From a Caterpillar’s Point of View
The imagery of the metamorphic process of the caterpillar to the butterfly has often been used as an analogy for the transformational process that occurs in enlightenment and, in fact, it is an excellent metaphor that encapsulates the process of transcendence.
Possibly the most important message that this image offers is lost in the precognition of the caterpillar’s transformation into the butterfly. To fully understand the message from the human perspective, we must look at this metamorphosis from the caterpillar’s point of view.
Let us start by first stating that the caterpillar has no comprehension of the butterfly, just as Jesus had no comprehension of the resurrection. That fact makes the cocoon or the cross look quite differently. The caterpillar is content in its life and its many feet are firmly implanted on the ground. It eats the lush greenery from the treetops and its only thoughts of flying are its fear of falling.
All it knows is what it is, yet it is destined to become more than it can comprehend—and so it is with humanity.
The caterpillar goes about its life, its routine, its predictable behaviors with no comprehension of the destiny that lies ahead. Yet […]