Inspiration is a slender river of brightness leaping from a vast and eternal knowledge; it exceeds reason more perfectly than reason exceeds the knowledge of the senses.

There are different kinds of knowledge. One is inspiration, i.e. something that comes out of the knowledge planes like a flash and opens up the mind to the Truth in a moment. That is inspiration. It easily takes the form of words as when a poet writes or a speaker speaks, as people say, from inspiration.

[Inspiration] is like a tiny little stream or a few falling drops and these drops are so pure, so brilliant, so complete in themselves, that they give you the sense of a marvellous inspiration, the impression that you have reached infinite domains and risen very high above the ordinary human condition. And yet this is nothing in comparison with what is still to be perceived.

Brings its manifold gifts to him who knows how to receive them.

Aristolochia littoralis [Aristolochia elegans]
Calico flower
Unique medium-sized cream white cup-shaped flower heavily spotted maroon with a maroon centre, a greenish yellow throat and an acutely bent and inflated corolla tube; borne singly. A slender graceful vine with kidney-shaped leaves.

Photo Courtesy: Eric Brian

Lasting Inspiration
Waits patiently to be received.

Aristolochia rigens
Dutchman's pipe, Pelican flower
Large uniquely shaped yellow green flower with an inflated pouch covered with dark reddish brown veins, a long curving lower petal heavily marked with reddish brown and a shorter somewhat hood-shaped upper petal; borne singly. The flower has an unpleasant odor. A moderately large vine with large heart-shaped leaves and dried seed pods that resemble parachutes.

Photo Courtesy: Dinesh Valke

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