The Vilva Leaf

Holding  her mother’s fingers 
the little girl takes a stroll
 in the garden.

carry  two palmyra baskets,
 one for the holy leaves,
the other for the flowers,

a morning duty  mother 
and child perform. A diligence  
to honour their Puja.

 Mother halts  first near
 the Vilva tree (Bael tree) plucks 
the trifoliate  leaves or tripatra.

The child questions.
the three in one concept.
 mother sets out with explanations

the leaves represent 
three “gunas” or qualities,
“sattva , rajas and tamas”

or the three syllables 
that make up “AUM”
the primordial sound

which resonates Shiva’s
 essence. The child turns 
even more curious,

as the mother continues
 saying  they indicate
Mahadeva’s three eyes,

 The leaves could denote “Trishul”.
Shiva’s emblematic weapon, mother 
and child make their way back, 

having experienced  reverberance 
  and an early morning sun bath
not one of deliberation