~ Golden Temple gardens Thailand
Obaitori is the name of the spiritual mothers group.
Obaitori (pronounced o – by – tor – ri)
O = cherry blossom
Bai = plum blossom
Tor = peach
Ri = apricot
Nichiren Daishonin (13th Century Japanese monk) expressed universal phenomena in terms of plants nurtured by the essential good of the universe, through the metaphor of four trees:
“Cherry, plum, peach and apricot blossoms...all just as they are, are entities possessing their own unique qualities.”
Each beautiful in itself, the cherry and the plum bloom at different seasons. Though their relationships to human beings and other entities differ, all enjoy the blessings of Nature. Each demonstrates the essential nature of life by fully manifesting its inherent potentialities.
In social terms, the parable indicates how diverse cultures can preserve their distinctive natures while coexisting peacefully. It is precisely because of their diversity based on their own history and tradition that individual cultures can relate distinctively to the cosmic universal from which they draw wisdom and vitality.
So, rather than competing & contesting as women & mothers we celebrate our beautiful differences & those of our children & live in a peaceful co-existence.