Govardhan, 2017.09.12 (VT): Development in the form of concrete buildings is spoiling the natural environment throughout Braj Mandal. Though the courts and the administration of the district are finally beginning to see that Braj cannot flourish without the natural beauty for which it has historically been known, unless the Brajbasis themselves participate, such efforts will never be successful.
Now Karshni Sant Hari Om Baba has taken a leadership role and is inspiring the children of many schools in the Govardhan area to create a new kind of “green revolution.” The purpose of his campaign, he says, is to return Govardhan to the way it looked in the Dwapara Yuga.
“We want to recreate a beautiful natural environment with trees that give shade, fruit and fragrant flowers. We intend to plant trees one meter apart for the entire 21 kilometers of the Govardhan Parikrama Marg. That is 21,000 trees. When pilgrims come here and see Govardhan adorned in natural greenery, they will be inspired to glorify the holy mountain as something even beyond the material,” he says.
Hari Om Baba inspires the students by explaining the importance of ecology and the environment. “Trees give us oxygen and absorb the poisonous gases present in the environment,” he tells them. “Life can not be imagined without trees.”
Beginning on Sunday, students from Radha Madhava Intercollege, Vatsalya Public School, Charkula Global Public School, Siddhi Vinayak College have been planting saplings all around Govardhan and its surroundings under the Baba’s direction. Also involved in the project are the Dainik Jagaran, Ujjwal Braj and the Giri Govardhan Seva Samiti.
Students of Radha Madhav Inter College took responsibility for planting along the main parikrama route west of Govardhan town, and Charkula Global Public School on the Radhakund side.
Each sapling is being provided with proper fertilizer and tree guards to protect them from the monkeys, goats and cows that delight in feeding on fresh new growth. Moreover, a sprinkler system is being installed to make sure that they received adequate water.
Hari Om Baba promises that he will see this project through to the end. His hope is that with the increase in the flora, the water table will also rise. According to Kuldeep Dixit of Ujjwal Braj, tulsi, kadamb, peepal, neem and other varieties of trees are being planted.
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