Hindu or Bharathyia culture considers World as one family (Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam).This single entity includes all living and non living beings.In this post we look at plant kingdom and how it is closely associated with human beings.Plants around you can be the reincarnation of your grandfather,father, children etc.
Cleve Backster, an interrogation specialist, had done lot of research in analyzing the behavior of Plants.In one of the research he used polygraph electrodes attached to Philodendron.The polygraph machine can record physiological changes just like ECG.After setting the electrodes, Baxter asked one of his colleague to pluck the leaf of the plant.No changes were observed on the tape.Next he asked to pluck the bud and now again the plant did not show any change.Then Baxter asked him to burn the plant.Suddenly abnormal waves were recorded on the tape.Initially Baxter thought there was some problem with his physiology and after repeated experiments confirmed that abnormal wave forms were from the plant itself.The Plant was responding to the negative intention of burning the Plant.This experiments shows that if we pluck leaves or bud from the plant which can benefit others it has no issue but responds if we try to destroy the plant.This shows how plants are closely associated and part of our world family and ready to sacrifice for the benefit of other living beings.
If we take the seed of Arayaal (Peepal),it contains the life principle of the Tree and if the life principle is not there it won't grow in the form of a tree.The matter contained in the seed is responsible for the growth of the tree.It contains the seed for the structure,the life force of the future tree and the environment in which it can sprout and grow.All these things are fused together in the seed. The sound waves formed in this state is useful for all living beings. Studies conducted during Athirathram Yajna (Kundoor,Kerala) on plants before and after Yajna showed positive changes in the Plants during Yajna's or chanting Mantra's.
Swamiji in his speech narrates another incident associated with plants.Couple of people from Mahatma Gandhi University visited swamiji. Swamiji was having a discussion how to evaluate the concept of World as one family (Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam) using Science.One of the visitors Dr Joseph from Mahatma Gandhi University told swamiji his experience with Plants. He planted a small Thottavadi (Mimosa pudica) and took great care of it just like he would look after his own child.When the plant grew up he noticed the leaves of the plant did not fold when he touched it.The normal behavior of this plant was to fold its leaves if somebody touches it. It has also got another name "Touch Me Not". When the leaves did not fold he was very surprised.In order to understand the behavior of the plant he asked another person in his house to go near the plant and check if the plant needed some watering .When the other person reached near the plant it sensed the breath and immediately folded it's leaves.When Dr Joseph went near it, it suddenly came back to normal form.This shows the relationship build between plant and human being when the person was emotionally close to it.
Concept of Life Principle in Plants taken from the speech of Jagadguru Swami Sathyananda Saraswathi Tiruvadikal..Listen to the concept in Swamiji's own words below.