability to see clearly. If we want to contribute to the beauty around us and not feed into the chaos, we need to work towards wisdom.