Tabebuias – Flower full
Come February, and you will find these flowering plants called Tabebuias in the streets and parks full bloomed in their yellow, pink or violet versions. This one too is in its full flowering glory.
I am awe stuck by these plants. Off season, you will not find even a single flower on them. But when they flower, they flower as if the whole being of the plant has flowered.
It reminds me of children. When they cry, they cry with their whole being; when they laugh, they laugh with their whole being. There is no halfheartedness. That is what you call living life in its totality.
As we grow up we become more and more divided. In order to achieve 101 things, we loose our propensity to live in the present moment undivided in our being. As the society becomes more progressive and more civilized, crocodile tears and plastic smile replace our heart full expressions.
The plant also reminds us of the principle of fullness and emptiness. It is the emptiness that gives birth to fullness. Sun Tzu has enunciated this in context of ‘Art of War’. In fact it is the basic principle of ‘Meditation’, and in general, this could be applied in our attempt to master the ‘Art of Living’.
Ah the Tabebuias! How they remind us to live life in our totality. Either do something wholeheartedly or do not do it at all.