Tuesday, January 24, 2006

An apology..




...and a post

I begin with an apology, for not posting so long on this blog. It was for no other reason, but just that I wanted to contribute uniquely here and not just copy what I post on Aksharoham. But now, the divine has blessed me with more technology, a laptop with internet on my mobile phone, a digital camera to click and transfer to the laptop and just the mind to make good use of the technology. I resolve to make good use of them, with gratitude. So from here I go:


Offerings

Patram Pushpam Phalam Thoyam
Yo Me Bhaktya Prayachati
A leaf, a flower, a fruit or just water
Is all that I ask of you
A leaf is one each day
Out of the tree of life
A flower an expression of your soul
A fruit is that which you yield
The essence of your being
And water is all that you can take
Of me and give back unto me.
The greatest offering
Yourself unto Yourself.
Nothing more, nothing less.

- Swahilya.


5 Comments:

Blogger Parvati said...

Aaaah! A pure beauty, Swahilya, a pure beauty of a poem with a simplicity in the pictures...

Excellent use of temporal and everchanging technology to put forth ever-lasting, eternal vibrations on God and the devotee.

Thanks.

12:25 AM  
Blogger Swahilya said...

Thank you Parvati. The flower is Nandiavattai (I don't know what it is called in English and the leaves are Tulasi) The flowers are a favourite offering to Shiva and the leaves to Vishnu. Let me clarify, the discrimination of offerings does not belong to them, but of the human mind!

12:38 AM  
Blogger Parvati said...

Swahilya, the white flower 'nandiavattai' is called periwinkle in English. It is usually lilac coloured but also comes in various others too obviously, like here it is white..

# Actually, strangely enough, contrary to what you say that these meanings to flowers are of the human mind, I will tell you an incident - The Mother of Sri Aurobindo Ashram who was French and had no knowledge of the Indian /Hindu significance for various flowers, leaves etc., when She had come for the first time or so to India, smelt Tulasi leaves and immediately exclaimed "This is Devotion!" ...

Maybe, just maybe, all these beautiful pure and sweet flowers too have a unique inner meaning and significance and vibration that few of us can immediately see or perceive. Maybe the liking for just certain flowers or leaves that is attributed to various Gods and Goddesses is not of the human mind at all; maybe the Gods do want them for their significance and for what they stand for!

Just pondering over what you have said; and think out aloud..

5:11 AM  
Blogger Swahilya said...

But Parvati, isn't periwinkle Nithyakalyani, the flower that blooms very easily on the wayside in white and purple. They are grown and exported abroad for their cancer-treating properties. They have got a wild smell while Nandiavattai has got a great fragrance too. You are right, every flower and leaf has a certain vibration which just go as offerings to various deities.

7:43 AM  
Blogger Parvati said...

Oh! Maybe I am wrong...:)
I just thought that it looked like periwinkle. Maybe not.

9:44 AM  

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