Thursday, July 26, 2007

The Summer Season

In the summer season many trees burst into flower. The Sarul tree has big red blossoms, which are almost like the flaming sun. In the roots of the tree which is not far from my home there is a little shrine. It is like a cave at the base of this tree of fire. I think of the Resurrection, and how out of death comes life. There is also the Palash tree which is known as the "Flame of the Forest". The flame like petals of this tree when soaked in water make an orange dye, which monks use to stain their ochre robes. The wood of this tree is also thought to have healing properties, and mendicants use it to make their begging bowl. The summer reminds us of the importance of sacrifice, and the spirit of renunciation.

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