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Many a flower is born…

Discussion in 'Snippets of Life (Non-Fiction)' started by Padmasrinivas, Apr 6, 2010.

  1. Padmasrinivas

    Padmasrinivas Silver IL'ite

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    Many a flower is born…

    A beautiful garden stretches out as far as the eye can see. Plants too numerous to count, laden with blossoms in myriad hues that seem to vie with each other for attention. Flowers with a heady fragrance, brightly-coloured ones that attract the bees and insects, yet others that merge into the grass beneath one’s feet.

    Groups of chattering girls and women pick the varieties of jasmine, jevandi (shamandi), kanakambaram… Strings of these flowers are sold by the muzham (a measure of about 4.6666 cm), they may adorn a bride’s hair plaited with a kunjalam and the tresses of the women of the wedding party, a lady’s chignon or the braids of young girls. At the reception, the bride and groom usually wear fragrant garlands of paneer rose (<?xml:namespace prefix = st1 ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:eek:ffice:smarttags" /><st1:place>Rosa</st1:place> damascena) criss-crossed with shining silver thread.

    Vendors seated outside the entrance to temples deftly string the jadi malli, gundu-malli or mullai buds and the <st1:City><st1:place>Madurai</st1:place></st1:City> malli, unmatched for its fragrance, as they entreat the devotees to buy the sarams to offer to the idols. The Deities in temples are decorated with big garlands of multi-coloured flowers, roses, tulasi leaves. Baskets of assorted flowers are used for the archanai, doubly-blessed as they fall the feet of the idols.

    Long-stemmed roses, gladioli, carnations, tiger lilies, asters, gerberas, chrysanthemums and many exotic orchids make their way to the florists’ where thay are made into bouquets and basket flower-arrangements to wish a loved one on their birthday, wedding anniversary, Valentine’s Day…or simply as a romantic ‘I Love You’ or ‘Sorry’ gift!

    Day after day, the weeds and wildflowers like the oxalis, yarrow, butterfly weed and dandelion watch the gardener tend to his plants so lovingly and whisper among themselves.

    ‘Flowers are one of the most beautiful of God’s creations. We are thankful to Her for making us so delicate yet so hardy. Alas! we are not as fortunate as the others, the flowers that are used to worship Her or to decorate wedding pandals or like the roses or carnations that are traditionally used as a declaration of one’s love. We are just ignored, not even worth a look, left on the plant to wither away and die…we are of no earthly use’ they lament…

    The Almighty one hears their sighs and hastens to reassure them, ‘Is that what you think, do you really feel that you are of no use? Do you not see that whether it be a flower or a plant or a tree, an insect, an animal, a human being, all of creation must wither away and die one day, merging into the earth and enriching it. In this never-ending cycle of birth and death, you may be reborn as beautiful flowers and evolve with every birth as you aspire towards the Ultimate Supreme Consciousness. Do not grieve, this is the very purpose of Life, of Existence…


    With acknowledgements to Thomas Gray

    Full many a flower is born to blush unseen,
    And waste its sweetness on the desert air…



    Padma Srinivas
     
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  2. Tubelight

    Tubelight Bronze IL'ite

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    Hi Padma
    That was a beautiful, fragrant garland of wise words to dwell upon.

    Made me think of another immortal line :
    " They Also Serve Who Only Stand And Wait."

    Who can decode the designs of Providence !

    :thumbsup
     
  3. Sriniketan

    Sriniketan IL Hall of Fame

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    A very nice one Padma ma'am, explaining the purpose of life
    and of existence now..

    But the weed's lament is true na...they are not able to go to Her physically..
    But Her assurance is so nice to make the weeds look for the next birth as flowers to adorn Her.



    sriniketan
     
  4. Amma15

    Amma15 Gold IL'ite

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    Dear Padma,

    Simply superb! Describing to us so beautifully the essence of life's purpose.

    I am glad I read it before starting work. I know my day will go well.

    Love,
    Usha
     
  5. Deepali_deepali

    Deepali_deepali Gold IL'ite

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    Dear Padma Mam,

    Really a good message to start my day.

    "In this never-ending cycle of birth and death, you may be reborn as beautiful flowers and evolve with every birth as you aspire towards the Ultimate Supreme Consciousness. Do not grieve, this is the very purpose of Life, of Existence… "

    Thanks for sharing,.
     
  6. Sobhi

    Sobhi Senior IL'ite

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    Hello Padma Mam

    Very beautifully written on the Purpose of Life.
    I wish I was a flower in the Garland and be so close to the Supreme.

    Lucky flower.

    shobha
     
  7. Padmasrinivas

    Padmasrinivas Silver IL'ite

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    Hi TL/Lakshmi,

    A heart-warming response, the first one too!

    Mysterious indeed are Her ways...

    Thank you so much, my friend

    Love,
    Padma

     
  8. Mindian

    Mindian IL Hall of Fame

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    that was really lovely,dear paddu.
    My heart surely goes out to both ....the wild flowers and greenery on the roads, i do appreciate every time we drive past them and people with really low self esteem.....i do go out of my way to boost up their morale and make them feel better about themselves.:).
     
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    Hello Padma,

    Very beautifully written.
     
  10. Padmasrinivas

    Padmasrinivas Silver IL'ite

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    Dear Bhargavi,

    Lovely to see you here, my dear...

    Those who believe in rebirth say that the path to Moksha is by changing and evolving into a better soul, thereby striving for perfection...

    Thank you for stopping by Bhargavi, you would be aware that I look forward to your comments...

    Jai Bhavani Maa!

    Love
    Padma

     

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