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Year 2050. Outlet owner left with the last few oxygen cylinders. Media sources report stampede outside shop! How does that sound for a piece of breaking news? Well, if we do not take seriously, the danger of ‘global warming’ that looms large on the whole of mankind, it will for sure assume unmanageable proportions and this is exactly the kind of news that we will be compelled to get used to. It is centuries since the visionary saint, a son of the Indian soil – saint Tukaram wrote (‘Vrikshavalli amha soyari vanachare’) a verse expressing our relationship with ‘the flora – the trees and the creepers’. He considers them as not mere friends but genuine well-wishers – selfless and giving. He was indeed a visionary. But unfortunately we are faced with what the visionaries feared and what we could have curtailed if not avoided. The seeds of natural disaster situations like global warming or environmental pollution for that matter, are to a large extent man-made. Ruthless aggression against nature is a price that man does not mind paying in return for his economic progress. But then we must wake up to the fact that this mindless, blind race prepares the grounds for mammoth disasters. We need to bow our heads in humility before our giving green friends. A little awareness about the circumstances tells us why, how precious these ‘green and ever-giving’ friends are and what we can do even now, to conserve our friendship and in a larger sense, our planet.


The Sadguru Shree Aniruddha Upasana Foundation (SAUF), an organization inspired and guided by Sadguru Shree Aniruddha Bapu, realizing the gravity of the situation, launched the ‘Tree plantation project’ and to drive home the relevant awareness and to begin corrective measures at the individual level.

Since every sincere and well-meaning step taken at the individual level does have repercussions at the collective level, the effort however modest, counts and must be made. ‘The large scale plantation of certain trees and shrubs can prove to be a very effective remedy for deforestation, soil erosion, encroachment of the desert and of course global warming’. The oxygen that the trees breathe out is our basic vital need and the carbon dioxide that they breathe in is a major cause of global warming. They give us exactly what we need and absorb exactly what harms us. They are our source of food and air. They assure us of rain and so they take care of all vital deeds that support human life. If trees assure us of all these benefits is it not obvious that mindless felling of trees means a shortage or an eventual deprivation of these?


But we must also understand that every ‘plant’ cultivated in the space available – be it a pot in our window sill, is important. Sadguru Shree Aniruddha wants all of us to plant the Tulsi (The Indian Basil), Rose, Mogra, Ginger, Curry Leaf plant and Zipri. These plants not only maintain good levels of oxygen indoors but even suppress the levels of carbon dioxide.


That was about the environmental benefits of planting trees. But are we aware that in 1873-74 a tree like the Mahua had helped villages in Bihar survive a huge famine? The seed, the wood, leaves, fruits, skin and the flowers can be roasted or cooked and eaten. They are nutritious and do not cause drowsiness when eaten. There are several such ‘wonder trees’ whose every part is useful. They provide us not only with food but also with items through which we maintain our livelihood.


The Tree plantation project is actually a human welfare project and so little wonder that it finds a place in the concept of the ‘Ramrajya’ – the reign of welfare, health and well-being. Achaman 286 of ‘Anandasadhana’, the third volume of the Shreemadpurushartha Grantharaj mentions words of great a Indian Saint Tukaram Maharaj “Vrikshavalli amha soyari vanachare” which are extremely important. The ratio of a thousand mahavrukshas (great trees e.g. banyan, peepal, coconut, etc.), two thousand trees (mango, jackfruit, palas, etc.), three thousand small trees (Chickoo, Custard Apple, Champa, etc.), four thousand shrubs (Rose, Mogara, Marigold, etc.), five thousand of the grass variety (Rice, Wheat, Corn, Sugarcane, etc.) in comparison to one man is an inseparable part of the concept of the Ramrajya i.e. the ‘Reign of Rama’. The extent, to which this equilibrium is disturbed, is the extent to which the entire mankind would face natural calamities and health troubles. Hence we need to care for of all our vegetations, gardens, and forests.

May we love and value our green and giving friends. May they be seen in the yards of our homes, of schools and of offices; may they stand tall along side roads, may we have abundant parks and forests; may they sit pretty on our window sills and from our windows, their green all over our earth.

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