THE WEIGHT OF A FLOWER
THE Prince’s friends and admirers decided to weigh him against
ornaments of gold as a token of their loyalty and devotion. He was
ceremoniously seated in one pan of the scales while heavy ornaments
of gold were piled in the other. But the scales would not balance
Then there came his beloved, fragrant in body and mind with the
freshness of chastity. She was quick to notice the helpless
bewilderment of the group surrounding the Prince. Impulsively, she
tossed into the pan a blooming rose she was holding in her hand and
instantly the scales turned!
All marveled at this inexplicable phenomenon. How could a delicate
flower weigh down the pan that their heavy gold ornaments had failed
to bring down? The love and purity that fills a woman’s heart lends
weight to things light as a flower, making them heavier than gold.