Monday, December 27, 2010

The Glory of a Tree-near to Sri Ram Temple ,close to Anandashram, Kanhangad.

The Ficus genus tree -Ashwattha--Peepul, Bodhi, Arasa maram-

 The Glory of a Tree
This  tree photographed by me years ago -at  Mavungal, Kanhangad,near  to Sri Ram Temple -and close to Anandashram, Kanhangad.White Flower tree (frangipani type) Entwined to each other and buried in soil. Remarkable Tree-

 Peepul Trees -"an Elder Couple "Senior Citizens" -at Gulwady Village-
pic taken when I visited our Kula -Nagaban site
3rd Pic is of Peepul Tree at Anandashram Kanhamgad

The Ashwattha--Peepul, Bodhi, Arasamaram -( Ficus genus) tree - has been written about in many papers - But some times a paper comes that it is so well written -and just has to be shared and read with care-
Sharing with all Nature Lovers.
A tree as old as the hills
SANJAY DEV, Mar 25, 2010, Times news- 
Tags:Buddha|Enlightenment|bodhi tree
I am God's creation; He who created the cosmos also created me. I am one of the elements of the natural world, and so am perhaps as old as the hills, existing say, for more than 210 million years now, going by the estimates of cosmogonists.
Genesis makes mention of me as the Tree of Knowledge planted by God along with the Tree of Life in the Garden of Eden, embodying knowledge of good and evil. The one whose fruit was forbidden to eat and which both Adam and Eve ended up eating, succumbing to temptation. And for which transgression they were banished from the Garden of Eden, to toil and sweat for survival.
I am also the Bo Tree, the tree under whose shade Gautama attained enlightenment and became known as the Buddha. I am produced by spore or seed and thus self-perpetuate, as per phytogenesis. That's about my age, origin and evolution. I have witnessed vicissitudes of times; rise and fall of civilisations. I have survived the Apocalypse that flattened entire Creation and reduced me to a fossil or several fossils - proof of my once-being-there.
Years of survival and the struggle to live, inherent in all living beings, have conditioned me to stand the ground and acclimatise to surroundings, hostile or friendly, no matter! I first make sure that I stand on my own, and then prepare the ground for my near and dear ones. I not only create a habitat for myself but do so for others, too, who flock to my arborous arms. As a tree, one must be pliable when young. You can't shape me into a mould once I am grown up and my limbs get ossified.
I understand the language of inter-dependence. And hence have a pact with those who tend to me. I fill their lungs with life-giving oxygen and take in the discarded carbon dioxide to fill mine and nourish myself. To reward others for my upkeep, I give them wood, fruits, rubber, nectar, gum, food and medicinal substances. This constitutes the material exchange. Besides, I also give protection from sun and rain; help stabilise the ground they make their homes on; offer them green cover to counter pollution and rarify the air they inhale.
I can't be faulted because I keep teaching lessons -- audible enough when it blows; visible enough when it blows and pours. I keep beckoning my arm-like branches and fluttering my wing-like leaves. What can I do if the woods and its inhabitants collectively and separately miss my lessons of peaceful coexistence, communion with nature, symbiotic relationship, self-reliance, coalescence, assimilation and absorption, virtues of charity and giving, growing closely yet apart, vertical growth rooted in horizontal development, unobtrusive communication, standing tall, yet bending with one's own weight without throwing it around -- all this and much more. But alas, it seems they miss the woods for the trees!
I have always known my place in the vast cosmos and respect its limits in the context of my existence or not. Unfortunately, those who study the vastness of the cosmos believe in invading others' space. Why don’t they just let me ne? Ought you to judge a tree by its bark? The tree is known by its fruit, sometimes. How long will I take kindly to it all? If there is no more eco-mindfulness in the world and consumerism becomes the main driver of life and living, would that not impact the entire system? What if ultimately trees lose their `treeness’?

Quote From Sringeri Math --
Trees are noble -they bear the brunt of the hot sun but yet  give others ...all anyone shade, fruits & flowers, prevent soil erosion (in floods control).   Even when cut it gives warmth and shelter as fuel or building material. So our ancients call a tree  Vriksha Kalpa-(tree treasure). 

Plants, trees .....all are Divinity Manifested 
"Om Shree Prakruti Mata Namaha"



  1. To spread awareness -
    -I am reproducing from a site " ECO INDIA"- Source-
    Gratefully ackd --Thanks

    Peepal Tree

    Kingdom : Plantae
    Division Magnoliophyta
    Class: Magnoliopsida
    Order : Rosales
    Family : Moraceae
    Genus : Ficus
    Species : F. religiosa
    Scientific Name : Ficus religiosa
    Other names : Bo tree, Bodhi tree, Sacred tree, Beepul tree, Pipers, Pimpal, Jari, Arani,Ashvattha, Ragi, Bodhidruma, Shuchidruma, Pipalla, Ashvattha and the Buddha tree are the other names used for the Banyan tree.
    Description : Peepal is a large, fast growing deciduous tree. It has a heart shaped leaves. It is a medium size tree and has a large crown with the wonderful wide spreading branches. It shed its leaves in the month of March and April. The fruits of the Peepal are hidden with the figs. The figs are ripen in the month of May. The figs which contain the flowers grow in pairs just below the leaves and look like the berries. Its bark is light gray and peels in patches. Its fruit is purple in colour. It is one of the longest living trees.

    Other Species : Artocarpus heterophyllus Lam, Artocarpus incissus L., Artocarpus nobilis Thw. Are some of the other species of the Peepal tree.
    Location : Peepal tree is grown throughout India in States of Haryana, Bihar, Kerala and Madhya Pradesh, Tamilnadu, Andhra, Kerala & Karnataka .
    Cultivation :
    Peepal tree is easily propagated through the seeds or through the cuttings.
    It can grow in any type of soil. Young peepal needs proper nourishment.
    It requires full sunlight and proper watering.
    Medicinal uses : This tree of life has also got the medicinal value. The juice of its leaves extracted by holding them near the fire can be used as the ear drop. Its power bark has been used to heal the wounds for years. The bark of the tree is useful in inflammations and glandular swelling of the neck. Its root bark is useful for stomatitis, clean ulcers, and promotes granulations. Its roots are also good for gout. The roots are even chewed to prevent gum diseases. Its fruit is laxative which promotes digestion and checks vomiting. Its ripe fruits are good for the foul taste, thirst and heart diseases. The powered fruit is taken for Asthma. Its seeds have proved useful in urinary troubles. The leaves are used to treat constipation.
    Other uses : People in India collect the Peepal leaves, clean them, dry them and than paint them with the gold acrylic in order to preserve them for years. From the bark of the Peepal tree reddish dye is extracted. Its leaves are used to feed the camels and the elephants. When the leaves are dried they are used for the decoration purpose.

    Cultural importance : Peepal tree has the great importance in India especially among the Buddhist who regard Peepal tree as the personification of Buddha. Lord Buddha attained enlightenment mediating under the Peepal tree. It is regarded as the sacred tree and the people uses its leaves for the religious purposes. According to the Buddha – 'He who worships the Peepal tree will receive the same reward as if he worshiped me in person'. The Peepal tree has its own symbolic meaning of Enlightenment and peace. People tie threads of white, red and yellow silk around it to pray for progeny and rewarding parenthood. Hindus in India holds the great spiritual regard for the Peepal Tree, they regard it as the tree beneath which Vishnu was born.
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    Bandhavgarh National Park - Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary - Corbett National Park - Kaziranga National Park - Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary - Ranthambore Wildlife Sanctuary more.....

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  2. The Peepul & Neem tree are often planted side by side as Shiva -Shakti -they grow and branches entwine with one another--Temples are built beneath this in the South

    Plant a Tree

    If you have the means to plant a tree, start digging. Trees absorb carbon dioxide and give off oxygen. They are an integral part of the natural atmospheric exchange cycle here on Earth, but there are too few of them to fully counter the increases in carbon dioxide caused by automobile traffic, manufacturing and other human activities.A single tree will absorb approximately one ton of carbon dioxide during its lifetime.this is a universal need -It will benefit all.


    The pic of this Ashwattha Tree & Frangipani(Temple Tree)can be also seen as a wonderful testimony of Symbiotic relationships in Nature's marvels-

    In my home garden, I have seen this Symbiosis with 4 trees; and although the Bougainvilla creeper-the oldest Plant we have at 31 years age is hard and thorny and can can stifle the Frangipani-abt 18 yrs old -they seems to manage.

    YES--without doubt a little help needed to trim & prune periodically.

    "Yajna Principle of Parasparam "

    Support each other, add value, Grow Together Hence I called them an Elderly Couple in my first blog post.