Q: How do Trees in Metros Survive without watering ?
Last month in Mumbai this was a question a Yoga Acharya , Mahaveer Sainik asked me on the steps of the Shree Babul Nath Shiva Mandir in Mumbai temple .He is residing at Babul Nath near the entrance of temple; When he saw me come down the high steps slowly- studying the trees and taking photos from the steps on ---TREE WATCH ..Shri. Mahaveer was quite intrigued-and we got into a happy chat on Temple Trees asnd Babulnath is surrounded by many trees -In fact the location name comes from the Babul Tree.
I asked him about a bag of sugar left at the foot of one tree-said it was left for Ants in this Temple by Jain devotees.
I promised to send him some notes on his question;must add he was really good -esp in Yoga- Mudra pranayama was explained further to me- he gave me his book too.
He agreed to arrange Watering of the temple trees-God Bless--him
and thankful to meet such people on Travels & Tree Watch.
ANSWERING: WATER FOR TREES :
Searched -this is what I learnt:
Tree roots seek out water and absorb soil solutions through osmosis...capillary action
Trees create their own supports with roots, trunks and limbs and in some cases seem to have a greater capacity to Regenerate .
From Science --gleaned this data:
Negative hydrostatic pressure attracts nutrient-filled water through a wick, made up of xylem cells (using capillary action), to limbs and leaves hundreds of feet high. Leaf pores called stomata open to capture carbon dioxide for photosynthesis but necessarily lose massive amounts of water from evaporation into the Earth's atmosphere. This water loss from plants is called transpiration.
Ashwattha Tree at Babulnath -Ganeshji Vigraha -near steps leading to temple
Based on my resolutions taken at "Sankaranti 'Pongal" -Jan. 2011
Q: How does Go Green fare today -esp after all the buzz of media hype and resolutions seen in last few years.?
REF: What we can do.
1) Nurture own Garden with greater Care.--
Reasonably successful despite a harsh long Monsoon with insect s and fungal damage to some plants
2) Nurture Trees on our Road with Greater care- Community Development.
Done to the best extent possible-my own physical and health limitations permitting.
3) Distribute Tulasi or suitable plant in small pots (suited for Flats /
Verandahs) on special days. To my utter surprise many people did not want Tulasi saplings as they said impractical in High Rise Flats or need much care and are too sensitive, adding they wither away fast --
Every day brings some surprise in this new era living it seems.
4) Organise Tree Tours/Talks (with a Botanist) ; presentations in forums.
Did not succeed -no one has Time for this -with so many other priorities inc TV time !!
5) Involve schools and take up “Children Connect with Nature”- by kindling
interest through Nature tours , picnics , parks, growing plants and caring
for a small garden -even a few small potted plants and Adopt or Plant a Tree
Project in association with organised Forums as a Volunteer.This makes a difference in eco protection and helps in so many ways, apart from adding beauty
Unsuccessful as schools have a " strictly syllabus" Agenda. Tree Walks have been organised by a few Nature Associations -best to link to them and help there- I felt
Left me wondering what this system of Learning is really all about as a practical -"hands on approach"- to sites , dumping grounds -collection processes in Chennai is visibly missing today was completely missing inc tours -But God bless the children as they did all they could and gleaned a lot of data and presented on Power Point with voice and all -Remarkable kids.
NOTE: Encouraging school children in Nature Watch &Study is now all done on Computers and theory mostly- My 11 yr. old grandson in 6th Std. with hios classmates did a remarkable Project on " Waste Management"- a good topic in Eco programes as per his school curriculum --but all data was from Net surf via Google. Still admirable and well presented.
REF - 15th Jan 2011 Pongal Project " Trees-Plants - Nature and Children" was very slow to even to gain acceptance; despite all efforts to encourage and popularise.
Nevertheless one hopes for the best and 2011 'Khara Samvatsara' will be over soon. We soon have our own New year Yugadi on 23rd March and 13th April-Tamil Varsha Pirappu.
Looking forward to Greening Ahead in 2012.
Recap: On a study of our shastra .
Om Vrikshanam Pataye Namah-
Om Vrikshe Namaha -- Om Harikeshe Namah
The Sri Rudram, Shree VS & Shree LS is replete with Divinity manifested in
Nature -eg. Om Jagat Vyapine Namaha in Shiva Ashtottara-73 namavalli
The Dance of Divinity –(note inspired by CCMT)
The dancing and swaying of trees esp tall coconut trees in the wind. Observe
all trees and plants on a windy day or when a gentle breeze sets in. The
long branches and leaves resemble the hair -locks of Lord Shiva in Sri
Rudram.This Cosmic vision is what our ancients saw in all of Nature –Prakruti; thus eco systems was not just revered, but also Worshipped, as Manifestations of the Divine.
The 5 Elements, the very Earth- sand, stone & clay and all in which the
roots of a tree are grounded, the sun that keeps us all alive, all animals,
birds, insects. We all are a part of this system and must Respect &Care for our ecosystems.