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Our Existence Depends on Natural Resources: An Alert to the General Public and the Tree Fellers

(A Great Alert to the general public and the tree fellers)

In the modern world of ours even the authorities are chopping down the trees in the name of development. This knol pin points the great damage we are causing to the very existence of human beings by cutting down trees around the world.

Tree's Role In Global Warming

Every year we celebrate environment day on June 5th with a lot of fervor and activities. Our media, print and visual, put forward a lot of stuff in this connection about the coming peril, the alarming global warming. It was good that many could take some kind of precaution towards it.
If the present life style continues, no doubt we will be caught up in this peril. It is upsetting to note that cars, air-crafts, air conditioners, bulbs etc... and the way of life that causes the global warming. If we go on at this rate, the level of heat  increases and it will definitely be a great threat to the earth's species as well as human. Another report says that "the world has just 10 years to reverse surging greenhouse gas emissions or risk runaway climate change that could make many part of the planet uninhabitable." This is a great warning from the scientist world. They conclude that unless mankind rapidly stabilizes green house gas emissions and start reducing them, it will have little chance of keeping global warming within manageable limits. The result could be a great destruction. The present alarming high rate of oil addiction is a great threat. It is high time that we think seriously for a Great New Deal, that we must start the action needed to reduce green house gas emission before we end up in disaster. We have to seriously consider our present way of functioning and to do something solid to curtail the global warming. 
A Scene from my city Secunderabad. A friend named it "A Golden Tree"  Pic. by P V A
Trees  are an integral part of the human race. The benefits we receive from a tree are many. It has been estimated that a palm tree is useful to man in more than 250 ways. It is also estimated that an ordinary tree inhales approximately 14,000 liters of carbon dioxide, and exhales double the quantity of oxygen for human consumption and survival. Sad to say, these days even the civic authorities are cutting down trees in the name of development. But unfortunately, many do not know the consequences of their negligent activities. The massacre of trees means putting an axe to the very existence of human race. No doubt, the continuous felling of trees will cause irreparable damage to the already perishing flora and fauna of our country. 

The need of the hour is to carefully plan and reduce felling of trees. The truth is that it is more profitable to leave a tree standing than fell it. A recent study says that,  "There is a direct loss of over Rupees fifty thousand per year for each tree that is cut or removed from its place. It is  also estimated that one tree yields oxygen worth thirty thousand rupees. If we cut trees at the current alarming rate, (Watch the video: The Australian Tree Cutter at the bottom of this knol) soon we will need to install oxygen manufacturing units in every corner of the nations, especially in the urban area which would cost a very high price that no government can afford. 

As said it is not only an integral part of human beings but also so closely connected with the animal kingdom too.  Animal kingdom is so connected of depended on our natural resources like trees etc.  Here is an interesting picture and a video to watch in this regard
Goats on tree. Pic. Credit, Rocketnews 24

Watch This Video: Goats climbing on the tree                                                                           

                  You Tube Video Credit. moorockrancgh

Pic. Credit. Arun Mathew
Trees absorb water from the ground, and then through transpiration, transmit this water to air as water vapor. Thus, they help maintain the atmospheric equilibrium. The study says another rupees ten thousand will be spent per tree on the other miscellaneous functions a tree performs preventing soil erosion, providing shade, food, fruit and of course, fuel (provided by the dead branches and manure made of decomposed leaves). In short, the cost of replacing a single felled tree proves expensive indeed! Just calculate the price of the several thousands of trees removed from earth every day all over the world.  There is no doubt that this is a serious issue. 

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What the Religious Texts Says

A Typical Tree scenery from Texas
Pic. Credit. Jolly Daniel, Portland, Or. USA

Let us have a look at the religious texts in this connection, what it has to say on this:

In the Book of Genesis (the first book of the Bible) after the creation of man, Lord God said, "Behold, I have given you every plant yielding seed that is on the surface of the earth, and every tree which has fruit yielding seed; it shall be food for you; and to every beast of the earth and to every bird of the sky and to every thing that moves on the earth which has life, I have given every green plant for food". (Genesis 1:28-29). "He planted a garden toward the east, in Eden; and there He placed the man whom He had formed. And out of the ground the Lord God caused to grow every tree that is pleasing to the sight and good for food; the tree of life also in the midst of the garden and the tree of the knowledge of good and evil (Genesis 2:8-9). 

Picture taken by Knol Author/Photo Journalist Vesna Cesnakozelji
used by permission: http://vesnakozelj.com/gallery-flora

In the Bhagavath Gita (The Hindu scripture), it is mentioned that "A tree's leaves, flowers, fruits, shades, roots, skin wood, pulp even the charcoal, everything, it gives to humans for their use. In short whatever they have they give it for others and they live a selfless life. How precious and satisfied are their lives".
 In the Padmapuranam, another Hindu Scripture, we read, "The one who plants a tree on the wayside is a blessed man. He receives the blessings from heaven as long as it bears flowers, leaves and fruits". 
The tree was part and parcel of human race from the very beginning. It was so closely connected with human beings.  Trees not only connected with human beings but the animal kingdom too depends on trees.

Famous Personalities on Trees:

Poet Kabir wrote "Trees live a sacrificial life; soul body and everything they have they give to others with a sacrificial mind. They are the real munificent, they are the great benevolence. The ones who do service to such trees they receive God's blessings".
 President Roosevelt said, "How sad will be a childless life! A nation without enough trees and greenery is also like a childless couple".

Trees growing in the midst of a tea plantation at Poopaara, Idukki Dist.
in Kerala.
Picture Credit: Bijin Thomas
Jawaharlal Nehru said, "Planting plants and trees and meeting its needs shows a nation's welfare and wealthiness".

 Goutam Buddha said, "Trees are the best examples of selfless service. For their existence they never demand anything from anybody, instead they provide many good things for the welfare of the people. Even the person who puts his axe on its bottom, it gives him shadow till its fall.

Another famous Malayalam poet wrote:
 "The one who pours water with a loving heart to a Banyan sapling, /  When it grows, it gives shadow to everyone who passes by".

The Australian Tree Cutter - A YouTube Video

YouTube Video The Australian Tree Cutter

 Trees are being killed mercilessly in the forest. The Australian Tree Cutter
Let the people who mercilessly cut the trees take note of the great danger they are causing. Here is a horrifying  video which narrates  how mercilessly the innocent trees are being killed in machine speed. Watch this video: "The Tree cutter from Australia".
If this type of felling of trees continues, one can very well imagine the disastrous consequences we human beings are going to face.  We need to think seriously on this issue to find a solution soon. 
Yet another point to note here is that trees have feelings too like other living beings, it has got its own feelings towards human beings.  There are a good number of incidents we can put forward on this line.
Let me narrate one such incident that happened in my own life.  This happened many years back and still remains  a mystery. 

The Pumpkin Mourned a Death

The Pumpkin Creeper

"The mother of a friend of mine, (lovingly I call her ‘Chittamma’—mother's younger sister) had planted a pumpkin creeper near their ancestral house compound at Valanjavattom near Thiruvalla (Kerala) that had a portion with thatched roof. Apart from this creeper many other plants and trees were growing in the same compound. Chittamma was the one who lovingly took care of these plants and other small trees.

Every time, especially when the annual vacation or other holidays came, we all gathered together and played cricket and other games in their vast compound. On such occasions I used to notice her special care and love towards the plants and trees growing in the compound. A pumpkin creeper had spread all over the roofing. A fairly big pumpkin had ripened. Her husband suggested many times to cut it down for use, but she, for no apparent reason, always avoided it and used to change the topic by saying that there was no hurry and that it would be taken down when some special occasion arose. She thus allowed it to remain where it was and since the family was not interested in cutting it down they almost forgot about it.

Days passed by, Chittamma fell sick and died.  It so happened that while we were all assembled near her death-bed, sad and morose, that pumpkin, in full view of her, broke itself off the creeper and rolled down from the thatched roof on to the ground below. The fall almost to the minute coincided with her death. Later, this pumpkin was used for her own post death ceremonies on the suggestion of my friend's father who felt that probably the pumpkin was being kept  for this very special occasion. Chittamma's death and the coincidental death of the pumpkin still remain as a mystery to me.
Here is another similar  incidents in response to the above incident after publishing it in a news paper.

Death of  Trees An experience of a Reader

These incidents happened few years back.  Let me put it in his own words: 
“We were living in the village in Bhagatpur district of Bihar State.  My father, grand father and uncle planted a mango sapling, a guava sapling and an apple sapling respectively in our family courtyard.   Other trees and plants were also growing in the same compound.  They have given all necessary care to grow these plants; my mother also actively helped them in watering these plants.  It grew well and started giving fruits.

An Apple Tree
Picture Credit: flickr.com/donsutherland1

Few years later my grandfather went to Varanasi in connection with our family business.   In the year 1957 he expired at Varanasi, the same week the guava plant he planted in the village dried up.  This is not an isolated incident.  In the year 1960 my father also went to Varanasi.  The day he departed the village in Bihar the mango tree he planted started withering and in few days time it completely  dried up.  Few years later my uncle also died at Varanasi, and the apple plant he planted in the village also died  the same week”. 
These incidents may be amazing and unbelievable to many of you.  But  no doubt there is some mystery behind the death of these plants and trees.  

This type of strange reactions of plants and trees need a little rethinking. May be they are also capable of sorrow and happiness. Sometimes science may not recognize this as fact. There are many references in literature that plants too have feelings. But this is not convincing as poets and writers have a world of their own, where birds and animals' talk and smile etc.

A mango tree under the setting sun

The incident which I witnessed may not be enough for a scientific theory. But I firmly believe that many such instances and their statistical analysis might yield some positive results.

At the same time it is more difficult to arrive at a scientific conclusion if our observations are added with emotions and presumptions are drawn with a biased mind.

It would not be out of place to say that plants are at a very low level of consciousness when compared to animals. Pain, pleasure, longing, love, hatred, kindness, contentment and sympathy are the feelings of higher forms of life. Association of higher feelings with a lower level of consciousness sometimes may not appear convincing.


Tree Suicide: A YouTube Video:

YouTube Video

Tree Suicide
Though human beings are trying to eliminate these innocent beings in high speed for their personal interest, the trees love them and extend their limitless service to the human beings till their death.
Yet another interesting fact is that there are some trees which take the extreme steps of suicide. It is believed and established that even some animals commit suicide. “Springbock” animal in the Southern African forests kill themselves.  This they do for the existence of their coming generations. Scientists say that they do this for their new generations' welfare. ‘Spring Bock’ animals are from the deer family, they join in group and suddenly jump into the water and die.
Humans' commit suicide because of  frustrations, love failure, financial instability and even due to dreadful diseases etc..,  but these animals, when their number increases they die  for the welfare of their coming generations. They are paving the way for their younger ones, this is  the scientific communitie's finding on these animals' mass death.  There are some cases noted that even trees commit suicide.   Robin B Foster,  from the University of Chicago Press  (the chief of biology department in Chicago University) in his ten years research found out that even some trees suicide.  A tree named “Rackygaaliya vercikkolor” kills itself a year after its flowering.  These trees are mostly found in the island of Baaro Colorado’.  In the year 1970 eighteen trees flowered  first time and they produced fruits and later suicide.  In the year 1974, for study purpose he marked 430 trees out of which 80 flowered and produced fruits and later died.  Robin B Foster says, they do this for the existence of its generations.

The Pumpkin story and other death of the trees mentioned in the above incidents shows that they have feelings like human beings.
Joan K, A Cancer Patient with her book
Joan Klostermann-Ketels in her recently released book "PersonaliTrees"  (an eight-year labor of love)  says “Trees are sentient beings", and each tree in this book stopped me in my tracks. They took my breath away. They have stories to share. All we have to do is be present.”

Instead of being present to feel their feelings we often destroy them for our selfish interests.  But there are many exceptions to this, there are a good number of people especially in India give much importance and respect to these silent servants (service providers).
A majority of them in Hindu religion give respect to nature and especially to the trees.  Trees have a major role in their daily worship services.  In Hindu mythologies trees  have been a prominent place and have given deep and sacred meanings.  Though it may look strange to some these type of respect is deeply associated with faith.  Ancient sacred writings reveal that tree worship was an age old practice in the Hindu religion. Aryans worshiped all kinds of plants and trees, this practice continue to be part and parcel of Hindu worship services till today.

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A list of trees and plants worshiped by sacred Hindus

Banyan trees or the Peepal trees (Its botanical name is Ficus religiosa or Ficus benghalensis, is one of the important trees worshiped and featured in Hindu mythology. Peepal tree is also known as  "Pilaeshwar Maharaj"  (King Pilaeshwar).  It also symbolizes the trinity god The Lord Vishnu, Shiva and Brahma.  It also denotes life and fertility, this is one of the reason why childless couples take initiative in worshiping this tree.  According to the custom this tree should not be cut, and it grows like a giant tree.  
The Great Banyan Tree in Indian Botanical Gardens, Howrah, Kolkata.
The Great Banyan Tree

This banyan tree is counted as the widest tree in the world, it is also estimated that the tree is 200 to 250 years old. Some travel books state that this tree withstood  two great cyclonic attacks in 1884 and 1886.  this tree looks not like a single tree but like a small forest.  Yet another god, Dakshinamurthy, who is worshiped as the "ultimate guru", is depicted under a banyan tree. He represents god Shiva who is believed to be the destroyer of ignorance and incarnation of knowledge.

Asoka Trees, like a fencing near a road.
Picture Credit. Bijin Thomas

Ashoka Tree, after Peepal tree Ashoka tree is the most legendary and sacred trees of India and Sri Lanka.
It’s a sacred tree in the Hindu religion, and is worshiped in Chaitra maasa (the first month of the Hindu Calendar)

Ashoka tree comes from the Caesalpaeniaceae family, and the Sanskrit word's meaning denotes, "no grief" or "without grief".  This tree also symbolizes love, and is dedicated to Kamadeva,  'the love god of Hindu religion'.  This tree has a  symbolic importance in Buddhism too.  According to the legend it is believed that the founder of Buddhism 'Lord Buddha' was born under this tree, and it is planted in every Buddhist monastery.  It is also believed that Mahavira the Jain guru renounced the world under this tree in Vaishali.

This tree has a number of medicinal value, and our ancient poets and writers made mention of this beautiful tree in their works. Its flowers, fruits, bark are used for healing different diseases. Especially its bark’s cooling and soothing effect is good to the human body. It is mainly used in Ayurvedic medicines, it improves complexion, relives thirst and burning sensation,  expels worms and reduces swelling in the body.  It also purifies blood, reduces pain, stops bleeding and gives an energizing effect. This is mainly used for the treatment of excessive bleeding and uterus related ailments.

Here is a home remedy for leucorrhoea:   Take the bark of this tree 2 tholas, Milk ½ seers, water ½ seers.  Boil them together in low flame  till only milk is left out, filter it and give regularly to keep control of the menstrual flow, it maintains a normal level.

Powder this tree's flowers, mix it with water and take, it is very effective for diarrhea with blood discharge.  Ayurvedic books suggest: continuous use of Ashokaarishta (a liquid medicine prepared by using the parts of this tree) is very useful and effective for curing many diseases of women.  Take ½ ounce of this tonic,  mix it with equal quantity of water and continualy use it after  meals. It will stop excessive bleeding in women, reduce leucorrhoea and relive  headaches. It is proved and reported that the continuous use of this medicine completely cured leucorrhoea.

Bael Tree
Bael Tree, This tree is closely connected with god Shiva.  It is treated as yet another sacred tree.  It is said that Lord Shiva is pleased by offerings of leaves from the Bael Tree, especially on the day of shivaratri festival. Planting this tree around the houses and temples are equally considered as worshiping god Shiva.  In fact offering this tree leaves is a compulsory ritual of Shiva worship.

Its botanical name is Aegle marmelos.  It is also used for medicinal purposes.  Every part of this tree is very useful for different ailments like diarrhoea, intestinal problems, amoebic dysentery, irritable bowel etc. and is also used for different Ayurvedic formulations.

Henna Tree (Plant)

A Henna Plant.
Pic. Credit. hennapage.com

This is another plant/tree—some grows like trees— which got a prominent place in Hindu and Muslim marriages.  Henna is commonly known as Mehndi in Hindi and other languages, it’s a fascinating gift of nature and is an essential item in Hindu marriage ceremonies.  This plants generally grows in hedges and a paste prepared from its leaves are used for applying on hands and feet especially on marriage ceremonies and other Hindu festivals.  The Muslim community also uses this to decorate brides.  These days it is a fashion among even the western countries.  More on this can be read at this knol. Mehndi the Fascinating Gift of Nature.

A Full grown Henna Tree
Pic by Bijin
Anybody knows about this wonderful gift of nature will claim unanimously that it makes any woman beautiful and beautiful one doubly beautiful. It knows no age barriers, no complexion differences, and no regional, caste or creed changes.

Henna applied hands
Pic. Credit. Muraleedhara Panikar & Nisha

Women-the most sophisticated of them-go all traditional with rich, red mehndi on their hands and feet. This plant grows in hedges and its natural color known as mehndi green, when ground and applied on hand it turns a warm red color.No Indian festival, marriage or any auspicious occasion is incomplete without mehndi giving its final touch. This fascinating beauty and captivating warmth has been existing in the nature ever since man can remember. However, its use as a beauty aid started only in the first century.

 Typical Mango Tree

Mango Tree
This is yet another tree to which the Hindus give high respect.  Its leaves, fruit and trunk have significant roles in Hindu religious and social ceremonies.  The Hindu devotees hang its leaves at their door posts during the time of most of their festivals. It is believed that hanging leaves at the entrance of houses, shops and other business establishments bring good fortune.  Its importance is mentioned in the Ramayana, Mahaabhaaratha and puranaas. Mango fruit symbolizes love and fertility.  In almost all Hindu religious ceremonies a pot filled with water and topped with fresh leaves of mango trees and a coconut is considered as an important item in the pooja services.  The pot symbolizes the Mother Earth, Water the life giver, the coconut the divine consciousness and the mango leaves denotes life.  In short the complete set of the pot is called "Poornakumbha" it represents goddess Lakshmi who stands for good luck or fortune. 

Mango blossoms are used on Basant Panchami day in the worship of Goddess Saraswasti. The tree is also sacred to the Buddhists because it is believed that Lord Buddha performed during his lifetime the instantaneous creation of a large mango tree from the seed at a place called Shravasti.

 Coconut trees in monsoon season
Its feather-like leaves spread from the top of the branch-less trunk.

                           Coconut Tree
Coconut tree (Cocos nucifera) is an integral part of Kerala’s history,  lifestyle and economy. Its fruit the “coconut” is widely used in Kerala cuisine like aviyal (see this link for the author PV’s knol AVIYAL: KERALA'S OWN CURRY aviyal cuisine) coconut chutney, fish moilee and many other varieties of curries.  Tender coconut's milk is used for making kerala’s famous Appam (a kind of dosa) and Kozhikkari—Chicken curry used mainly on Christmas and Ester festivals.  In fact coconuts are widely used in Kerala’s cuisine.  Tender coconut’s juice is a famous drink in hot summer season and its tender insider meat is eaten raw.

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The tender coconut is a summer drink, PV enjoys a coconut drink.
Notice the Mango leaves hanged on top of this road side shop.

This is yet another tree which the Hindu households give a special place in their life.  The name of this tree is originated from the Sanskrit word “Kalpa Virksha” which means ‘the tree which meets every need of a person in his life’. It is one of the most useful trees in the southern states of India. People use its wood for making houses and bridges.  Its whole leaves are  used for making thatched roofs. Its strips of leaves are used for making baskets, hats, mats and other beautiful craft items which are an attraction to the visiting tourists in Kerala.  Its husk is used to manufacture coir, and is woven into ropes and doormats and other furnishing materials. The shells of the coconuts are carved into different shapes and make craft items which are an attraction to the foreign tourists.
The farmers of this tree make a kind of sweet drink called 'toddy' or tuba from the sap of the tree's blossoms.  Its sap
is also used for making sugar, vinegar and other beverages.

In Kerala,  every household plants this tree at their courtyard.  It is a very common sight to see  houses surrounded with these trees.  One cannot find a single house without this tree. "Plant a coconut plant and water it for five years, then reap coconut for life" This is a common saying among the people of Kerala.   This  is true in a sense, that it gives its fruits for years without requiring much manure or water.  Once it starts giving fruits, not much service is needed and it produces coconuts for years.   A well tended coconut tree produces at least a minimum of 50 to 100 coconuts a year.   A solid dried coconut meat commonly known as "kopra" is used for producing coconut oil.  This oil is so delicious and  Kerala households use it for cooking foods.   This oil is also used for manufacturing soaps. and other beauty items.  The coconut is an important item in Hindu ceremonial functions and worship (Pooja) services.  Breaking of a coconut in the initial stage of any function is considered as very auspicious.  Coconut is also offered in temples during worship services.  It is also believed that this fruit represents the Hindu god Shiva and the three buttons like mark at the side of the coconut is symbolized god Shiva’s eyes.

Golden Shower Tree (G S T) (Cassia Fistula)

This is a flowering tree in the family of “Fabacea”.   Konna Maram or Kanikkonna in Malayalam is an important tree in the Hindu religious festival called Vishu.  Vishu is celebrated as the Malayalam New Year mainly in the central and northern parts of Kerala. This festival is also known as the harvest festival of Kerala which is  celebrated every year in April 14th . In this festival this tree’s flowers are a major object in the vishukkani or kanikaanal ceremony which is the main celebration.  According to the belief and system of Kerallites in this festival at this auspicious occasion of kani kaanal (first Sight) would be lucky for the whole year.  Its flower has a very ritual importance in this ceremony; this flower is placed in the prominent place in the kanikaanal materials.

A GST from Secunderabad, A.P
Pic. by Bijin.

GST and its flowers are depicted on twenty different Indian postal stamps. It is also featured on a 2003 Joint Canadian—Thai design for a 48 cent stamp—part of a series of featuring of national emblems.

 A GST Picture From Kerala.by Rijin Thachanalil
GST is is widely cultivated in different parts of Kerala as an ornamental plant. When the tree is in its full blooms its flowers are totally covered and sometimes the trunk and its leaves won’t be visible.  It blooms in spring season.

This tree’s flower is the state flower of Kerala, India, and also the national flower of Thailand.

GST and its parts like the flowers, fruits, trunk, root etc. are used in medicinal purposes.  In Ayurvedic medicine it is known as ‘aragvadha’ or “Disease killer”.  Diseases like arthritis, nervous system disorders, blood related diseases like hemorrhages, different cardiac conditions and stomach related diseases like acid reflux are being treated with its fruit pulp.

Neem Tree

Neem Trees growing on the side of a footpath
Pic. Credit: Bijin T Thomas

This is yet another important tree the Hindus treat with much reverence.  It is popularly known as ‘the miracle tree’.  In Sanskrit it is called “Arishtha” means ‘the reliever of diseases’

this tree is a common tree in India and is also known as ‘village tree’. Neem or Margosa is a botanical cousin of  Mahogany. It belongs to the family Meliaceae. The Latinized name of Neem - Azadirachta indica - is derived from the Persian word: “Azadirakht”  That is,  Azad = Free,  dirakht = Tree,  i - Hind = of Indian Origin  which literally means:  ‘The Free Tree of India’.  For a brief background, chemical investigations of neem  click here  Chemistry of Neem

A Neem Tree near a Hindu Temple
at Secunderabad A.P
pic. credit. Bijin
Neem trees curative and protective powers are noteworthy.  It has an important religious aspect too in the Hindu religion.  According to the tradition or myths, it is believed that, Indra—the king of Celestial—bestowed neem with its unbelievable power.  The story says, after obtaining the golden pot of ambrosia from demons he spilled the ambrosia on a neem tree making it blessed with many good qualities that can cure many diseases. Another myth is that insects are said to be the creation of evil demons and neem trees weakens the insects and thereby protects human beings.  There are many such stories connected with neem trees and its miraculous healing power.
Ancient texts like Vedas (basis of Ayurvedic tradition) indicates the medicinal value of neem.  Yet another ancient text written by Varahamihira (AD 505) sometimes known as ‘the encyclopedia of Indian Culture.” Had a mention of this wonderful tree.
This tree can be seen in every Indian household.  Its leaves are hanged on the entrance of the doorpost and are believed that it wards off evil spirits, and also believe that it is a passage to heaven.  In the Indian villages the new born babes are laid on its leaves and believe that it gives them a protective appearance.  The brides before marriage take bath in the water filled with these leaves.  It is established that Neem trees releases more oxygen than any other trees.  In short it’s a miracle tree and can find its mention in the ancient texts.
In the northern part of Nilgiris in Tamil Nadu the people use its dried and powdered tubulars as a stimulating tonic.  It has number of medicinal usages; its every part is used for this purpose.  Especially in most of the Ayurvedic medicine it is an essential item.  Oil made from this tree is used in medicines as well as in pest control and cosmetic industries.  Its leaves are an important part used in treating Chickenpox.  Yet another belief of Hindu religion,  Sithala the 'goddess of chickenpox' lives in neem trees.  Neem tea is another drink usually used for treating headache and fever.  Its flowers are used for intestinal problems.  Its barks acts as an analgesic and be used to cure high fever like malaria. Its leaves are used for curing some skin diseases.  Some even believe that this can even purify human bodies.
Other than medicinal uses it has got many other uses in India.  Some parts of the country people use its twigs as tooth brush.  It is also used as a rehabilitating plant in waste land regions.  Its pulps are used for producing methane gas.   It acts as carbohydrate and a rich base for other industrial fermentation.  Its barks are used in mass tanning and dyeing in industries.  In some part of southern states, its woods are used to make furniture.  In the cultivation of sugarcane, vegetable and many other crops, its cakes are used as a fertilizer.  To face the global warming many countries are constantly cultivating neem tree as a major crop.  The Worldwide Neem Foundation is playing an important role in making awareness among people about neem and its importance.
This tree can be grown in any soil like clayey, dry, stony or shallow.  It requires very little water and needs more sunlight. It grows from its seeds as well as from its cuttings.
A Banyan Tree is protected!!  A scene from my city Secunderabad, A.P.
Pic. by Bijin

Though there are people who try to put their axe on the tree there are some exception to this.  A good number of people who respect and try to protect its existence.  The above given narrations about trees are few of  the examples in this category. Here is a picture it speaks volumes,  A tree is protected! instead of cutting down, the compound wall is built in such a way for the existence of this old tree.

Yet another Earth Day—22nd April—passed by, Tree lovers and environmentalists did their part to promote their cause by planting tree saplings and various other  connected activities.  Let us continue to do this and many other things like avoiding usage of plastic bags, instead buy and use personal care natural products, use only reusable bags, limit the usage of water, like uncontrollable usage of showers, vessels, cloth washing etc.  If we take little more care in our daily activities we can control the usage of water and thereby help the mother earth to survive.
Planting Trees for her future, India's village women plant saplings,
 Pic. Credit.

Let us be more careful while using water in our daily life.  Limit the usage of personal vehicle instead take a bus trip or share a vehicle, by this one can reduce the emission of air pollution.  If each one do this there will be a tremendous cut in the environmental air pollution.  Let this be a practice in our daily life not only on such particular days but also in our everyday life.  This will definitely be a help in saving our earth from a quick ruin. The best part of all these is each one plant a tree that will make a great difference in our environmental pollution as well as our own existence on this earth.
In the above picture,  as part of a religious ceremony Indian women plant new saplings, and their little girl keenly watching.

The latest developments in my city - Hyderbad

The latest news on these issue is that,  The Times of India’s yesterdays (15th Aprl) edition published a news item under the title "Trees get axe effect for Rosaiah's heli-hop" the news says, "Chief minister K Rosaiah may have not used his helipad adjacent to the Secretariat even once, but overzealous officials thought it was best that the area around it was cleared. So, as many as 24 trees on the footpath in front of the helipad were axed late on Tuesday night, to ensure that the CM enjoys a smooth chopper ride, in case he proposed to fly out from here.

City environmentalists staged a dharna (protest march) at the spot on Wednesday and said that the felling was carried out by the Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) as the trees may have caused hindrance to the CM's chopper. The trees were identified as gulmohar, neem and peltophorans."

The tree lovers raised protest against such actions, they say, "They could have opted for trans-location if it was such a necessity. Why chop them so ruthlessly?" environmentalists questioned.”  

On Wednesday, members of various social groups like Forum for a Better Hyderabad (FBH), Cova and Puccar demanded stringent action against the concerned officials. Click Here to Read more:

These are some of the serious issues happening in all over the world, the people who cut or fell the trees should find an alternative arrangement to raise or plant more trees.  The tree lovers should join together and form such forums to save trees from the destructing hands of these types of cruel people.

The people who  initiate  removing of trees from this earth should take note that they are putting an axe on the very existence of their life. Let them plant more sapling in its place. Planting of saplings through school and college level will make a big difference to this serious threat. Let us introduce  awareness programs in school and university levels.  The tree lovers group or forums, and of course the media print and web  can play a vital role in this to promote this awareness among people. 

Fall Tree Parkedge 2  Samantha OBrien

A Call From Greenpeace IndiaEarth Day Give Earth A Hand

Here is an interesting video to watch on this day (The World Environment Day).  This is posted by Greenpeace  India Organization. They posted a note along with the video it says: "Happy world environment day! Years of neglecting our most precious resource have caused damage all around the world, and it will only get worse if the exploitation continues."

A Music Video captured at the outset of Amazon Rain-forest.

YouTube Video

Amazon Rain-forest Relaxation Video

Here is yet another video to watch.
This video gives a glimpse of the rain forest's beauty as well as a soothing music.
A good relaxation music video in  the midst of serious thoughts on the subject tree.
Please enjoy the music and relax.
Thanks for your valuable time.

Yet Another Music Video - Please Enjoy: by  Aerial PV - Forest of Rain

                                                                           Aerial PV - Forest Of Rain

    Watch the following videos and get more information in these lines

These videos will give an impact about the seriousness of Global Warming and the role each one of us can play in this regard

                                                                                                                    Video Credit  Ausante

Video Credit:  Torbjorn I Floholmen

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2) From the photo gallery of Vesna Kozelj  http://vesnakozelj.com/gallery-flora
3) Pumpkin.
http://www.flickr.com/photos/dvorak319/3929698644/    by. dvorak
4). Mango Tree under the scorching sun: http://www.flickr.com/photos/58362482@N00/429556356/
5). Trees among tea plantation, Ashoka Trees, Bijin T Thomas, Nellikkamon, Ranny, Kerala
7). Beal Tree: http://www.flickr.com/photos/soluy/3342410987  by soluy_2007
8). Typical Mango Tree: http://www.sxc.hu/photo/245283
9). Red colored mango: http://www.sxc.hu/photo/234992
10). Coconut Trees in monsoon: http://www.sxc.hu/photo/1087968
12). Golden Shower Tree: http://www.flickr.com/photos/mariasg/287620456/  by Maria
13). Jolly Daniel, Portland, OR. USA.
14). Golden Shower Tree from Kerala.  by Rijin Thachanalil
15) Henna Plant Picture: http://hennapage.com
16) http://timesofindia.com http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/hyderabad/Trees-get-axe-effect-for-Rosaiahs-heli-hop/articleshow/5806923.cms
YouTube: Credit:  Blysu

18) Planting saplings.  Pic. Credit. mckaysavage.



Trees in Europe and in the city (Luxembourg-Europe)...

Hi Phil,

I would like to present to You and our visitors and followers my country "Luxembourg" in Europe with a song, an anti-racism song by youth (actually a hit in my country, I love it...), watch the video and see lots of trees even in the City itself http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IbyCtbGZyeM, enjoy and feel young ;-)

BTW: You will listen to my mother tongue language "Luxembourgish"...

Luxembourg-City is one of the rare cities who have lots of parks and trees in the world in the City itself, but where is Luxembourg (Europe) situated: http://goo.gl/2Y3sw.

Have a nice day and best regards,

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Hi Gust,
I really missed this comment, just today only i noticed. Its really a wonderful video, beautiful scenes and lovely music. Lovey country too, I am sure one day i will visit this lovely place :-)
Thanks for sharing
I posted a comment at YouTube too.
Best regards
I do not know how i missed it not received any intimation from knol

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Posted by P V Ariel, last edited Sep 27, 2011 9:37 AM

June 5th (Environment Day) Is Fast Approaching

Yet another environment day is fast approaching,
Let us re-dedicate our-self for a clean and pure
Environment. Let us tell others about the seriousness
of keeping our environment clean and fresh by planting
more and more tree saplings in and around our surroundings.
This June 5th may be a different one.
We Wish All our Visitors and Readers A Happy & Clean Environment Day.
Read, Think and Act. Best.. regards.
Philips & Associates.

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Hi Phil,

Good initiative to remember people this ;-)

have a nice day and best regards,

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Posted by Gust MEES, last edited Jun 3, 2011 9:55 AM
Hi Gust,
Thanks a lot for the quick response
Have a good week end.

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Posted by P V Ariel, last edited Jun 3, 2011 10:39 AM

This Knol is a Trending Knol Today

Its amazing!!! This knol is a trending knol today!! In an hour 171 pvs.
When I was updating the knol its weekly pv was 133 after an hour i found it as 304 that is 171 pvs in one hour, and now after 5 hours its showing a weekly pv of 435. Indeed its today's trending knol. This shows that knol is still alive and kicking. lol.
Happy news on this Happy Earth Day.
Thanks to all my visitors, and co-authors.
Best regards. Phil

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Hi Phil,

Congrats to see that this knol is getting popular. It deserves it ;-)

Have a nice day and best regards,

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Hi Gust.
Thanks a lot.
I was about to shoot a pvt mail to you, since you posted this let me speak here, pl. do have a look at it again at the body if anything moved up and down or to and fro, pl do check and do the needful, sorry for the extra trouble.
Happy Weekend.

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Posted by P V Ariel, last edited Apr 22, 2011 11:28 AM
Hi Phil,

I will have a look on it and what is necessary to do I will act on it. Take it easy man ;-) Together we will resolve problems.

BTW: There are no problems, but only solutions... Soon it will be resolved ;-)

Wish You and your family a happy easter...

Best regards,

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Posted by Gust MEES, last edited Apr 22, 2011 3:35 PM

Work Flow- Earth Day- 2011

Hi All,
This years Earth day is celebrated today, Social web sites and some of the major search engines are taken a special initiative to promote this day in a more informative way. Few foot notes are added today in this connection.
Thanks to all team members
Happy Earth Day to all
Best regards,

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Pictures as Messengers

The photos here are magnificent interpretations of God's creative ability, more than our mere words can describe. As the poet, Joyce Kilmer, said:
"Poems are made by fools like me/But only God can make a tree."

Thank you for sharing!

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Hi Joyce,
Thanks for dropping in and for the wonderful comments, Yes, I fully agree with you that the nature speaks volumes about the creativity of the Lord Almighty than our words. Thanks for the Great thoughts. and the wonderful quote of Poet Joyce Kilmer.
Best Regards
Keep reading

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Hi Phil and co-authors,

I made some improvements on text formatting in this knol. @Phil, You are talking about your village, advice: I would like to see some photos (readers probably also...), might be good to bring some photos in that section of the knol ;-)

Also tweeted it now on Twitter ;-)

PS: also many thanks for your kind and encouraging words on KPG...

Have a nice Sunday,

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Hi Gust,
Thanks for the improvements made, i checked in here yesterday itself but the button post reply to this comment was so adamant that it was not responding, several attempts failed and again today i tried in the first few attempts i couldn't get a fav. response but, thank God, at last i am here, Yes, Gust i will post some pics from my village but alas now its not a village at all its like a mini town, population increase and the developments made lot of changes. still i will post some pics for that section shortly.
thanks Gust
Best regards

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Posted by P V Ariel, last edited Apr 5, 2011 8:46 AM

Interesting video...

Hi Phil,

Here is an interesting video which I would like to share with You: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KIpt_BIrIzM&feature=related.

Have a nice Sunday and best regards,

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Hi Gust,
Thanks for the post,
Its really amazing,
Will you please post it in the body of the text, in an appropriate place.
Thanks in advance.
Have Good day
Best regards,
Dear Gust, I added yet another music video at the end of the text.
Pl do have a check and do the needful. Thanks Gust for the link connection.

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Posted by P V Ariel, last edited Dec 12, 2010 8:21 AM

Thanks for your effort!!!

Very good presentation.It's showing your hard work and interest towards this topic.
Special congrats for lovely pictures.

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Thanks Raj for the uplifting comment.
Best regards,

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Posted by P V Ariel, last edited Oct 8, 2010 8:42 AM
Hi Raj,

Thanks a lot for your comment.

Best regards,

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Posted by Gust MEES, last edited Oct 8, 2010 9:14 AM
Hi Raj,
Good to read your comment.
Yes, PV did a wonderful job here.
What next PV?
Good Wishes.

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Posted by Ann P, last edited Nov 13, 2010 2:53 AM
Hi Ann,
Thanks for the compliments.
Many plans, but time constrains.
Keep reading

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Posted by P V Ariel, last edited Nov 13, 2010 4:48 AM

That video!

ആ Australian tree cutterഎന്തൊരു ഭീകര ജീവി! ഒന്നാലോചിച്ചാൽ ആ കാണുന്നത് കൊലപാതകമല്ല, ഒരു വിളവെടുപ്പു മാത്രം. നെല്ലു വിതച്ചിട്ടു കയ്യുന്നതുപോലെ .അങ്ങിനെ ചിന്തിച്ചു സമാധാനിക്കണം

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Dear James, there was some server problem thus this delay to check your comment, yes, you can take it that way too "samaadhaanikkaam" , but i am sure its really pity the condition, i mean the speed in which we are killing one by one. So sad indeed.
I am now at the "panippura" of this knol to put this into the Malayalam language, just completed 42% more to go. now i am able to type it in Malayalam even when the net is off line, i just downloaded the karthika font from the net.
Hope everything is well with you.
Keep in touch.
Thanks again for the comment.

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Posted by P V Ariel, last edited Sep 29, 2010 12:41 AM

Nature lover

This knol is really one of a true nature lover.
The pictures seem more beautiful than the objects themselves

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Thanks Dr. for the nice compliment.
Pl. do contribute your knowledge at
this knol. Now it is under Moderated collaboration,
in the near future we may go to the other collaboration.
With kind regards,

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Posted by P V Ariel, last edited Sep 16, 2010 7:20 PM

A Very Timely Knol

Hi PV and Team,
This knol is very timely and packed with lot of information and references, Human beings existence in a way depends on trees and as said in the knol trees can play an important role in reducing the alarming global warming. Thanks for insight of this knoll, very educative and informative too.
I am glad that you accepted me as a co-author to your knolls, Thanks,
With good wishes

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Hi Carl, Thanks for the comment, thanks for joining me in this knol. keep adding your knowledge at the knol pages.

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Posted by P V Ariel, last edited Sep 16, 2010 7:17 PM

Long overdue post


I must apologize for taking so long to thank you for including the information about my book "PersonaiTrees" in you post! This is my first book and I had no idea what was involved in publishing a book--so I have been busy trying to keep up with an unanticipated schedule of signings and interviews and working on finishing up Book # 2 in the series for publication next Spring (meaning a deadline at the end of this month).
Just know that I am grateful to you for your energy and time spent on our tree friends!! Keep up the great work!

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Hi Joan,
Thanks for the comment, no worries, yes,I understand your busy schedules, Yes, you responded earlier via mail. Keep going my dear friend. Keep writing and keep inform.
All Good Wishes for the future endeavors.
Ha!! Take care about your health too.
Best regards,

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Thanks AP

Hi AP,
Thanks for joining us with this knol. Keep inform.

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Hi PV,
Thanks a lot.

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Posted by Ann P, last edited Jun 18, 2010 11:21 AM

Excellent Knol

Dear Phil

This is a very good excellent knol and its layout is superb.

May I ask what happened with the KAF contest, apply, then withdraw... WHY all of this moves.. It is just a contest and the membership to KAF is optional, it is not a must

Best regards,

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Dear MAK,

Thanks for the encouraging note.

That was an attempt by one of my co-author MD without the consent of me or any other coauthors. When I explained him about the situation, at once he withdraw it.
Since I am a member of KPG and KPG is one of the co-authors I thought its better to be apart from that contest conducted by KAF. Since most of the KPG members disassociate with KAF I thought its better not to post and MD agreed to me and he withdraw the same and posted and apology too, accordingly KAF accepted it too.

Mak, I too made my stand on this at the comment column. Since you raised the issue again I wrote this much. Mak, I would like to put a full stop to this conversation on this issue. I am really sorry for the slip happened.

We wish you all the best for the contest and its participants

With all Good Wishes
Yours sincerely,

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Posted by P V Ariel, last edited Jun 5, 2010 1:11 PM

Its Progressing PV

Dear PV,
This knol is growing like a palm tree. Slow and steady win the race, Yes the comments here speaks volume. many five stars and applauds received for this knol.
Keep it up PV,
Since I am still on tour I could not contribute much, i will surely post some information here.
Congrats pv
good luck

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Dear Murali,
Thanks, without the support of people like you and others, this would not have been possible, thanks for the nice thoughts. Keep in touch.

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Posted by P V Ariel, last edited May 6, 2010 12:30 AM

Five Stars.

What can I say Philip? ... it is top quality from Title to the Image Source. A fine example of what a Knol should be. Great layout, great pictures and a very important topic. You have generously shared your success with so many others here. Let's hope they are all inspired by your fine Knol, and will each contribute Knols of a similar standard. Stamps ... Trees .... What's next? Peter

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Peter –
Thank you so much. I am much elated by the kind words. I give all credit to all my supporters here, especially the KPG team members for the relentless support and encouragement to create such knols. Yes, Peter, there are some new subjects in mind, hope very shortly I can come up with that.
With all Good wishes

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Posted by P V Ariel, last edited May 1, 2010 9:42 AM

A small tip

Hi Phil,

An easy to do small tip when text is gluing on an image:

In "Edit mode": click the image and chose "right" when the image was "left" orientated and than again "left" and so on... The text will than become again "free" from the image and not "gluing" on the image. There might be also an other solution, but that is an easy one which I am using also, it's a quick solution. No idea why fore this happens in Knol?

Best regards,

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Hi Gust,
Thank you so much for this valuable tip.
Best regards

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Posted by P V Ariel, last edited Apr 29, 2010 1:55 PM
Brilliant Gust. I gave it a go on Philip's images and it worked. All the text is now separated from the images with a 'margin' or boarder space. The HTML way that I used was to insert "Margin-right = 6px" into the image code, but your way is so simple. Thanks for the tip.

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Posted by Knol Publishing Guild (KPG), last edited Apr 29, 2010 2:15 PM
You are welcome, serving authors ;-)

Best regards,

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Posted by Gust MEES, last edited Apr 29, 2010 2:18 PM
Dear Gust,
I just made a change in the settings, that is:

"Comments are moderated, and will not be visible until one of the authors of this knol approves." Will it be OK? Pl. let me know your suggestion.

thanks and regards

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Posted by P V Ariel, last edited Apr 30, 2010 11:26 PM
Hi Phil,

"Moderated comments" is the best solution You can make. Comments will only show up when You allow them, they will be visible first to You and not to all the visitors. Only when You agree the content of the comments visitors will see the comments. The best solution to avoid that "bad intentioned" people (trolls) bring their graffiti on knols ;-)

Best regards,

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Posted by Gust MEES, last edited May 1, 2010 7:15 AM
Hi Gust --
That is really good idea,
Thanks for the further information on this subject.
Thanks again Gust, for the revision in layout
best rgds.

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Posted by P V Ariel, last edited May 1, 2010 9:54 AM

Thanks Mesjay

Welcome Mesjay. Thank you very much for your precious time and the pain you have taken for the editing.
Br. Ariel

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Thought provoking

... and lovely pictures too - 5*

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Thank you Norman for the uplifting comment and the ratings.

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Posted by P V Ariel, last edited Apr 23, 2010 6:31 AM

Great effort Philip

Here is a great example of a quality Knol. It is recognized by Google Knol with a 'Top Pick' badge and by your peers and fellow KPG members as an outstanding contribution to the Knol library. You have proved once more your ability to research and present a case for topics that you are passionate about. You are to be commended for sharing your success with so many contributors. Keep up the good work.

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Thanks KPG for the encouraging comment.
I am so grateful to the Team for the support and guidance rendered to me in developing my knols into recognized ones.
Expecting more of such guidance.
With Warm Regards
Yours faithfully

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Posted by P V Ariel, last edited Apr 22, 2010 7:24 PM

Your knol referenced...

Hi Phil and co-authors,

Good stuff needs to get referenced ;-)

Your knol is now also referenced in my new knol http://knol.google.com/k/gust-mees/knol-its-possibilities/vdujwtjyx3uq/151?nc=0.6506391440052539#, who is also referenced in my Knol Book

Keep on the good work...

Best regards,

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Hi Gust,
Thank you so much for this rare honor, really speaking I am much elated by this great honor that you bestowed upon me and counted my knol and myself into the top knol authors list by adding it into the ebook and into your other knol.
With kind regards

PS: Gust the second link is broken, pl check. Thanks.

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Posted by P V Ariel, last edited Apr 21, 2010 12:36 PM
Hi Phil and co-authors,

First, a well designed Knol and a knol who is talking about what Mother Earth is talking to us and also a Knol who is well written, regarding this, needs to get honored ;-)

You are on the right way, keep it going like that ;-)

Best regards,

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Posted by Gust MEES, last edited Apr 21, 2010 12:54 PM
Hi Phil,

Please, don't take it wrong. I don't want to get too private ;-) I can't even manage now already the mails I get, so...

Let us being working like this, OK?

Best regards,

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Posted by Gust MEES, last edited Apr 21, 2010 1:26 PM
Hi Gust.
Oh! That's fine.
keep going, no worries.

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Posted by P V Ariel, last edited Apr 21, 2010 1:46 PM
Hi Phil,

Don't worry my mind is close to Yours ;-)

Best regards,

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Posted by Gust MEES, last edited Apr 21, 2010 2:12 PM
Hi Gust.
So Happy to know this. No Worries at all, Now I feel that this type of communication is far better than the other LOL
Best Regards

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Posted by P V Ariel, last edited Apr 21, 2010 2:45 PM

Thanks for the invitation

Hi Phil and co-authors,

Thanks for the invitation which I accepted with pleasure. I made a little bit fine-tuning ;-) I must say that You learned a lot from KPG members and that Your knols are getting really great now. Keep on the good work. It is a pleasure for me to see that people have learned and that they are making good progress.

What You still need to do is to find the exact web addresses from the images and display them under the images, please.

I will come back tomorrow and/or keep an eye on the knol to give assistance if necessary...

Best regards,

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Hi Gust,
I am so happy that you accepted my invitation, and thanks for your initial help, hope you find some time for me. Yes, KPG team members continuous encouragement and help made me to go further with my knols, i am still working on those lines to improve my existing low traction knols.

Yes, i am giving the exact web link of the images, since some links are long i am giving it below at the source space.
c u
Good Wishes

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Posted by P V Ariel, last edited Apr 20, 2010 9:56 AM
Hi Phil,

A small trick, use text links, please. Thus meaning:

- Go to the link who is representing the source of the image.

- Make a "right-click" with the mouse on that link and chose "copy link"

- put a small text under the images.

- mark the text with the mouse.

- click on "Link" above in the Editor bar.

- click on "web address".

- Insert the link by clicking with the mouse in the field and than click on "OK".

So, under Your images will be a "textlink", a small text when clicking on it will bring You to the origin of the image.

I made an example under the first shown image ;-) Leave it up to you for doing the others, a bit practice...

You may also have a look here http://knol.google.com/k/%D9%85%D8%AD%D8%B1%D9%85-%D8%AE%D9%84%D9%8A%D9%81%D8%A9/%D8%A8%D8%B9%D8%B6-%D8%A3%D9%83%D9%88%D8%A7%D8%AF-html/1ibdy1vf6wghd/286?version=50# where You will find some other Tips and Tricks ;-)

Best regards,

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Posted by Gust MEES, last edited Apr 21, 2010 4:26 AM
Hi Gust,
This is really very informative and educative, thanks a lot for the step by step guidance, and the example. wonderful, I will put this into practice.
I just visited the other link, that too is another great tutorial for the knol authors,
Thank you ones again for your precious time kept aside for me.

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Posted by P V Ariel, last edited Apr 21, 2010 12:14 PM
Hi Phil ;-) and co-authors,

Thanks a lot, comments to us is our "earning", no money but the result of hard working to bring knowledge to other people. We love to share our knowledge, that is why for Google Knol is, no?

You might have also a look on comments which we as KPG Members are writing... Mostly of time, we give some good advices also on our comments, which one day (???) when we got the time to look at ourself, might result as a new knol, a "Tutorial Knol", who ever knows???

Best regards,

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Posted by Gust MEES, last edited Apr 21, 2010 12:20 PM
Hi Gust, That is really yet another good idea, we can even think on this line to create an amazing knol A Tutorial Knol LOL

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Posted by P V Ariel, last edited Apr 21, 2010 12:30 PM
Hi Phil,

There are already some "Tutorial Knols" created ;-) Please have a look here:
http://knol.google.com/k/gust-mees/knol-its-possibilities/vdujwtjyx3uq/151?nc=0.6506391440052539#Categories and most of my knols are "Tutorial Knols", but most are in French, You need to use translate tools to read them...

I'm in contact with different persons (genuine language speaking) to get them translated in the next months (???) in German and in English, needs time and a lot of work again, again, again...

Best regards,

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Posted by Gust MEES, last edited Apr 21, 2010 12:50 PM
Hi Gust,
That is good news again, I will definitely have a look at it and eagerly waiting for the English versions.
Great Going

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Posted by P V Ariel, last edited Apr 21, 2010 1:16 PM
Hi Phil,

My specialty, PC Security (in French) actually, apart being a person who gives courses about ITC (Information Technologies and Communication) will be found here (in French):


Best regards,

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Posted by Gust MEES, last edited Apr 21, 2010 2:06 PM
Hi Gust I just visited and posted a comment too, Yes now I think I need to go to that institute to learn French.

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Posted by P V Ariel, last edited Apr 21, 2010 2:36 PM
Hi PV,

No need to learn French, but if You want to, why not? I gave You a reply to Your comment, which is already not too bad for security.

Have a look on that, please, and follow those steps... Your PC will become more secure anyway...

More advices coming soon...

Best regards,

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Posted by Gust MEES, last edited Apr 21, 2010 2:55 PM

Wow, great knol ;-)

Hi Phil and co-authors,

Nice knol, gave it five stars and congratulations also for your Top Pick Award. Keep on going the good work ;-)

Best regards,

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Hi Gust, Thank you so much for the encouraging words, and the 5*. but still it needs some look like the stamp knol, its really not completed still more to add in the text as well need a final touch in design. Ha! and I hope you can spare little time for that Midas touch, i am sending and invite for this purpose, hope you accept.

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Posted by P V Ariel, last edited Apr 19, 2010 6:50 PM

Congrats PV

So happy to read your knol, and ah! Congrats to you pv for the great achievement. I am delighted to see my photograph along with it. my sincere thanks to you for adding that photograph.
Keep it up pv. Expecting more of such knols from your pen.
Thanking you,
Yours Sincerely
Bijin T Thomas
Nellickamon, Ranny

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Thanks Bijin for the comments. I would like extend my invitation to you to be a part of this knol, hope you will accept.
with all good wishes

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Posted by P V Ariel, last edited Apr 17, 2010 7:36 PM

If only authorities would heed!

This is a really commendable write--well researched, with a passionate plea to take care of trees for our own good. It is indeed tragic that we thoughtlessly keep felling trees in the name of development or whatever.

If only the authorities would listen to caring environmentalists and use their clout to stop unnecessary felling of trees and plant more!

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Thanks Mesjay for the insight on this issue, Yes, its a serious one but our authorities are least bothered to look into it on a positive approach. Let us make some awareness among our circles about its seriousness.
I am posting an invitation to co-author to this knol.
Keep inform.

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Posted by P V Ariel, last edited Apr 17, 2010 4:03 AM

Well done!

You have done a deep study on this topic & well arranged too! This is a topic we used to ignore in our lives. The effect of 'global warming' is now realized by Indian people by 'local warming'. Here in Kerala also it is like burning..! No tees at all in towns to protect us from sun burn!!!! No shadows to take rest for a while!!!

I invite your attention to the subject 'precious water' as the availability of pure water is also in an alarming situation. Hope we could read a classic knol on this subject later :)

I noticed that some links are not working:
'Trees get axe effect for Rosaiah's heli-hop'
'Robin B Foster, Robin B. Foster from the University of Chicago Press'

Then, is there cricket in ur child hood days ? was it popular in Kerala at that time ?? I liked that portion of pumpkin.. :)

Thanks for such a knol... C U..

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Thank you Rejoy, for the encouraging comment and the new thoughts, Yes, some links are broken, i will check it.
And ah! there was a friend among us who was a cricket fan and he taught us some of the tricks of that game and was very interesting, of course he was the hero too. LOL, No, that was not at all popular what to say many do not even know what it is.
Good Wishes

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Posted by P V Ariel, last edited Apr 16, 2010 6:44 AM

Oh Sure PV !

sorry pv as i was on tour i could not respond to you before I will definitely contribute more to this knol, Your effort will be more fruitful.
Thank you

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Thanks Murali

Thanks Murali for accepting my invitation, happy that you did your part.
No worries the pics are incorporated. needs more of your help especially on your religious part.
Thanks again for your help.

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A Very Serious Issue

P V Your attempt to create an awareness among the people about the seriousness of their doing towards tree is worth considering, Its good thing that you dealt this subject deeply, it looks like its not finished yet, yes you need to elaborate it little more with more pictures and data. Thanks
yours sincerely
Muralidharan Nair

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Thanks Murali for the timely response, Yes, its a serious issue and we all need to think it very seriously to curtail this problem. Keep reading, can you pl contribute something to this knol i just posted an invitation
pl think on this request and spare some time from your busy schedule.
with thanks and regards,

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Posted by P V Ariel, last edited Apr 5, 2010 2:36 PM
Thanks PV for the invitation I did some editing, but unfortunately one picture got deleted, please rectify it.
Sorry pv

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Philip --

I wish to encourage you to go further in your research and make this Knol a comprehensive and authoritative record of spiritual and historical guidance on the significance and importance of our tree canopy. This is a good start. I encourage you to read "Silent Spring" by Rachael Carson and to factor in some of her wisdom, which is credited as the wellspring of the environmental movement: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Silent_Spring.

This could be a five star Knol with your continued work.

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Thank you very much for the encouraging note, and yes, I am working on it and hope that like my philately one it may lead to some heights LOL
keep in touch and i need your help i know you are a busy person but still I would like to extend/request a co-authorship to this knol, hope you find some time.
Best Rgds.

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Posted by P V Ariel, last edited Apr 4, 2010 8:33 AM

Images of the Spirit of Trees

A well documented Knol. I appreciate that this is one of the few Knols providing a deeper historical importance of the tree, and on tree preservation.

Trees are certainly alive and have spiritual selves just like all living things. A great compliment to any tree, nature, or spiritual enthusiast is a beautiful book of quotes and photography by Joan Klostermann-Ketels, titled PersonaliTrees.

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Thank you Melissa Burns for your nice comment, sorry for the delay in replying to it. I am planning to revise this knol with more added information, i would like to invite you to co-author this knol.
With Best Wishes

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Posted by P V Ariel, last edited Apr 4, 2010 5:29 AM
Thanks for the link, i picked up a quote from the web site and duly acknowledged it.
Thanks for the help.

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Posted by P V Ariel, last edited Apr 16, 2010 7:29 PM

Glad you feel this way

Very good stuff about the indispensable part plants play in our lives.
May be you might laugh at me for this but our Indian life style is way better than westerners in this regard. The amount of toilet paper they use is responsible for a the untimely demise of a large part of Amazon Forests.
He he..but its a fact.

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I really regret for the delay in posting a reply to your comment, Yes in that case I fully agree with you.LOL
hey what about some new knols here. keep writing, My knol on philately procured a top badge.

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Posted by P V Ariel, last edited Mar 25, 2010 12:18 PM

That's Very Kind of you KS

Thanks a lot Kalle for this note.

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Search for uses of this page ▼ /collected this page

this knol is part of the knol tree A / A1

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our existence

in the bible a tree is a symbol for a man who has his feet on earth and his head on heaven .
the fall of mankind occurred when man attacked the connection to god, symbolized by a tree (book of genesis)
adam and eve abused the tree as their private property (like mankind do today).
the bible has promised us a new tree wich restores the connection between earth and heaven .
maybee our knol star structure, as a model for all the earth, will become that tree .

book of daniel 4 : 10, 11,12

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Thanks KS for accepting my request. Yes man is symbolized to a tree in the Bible. In book of Psalm 1 verse 3 speaks of a blessed man, the psalmist compare him to a tree planted near to the rivers of waters. He says, “And He shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of waters, that bringeth fourth his fruit in his season, his leaf also shall not wither, and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper. More at this link. http://knol.google.com/k/p-v-ariel/let-s-not-despise-the-word-of-god/12c8mwhnhltu7/13

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Posted by P V Ariel, last edited Dec 19, 2009 8:46 AM
it is also interesting that the birth of jesus is combined with a tree (christmas tree),
whereas his life ended on a dead tree-derived trunk .
and jesus himself ? he called himself the true vine .
in the bible, the vine is also a tree , see judges 9, 12:
then the trees said to the vine, 'come and be our king.'

further isaiah 11: 1
and there shall come forth a rod out of the stem of jesse, and a branch shall grow out of his roots .

further jeremiah 23: 5
the days are coming,” declares the lord,“when I will raise up to david a a righteous branch

in our body, there is also the tree structure : our veins are a tree, our nerves are a tree, our neurons are trees . i'm convinced that in the center of our brain there is a big neuron - tree .

for programmers the tree is a very important structure .
and last not least. language is also tree structured .

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Posted by Kalle Schwarz, last edited Dec 20, 2009 5:23 PM

Our Existence

This is a good read, you related the existence of tree with the entire human being and also you very well related to the religious texts too. My sincere thanks to you for sharing this.

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Thanks Ann P for your encouraging comment. God bless. Keep writing.

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Posted by P V Ariel, last edited Dec 18, 2009 8:46 AM
a tree is a symbol for a man who has his feet on earth and his head on heaven .
the fall of mankind occurred when the man attacked the connection to god, symbolized by a tree
(book of genesis) .

our voting tree restores the connection between earth and heaven .
it is the kingdom for whole of humanity, which the bible has promised us.

book of daniel 4
10 Thus were the visions of mine head in my bed; I saw, and behold a tree in the midst of the earth, and the height thereof was great.
11 The tree grew, and was strong, and the height thereof reached unto heaven, and the sight thereof to the end of all the earth:
12 the leaves thereof were fair, and the fruit thereof much, and in it was meat for all: the beasts of the field had shadow under it, and the fowls of the heaven dwelt in the boughs thereof, and all flesh was fed of it.

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Posted by Kalle Schwarz, last edited Dec 18, 2009 8:10 PM
Thanks KS for your encouraging quotes from the Bible. As I mentioned other religious texts too follow suit in this. Kalle can you post this in the main comment column. Of course its relevant here too, as you wish.

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