Monday, September 5, 2011

Bangalore's Art of Living ashram now flush with Paradise tree

The creation of a thousand forests is in one acorn, goes the popular adage by Ralph Waldo Emerson. Bangalore-based Art of Living Foundation has taken this to heart; besides touching more than a million lives through its yoga and ashram-based techniques, the foundation has also been a silent campaigner, promoting a greener way of life.

The Art of Living ashram near Bangalore, which is being headed by spiritual guru Sri Sri Ravishankar, is now flush with a special tree—scientifically termed the Simarouba glacua. Sri Sri fondly calls it the ‘Lakshmi Taru.’

“Simarouba was named Lakshmi Taru because when a farmer invests Rs10 for the tree, he gets Rs1,000 or more as returns,” he said.

The ashram’s nursery is the largest producer of Lakshmi Taru in the state. The forest department is using the saplings from the nursery to make the wastelands of Western Ghats green.  Read More

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