Easy To Be In Love With A Tree – Inspirational Quotations

the big old conifers were cut down this year. The new shrubs are my new additions to the garden.
The big old conifers were cut down this year.
The new shrubs are my new additions to the garden.

When I think of trees, I think of temples. For me trees represent temples. They provide both shade and sanctuary to all creatures. They feed the earth and give shelter to the birds. Trees are holy and vital to our well-being. Yes, I am a tree hugger. The vibrations of trees has a strong attraction for me.

For the past eight years I have sat back and watched  over forty trees cut down all around us. It was devastating to see those old temples go. None of them deserved it. We were told the trees were a nuisance for they cut out  light, they dropped leaves, they had nasty growing habits.  So they met an untimely end by  mutilation. I have never come to terms with the loss of trees. Although I have filled the garden, (although home now for sale,) with new trees. Among them, two beautiful young Weeping Willows, planted last winter. Hopefully, they will thrive at the bottom of the garden where they bother no one. Perhaps they will receive more care –  new temples for a new age. I won’t be here to see them grow, I can only wish them well.


 

One of the most beautiful passages in literature and perhaps the most profound thoughts anyone has ever uttered about trees, comes from the pen of Hermann Hesses, whose  melancholy joy and heartfelt understanding of his light and darkness strikes a cord with me.

This Ode to Trees is  found in Hesse’s Wondering: Notes and Sketches, published in 1920, after caring for World War I prisoners and experiencing multiple family losses and conflicts:

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For me, trees have always been the most penetrating preachers. I revere them when they live in tribes and families, in forests and groves. And even more, I revere them when they stand alone.

They are like lonely persons. Not like hermits who have stolen away out of some weakness, but like great, solitary men, like Beethoven and Nietzsche. In their highest boughs the world rustles, their roots rest in infinity; but they do not loose themselves there, they struggle with all the force of their lives for one thing only: to fulfill themselves according to their own laws, to build up their own form, to represent themselves.

Nothing is holier, nothing is more exemplary than a beautiful, strong tree.

When a tree is cut down and reveals its naked death-wound to the sun, one can read its whole history in the luminous, inscribed disc of its trunk: in the rings of its years, its scars, all the struggle, all the suffering, all the sickness, all the happiness and prosperity stand truly written, the narrow years and the luxurious years, the attacks withstood, the storms endured.

And every young farmboy knows that the hardest and noblest wood has the narrowest rings, that high on the mountains and in continuing danger, the most indestructible, the strongest, the ideal trees grow.

Trees are sanctuaries. Whoever knows how to speak to them, whoever knows how to listen to them, can learn the truth. They do not preach learning and precepts, they preach, undeterred by particulars, the ancient law of life.

A tree says: A kernel is hidden in me, a spark, a thought, I am life from eternal life. The attempt and the risk that the eternal mother took with me is unique, unique in the form and veins of my skin, unique in the smallest play of leaves in my branches and the smallest scar on my bark. I was made to form and reveal the eternal in my smallest special detail.

A tree says: My strength is trust. I know nothing about my fathers, I know nothing about the thousand children that every year spring out of me. I live out the secret of my seed to the very end, and I care for nothing else. I trust that God is in me. I trust that my labor is holy. Out of this trust – I live.

When we are stricken and cannot bear our lives any longer, then a tree has something to say to us: Be still! Be still! Look at me! Life is not easy, life is not difficult. Those are childish thoughts. Let God speak within you, and your thoughts will grow silent.

But when we have learned how to listen to trees, then the brevity and the quickness and the child-like hastiness of our thoughts will achieve an incomparable joy. Whoever has learned how to listen to trees no longer wants to be a tree. He wants to be nothing except what he is.

 

That is home. That is happiness.

If  trees could speak, they would say:  “Please let us live!”

Mantras For All The World’s Children – Mantras And Meaning

This is a hindu (Sarvesham,)  Mantra chanted here by Tina Turner. We are used to Tina belting out rock music but her amazing ability to bring life to a Mantra, is the other side of this amazing lady. This particular you tube is unique as we see Tina here chanting the mantra with children who are her backup artists. My thoughts of course, but would it be nice if all children were to learn mantras. How different a world we would create if we taught them the value of chanting. Of course, mantras were hidden for a long time in the East, but as times have gotten darker, I’ve  noticed more chants, (Mantras) are released on you tube. Of course The Western version of many ancient mantras is more to our liking. We identify with them as being part of us. Here’s is a little about Mantras and their meaning..
Sanatana Dharma is the original name of what is now popularly called Hindu Dharma. The terms Hindu and Hinduism are said to be a more recent development, while the more accurate term is Sanatana Dharma. It is a code of ethics, a way of living through which one may achieve moksha (enlightenment, liberation). It is the world’s most ancient culture and the socio, spiritual, and religious tradition of almost one billion of the earth’s inhabitants. Sanatana Dharma represents much more than just a religion rather, it provides its followers with an entire worldview, way of life and with a coherent and rational view of reality.
 Sarvesham, The translation for this this verse is given below.  Though it is of Hinduism it is applicable to all beings including animals.
Mantra
Om Sarvesham Swasti Bhavatu,
Sarvesham Shantir Bhavatu
Sarvesham Purnam Bhavatu,
Sarvesham Mangalam Bhavatu Meaning –
May auspiciousness be unto all;
May peace be unto all;
May fullness be unto all;
May prosperity be unto all.


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The entire cosmos, with all its gods, planes, and modes of being, is manifested in a certain number of mantras; the universe is sonorous, just as it is chromatic, formal, substantial, etc. A mantra is a ‘symbol’ in it simultaneously the symbolized reality and the symbolizing sign. There is an occult correspondence between the mantra’s mystical letters and syllables (the mairkas, “mothers” and the bijas, “seeds” ) and the subtle energies of the human body on the one hand and, on the other, between those energies and the divine forces “asleep” or manifested in the cosmos. By working on the “symbol,” one awakens all the forces that correspond to it, on all the levels of being.

Between the mantrayana, and tantric iconography; for example, there is perfect correspondence; for each plane and each degree of sanctity has its corresponding image, colour and letter. By meditating on the colour or the mystical sound that represents it, the disciple enters into a particular modality of being, absorbs or incorporates a yogic state, a god, etc.

excerpted from Mircea Eliade, Yoga, Immortality and Freedom.

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seed mantras for the chakras

    1. Root chakra: Red, Center of Physical Vitality, Stability — LAM.
    1. Seat of the soul: Orange Personal Energy & Sex — VAM.
    1. Solar plexus: Yellow, Personal Power — RAM.
    1. Heart: Green, Love, Compassion — YUM.
    1. Throat: Blue, Creative Consciousness — HUM.
  1. Third Eye: Violet, Intuition — OM.

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