Treatise on Tree Ties - Part 3

Treatise on Tree Ties - Part 3

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Vaijayanti mala devi dasi

Hare Krishna Prabhujis and Matajis,
Please accept my humble obeisances! All glories to Srila Prabhupada and Srila Gurudev!

The following is the concluding verse spoken by Lord Krishna in appreciating the selfless nature of the trees - (Srimad Bhagavatam 10.22.35)

etaavaj janma-saaphalyam / dehinaam iha dehishu
praaṇair arthair dhiyaa vaacaa / shreya-aacaranam sadaa

"It is the duty of every living being to perform welfare activities for the benefit of others with his life, wealth, intelligence and words."

The Lord thus concludes the glorification of the trees, with a great lesson for us by saying that it is the duty of every living being to perform welfare activities for the benefit of others. 

We see that when Indra approached sage Dadhici to offer his body for making the thunderbolt weapon, sage Dadhici speaks the following beautiful verse in Srimad Bhagavatam  6.10.10

aho dainyam aho kashtam /  paarakyaih kshana-bhanguraih 
yan nopakuryaad asvaarthair / martyah sva-jnaati-vigrahaih

This body, which is eatable by jackals and dogs after death, does not actually do any good for me, the spirit soul. It is usable only for a short time and may perish at any moment. The body and its possessions, its riches and relatives, must all be engaged for the benefit of others, or else they will be sources of tribulation and misery.

We see that children get limited knowledge about the trees from the Environmental science subjects they study in school. Srimad Bhagavatam expands our vision with these gem like verses coming out of the lotus mouth of Lord Krishna. This will really inspire the younger generation to understand the real value of the trees and the qualities we have to imbibe from them. That is why in our vedic culture we have sthala vriksha in every temple and it is worshiped. We have very beautiful pastimes of Caitanya Mahaprabhu associated with the Siddha Bakula tree and the Mango tree in the courtyard of Srinivasacharya and also the sweet pastimes of Krishna with the twin Yamalarjuna trees in the courtyard of Nanda Maharaj.

In fact the whole of this material world is compared to an inverted Banyan tree in Srimad Bhagavad Gita. Srila Prabhupada writes that the tree of this material world is only a reflection of the real tree of the spiritual world. So our ties with the illusory tree of this material world is to be cut off so that we can tie ourselves to the real tree of Krishna kalpavrksha to get the fruit of Krishna prema. This requires cultivation of the qualities of tolerance and benevolence like the trees. We can learn a lot from trees:- they're always grounded but never stop reaching heavenward. 

Thank you very much,
Yours in service of Srila Prabhupada and Srila Gurudev,
Vaijayanti mala devi dasi,
Abu dhabi.