Saturday, March 8, 2014

The Hidden Spiritual Message in Material Things: Two Cups, Two Cultures

By James Donlon

Compare these two pictures and see how different they are. The one on the left is quite pleasing to look at. The cream color of the porcelain cup is trimmed with gold accents that decorate the rim, handle, base, as well as the rim of the saucer, with intricate designs.  The way the cup widens as it reaches the top resembles a flower.  The saucer, being wider than the cup itself, gives the impression of being a pedestal for the cup. It can be considered a “servant” of the cup. It knows its place and fulfills its duty.

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