We went to Allerton Gardens more than 12 years ago. The area of the gardens that made the most impression on me were these stately ficus banyan trees. The roots are massive and more than 6 feet tall. I’m so glad that I was able to visit the garden again this week. It is even more beautiful than before and a true oasis for uplifting one’s soul. I was compelled to visit these massive trees once again. These trees represent strength, perseverance, dignity, stamina, steadfastness, immovability, determination, tenacity and endurance. I would like to pattern my life after these majestic trees.
“You may encounter many defeats, but you must not be defeated. In fact, it may be necessary to encounter the defeats, so you can know who you are, what you can rise from, how you can still come out of it.”
― Maya Angelou
What a great quote to live life by. The trees continue to rise towards the sun and to create a substantial root system that might withstand mother nature’s thwarting powers. I hope I can pattern my life after the Indian Banyan tree by continuing to reach towards the sun (Son of God) and remain immovable and steadfast.
One of my favorite scriptures is found in The Book of Mormon/scriptures source from The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.
THE BOOK OF MOSIAH
15 Therefore, I would that ye should be steadfast and immovable, always abounding in good works, that Christ, the Lord God Omnipotent, may seal you his, that you may be brought to heaven, that ye may have everlasting salvation and eternal life, through the wisdom, and power, and justice, and mercy of him who created all things, in heaven and in earth, who is God above all. Amen.
The following information was found at Wikipedia:
An Indian banyan tree (Ficus benghalensis)
Species: F. benghalensis
“……….Ficus benghalensis, with the common name Indian banyan, বট (baut) in Bengali and वट वृक्ष/बरगद in Hindi, is a tree which is native to the Indian Subcontinent. Specimens in India are among the largest trees in the world by canopy coverage.
Ficus benghalensis produces propagating roots which grow downwards as aerial roots. Once these roots reach the ground they grow into woody trunks.The figs produced by the tree are eaten by birds such as the Indian myna. Fig seeds that pass through the digestive system of birds are more likely to germinate and sprout earlier……..”