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ESpiritual: Why do we regard trees and plants as sacred?

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Dr KK Aggarwal    08 October 2017

The upper part of the plants, the leaves, flowers and fruits are worshipped as sacred and offered to God. As per the Bhagwad Gita, these have satvik properties. Roots of any plant are tamsik and not offered in pooja or eaten during pooja days. The same is true for the stems of plants, which have rajsik properties. Fresh and live fruits have the same spirit and life force as in the human beings and are considered sacred the same way as any human being.Human life also depends on plants and trees. They give us the vital factors that make life possible on earth: food, oxygen, clothing, shelter, medicines etc.Ancient scriptures suggest the planting of a minimum of ten trees. We are also urged to apologize to a plant or tree before cutting it to avoid incurring a specific sin named soona.Many trees and plants like tulsi, peepal etc., which also have medicinal value, are worshipped.(Disclaimer: The views expressed in this write up are my own).

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