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Sacred Sapling

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Sacred Sapling

Professor Eck received this sapling as prasad at a launch event for Swami Chidananda Saraswati’s Green Kumbh Initiative. We planted it at Lakshmi Kutir camp yesterday.


Written by Nicolas Roth

January 22, 2013 at 3:01 am

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  1. It would be interesting to know which tree sapling that is and why it was chosen.

    This blog makes great reading. Thank you for it.

    Maya Rao

    January 22, 2013 at 6:25 am

  2. Is it Bael plant?


    January 23, 2013 at 3:22 pm

  3. I do not think it is bael since the leaves have more than three segments and are also more elongated. It might be an ashoka tree (Saraca asoca), though I am not certain.

    Nicolas Roth

    January 24, 2013 at 1:01 pm

  4. The Ashoka is said to have medicinal properties – though the Neem beats it hollow.

    I think religion is often used as advertising spiel to get people to do things that are good for them – example the Tulsi (Holy Basil) has so many medicinal properties. That must be the reason the ancients mandated every home to have a Tulsi.

    It would be interesting to know if there was a reason Swami Chidananda Saraswati chose this sapling.

    Maya Rao

    January 24, 2013 at 3:15 pm

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