Temple of Nature

The river meandered through an inlet, cordoning it into a secluded hidden area. The dense foliage converting the vicinity into a world of green, as sunlight streaked in through the leaves from the surrounding trees. The water was also an exotic fluid carpet dotted with lotus leaves, with an occasional purple pink flower accentuating the beauty.

It was in this breathtaking world where the earth, the sky and the water, all seemed to merge together into a seamless spectrum of green that the kayak entered with its two occupants. Ridhima and Meera had strayed into the inlet by mistake. The two girls were in Thailand for a holiday and were part of a group which had opted for a kayaking excursion.


As they stared in amazement at the stunningly beautiful world they had strayed into, each reacted differently. For Ridhima it seemed that she had entered a magical temple of nature, pulsating with an unknown energy she could not understand, but feel. Meera, on the contrary was actually scared, as the whole environment was too alien for her to comprehend.

What however piqued the curiosity of both girls was a small figurine in green, which almost seemed lifelike, sitting in a meditative stance with eyes closed, on one of the lotus leaves. They wondered who would have put this figurine in this unusual place and for sometime they kept staring at it as if mesmerised, before retreating and joining the others who were calling out to them.

As soon as the kayak was out of sight, the being on the lotus leaf, opened his eyes. He did not like getting disturbed, but once in a while if a human entered his sanctuary, they never left without getting a gift from him.

The girls returned back to India and for many days they kept seeing dreams of entering the green inlet and the figurine. It seemed that they were transported into a magical world again and again. Unknown to them, the experience had changed them profoundly. Ridhima, who was a nature lover, started discovering that every blade of glass, each flower and leaf, pulsates with an energy, the same that she had discovered in the inlet. While Meera realised that she was afraid no more of things that she could not identify with, and in time also understood that nothing was actually alien in this world, there was a seamless uniformity which pervaded everything.

The gift had come to pass.

20 Comments on “Temple of Nature

  1. Beautifully written. Thailand would be beautiful for Kayaking, I am sure the two girls enjoyed before returning to India.

  2. This was really beautiful and I love that picture with the nénuphar !! Thank your for sharing !!

  3. You have such a way with words! This piece has a great lesson in it, too 🙂

  4. It was so beautiful to read! The post will make you want to experience whet they did. I love this kind of storytelling.

  5. You have an amazing way with words, I felt like I was with the girls as they were kayaking. Thanks for sharing!

  6. you are such an amazing writer you did such an amazing job painting the picture.

  7. This was very beautifully written! You did a really good job at setting the scene and painting a picture for your readers. Thanks for sharing!

  8. This is such a beautiful story, was curious also with that figurine, but I love the ending where that magical world has given something extraordinary to the two girls.

  9. Very very beautiful! I’m always looking forward to having my meditation in places like this, “where the earth, the sky and the water, all seem to merge together into seamless spectrum of green…”

  10. Very beautiful stories.You have a great idea about our nature is really amazing.I really like the lesson.

  11. What a lovely tale for the two girls. I likewise find gifts when I travel, typically like the girls’. Openness and understanding come with experience.

  12. what a lovely story 🙂 you got an amazing mind and perspective about nature. you captured its elegance using your words

  13. I really felt like I was experiencing what they were. This is so beautifully written!

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