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Old 06-15-2009, 10:57 PM   #1
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It was in the actions of plants that I perceived the unity that is within all things.
The mode that quiver in ripples of light , the teaming life upon the earth and radiant suns that shine above us.
I understood for the first time that ancient message proclaimed by my ancestors on the banks of the Ganges thirty centuries ago :
" They who see what ONE in all the teaming plants many foldness of the universe to them alone belongs eternal truth and to no one else "


Jagdish Chandra Bose was an eminent Indian scientist. He was the first to prove that plants and metals too have feelings.

Jagdish Chandra Bose was born on November 30, 1858 in Mymensingh (now in Bangladesh). His father Bhagabanchandra Bose was a Deputy Magistrate. Jagadish Chandra Bose had his early education in village school in Bengal medium. In 1869, Jagadish Chandra Bose was sent to Calcutta to learn English and was educated at St.Xavier's School and College. He was a brilliant student. He passed the B.A. in physical sciences in 1879.

I share this documentary with you. It's an hour long but well worth watching.
The secret life of plants:

http://video.google.com/videoplay?do...36638977368381

I would be interested to hear of any relationships that you guys might have had with the realm of plants.


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My Family owned about 90-acres of wild Woodland and about 50-acres of open Fields, up in New Hampshire. This adjoined a huge Wilderness territory that extended up into some rugged granite Mountains. In the Fields was a small orchard of red & yellow apple trees and pear trees.

In season, there grew wild strawberries, cranberries, rhubarb, blackberries, raspberries, and blueberries. The woods were pine trees, spruce trees, elm, oak, maple (ones from which we made maple syrup and maple sugar), birch trees, ferns, natural springs with little brooks, and delightful red mint berries.

I explored all this from the earliest when I could walk, usually by myself, and eating freely of the wild supply of Creations' bounty. I grew with a natural and mutual empathy with all the wildlife and animals that lived in those woods. I had become attuned with nature.

At about age 7-years, when I was then climbing to the very tops of many different Trees each day, I climbed to the top of a 30-meter (nearly 100-foot) tall Pine Tree. Up there, with my Arms wrapped around the top Branches, I was swaying gently with the Wind and admiring the top view of the Forest all around. I suddenly became FLOODED with LOVE, a feeling which seemed to actually be coming from the Tree itself.

By this I know the Trees and all of Nature are/is filled with a living Spirit which is aware of our Presence and our Intent.

At about age 10-years, while walking through the Woods, I came to a large area of chest-high Ferns, surrounded by Spruce and Birch, which I had not seen before. As I waded slowly through these Ferns, unable to even see anything below the Tops, I came out to near the edge of the Ferns close to a granite Boulder. There, sunning itself next to the Boulder, was a Badger. This Badger was the size of a medium Dog. Most people who know them, know they are very territorial, and they can be vicious if cornered.

This one rose up, turned around and started to waddle off into the deep Woods. It stopped alongside the Boulder and turned it's Head around to look at me. Then, to my amazement, as I was looking into it's Eyes, WORDS came CLEARLY into my Mind which said "Go In Peace, O' Man".

By this I know that all the Animals are also Intelligent Spirits, and they CAN communicate with us Humans - IF they CHOOSE, and IF we can LISTEN

One time, while visiting some Friends in Indiana, I went out into their Garden in the evening and sat down next to a Stone Wall to meditate in the serenity of the place. There were Roses, clinging Ivy, and other flowers surrounding me under a large Oak Tree.

After a refreshing deep timeless meditation, upon opening my Eyes, I was surprised to see the Ivy had turned loose Vines and Leaves towards me, some as much as 45-degrees ~2-feet from both sides, as though seeking for the Sun where I was sitting.


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Old 06-16-2009, 02:28 AM   #3
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Old 06-16-2009, 06:51 AM   #4
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Thanks for this! What a beautiful story!!!! Makes me want to get out of the big concrete jungle and re-connect with nature!!! Your story is to me, how things "SHOULD" be!!!!!
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Great thread thank you Mudra and thanks for sharing your very interesting and nice experiences JRod and to all for the great pictures.

I'm inspired to do a little gardening here..

I suspect, we are collectively going to become much more aware that all life is not only interconnected, but that it has consciousness behind it, and all life is sacred .



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Old 06-17-2009, 08:28 AM   #6
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"Knowledge was inherent in all things. The world was a library and its books were the stones, leaves, grass, brooks and the birds and animals that shared, alike with us, the storms and blessings of the earth. We learn to do what only the student of nature ever learns, and that is to feel beauty. We never rail at the storms, the furious winds, the biting frosts and snows. To do so intensifies human futility, so whatever comes we should adjust ourselves by more effort and energy if necessary, but without complaint. Bright days and dark days are both expressions of the Great Mystery, and the Indian reveled in being close the Great Holiness."

"Chief Luther Standing Bear"

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Old 06-17-2009, 08:36 AM   #7
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"There is a road in the hearts of all of us, hidden and seldom traveled, which leads to an unkown, secret place. The old people came literally to love the soil, and they sat or reclined on the ground with a feeling of being close to a mothering power. Their teepees were built upon the earth and their altar's were made of earth. The soul was soothing, strengthening, cleansing and healing. That is why the old Indian still sits upon the earth instead of propping himself up and away from its life giving forces. For him, to sit or lie upon the ground is to be able to think more deeply and to feel more keenly. He can see more clearly into the mysteries of life and come closer in kinship to other lives about him."

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"There is a road in the hearts of all of us, hidden and seldom traveled, which leads to an unkown, secret place. The old people came literally to love the soil, and they sat or reclined on the ground with a feeling of being close to a mothering power. Their teepees were built upon the earth and their altar's were made of earth. The soul was soothing, strengthening, cleansing and healing. That is why the old Indian still sits upon the earth instead of propping himself up and away from its life giving forces. For him, to sit or lie upon the ground is to be able to think more deeply and to feel more keenly. He can see more clearly into the mysteries of life and come closer in kinship to other lives about him."

"Chief Luther Standing Bear"

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the Roundhouse or Ani (cherokee/tsalagi) in this picture reminds me of something that happened last summer. I am part tsalagi and had gone during the summer to spend time with the healers in the deep woods. They had built an Ani on the land, close to a stream where we would go to cool of after the sweats. several people were fasting (vision quest) and we prayed and sweat for them. At the end of the four days, there was a very traditional ceremony as it was hundreds of years ago.

we gathered in the Ani for ceremony and feast of thanksgiving, it was night so we had only the light of the fire and a few candles. I looked around the Circle of Friends and things shifted, the energy changed and I saw us all as we would have dressed several hundred years ago. we all spoke in one tongue of our native language, not english as we had been before the energy shifted. I was given the honor to pray over the Water for our ceremony, and many of my friends were given honor for devotion to their heart ways of peace, healing. giving. We were all happy, smiling without jealousy or pride, for it is the Creator that had given us these gifts to be shared and through this the Creator was honored...not egos...they call these cellular memories, and I have them in different parts of the land. transported in time to see things as they were then...and will be one day in the future.

By sharing our good feelings for each other here on Avalon, through words, energy and pictures....we are honoring the Creator, Life, Soul, and the Heart of the Earth, for they listen and smile back their love, and we can feel it.

and that is a blessed place to be...in heart mind and soul...no matter where our feet may be resting now...
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Thanks for this! What a beautiful story!!!! Makes me want to get out of the big concrete jungle and re-connect with nature!!! Your story is to me, how things "SHOULD" be!!!!!
Ditto!!

Nice thread, mudra!

I rely on my house plants to help keep my morale up every day. Watching the new shoots come out are a metaphor for hope. And I love looking at the light they soak up...
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Thank you friends for coming on this thread. I appreciate your presence here.
Hopefully with some more pictures added to it as it moves along we will build Avalon's garden

Finding your post here this morning could'nt have made me more happy Jrod7 .
Thank you for sharing these wonderfull moments. I do understand them.

As Helen Keller says :
"The most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched, they must be felt with the heart."

I was born a single child and was lucky enough to be raised at places where we had gardens and even lands around.

As a little girl I would sit in my parents garden for hours without seeing the time passing by. I remember well my sense of total communion with the flowers and plants that were dwelling there.
I would rarely pick any of them as I soon realized that by doing so I was taking their life away from them .
I preferred instead being able to remain the witness of their living beauty until the very last moments of their natural cycle.

When I came to live in the city and no more gardens were available I started to have plants.
One I brought home I realized was very sensitive to my presence around her..when I would put my hands above it's leaves it would start to shiver..It would even suddenly shiver by it's own without any rush of air around it .. It was just able to express it's aliveness in it's unique way..

At some point in my life I experienced the darkness of the soul. The wound I had was so deep that it took me many long months to find my way back to the light.
But I did.. during those days I would go and sit daily under a tree I had found in a peacefull little subwood . Quickly we developped a strong bond.
I called the tree " Whisper " as he taught me so many things. He was so much older than me , had lived so many things across centuries ..

He showed me on day that trees through their roots are holding hands . This was such a beautifull image. Not only did I see what he meant but I could as well feel it .
He also made me see the source of Love .. primal love .. it was a warm column of golden light descending from above and pervading all things into oneness.
It was not until my heart chakra opened up a few month ago that I realized that what Whisper had shown me 9 years ago I was now experiencing.

Today I live in the city but the people around my place have gardens and there are many trees ..
When I take walks I always pay attention to the flowers I see .. I say hello to them and I see them smiling at me ..

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Old 06-16-2009, 12:16 PM   #11
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what a loverly refreshing thread

i can allmost smell the blosoms

i also do not like to cut flower

it fels like taking there life ,


just for what so we can have them

in a vase in our homes only

then to watch them wither and die

prematurly ....

no let us leave them ...

in there right inviroment ...
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There was a Great, Huge Pine tree more than 200-ft tall, with the base at least 5-ft diameter, that grew on the lawn of the house there where I grew up. I named him "GrandFather." He was happy with that.

From the top of that one, I could see the blue Lake (Newfound Lake) some two miles over.



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This photo, from www.tonyhowell.co.uk/, looks VERY much like Newfound Lake in NH. Crystal clear, fed from deep springs and rivers from the forests. The "swimmin' holes" of my youth.

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There was a Great, Huge Pine tree more than 200-ft tall, with the base at least 5-ft diameter, that grew on the lawn of the house there where I grew up. I named him "GrandFather." He was happy with that.

From the top of that one, I could see the blue Lake (Newfound Lake) some two miles over.



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This photo, from www.tonyhowell.co.uk/, looks VERY much like Newfound Lake in NH. Crystal clear, fed from deep springs and rivers from the forests. The "swimmin' holes" of my youth.

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This is so pretty!!

It also makes me think back to when I was raising my two sons. We used to put jigsaw puzzles together and we would have puzzles with beautiful scenes from nature like this one!
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There was a Great, Huge Pine tree more than 200-ft tall, with the base at least 5-ft diameter, that grew on the lawn of the house there where I grew up. I named him "GrandFather." He was happy with that.

From the top of that one, I could see the blue Lake (Newfound Lake) some two miles over.



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This photo, from www.tonyhowell.co.uk/, looks VERY much like Newfound Lake in NH. Crystal clear, fed from deep springs and rivers from the forests. The "swimmin' holes" of my youth.

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Jrod7 how truly wonderfull " Grand father " must be and how much insight and respect was flowing through you for calling him this name.
Thank you

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Beautiful thread, Mudra, thank you.

Last few days, in the mornings, I am gathering cherries from the tree in our small garden. Every time when I go up to the tree, I feel my self like in some other dimension. Surrounded by branches and leafs, there is no outside voices to hear, just the soft silence of the treetop. I feel my self calm and safe with the tree. The tree is happy to give me its fruits, and the cherries are so tasteful when you eat them directly from the branches.

Would like to taste my cherries, friends.

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Bloodroot (seen here) is not only striking, but has quite a history. The root and leaf emit a red sap which the Native American Indians used as a dye for fabrics, tools and war paint. It was also used medicinally to treat a variety of ailments.

The flower normally only blooms for a single day.

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These are Trilliums, which grow in the Forests. They have a tuber-root, bitter but nourishing in the winter (when you can remember where they were growing). They are found in rich humus only in the deep shady places. A true delight to come upon while walking through the deep woods.


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Trillium flower essence helps anyone who is consumed with self-interests. It brings out compassion and a desire to help others. Remedy that brings awareness to a person who feels disconnected from his soul source.

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The largest flower in the world only blooms for three days every seven years, but when it does, it's a spectacular and rather smelly occasion.

Not for nothing is it known as the "corpse flower".

You can find it in the rainforests of southern Sumatra.

The growth rate is phenomenal, three inches a day at its peak, with the stem rising from an underground tuber to a height of 10ft or more.

The fishy smell seemed to come in waves - we now know it attracts a species of bees that fertilise the plant.

With these rare plants often separated by several miles, the smell has to be strong to attract the bees to it.
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http://www.richardrevelsphotography.com/page4.htm

Do you see the little people in the orchid's heart ?
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orchids are ones of the most beautiful flowers...and there is such a variety of types which look so different...
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Elaine spends a lot of time in her gardens scattered around our home. She tends to prefer a wilderness type of layout rather than a formal design.
Wallabies also spend time in the gardens and have been known to be destructive - but they were here first so we don't begrudge them the odd plant now and then.

This view is looking out from our back door and is a pleasure to see each morning as well as throughout the day.



This section is just to the left of the one above and is a view to the North-west. You'll notice the fence which keeps hares out but it doesn't deter the wallabies - they just hop over it.

We have bird feeders spread around the property and a couple of nesting boxes for the pale headed rosellas. The Kookaburra population has risen from the original four that we here when we first arrived seven tears ago, to 16 at this time.

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The Orchids are truly amazing.

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Thank you Brinty for sharing a piece of your world with us.
You live in a beautifull place ..
Being in close connection with nature is a way to wisdom and peace.

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Old 06-18-2009, 11:09 AM   #24
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Hi Mudra,

Really beautiful collection of pictures. Lifts the soul just by seeing them.

Love and Light to you,

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Hello mudra,

Excellent idea! Great thread!

Has you know, I do have the privilege of having a great garden, with lots of flowers, century old trees, some palm trees....
I thank everyday for having this.

It's so refreshing to the soul to go and walk around the garden, when I'm in a bad mood. It's an excellent therapy.

Here's a photo from one Camelia Japonica


Let's take good care of this "garden" created by mudra.

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