What greater offering can you give God than the ash, signifying your triumph over tantalising desire, the burning of the weeds of lust, anger, greed, attachment, pride and hatred. Ash is the ultimate condition of things; it cannot undergo any further change. Ash cannot fade as flowers do; it does not dry and disappear or get soiled and unpotable as water does in a day or two; it will not get discoloured as leaves do in a few hours; Ash is ash forever and ever. Purity once won can be maintained as 'pure' for whole life.
- Baba -