(Buddhist value: Water symbolises purity, clarity and calmness, and reminds us to cleanse our minds and attain the state of purity)
Imagine that you are now pure clean water. Someone comes along and gently puts you into a small bowl. The person then offers you to the Buddha.
You rest happily in the bowl knowing that you have an important role to play. You symbolise purity, clarity and calmness. You remind people to practise the Buddha’s teachings, which is constantly cleansing their minds.
Water is used to clean away dirt. When everyone sees you, they are happy and joyful. This is because they are reminded that they can wash away the filth of their minds. They should wash away selfish and unkind thoughts and be clean and pure like you.
The Buddha is someone free from defilements like desire, ill-will and ignorance. We should all be like the Buddha, who does not have any dirt or defilements but only purity in his mind.