For a couple of centuries now, there has been a serious, yet little-known struggle between the trees and the stone temples of Ta Phrom in the Angkor region near Siem Reap in Cambodia. Guess who wins.
The stone temples were constructed in the late 11th century to the early 13th century. These temples and castles were made of big rock slabs that were solid, hard and immovable. These bastions and walls were built to resist strong armies. They were proud monuments to great leaders whom they would surely outlive.
The trees made their appearance after the 13th century. The fig trees and the banyan trees were soft, supple and flexible. They were quiet and close to invisible at first, and humble enough not to force their way. But they had the patience and the countenance to outlast dynasties and eras that spanned many centuries; probing for soft spots, looking for free space, and they grew and grew and grew.
The centuries-old struggle in Angkor between seed and stone. A poignant lesson in life. Which then is more powerful? Is it the strong immovable force? Or is it the pliant, the flexible, the humble?
Indeed, blessed are the meek for they shall inherit the earth.