Who will transcend this world? Who will transcend the realm of the dead, and heaven, too, with all its gods? Who will find the true and shining way of the path?
Even as the gatherer of flowers discovers the finest and rarest, so you will gather the teachings and transcend this world.
When you know that the body is merely the foam on the crest of a wave, unreal as a mirage, you will break the flowery arrows of craving. Unseen, you will escape the king of death and travel onward.
The scent of sandalwood, lilies and jasmine cannot travel against the wind, but you will travel. The fragrance of good works travels in all directions.
How brightly the lotus grows in the rubbish by the wayside. Its sweet scent lightens the heart.
So you, the awakened, will shine in the darkness around you, spreading the sweet scent of your wisdom.
– Buddha (taken from the Dhammapada)