Few Flowers

With a few flowers in my garden, half a dozen pictures
and some books, I live without envy.
– Lope de Vega

Rumi Quotes

‘This is love: to fly toward a secret sky,
to cause a hundred veils to fall each moment.
First, to let go of life.
In the end, to take a step without feet.’

‘Both light and shadow are the dance of Love.
Love has no cause, it is the astrolabe of God’s secrets.
Lover and loving are inseparable and timeless.
Every moment is made glorious by the light of Love.’

‘There is no salvation for the soul
but to fall in Love.
Only lovers can escape
out of these two worlds.
This was ordained in creation.
Only from the heart
can you reach the sky:
The Rose of Glory
can grow only from the heart.’

‘We rarely hear the inward music,
but we’re all dancing to it nevertheless
directed by the one who teaches us,
the pure joy of the sun,
our music master.’

Under the shade of trees

Today’s Quote :
Heaven is under our feet as well as over our heads.
– Thoreau

Treat the earth well: it was not given to you by your parents,
it was loaned to you by your children.
We do not inherit the Earth from our Ancestors,
we borrow it from our Children.

– Ancient Indian Proverb

I confess, the image quality of this post is not that good as I didn’t edit it so I am apologizing for this. Actually I didn’t want to edit it. For some reason, I want it to be the same as it is.
It was a rainy day and everything was in rhythm and it seemed to me as though that the trees were also in rhythm that day and were busy in a deep conversation with each other.
I was walking under the shade of these trees when I met these women on the way back to their home. I was a visitor there so I didn’t want to disturb them much and just stood there under the shade of these trees watching them walked away.

Image Location: Khanewal, Pakistan.

Beauty surrounds us

Today’s Quote:

“If in thirst you drink water from a cup, you see God in it. Those who are not in love with God will see only their own faces in it.” Rumi

Location: Gujranwala, Pakistan.

“Only from the heart Can you touch the sky.” Rumi

Flowers for all seasons

Today’s Quote:
“I will be the gladdest thing under the sun!
I will touch a hundred flowers
And not pick one.”
– Edna St. Vincent Millay

Photos and quotes

“The best remedy for those who are afraid, lonely or unhappy is to go outside, somewhere where they can be quiet, alone with the heavens, nature and God. Because only then does one feel that all is as it should be and that God wishes to see people happy, amidst the simple beauty of nature. As long as this exists, and it certainly always will, I know that then there will always be comfort for every sorrow, whatever the circumstances may be. And I firmly believe that nature brings solace in all troubles.”
– Anne Frank

“There is no spot of ground, however arid, bare or ugly,
that cannot be tamed into such a state as may give an
impression of beauty and delight.”
– Gertrude Jekyll

“Soil is a resource, a living, breathing entity that, if treated properly, will maintain itself.It’s our lifeline for survival. When it has finally been depleted, the human population will disappear. …. Project you imagination into the soil below you next time you go into the garden. Think with compassion of the life that exists there. Think, the drama,the sexuality, the harvesting, the work that carries on ceaselessly. Think about the meaning of being a steward for the earth.”
– Marjorie Harris, In the Garden, 1995

“If we do not permit the Earth to produce beauty and joy,it will in the end not produce food either.” Joseph Wood Krutch
“Earth teach me to forget myself as melted snow forgets its life.
Earth teach me resignation as the leaves which die in the fall.
Earth teach me courage as the tree which stands all alone.
Earth teach me regeneration as the seed which rises in the spring.”
– William Alexander, A Father’s Book, 1997.

“God owns heaven, but He craves the earth.” – Anne Sexton

“The little things? The little moments? They aren’t little.”
– John Zabat-Zinn

“Remain true to the earth.”
– Friedrich Nietzsche

“Do the best that you can in the place where you are, and be kind.
– Scott Nearing

Speak to the earth, and it shall teach thee.

All photographs by me.

Quote of the day

No post for today. Only a quotation.
Today, I have created some logos for this blog. These are some friendly messages about the Earth and ofcourse, trees.
At the end of the sidebar, you can see these badges. I’ll keep on adding such messages in the near future.

January Rose

Its a beautiful red rose from my home garden.

The roses and thorn relationship is no doubt very close and delicate and thats why many poet, philosophers, writers and politicians have quoted them in a very scented way. So here are some proverbs and quotes from throughout the world about this rose – thorn relationship .

“He who wants a rose must respect the thorn.”

Persian Proverb.

“From a thorn comes a rose, and from a rose comes a thorn.”

Greek Proverb

“The rose has thorns only for those who would gather it.”

– Chinese proverb

“We can complain because rose bushes have thorns,
or rejoice because thorn bushes have roses.”

Abraham Lincoln

“This old world that we’re livin’ in
Is might hard to beat.
You get a thorn with every Rose
But – ain’t the roses sweet?”

Frank Stanton

“Some people are always grumbling because roses have thorns. I am thankful that thorns have roses.”

Alphonse Karr (1808-1890)

The last quote is very close to my heart. Because I am also thankful to God that thorns have roses.

A beautiful quote about roses

“One of the most tragic things I know about human nature is that all of us tend to put off living. We are all dreaming of some magical rose garden over the horizon instead of enjoying the roses that are blooming outside our windows today.”

By Dale Carnegie.

Spring Time – Sunflowers quotes

The sunflower is a favorite emblem of constancy.

Keep your face to the sunshine and you cannot see the shadow. It’s what sunflowers do.

Images of sunflowers from the backyard of my home.

Spring Time

It is only when we start a garden then we realize, something important happens every day. The little things? The little moments? They aren’t little.

It is one of the first days of Spring, and again I sit among some flowers observing nature, observing the marvelous beauty of nature.

Listen to trees, they do whisper

Trees are spiritual and it is true that they do converse with us and do tell us the tales of the ancient times. Sharing a quote that I have recently read somewhere.

“Trees are sanctuaries. Whoever knows how to speak to them, whoever knows how to listen to them, can learn the truth. They do not preach learning and precepts, they preach…..the ancient law of life.”

Hermann Hesse, Wandering

Tea Quote

“I am in no way interested in immortality / But only in the taste of tea”.
— Lu Tung, Tang Dynasty Poet

I Quote I Echo

“The buddha in the mind is like a fragrance in a tree.
The buddha comes from a mind free of suffering,
Just as a fragrance comes from a tree free of decay.
There’s no fragrance without a tree and no buddha without the mind.
If there’s a fragrance without a tree it’s a different fragrance.
If there’s a buddha without your mind, it’s a different buddha.”

– The Teachings of Bodhidharma

I Quote I Echo

“A nation that destroys its soils destroys itself. Forests are the lungs of our land, purifying the air and giving fresh strength to our people.”

– Franklin D. Roosevelt

I Quote I Echo – 3

“Keep a green tree in your heart and perhaps a singing bird will come.”

– Chinese proverb

I Quote I Echo – 2

“Let me arise and open the gate,
to breathe the wild warm air of the heath,
And to let in Love, and to let out Hate,
And anger at living and scorn of Fate,
To let in Life, and to let out Death.”

-Violet Fane-Quote about the Earth.

I Quote I Echo – 1

“Live as if your were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever.”

– Mahatma Gandhi