In the animal kingdom we find that boa constrictors can practise union with their mates for a longer period than other creatures. Why does the Hindu religion honour the serpent as a symbol of the highest knowledge? Why did Jesus say, "Be ye shrewd as serpents?" And why did Gautama the Buddha receive the cobra as his protector against the sun's fierce rays when he sat in the final session of meditation before attaining Nirvana?
-- Notebooks Category 4: Elementary Meditation > Chapter 5: Visualizations, Symbols > # 100