“When the Lord of the Realm returns, He will find me in resplendent beauty.” Muttered Lucile
“O yes” echoed another swan maiden, “Every bit of my plumage will radiate in snow white”
One maiden after another expressed similar sentiments and before long the bevy in ecstasy, chorused their usual Life Chant until the strident voice of the venerable Swan Lady restored some calm:
“Hear me, hear me, my dear daughters, as you adorn your outward appearances and surroundings, also purify your inner beings; let your souls shine so bright that the Lord would see you from afar, even before reaching the Realm! Remember this and prepare, prepare, prepare yourselves in the right manner!
In a calmer motherly tone, she continued:
“Remember the ten virgins of the Sacred Parable! Did they not all receive tidings of the impending grand “nuptial event” and joyfully look forward to it as you do now? Did they not all approach the banquet hall resplendently attired and perfumed with choice fragrances?
Alas, only half of them carried enough nourishment for their lamps! The other half nourished their bodies, nourished their egos but, sadly forgot that which was most important, that which was to illuminate their paths and the banquet hall. They, one half, thus missed it all: the arrival of the bridegroom, the wedding, the object of their longing and are for posterity known as the “Foolish Virgins”!
Remember this my fair maidens of the Swan Lake!
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