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Swami Prem Parivartan has planted trees since the age of ten. Todate he has planted twelve million trees across subcontinent.

 

Peepal Baba is still going strong after planting twelve million trees

NEW DELHI India -- Kenya had her Wangari Maathai who won a Nobel prize for planting trees and helping women and now India has Peepal Baba who has planted twelve million trees across the subcontinent, reports Kul Bhushan.

Twelve million is a humungous number. When this number represents new trees planted all over India, it becomes very significant.
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This change has been made possible by an Osho sannyasi, Swami Prem Parivartan, who is living up to his name but is more popularly known as Peepal Baba.

For the World Environment Day on 5 June, here is a positive story instead of doomsday articles on destroying ecology.

Swami Prem Parivartan has been planting trees since the age of ten.

He has planted over 12 million shade trees in the past 39 years.

He is the founder trustee of Give Me Trees Trust, an environmental charity devoted to planting trees.

He considers planting trees as a celebration of life and an essential part of his spiritual journey, inspired by his master, Osho.

Here are excerpts from his
conversation with Kul Bhushan:

Planting trees is my way of bringing people across the country to listen and understand Osho.

 

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New Delhi -- So impressed was Bollywood star John Abraham with Peepal Baba’s work that the star gifted him a motor cycle for his travels across India. PHOTO - STUDIOASIDE.COM

 

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It is my meditation camp for those who understand the language of trees.

It is an introduction to Osho and his message of connecting us to ‘Nisarga’ or nature.

The start My romance with Osho started when I was 10 years old.

I had the first glimpse of my Master in 1977, when I first visited the Pune commune along with some relatives.

A Master crafts his disciple in miraculous ways.

Osho destroyed a lot of things around me and re-engineered my life.

Sanyas changed my gears from within and gave me the strength to take steps to pursue my hobby of planting trees across the country.

Early life I was born as Azad Jain in 1966 in Chandigarh.

My father was serving in the Indian Army as a Doctor which meant moving from one military station to the other every two years.
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At a very young age I got to travel and a lot and understand my country and the environment around me.

At school When I was at school in Kirkee Military Station, near Pune, I had a wonderful teacher named Mrs. Williams who taught us geography.

She inspired me to plant trees. In 1977, at the age of 10, I started planting trees and planted my first tree on Range Hills Road at Kirkee Military Station.

Today, I am 49 years old and have planted over 12 million trees across the country.

Journalist I completed my post graduation in English Literature in 1988 and a post graduation program in Mass Communications and Journalism in 1989.

For 13 years, I worked with newspapers, media agencies and corporate communications with multinational companies.

I left the corporate sector on July 31, 2003 to take to planting trees as a full time work.

Why Peepal? I had been planting Peepal trees in large numbers and gradually came to be popularly known as Peepal Baba.

My focus is on planting shade trees instead of ornamental or landscaping trees. Our work is totally managed by volunteers.

Our network of friends across the country helps us plant and maintain saplings even in remote corners of the country.

Osho Camps I started conducting Osho Meditation Camps in 2003 for Indian Army in Jammu and Kashmir.

For nearly four years, I travelled through the state interacting with soldiers and civilians.

But it was my work of planting trees in the state that gave me the breakthrough.

People easily connect with trees.

It is a secular subject. It does not bring any god or religion into discussion.

I started talking of trees and gradually introducing Osho into the lives of thousands of my friends and followers.

 

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A 200 year old, 50 feet circumference Peepal tree | Coastweek

 

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A 200 year old, 50 feet circumference Peepal fig tree. WIKIPEDIA - ARUNHUNGEL

 

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Why is the Peepal fig tree (ficus religiosa) sacred ?'

 

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  Peepal tree (Ficus religiosa or sacred fig) is very sacred in India.
The Hindu scriptures mention it; in the Bhagavad Gita Lord Krishna declares of all the trees, he is the Peepal.
Hindus in India hold a great spiritual regard for the Peepal Tree, they regard it as the tree beneath which Vishnu was born.
People tie threads of white, red and yellow silk around it to pray for progeny and rewarding parenthood.
Lord Buddha attained enlightenment mediating under the Peepal tree.
So it is also known as Bodhi Tree.
According to the Buddha: ‘He who worships the Peepal tree will receive the same reward as if he worshiped me in person’.
The site is in present day Bodh Gaya in Bihar, visited by millions from the Far East every year.
The leaves of this tree move continuously even when the air around is still and no wind is blowing.
This phenomenon can be explained due to the long leaf stalk and the broad leaf structure.
However, religious minded people in Hindu/ Buddhist religion attribute this movement of the leaves to the fact that "devas" or "gods" reside on these leaves and make it move continuously.
This fact is also mentioned in the Bhagavad Gita as a verse:
"O Ashvatha, I honor you whose leaves are always moving ...
Sadhus (Hindu ascetics) still meditate beneath sacred fig trees, and Hindus do pradakshina (circumambulation, or meditative pacing) around the sacred fig tree as a mark of worship.
Peepal tree is of great medicinal value.
Its leaves serve as a wonderful laxative as well as tonic for the body.
It is especially useful for patients suffering from Jaundice.
It helps to control the excessive amount of urine released during jaundice.
The leaves of Peepal are highly effective in treating heart disorders.
It helps to control the palpitation of heart and thereby combat the cardiac weakness.
Ayurveda makes an extensive use of the leaves for about 50 disorders including asthma, diabetes, diarrhea, epilepsy, gastric problems, and sexual disorders.
 
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My camps came to be popularly known as ‘Tree Meditation Camps’.

Environment push: I made Mayur Vihar in Delhi as my base.

Here, I established a small plant nursery and started teaching children, college students, families who came visiting, about tree planting, environment, soil preservation, waste management, recycling, water harvesting, composting, organic farming through an organization named Osho Paryavaran Paathshala (Osho Environment School).

Social media helped me to reach out to more people across the country.

Today, I have more than 9,000 people connected with me in the digital world.

I have volunteers from remote mountain villages to Dalal Street in Mumbai.

We connect with our volunteers through our website www.givemetrees.org

Osho and Environment Environment has been a much neglected area of positive action.

As an Osho disciple, I always felt that if I have to do justice to my Master I have to plant trees and get other people to do likewise, for the rest of my life.

Whenever I visit Oshodham or Pune Commune, the trees ask me if I am doing what I should be doing.
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They talk to me and after some rest at these meditation facilities I return to enroll more and more nature lovers to plant along with me.

Positive action: It is high time for the Osho disciples to take charge of positive social action.

We have to bring Osho into the lives of people with positive action like a tree planting movement across the country with a message to reconnect with our roots by serving Nature.

 
 

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