Sometimes the sages compare the pure and clear luminous awareness of your true mind to a still pool, or a clear mirror; it reflects all things as they are, without changing its essential nature. This is true as far as it goes; yet, the luminous awareness of your own mind is much grander than a still pool or a clear mirror.
Once your mind has reflected something, you are able to recall it at will, even years later. How marvelous!
Moreover, though a mirror can perfectly reflect the pages of a novel, only the human mind can conceive a character there. How many times has Captain Ahab’s wooden leg thudded across the wooden decks of human minds? Not to mention the human mind that put Ahab’s leg into that book in the first place.
A mirror can reflect as many wolves as are presented to it, yet only human minds can work and accomplish the task of rein-troducing them into the wild. A still pond can perfectly reflect a Bald Eagle soaring above it, but only a human mind can go, ah!
by Ted Biringer