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Sunday, April 10, 2016

Humility lessons from banyan tree

Real humility, not false modesty masquerading as humility, at heart is the greatest strength because it enables one to respect, to listen and to learn without inhibitions.

Besides, it enables one to adjust according to the situation.

In nature everything is so well balanced and that is the reason the banyan tree which shelters many rodents, birds, insects and give shade to a large area and also does not suck up the water table by spreading horizontally its root unlike eucalyptus tree-whose roots go vertically down and spoil the water table one of the reasons why even Ooty and Kodaikanal have water problem-

At the same time banyan tree does not let plant grow beneath it because it is aware if and when it falls down smaller plants and trees may collapse.

Rabindranath Tagore says, “ To study a banyan tree
You not only must know
Its main stem in its own soil
But also trace the growth
Of its greatness in the further soil
For then you can know the true nature of its vitality.

The civilization of India , like the banyan tree, has shed its beneficent shade away from its own birthplace. India can live and grow by spreading abroad – not the political India, but the spiritual one.”

The Indian Diaspora: Dynamics of Migration

 edited by N. Jayaram, Yogesh Atal

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