Avataris are compared to the spring season. In ‘Viveka Chudamani ‘ Sri Sankaracharya says (in Guroopasatti chapter, sloka 37)
ahetunaa santah vasantavad lokahitam carantah
(without reason- Mahatmas -like spring season- traverse- doing good to the world.)
Amma is often described as spring season on the move, as She has untiringly travelled across the globe for over 35 years, and everywhere that She went, has made human hearts bloom and burgeon with Love.
Be it US or Australia or Europe, or anywhere in India, Amma has bloomed heart-flowers in plenty, in indescribable abundance…like the proverbial efflorescence of a mango tree or a beech tree.
Amma’s presence has also caused many trees to bloom in great abundance, as we can see in Amritapuri now.
The Covid situation may have brought the external world to a standstill. But then, nature continues to flourish. Spiritual activities become more relevant and pertinent when adversity hits the material world. Amma has made Her world children seek peace within and pray for the good of the world -every day all these seven months- through sessions of meditation, satsang and bhajan, and through mass chanting of peace mantras.
A few years ago Amma said: “If humans are removed from the face of the earth, nature will flourish. But if nature is troubled, the very existence of humans will be at stake.” Today we see humans quite immobile and helpless in the face of the pandemic, and on the other hand we see nature prospering.
In Amritapuri it is like spring season now; trees stand around Amma, holding out colorful flowers, hailing Mother Nature.
The slender Konna right in front of Kali temple stands blooming at least one bunch of its mesmerizing yellow flowers. Konna are Vishu flowers, and Vishu is Kerala’s new year that falls in mid April. Here in Amritapuri Amma celebrates several new years of Her world children, and teaches us to celebrate every moment as new. Konna has been in bloom the entire year. It was in full bloom when Amma set off on Her annual South Indian tour, early this year. Since then Konna hasn’t stopped; she is responding to Amma’s call to celebrate every day as new year’s day.
Young Teak trees bloom millions of their exquisite tiny florets in their mesh-like extensions seen on top of the trees.
The Pink mandara flowers wave their beautiful leaves in glee. They are trying to make a garland high up in the sky.
Honge or simply called beech tree has bloomed all over its body among its rich dense foliage, as if shrieking out in extreme joy.
Garden palm give out their catkins. Some of the flowers slowly turn into nuts. And those flowers that fall to earth, turn into manure and offer themselves to neighborhood plants.
The familiar perennial native cheeranti tree’s yellow big flowers turn orange-pink on the second day, and thus add colours to the surrounding.
And the queer rugged native trees, Lakshmitaru, meaning tree of prosperity and auspiciousness, don’t want to lag behind; their flowers are over, and so they hold out their coconut size fruits showing up in sky.
Over and above all these, the jambu tree has now bloomed after a gap of fourteen years! The jambu or jamoon by the kalari was one of those affected by the salty waters that tsunami thrust on them. But this jambu has stood still, offering immense shade under its leaves. Birds have made nests in it. Ants also have found a safe home in it.
Trees, Amma says are the best examples of selflessness. Trees take very little but give themselves wholly. “Have you seen any tree eating its own fruits?” Amma asks. “Trees purify both soil and air,” Amma has declared this truth after the many successful experiments conducted by ashram residents. And it is these trees that in fact meet the needs of thousands of bees and butterflies, as trees bloom in huge numbers. Flowers offer nectar and also pollen -both together form bees’ food and drink- to the visiting insects.
All of these trees are members of the earth, growing up skyward, celebrating Mother Nature, in the company of sun, moon, stars and clouds and wind, and the nearby primordial sea.