And those on whom the rain of the Dharma falls, the living beings – in other words ourselves – grow. But we each grow in accordance with our own individual nature.
When the rain falls on a palm tree, the palm tree grows into a bigger palm tree. When the rain falls on a flwer, the flower grows into a more luxuriant flower. But the flower doesn’t become a palm tree, and the palm tree doesn’t become a flower. Each grows nourished by the same rain, but it grows in accordance with its own nature.
In the same way we all learn and practise the same Dharma, but we develop spiritually each in our own way; though at the same time we all grown towards Enlightenment.