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It is believed that Lord Shiva, Brahma and Vishnu used to hold their councils under the peepal tree, which made it more special for the Hindus

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December 10, 2016: Often deep-rooted traditions seem to be superstitious, but actually, it is not always so. Hindus worshipping the peepal tree is one such example. People water the roots of the tree, and women are seen circumambulating it, and they are seen worshipping it especially on Saturdays.

It is also said in the “Brahma Purana” that Lord Vishnu was born under a Peepal Tree, Therefor the “Peepal tree” also symbolizes lord Vishnu. Because of such an important role, this tree has a god-like figure in Indian mythology. In art and sculpture, the child form of Krishna is shown on a peepal leaf

5 reasons why Hindus Worship peepal tree in Hinduism:

Medicinal Benefits
The leaf, bark, and roots of the tree help in curing asthma, fever, and its leaves cure eye pain. According to Ayurveda, this tree can cure over 50 disorders, including epilepsy diarrhea, and gastric troubles.

medical benefits of worshiping peepal tree
medical benefits of worshiping peepal tree

Scientific Significance
Along with Neem and Tulsi, Peepal is considered to be the one largest oxygen providers. The tree not only purifies the surroundings but also kills bacteria.

scientific significance of worshiping peepal tree
scientific significance of worshiping peepal tree

Mythological relevance
When the demons had defeated all the Gods, Lord Vishnu is said to have hidden in the Peepal tree, according to Brahma Purana.
Also it is believed that every Saturday, goddess Lakshmi sits under the Peepal tree, and thus Hindus consider it to be sacred and worship it.

mythological relevance of worshiping peepal tree
mythological relevance of worshiping peepal tree

Related to Lord Shiva, Brahma, and Vishnu
It is believed that Lord Shiva, Brahma and Vishnu used to hold their councils under the peepal tree, which made it more special for the Hindus. The leaves being Lord Shiva, the trunk Vishnu and the roots Brahma.

Brahma, Vishnu & Mahesh
Brahma, Vishnu & Mahesh

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Closely linked to Lord Krishna
Peepal is also closely linked to Lord Krishna. In the Holy Scripture, Bhagavad Gita, he says, “Among trees, I am the ashvattha.” Also, Lord Krishna is said to have died under the Peepal tree.

 

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Puja for The Spiritualism, Not for Vulgar Entertainment

The westerners practicing Hinduism have learned a pretty well from our "scriptures" and are becoming more spiritual while we just locked up those "holy books" only in the drawers of the altar. Thus we only love to shake our “butts to the boom-boom of Bollywood”.. right in front of the Gods' idols !!!

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he westerners practicing Hinduism have learned a pretty well from our "scriptures"

By Salil Gewali

Any auspicious days in Hinduism are expected to be observed with a complete purity of action and thought. The same holds true for other religions too. As per the Hindu scriptures, the believers are required to stay away from any kind of sense gratifications, particularly when the specific days are dedicated to Gods and Goddess such as Navratri, Laxmi Puja, Krishna Janmashtami, Shivaratri, to name a few. The pathway to devotion and spiritualism should not be “desecrated” by the blot of the brazen entertainment. The scriptures logically explain why it is antithetical, and its adverse consequences.

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Incidentally, the Bhagavad Gita describes such situation as the rise of “tamasic vibes”.

 But, what a huge irony, rather a blasphemy that many people these days have started to choose the auspicious days of Gods to satisfy their base senses. Without a wee bit of regret, a certain class of people holds almost every auspicious day as the most “unmissable” occasion to booze with the friends, and what not, and stagger back home, lol! Such bizarre practices are fast catching now than ever.  Sadly, hardly any conscious people and spiritual organizations stand up and take the right measures to check such godless deviations.

What is quite unpleasant is that such a kind of unholy practices are often being facilitated by certain “Hindu intuitions” as well. On this past Laxmi Puja, the “propitious time” to perform the ritual had fallen between 6 PM to 7:53 PM. Yours truly decided to use that span of time for meditation. But hell broke loose. Apart from fireworks around, the Bollywood songs in high decibel burst forth from a certain Hindu institution quite frustrated the mission.

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Sadhu Sanga Retreat, 2016

 One senior citizen laments – “Nothing could be irreligious than the fact that a favorable time for “puja” is also being used for the wrongful purposes. We rather expect the “Hindu institutions” to teach our children Bhajan, Kirtan, and other spiritual activities, not the loud and feverish parties and disturb others.”

Another college student adds “Having been much disturbed by the noise pollution, I have persuaded my parents to shift our place of residence to elsewhere, not at least near holy places with an unholy mission. I have started to see such institutions with the eyes of suspicion these says.” Is it that our institutions are unable to use their “discretion”, and as a result, they fail to differentiate between right and wrong?  One is deeply apprehensive that Bollywood songs and vulgar dances might as well be included as a part of the “puja ritual” as we have long accepted the fun of fireworks bursting as an integral part of Laxmi Puja which in fact is just an entrenched “misconception”.

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Hinduism is expected to be observed with a complete purity of action

Needless to say, our roar for consumerism has almost drowned the whisper of inherent spiritualism. We are only just sending out the wrong messages. I’m afraid, the whole culture itself might be looked down with derision by other faiths. It might just become a subject of ridicule! It is no exaggeration, such negative notions against the “wrong practices” are all what we often read these days in several newspapers and social media. Do we want others to demean our profound spiritual heritage thus?  I believe it calls for a serious soul-searching.

Incidentally, the Bhagavad Gita describes such situation as the rise of “tamasic vibes”.  It warns in the strongest terms that mankind should absolutely be careful not to fall under the influence of any short-lived sense gratifications. Or else, our endeavor to “practice and preserve” the sanctity of a religion/spiritualism will be a futile exercise.

However, on the other hand, the westerners practicing Hinduism have learned a pretty well from our “scriptures” and are becoming more spiritual while we just locked up those “holy books” only in a drawer of the altar. Thus we only love to shake our “butts to the boom-boom of Bollywood”.. right in front of the Gods’ idols !!!

Salil Gewali is a well-known writer and author of ‘Great minds on India’.

Twitter:@SGewali.