In this blog, we are going to learn if trees have souls or not.
- WHAT IS A SOUL?
- WHY DO WE NEED TO UNDERSTAND THIS CONCEPT?
- DO TREES HAVE SOULS?
- WHY HAVE WE NOT REALIZED THE TRUTH YET?
- DO TREES FEEL PAIN?
WHAT IS A SOUL?
“Soul” is the essence of Us, that is who WE REALLY ARE. ..
All of us are made of Mind, Body and Soul. While we may have come to a realization that we are not the Body and we are not the Mind but we might yet have not come to the realization that We are the Soul.
When I say that “I” am not the Mind,
and “I” am not the body,
then what am I left with?
I am left with the ‘Soul’.
The Soul is an aspect of Consciousness.
For eg., the rays of the sun are a part of the sun and the sun rays cannot exist without the sun.
Similarly, the soul cannot exist without the presence of Consciousness in the first place.
In one of my previous short articles, I shared with you an example wherein we understood the concept of Soul using the Matchstick. In case you wish to understand more about the SOUL, read that before we go further into this article. In this article, we are only learning if “TREES HAVE SOULS”.
WHY DO WE NEED TO UNDERSTAND THIS CONCEPT?
Understanding the concept of the Soul is of utmost importance in our Spiritual Awakening Journey.
This is because the concept of ‘Soul’ is at the Core of the Awakening Journey.
The word ‘Spirituality‘ itself is made from the word ‘Spirit’ and if we translate Spirituality into Hindi, it is called Adhyatma. Adhyatma is made from two words, ‘adhi’ and ‘atma’. ‘Adhi’ means knowledge and ‘atma’ means ‘soul’. So Adhyatma (Spirituality) means the knowledge of the Spirit – the knowledge of the Soul.
We need to understand that without understanding the ‘Soul’ there is No ‘Spirit’, or ‘Spirituality’ for that matter.
DO TREES HAVE SOULS?
Just have a look at this flower in the video below-
These are called “TOUCH ME NOT FLOWERS”.
It’s such a flower that resists whenever you try to touch its petals.
Why does it resist? Pause…just give it a thought before you read further…
because it’s conscious of its surroundings that somebody is trying to touch me. When you touch its top it will close itself before opening again.
So that Consciousness would come only if it’s a living being…right?
A non-living thing won’t have that Consciousness. The screen that you are reading this article on, cannot resist because it doesn’t have the consciousness to feel and resist.
So YES Trees do have souls!
As the consciousness is rising across the planet and the Greatest Awakening awaits us, it’s time that we enlighten ourselves with these very basic concepts of Spirituality.
WHY HAVE WE NOT REALIZED THE TRUTH YET?
All we human beings have been doing all these years is, taking the “Theory” approach rather than the “Experiential” approach. Theory can only give us Belief but it is the “Experience” that can turn a Belief into Faith.
Are you up to date with all these concepts so you may step up the stairs of evolution as consciousness expands in the world?
DO TREES FEEL PAIN?
Now we have already learned that the trees are living. But do they feel pain?
Well, we need to understand that every life in this world is at a different stage of evolution.
The Mystics have taught us that all living beings are composed of different elements or tattva. While humans have all the five elements in us i.e. the air, water, earth, fire, and ether; the plants have only one element or tattva in them i.e. the water. The fewer the number of elements in a living being, the less is pain felt by it.
Therefore, the feeling in the plant or the tree is not well-differentiated and by eating plant-based food, we do a very inappreciable injury to the feelings of plants whereas if we kill an animal or a human, we inflict severe pain in the hearts of both.
So it is very clear that to progress on our Spiritual path, we should be consuming a plant-based diet and not meat.
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Resources: The Adi Granth, the Spiritual Vocab book by Karmicbuzz Foundation
Authored by Kashish G. , A Spiritual Guide , Writer & Consultant.