Perceptions…

Posted on September 20, 2008. Filed under: Guide Posts, Light plus Weighty |

The legend of Narcissus is very popular. It is that of a youth who was so fascinated by his beauty that he knelt, every single day, on the bank of a lake to comtemplate his beauty. He was so fascinated  that one day. as he admired his reflection, he fell into the lake and drowned.

The story does not end there as it goes on to the effect that when he died, the Goddess of the Forest appreared and found the lake, which had been a fresh water lake, transformed into a lake of salty tears.

“Why do you weep?” the Goddess asked the Lake. “I weep for Narcissus,” the Lake replied.

“Ah, it is no wonder that you weep for Narcissus,” the Goddess said, “for though we always pursued him in the forest, yet you alone could admire his beauty close at hand.”

“But,   was Narcissus beautiful?” the lake asked. “Who better than you to know that?”, the Goddess asked. “After all, it was by your banks that he knelt each day to admire himself !”

The Lake fell silent for some time. Finally, it said: “I weep for Narcissus,      but I never noticed that Narcissus was beautiful        I weep because, each time he knelt on my banks and looked at me, I could see only my own beauty, reflected from the depths of his eyes.”

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