Thought for the Day..
Trees Are Yogis, Revere & Nurture Trees
Krishna states in the Bhagwad Gita, `I am Peepal among trees'.
Trees are mahayogis. As an evolved human spreads divine aura, joy and peace, so do trees. The moment it sprouts from earth, it spreads its arms branches towards the sky to receive all energies, head held high to get connected to universal life force for growth, yet rooted on earth. It flows with natural forces, making itself stronger, taller and beautiful.
Trees always give just like the rest of Nature, teaching and reminding us that giving is the Law of Nature. If we imbibe this, it will make the atmosphere pleasant and congenial for growth. Tree is a guru and reflection of the Supreme Provider. It is the provider of bounties which are required for our healthy and natural survival. That is why a tree is never ugly; it reflects what it is to be alive, without thrusting and enforcing anything or being a doer. It is alive till the last moment; and even when it perishes, every part of the tree is of great value. There is no human habitat which does not have something made out of a tree or its produce. Trees impart manure to earth and its roots provide shelter to insects which live underground and nourish the soil.
No matter how much a human plucks its leaves and scratches its bark, the tree never retaliates. It continues to be patient and does its karma. Trees are a source of livelihood to so many, those who are involved in planting and nurturing of orchards and farm lands, taking care of the creepers, fruits and vegetables, transporting and selling them. This inspires us to serve Nature, which in turn will enhance the whole environment. Magnificent is the life of trees that spread life force to all, giving shade to the tired souls and fruits to everyone, irrespective of caste, creed ... and provide restful abode to birds. Trees are a great source of inspiration to writers, poets, philosophers and visionaries. Wisdom dawns on those who do intense sadhana and dhyana under densely leafed old trees. Buddha attained enlightenment under the natural canopy of the Bodhi tree.
Trees are the most beautiful and sensuous poetic expression of Supreme intelligence.
Trees are the embodiment of sensitivity also. What you feel when you touch it or nurture it, reflects in its blossoming or flourishing, resurrecting the significance of feel.
Those who plant trees in faraway places bring salvation to ancestors and future generation, according to the Shiva Purana. The one who plants tulsi by igniting Vishnu, gets fruits of performing 100 yajnas, states the Padma Purana.
There is a shloka in Subhasittam: “The tree provides shade while standing in the sun, bearing fruits for the benefit of others, like real virtuous Sat Purusha.”
Expect nothing from others like a true yogi and derive energy from the eternal source. Trees' mission is welfare and nourishment for all, providing shelter and nutrients to even those who pelt stones at them, giving truly a great message of unconditional love by being most silent and graceful spokespersons of nature.
Let us all realise and get enlightened by the purest wisdom of the Tree that plays the divine music of harmony and peace, in perfect sync with nature and like the tree, let us spread love and light all around.
Speaking Tree (TOI), Aug 26, 2015
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