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कृण्वन्तो विश्वमार्यम्


By Brigadier Chitranjan Sawant,VSM

Flowers represent Beauty of Nature, Flowers are anti-depressant. The flowers lift our spirits when the spirit is down in the dumps. Flowers lift the morale of soldiers in the trenches or on the battle line even if the name flower is mentioned in a message or a letter. Flowers presented to a man or a woman on the verge of committing suicide dissuade him or her from taking own life. It is colour, combination of colour, fragrance, shape and size that brings smile on the face of a depressed person. So, do present flowers to anyone, everyone when you can. You may be saving a life.
Flowers dominate our thought and action right from the morning prayer and worship when the devotee offers flowers to the Deity, and it goes on throughout day when a person calls on an importan person, goes to meet the lady-love or attends the cremation of a loved one.
Flowers figure prominently at the Wreath Laying Ceremony at the Cenotaph or a War Memorial like the India Gate and Amar Jawan in New Delhi.
Flowers change the word for dedication from SHRADDHANJALI to PUSHPANJALI. The importance of flowers in our day to day life is as important as on a ceremonial occasion. One carries a white Carnation for paying condolences. It is changed to Red Roses when a suitor kneels before the ladylove to give expression to his love for her. Love is symbolised by the figure of Heart but fragrance in true love comes from flowers.
Friends, let us recall John Keats, the great Romantic poet when he said " A thing of Beauty is a Joy for ever" and the Beauty was seen more in Nature than in humans. Wordsworth the great Nature Poet made the flower DAFFODILS immortal by eulogizing it in his poem named after the said flower. It is taught to students from the primary classes through secondary classes to the university classes when the Beauty of flowers is philosophised and it lies in the beholder's eye.
All said and done, Flowers are the be-all and the end-all of my life as I love flowers and for me there is no life without the bloom and fragrance of flowers.
May God help me love flowers in my present life and after demise in the next life. May flowers look as fresh as dew and may I see and appreciate dew laden flower petals day after day.

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