For long, hindu scriptures have glorified the trees

Thar desert, India. Trees leaves are cut to feed the goats.

Thar desert, India. Trees leaves are cut to feed the goats.

“Trees are like good people who care for others. They have to keep standing in the sun but they give shade to others. Whatever fruits they bear they do not eat themselves, but give them to others. How kind they are.”  ( Vikrama Caritam)

“The whole life of these trees is to serve. With their leaves, flowers, fruits, branches, roots, shade, fragrance, sap, bark, wood, and finally even their ashes and coal, they exist for the purpose of others.” ( Srimad Bhagavatam)

“Trees have five sorts of kindness which are their daily sacrifice. To families, they give fuel; to passers by, they give shade and a resting place; to birds, they give shelter; with their leaves, roots and bark, they give medicines.” ( Varaha Purana)

“O tree ! You bear fruits, leaves and flowers and protect people from scorching sun. Whoever comes to you in scorching heat, you take away their suffering and give them coolness. This way, you surrender yourself for others. That is why you are guru of all kind people. Even the most generous person cannot do things with such devotion as you. And yet you show yourself to no one. Therefore, O tree, please accept my heartfelt respects.” ( Bhamini Vilasa)

“O tree! You are standing on the path. Live for a long time and be happy, because with your blossoms the cuckoo is happy, with your pollen the bumblebees are happy, and passers  by are happy with your fruits. So live long !” ( Upadesa Tarangini)

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