The excerpt from Bhishma Parva of Mahabharata (From Indian Scriptures)

Dear All,

Lord Surya ( Sun God ) Said
On the new moon day one should not cut trees. One who does so is unwise. Even forceful shedding of leaves from the tree on new moon day is a sinful act. The
person who perpetrates this act gives the sin to his future generation.

Hare Rama Hare Rama Rama Rama Hare Hare
Hare Krishna Hare Krishna Krishna Krishna Hare Hare


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Welcome Ravi, Tree-Friend and teacher - Now, this I want to encourage...
I want to know what all the different cultures think about Trees, how they look after them, and the popular Trees in that country, and their health and propagation. (And the sad news of decline if there is some).

I am very happy to hear that the Good Lord Surya decreed this protection of Trees on the New Moon - it tells me that he had something special planned for these days - do you know why this might be so Ravi? And were there days more fitting for felling the Trees that were needed by the people? (At least Trees could breathe easy and relax for 13 days each year!)

Does India have a 'national' Tree? I am thinking of the Buddha Tree perhaps, or the Banyan? Or the Tree of Knowledge?


(sorry about the deleted picture - here is another one)

(This Tree is in Thailand)
(from Wiki)
* Flora in general play a central role in the Indian culture, which has largely a vegetarian tradition. The symbolism of the tree is mentioned in the 135th hymn of the 10th book of Rig-Veda, and in the 15th chapter of Bhagavad-gita (1–4).
* Two varieties of the fig (called Ashvatta in Sanskrit), the banyan tree and the peepal tree are the most revered in the Indian tradition, and both are considered the trees of life. The banyan symbolizes fertility, according to the Agni Purana, and is worshiped by those wanting children. It is also referred to as the tree of immortality in many Hindu scriptures. The banyan is believed to have nourished mankind with its ‘milk’ before the advent of grain and other food.
* The fig tree is either a player or an observer in several scriptural events in Hinduism. The sages and seers sit under the shade of the fig tree to seek enlightenment, hold discourses and conduct Vedic rituals. The Bodhi tree under which Gautama Buddha achieved enlightenment is a peepal tree.
* The fig tree assumes special importance in the Indian tradition owing mainly to its 'two-way growth' (aerial 'roots' growing downwards).
Thanks Tree Life for your comment...

According to our scriptures & belief, all plants are conscious beings, with distinct personalities. I need to extract more to give you a reply for your query. Our National Tree is the Banyan Tree

In India trees are represented as Gods. And since time immemorial, the grateful populace found it entirely natural to worship trees that gave them food, fire, shelter, shade, clothing and medicine. In fact it was discovered during excavations at an Indus Valley site (the first-known ancient Indian civilisation, c. 3000 BC - 1700 BC) shows the peepal tree being worshipped. Our scriptures have further given importance to trees. I will try to post a few later.
Thank you Ravi - this is good news.

humble, humble, humble.


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