Shakti Aur Prakriti: Planting a Tree in Honour of the Girl Child
The IDPL, Rishikesh Campus saw the first historical event of its kind in which trees were planted in the name of all newly born baby girls in Rishikesh. The event was jointly organized by the Global Interfaith WASH Alliance, Divine Shakti Foundation and Ganga Action Parivar as well as the Environment Conservation Society, Rotary Club, Rotaract, Plant A Tree India, and Social and Education Society. Pujya Swamiji inspired and blessed this unique initiative.
Pujya Swamiji addressed those gathered by saying that creation needed the divine feminine energy and the environment needs trees for its survival. Both are crucial for a sustainable and secure future. He said that Uttarakhand, having some of the largest forest cover in the world, is a source of oxygen and life to the world. While the divine feminine, in the form of the girl child, gives life and energy to the world. He added that daughters are never problems but solutions; wherever they give warmth, nourishment and life. Similarly, trees also provide shade and fruits. Pujya Swamiji said that to celebrate and rejoice in the birth of the girl child, we should all plant at least one tree and honour the life and love that they bring to our world.
Senior journalist and environmentalist KK Upreti said that this program launched by Parmarth Niketan would strengthen the plantation program started in 2010. The General Manager of IDPL, Shri Gurudarshan Bedi,assured that the trees planted in the campus would be taken care of, so that they not only survive but that they also thrive.
Here is a beautiful speech by Pujya Swamiji on International Girl Child Day last year: